Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

Loss and a win for Dukes

JMU drops game but wraps up CAA regular-season title

- From staff and wire reports

HARRISONBU­RG — James Madison came up short in its final game of the regular season — an 84-78 loss to Drexel — but it still secured the Colonial Athletic Associatio­n regular-season crown for the first time since 2015.

Vado Morse tallied 25 points for the Dukes, which finished 13-6 overall and a league-best 8-2 in the conference, which will earn them the top seed in the CAA tournament. The Dukes will host the tournament at new Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonbu­rg starting March 6.

Jalen Hodge added 16 points, and former Trinity Episcopal Zach Jacobs chipped in 11 for JMU, which had a seven-game winning streak snapped.

Camren Wynter had 18 points for Drexel (9-7, 4-5 CAA). T.J. Bickerstaf­f added 16 points with eight rebounds, Mate Okros chipped in 15, and James Butler had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Old Dominion 67, Middle Tennessee 61: Kalu Ezikpe recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Monarchs to a win over the

Blue Raiders.

Malik Curry had 14 points for Old Dominion (13-6, 9-4 Conference USA).

Jo’Vontae Millner-Criss had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Blue Raiders (5-14, 3-10).

Randolph-Macon 76, Virginia Wesleyan 49: Buzz Anthony tallied a gamehigh 19 points, driving the Yellow Jackets to a victory over the Marlins in Virginia Beach despite some bus troubles on the way.

Anthony also had 11 rebounds and eight assists. Josh Talbert and Ian Robertson added 13 points apiece for Randolph-Macon (7-0, 4-0 ODAC).

Tim Fisher scored 12 points for Virginia Wesleyan (3-4, 3-1).

State baseball

Richmond 6-2, Mount

St. Mary’s 2-1: Starting pitchers Jacob Marcus and Colby Wyatt each netted victories in their first outings, leading the Spiders to a doublehead­er sweep of the Mountainee­rs to open their season at Pitt Field.

In the 6-2 season-opening win, Dominic Toso, Austin Masel and Jordan Schulefand knocked in two runs apiece. Marcus lasted five innings, allowing two runs.

Wyatt, a transfer from Cornell, allowed one run in five innings in Game 2, striking out seven batters. Aiden Mathes took over in the sixth, striking out three over two scoreless innings. Toso hit a double that gave the Spiders the lead in the fourth.

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