JMU Fans Celebrate Dukes Advancing to CAA Finals

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

James Madison University Men's Basketball team will face Northeastern in the the Colonial Athletic Association tournament finals on Monday.

The Dukes secured a 58 to 57 victory over Delaware in the last seconds of the semifinals.

JMU student Jon Bodnar who watched the game at Buffalo Wild Wings on Sunday said it was a good game.

"It was really exciting it came to the last second," said Bodnar.

Delaware took the lead with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Duke fans like Taylor Breeden said they were worried until the clock ran out.

"[My] heart was pounding a little bit you know, getting nervous but I knew our Seniors will pull through for us," said Breeden.

Duke fan Paul Gentine said it was hard not to think of the worse when the team was still losing with three seconds remaining.

"The last two minutes I was on edge. I was thinking they're gonna blow it but they didn't they stuck by and got in there and that's awesome," said Gentine.

According to Bodnar, he is proud of the team.

"It's the best team JMU has had in the four years I've been here so it's exciting," said Bodnar.

Breeden said the the Dukes are talented enough to defeat Northeastern.

"If there's any year to win the CAA tournament will be this year," said Breeden.

The team has not won the CAA tournament since 1994 and this is the furthest they have gone in 16 years.

Bodnar said he hopes the team can compete at a national level.

"Im excited they will have a chance to make it to the NCAA tournament but I know but I know they will be a lower seed," said Bodnar.

The last time the Dukes won the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament was in 1994.

Breeden said he supports the team in Harrisonburg and elsewhere.

"Wherever they play in the tournament. we're going," said Breeden.

He said him and his friends will be going to the CAA finals in Richmond on Monday.

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