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Suspected mumps cases force James Madison to postpone 2 games

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Originally scheduled to host UNCW Thursday night and visit Elon on Saturday, it was announced Tuesday afternoon that the James Madison men’s basketball program has postponed both games. The reason: suspected cases of mumps, with there being one probable case of the viral illness among the team’s coaching staff.

Per the program release, there have also been three other suspected cases of mumps within the team with one affecting a player. Later Tuesday afternoon, a school spokesman said that there is one confirmed case of mumps within the program.

In order to prevent the possible spreading of the virus either within the program or to opposing teams, James Madison has decided to postpone both games scheduled for this week.

According to the school all members of the men’s and women’s basketball programs have received MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) booster shots. Dates and times for the rescheduled games have yet to be announced, with James Madison officials currently working in concert with their counterparts at UNCW, Elon and the CAA.

With a 7-18 overall record and a 3-9 record in CAA play, James Madison ended a three-game losing streak with its 79-73 win over Towson last Saturday.

College of Charleston/James Madison game pushed back to Sunday due to inclement weather


The College of Charleston was scheduled to play a game at James Madison Saturday afternoon, but thanks to a winter storm the game has been pushed back to Sunday afternoon. According to the announcement from James Madison, tipoff is scheduled for Noon Sunday.

This is an important game for the Dukes (10-5 CAA, 17-11 overall), who entered Saturday tied atop the CAA standings in the loss column with UNCW (11-5), Northeastern and William & Mary (10-5). After losing consecutive games to William & Mary and UNCW, Matt Brady’s team has won four straight entering Sunday’s game.

The Dukes won the first meeting of the season between the two teams, beating the Cougars 61-50 January 5. Ron Curry scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Yohanny Dalembert added 14 and three blocked shots. Charleston shot 37 percent from the field and 6-for-25 from beyond the arc in that home defeat.

Ron Curry’s buzzer-beater lifts James Madison over Towson (VIDEO)

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James Madison was able to squeak past CAA rival Towson on Saturday as junior guard Ron Curry hit a long 2-pointer at the buzzer for the win.

Curry’s buzzer-beating jumper bounced off the rim and the backboard before falling through the net and giving the junior a career-high 27 points.

2014-2015 Season Preview: This the year for William & Mary, or do new contenders emerge in the CAA?

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Beginning on October 3rd and running up until November 14th, the first day of the season, College Basketball Talk will be unveiling the 2014-2015 NBCSports.com college hoops preview package.

MORE: 2014-2015 Season Preview Coverage | Conference Previews | Preview Schedule

The Colonial Athletic Association ended in dramatic fashion last season as Delaware defeated William & Mary, 75-74, in the final seconds of the conference title game in Baltimore. There will be plenty of turnover in the CAA heading into this season, as many star players have moved on from their collegiate careers and several programs from the bottom half of the conference standings in previous years look to make the jump into the NCAA tournament conversation.

William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton is the only returning first-team all-conference selection and is the league’s best player. The Tribe also return Omar Prewitt, the CAA 2013-2014 Rookie of the Year, giving W&M one of the best perimeters in the conference. Chasing the Tribe will be two teams that finished below .500, but have the tools to be serious contenders this season. Northeastern returns six of its top seven scorers, including second-teamer Scott Eatherton and Quincy Ford, who was sidelined all but two games with a back injury. The two 6-foot-8 forwards give the Huskies the CAA’s best frontline. Hofstra head coach Joe Mihalich is equipped with some offensive firepower to account for the graduation of CAA top scorer Zeke Upshaw. Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley, both of whom followed Mihalich from Niagara in 2013, are now eligible, as is SMU transfer Brian Bernardi. That trio joins senior guard Dion Nesmith.

Drexel, Delaware, James Madison and Towson have all lost significant contributions, but could still pieces to offset the lost production. Damion Lee has recovered from last December’s ACL tear. He averaged 17.1 points per game for Drexel as a sophomore in 2012-2013. Gone from Delaware are four double-digit scorers, but Kyle Anderson remains, as the Blue Hens will shift to a strong defensive-minded team in 2013-2014. Two-time player of the year Jerrelle Benimon graduated last spring, but Towson does bring back Timajh Parker-Rivera and Four McGlynn while James Madison won’t have its full roster until late November.

The Dukes suspended talented scorer Andre Nation for the first five games. He missed 15 games last season due to violation of the athletic department. Northeastern has also dealt with personnel issues as starting guard Demetrius Pollard left the program earlier this month, although he remains enrolled at the university.

The CAA welcomes Elon from the Southern Conference. Elon’s Matt Matheny is one of three new CAA head coaches. Rick Pitino’s former assistant Kevin Keatts takes over at UNC-Wilmington while former Clemson assistant Earl Grant got a late start to his first season on the College of Charleston bench after the school fired Doug Wojick in early August.


In: Elon
Out: None

PRESEASON CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary

The 6-foot-4 two-guard is the conference’s top returning scorer, averaging 18.7 points per game, going for 20 or more 14 times during his junior campaign that ended with first-team all-CAA honors. Thornton back-rimmed what would have been a game-winning, buzzer-beater in the CAA championship game against Delaware; a missed shot that likely fueled his offseason workouts this summer.


  • Kyle Anderson, Delaware: The Blue Hens lost four of five double-digit scorers. Anderson, the only one to start all 35 games, should see an increase in production this season for the reigning CAA champion.
  • Scott Eatherton, Northeastern: The 6-foot-8 forward averaged a double-double last season, posting 15.9 points and 10.2 boards per game.
  • Juan’ya Green, Hofstra: One of three transfers eligible this season for a revamped roster. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists a game for Niagara in 2012-2013.
  • Damion Lee, Drexel: Missed all but five games last year due to an ACL tear. When Lee is healthy, Drexel is a contender and he is a player of the year candidate.



1. William & Mary
2. Northeastern
3. Hofstra
4. Drexel
5. Delaware
6. James Madison
7. Towson
8. College of Charleston
9. Elon

James Madison announces suspensions for two players

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James Madison has handed down suspensions for two players who were involved in an off-campus altercation with each other, the school announced in a release on Tuesday.

Junior guard Andre Nation and sophomore forward Tom Vodanovich were previously suspended indefinitely on Oct. 6, but the school has come back with a more formal suspension plan.

The 6-foot-5 Nation will be suspended from the team’s preseason scrimmage, home exhibition game and the first five games of the regular season while the 6-foot-8 Vodanovich is suspended for the scrimmage, home exhibition and first two games of the regular season.

For Nation, this is the second time he has been suspended at James Madison, after serving a 15-game suspension at the beginning of last season for a violation of athletic department policy.

According to James Madison head coach Matt Brady, who released a statement in the school’s release, Nation will be given a zero-tolerance policy during the rest of his time at the school.

“As the Head Coach of our men’s basketball program, I am responsible for the development of the student-athletes in our team,” Brady said in the release. “This means development of each young man to the highest standard and to ensure they conduct themselves in a manner that brings pride to our program and the University. To that end, given the most recent actions of two of our student-athletes there will be a zero tolerance from this point forward with regard to Andre and his involvement with our program. Any future violation on his behalf will result in him being removed permanently as a member our men’s basketball program. Tom realizes that if he fails to uphold the high standards of our program at any point going forward he faces the risk of losing the privilege of representing our team or attending this university.”

Nation averaged 15.4 points per game last season and is a huge difference-maker for the Dukes if he’s on the floor. He’s a potential All-CAA player and a potent scorer and if he can’t get it together, Nation could be searching for a new home. Vodanovich averaged 4.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game during his freshman campaign last season.



Former Butler guard Devontae Morgan transfers to James Madison

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As a sophomore at Butler, 6-foot-4 guard Devontae Morgan played in just 14 games last season and posted averages of 1.8 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. With his playing just over six minutes per game last season Morgan made the decision to transfer, and Thursday he announced via his Twitter account that he’s headed to James Madison.

Morgan’s decision came while he was visiting the James Madison campus. Last week it was reported by Mark Singelais of the Albany Times Union that Morgan was also considering Siena, despite the fact that all 13 of the Saints’ scholarships for the 2014-15 season were accounted for at the time.

Morgan will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules, leaving him with two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 campaign. Morgan becomes the fifth newcomer to join the James Madison program, a group that includes one junior college transfer (guard Winston Grays III) and three incoming freshmen.

JMU finished the 2013-14 season with an 11-20 record, going 6-10 in CAA play. Guards Ron Curry (12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.4 apg) and Andre Nation (15.4, 5.3; played in just 14 games due in part to a 15-game suspension) return in 2014-15 and they’ll be expected to lead the way.

However head coach Matt Brady will have to account for the loss of three of his top five scorers from that team, with Charles Cooke and Taylor Bessick both deciding to transfer and Andrey Semenov out of eligibility.