Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Four CAA teams saw their seasons come to an end in the first round of the CAA Tournament on Friday as the quarterfinal match-ups are now set.
James Madison opened the day by falling to UNC-Wilmington. The Dukes took a nine point lead in the first half, but the Seahawks would charge back to take a nine point lead by halftime, lead by as many as 23 in the second half and end JMU's season with a 70-59 win. Cedrick Williams led the way with 22 points for UNCW. The Seahawks face top-seeded Drexel at noon on Saturday.
Delaware opened up an 18 point lead over 12th seeded Towson, but had to hold off the Tigers down the stretch for a 72-65 win. Devon Saddler dropped a game-high 28 points to pace the Blue Hens, while Highland Springs product Jarvis Threatt scored 15 points. Douglas Freeman graduate Josh Brinkley chipped in 14 points for the Hens, as well. Robert Nwankwo led Towson with 27 points and 20 rebounds in the losing cause. Delaware will tip-off with two time defending conference champion Old Dominion on Saturday at 2:30 pm.
Northeastern and William and Mary battled in the 7-10 game on Friday, with the Huskies taking down the Tribe, 57-49. Quincy Ford paced Northeastern with 18 points, while Jonathan Lee added eleven and Joel Smith scored ten. Tim Rusthoven led the Tribe with 12 points, while freshman Marcus Thornton chipped in ten. Northeastern will face second seeded VCU on Saturday at 6:00 pm in the quarterfinals.
In the nightcap, Georgia State rolled past Hofstra, 85-50. Eric Buckner scored 21 points and pulled down eleven boars to pace the Panthers, helping them shoot nearly 60 percent from the floor for the game. Mike Moore led the Pride with 16 points. Georgia State takes on George Mason in Saturday's quarterfinals at 8:30 pm.
Saturday's evening session is sold out, the first time a Saturday session has been sold out in CAA Tournament history.