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Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Recaps

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Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Davon Usher led all scorers with 28 points, and the top-seeded Delaware Blue Hens notched an 87-76 win over the No. 8 seed Hofstra Pride in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at Baltimore Arena.

Jarvis Threatt was next in line with 22 points for the Blue Hens (23-9), who advance to play No. 5 seed Northeastern in Sunday's semifinal round. Devon Saddler added 15 points in the win, while Kyle Anderson scored 12.

Zeke Upshaw led the way with 23 points for the Pride (10-23), who were coming off a first-round win over UNC Wilmington on Friday night. Dion Nesmith contributed 16 points, and Stephen Nwaukoni recorded a double-double off the bench with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Hofstra got off to a quick start and led by as many as nine midway through the opening frame. The Pride eventually went into the locker room with a 40-37 halftime lead after holding UD to 38.7-percent shooting in the first half.

However, the Blue Hens rallied in the second stanza behind a 64-percent effort from the field and a 20-of-25 showing at the foul line. Threatt was instrumental in that rally, as he scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half while going 6-of-7 from the floor.

UD, which is the top seed in this tournament for the first time since joining the league, committed only seven turnovers in the game and forced 15.

Final Score: Northeastern 90, Drexel 81

Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Eatherton recorded a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds as the Northeastern Huskies dismissed the Drexel Dragons, 90-81, in the quarterfinals of the 32nd annual Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at Baltimore Arena.

Also producing a double-double for fifth-seeded Northeastern (11-20) was Zach Stahl who tallied 19 points and 12 boards in 27 minutes off the bench. David Walker and TJ Williams pitched in with 18 and 12 points, respectively, the latter shooting only 1-of-6 from the field but 10-of-12 at the free-throw line.

The fourth-seeded Dragons (16-14) were paced by Chris Fouch who scored a game- high 30 points, shooting 11-of-20 from the floor and 4-of-8 behind the 3-point line before fouling out. Frantz Massenat was responsible for another 19 points and Rodney Williams 11 and seven rebounds, as well as four blocked shots in the setback.

Drexel led by as many as seven points early in the first half, but the team ended up shooting a dismal 30.8 percent from the field in the period, including 1-of-5 behind the 3-point line. After moving out to a 13-8 advantage, the Dragons fell behind once the Huskies put together a 12-0 run, en route to a commanding 35-21 advantage at the break.

In the second half the Dragons turned it around with 56.4 percent accuracy from the floor, 6-of-11 shooting on the outside, but at the same time the defense allowed Northeastern to make good on 65.2 percent from the field. The Huskies maintained a sizeable lead thanks to 23-of-31 at the free-throw line after intermission.

Northeastern turned the ball over 15 times on the day, but more than made up for those miscues by producing a 42-31 rebounding lead and outscoring Drexel at the charity stripe, 32-14.

The Huskies will be back in action on Sunday versus top-seeded Delaware for the right to appear in the title game on Monday night.

Final Score: Towson 80, James Madison 71

Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Four McGlynn scored 21 points and Jerrelle Benimon recorded a double-double as the Towson Tigers defeated the James Madison Dukes 80-71 in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at Baltimore Arena.

Benimon had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the second-seeded Tigers (23-9), who move on to battle either the College of Charleston or William & Mary in the semifinals. Mike Burwell added 17 points and Marcus Damas chipped in 14.

Andre Nation netted 18 points for JMU (11-20). Charles Cooke tallied 14 points and Ron Curry chimed in with 13.

Towson only had nine field goals in the first half, but it hit 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and 12-of-19 at the free-throw line to enter halftime leading 34-27. The seventh-seeded Dukes netted just 38.5 percent from the floor in the frame.

The Tigers heated up to 58.3 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes, while also sinking 27-of-42 attempts from the charity stripe. JMU hit on 35.7 percent from the floor in second stanza.

JMU did outscore Towson in the paint (30-14) and off of turnovers (13-6) in the losing effort.

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