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Tribe basketball advances to first CAA final

Tribe fans celebrate last-minute heroics against VCU. By Stephen Salpukas.

Tribe fans celebrate last-minute heroics against VCU. By Stephen Salpukas.

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The William and Mary men's basketball team pulled off a stunning 56-54 upset of top-seeded Virginia Commonwealth University Sunday to advance to its first-ever final of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

Monday's final of the 2008 Aeropostale CAA Men’s Basketball Championship will be played at 7 p.m. in the Richmond Coliseum. The Tribe will face George Mason University, which beat UNC-Wilimington Sunday night in the other CAA semifinal game. At stake will be a spot in the NCAA tournament, which begins March 20.

William and Mary, which entered the CAA tournament as the league's fifth seed, has run off three straight victories to advance to Monday's final.

All three wins have come following last-second heroics. Sophomore David Schneider hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to propel the Tribe past 12th-seeded Georgia State 58-57 in Friday's opening game. William and Mary beat fourth-seeded Old Dominion University 63-60 on Saturday when senior Nathan Mann hit a 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds left in the game.

On Sunday, William and Mary (17-15) upset the league's top team when senior Laimis Kisielius hit a jumper with three seconds remaining on the clock to beat VCU by two points. A win Monday night would send the Tribe into the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.

Excitement on the William and Mary campus has been building with each victory by the Tribe basketball team. Students returned from Spring Break Monday morning. In less than two hours, all 500 available student tickets for the game were sold as students began waiting in line before the box office at William and Mary Hall opened at 8:30 a.m. About 200 students headed up to Richmond on buses arranged by the College.

Monday’s title game will be televised nationally on ESPN. For more information please visit

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