RICHMOND, Va. -- Matt Brady entered this season not knowing whether or not he'd be back at James Madison next season. He entered the CAA tournament with the same doubt in the forefront of his mind.
After Monday night's 70-57 win over Northeastern in the CAA Championship, Brady's Dukes clinched an NCAA tournament berth, the second CAA title in program history, a third 20-win season in five years, and a whole lot more certainty for their head coach's future with JMU.
Madison used a 23-1 run in the first half and led by as many as 22 points on the way to one of the biggest wins in program history.
A.J. Davis scored a game high 26 points, in 38 minutes of his most complete play of his career. Davis, who after the game was named the CAA tournament Most Outstanding Player, averaged more than 20 points per game in Madison's three wins.
Rayshawn Goins used a big first half to end the game with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Andre Nation was a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line en route to 10 points to round out the Dukes in double figures.
Alioune Diouf, in one of his best games of the season, chipped in 9 points over 23 minutes of play.
Senior captain and point guard Devon Moore stuffed the stat sheet with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
This will be the first trip to the NCAA tournament for JMU since 1994.