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LU Blackbirds, Dukes square off in First Four game

March 18, 2013 By Rusty Miller Associated Press
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DAYTON, Ohio — A first-year coach will lead LIU Brooklyn against James Madison in the First Four.

Jack Perri will lead LIU (20-13) against the Dukes (20-14) in a battle of No. 16 seeds on Wednesday at the University of Dayton Arena. The winner gets Big Ten regular-season champion Indiana, the top seed in the East, also in Dayton on Friday.

Perri’s Blackbirds became the first team to win the Northeast Conference tournament three years in a row, thanks to C.J. Garner’s career-high 31 points in a 91-70 win over Mount St. Mary’s.

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James Madison, coached by Matt Brady, will be making its first NCAA trip since winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament crown in 1994. The Dukes are led by 25-year-old guard A.J. Davis, averaging 20.5 points over the last 10 games.

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