James Madison Dukes

Bench lifts Tribe to tight win over rival James Madison

Bench lifts Tribe to tight win over rival James Madison

— An early second half substitution, reminiscent of a Dean Smith classic, provided a spark that helped lift William and Mary Thursday over James Madison. The Tribe prevailed 73-72 courtesy of a Daniel Dixon free throw with seven seconds remaining before a would-be winner at the buzzer for the Dukes was waved off after further review.

Down 40-33 just a couple of minutes into the second half, Tribe coach Tony Shaver sent five players to the scorers table: Pauly Rowley, Oliver Tot, Connor Burchfield, Justin Pierce and Nathan Knight.

Smith, the late University of North Carolina coaching legend that Shaver suited up for from 1972-75, called his group of five-man subs the...

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