LIU Brooklyn forward Jamal Olasewere (1) dunks against James Madison guard Andre Nation (15) in the second half of a first-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Updated: April 23, 2013 1:51PM
DAYTON, Ohio — A.J. Davis, who stepped in as a starter because James Madison’s leading scorer was suspended for a half, led the way with 20 points as the Dukes beat LIU Brooklyn 68-55 on Wednesday night in the First Four.
The Dukes (21-14) advance to meet top-seeded Indiana (27-6) on Friday night at the same University of Dayton Arena.
James Madison was without suspended starter Rayshawn Goins for the first half but built a big lead. After the Blackbirds (20-14) battled back to take a brief lead, the Dukes surged again to win going away.
La Salle 80, Boise State 71: At Dayton, Ohio, Tyrone Garland led La Salle’s guard-driven offense with 22 points, and the Explorers wrapped up the NCAA Tournament’s First Four by getting the better of an old-fashioned shootout, beating Boise State.
The 13th-seeded Explorers (22-9) play fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday.
Ramon Galloway, one of the Atlantic 10’s top scorers, added 21 points in a fast-paced offense that did pretty much whatever it wanted. The Explorers shot 63 percent from the field — 16 of 22 in the second half.
Iowa 68, Indiana State 52: At Iowa City, Iowa, Devyn Marble scored 24 points, Aaron White added 11 with 13 rebounds and Iowa cruised past Indiana State in the opening round of the NIT.
Melshan Basabe had nine points and eight boards for the Hawkeyes (22-12), who won a home game in the NIT for the second straight season.