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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Nov. 25

Nov 25, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

Northeastern's Scott Eatherton Northeastern's Scott Eatherton

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Scott Eatherton • Northeastern
Jr., F, 6-8, 219 – Hershey, Pa./Hershey/St. Francis (Pa.)
Eatherton averaged 18.3 points and 12.0 rebounds while shooting 64.5% from the floor as Northeastern placed fourth at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The junior forward posted double-doubles in all three games, tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of a 63-56 win over Georgetown, 22 points and 11 rebounds versus Charlotte and 21 points and 15 boards in a narrow 62-60 setback to Florida State. He also contributed five blocks, four assists and two steals. Eatherton earned All-Tournament honors and became just the ninth player in tournament history to average a double-double in the event.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Omar Prewitt • William & Mary
Fr., G/F, 6-6, 180 – Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County
Prewitt averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in William & Mary’s 1-1 week, which included a 72-62 road win at Rutgers. The freshman guard had nine points, four rebounds and two blocks in the victory over the Scarlet Knights and nearly posted his first double-double with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in a loss to High Point. For the season, Prewitt ranks 14th in the CAA in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and 15th in scoring (13.0 ppg).

CONFERENCE NOTES:

DREXEL ADVANCES TO NIT SEMIFINALS: Drexel defeated Elon 71-64 and host Rutgers 70-59 last week to advance to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. The Dragons will face 4th-ranked Arizona at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and then will meet either #6 Duke or Alabama on Friday, November 29. Sophomore Tavon Allen scored a career-high 21 points to lead four Dragons in double figures against Rutgers, while Chris Fouch tallied a team-high 22 points against Elon. It’s the fourth time since 2005 that a CAA team has reached the NIT semifinals. Drexel reached the final four in 2005, VCU made it in 2010 and Delaware advanced to the semifinals last season.

NORTHEASTERN KNOCKS OFF GEORGETOWN: Northeastern upset Georgetown 63-56 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last Thursday. The Huskies erased a 14-point second-half deficit by going on a 14-0 run to tie the game and then ended the contest on a 12-2 run. Junior Reggie Spencer tied a career-high with 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Scott Eatherton posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. The Huskies finished fourth in the tournament after narrow losses to Charlotte (86-77) and Florida State (62-60). Eatherton was named to the All-Tournament team after becoming the 9th player in tournament history to average a double-double (18.5 ppg/12.0 rpg).

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Along with the performances turned in by Drexel and Northeastern, there were several other outstanding individual efforts last week. William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 28 points and tied a career high with six rebounds in the Tribe’s 72-62 road victory over Rutgers. Delaware senior Davon Usher hit 5-of-10 threes and tallied a team-best 27 points in the Blue Hens’ narrow 84-80 loss at Villanova. Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw averaged 24.5 ppg in three Hall of Fame Tip-Off games, including a career-high 37 points in an overtime loss to Richmond and 25 points in a championship game setback to Belmont. The Pride’s Dion Nesmith netted 27 points in a win over Hartford. Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon posted his third double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against #2 Kansas. CofC junior guard Anthony Stitt poured in a season-high 21 points as the Cougars rolled past Furman 89-55. UNCW guard Addison Spruill averaged 18.0 ppg in three games last week, including 24 points in a win at Liberty.

TRANSFERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Several transfers have made a big impact in the CAA. Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks third in the CAA in scoring (18.4 ppg) and seventh in rebounding (7.8 rpg). Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw (Illinois State) is 2nd the CAA in scoring with 20.0 ppg, while the Pride’s Dion Nesmith (Monmouth) is 12th (13.5 ppg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 10 in scoring (16.2 ppg/7th), rebounding (11.0 rpg/2nd) and FG percentage (61.9%/1st).

BENIMON NAMED TO NAISMITH WATCH LIST: Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon, the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, is one of 50 players on the Watch List for the Naismith Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top collegiate performer. Benimon averaged 17.1 ppg and 11.2 rpg last season and is averaging 18.2 ppg and a league-best 11.4 rpg so far this season.

NU’S EATHERTON LEADS NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton is tied for the national lead in double-doubles with five according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Nov. 25. Eatherton is also 23rd in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and 45th in FG percentage (61.9%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranks 13th in Division I in steals (3.2 spg) and 17th in assists (6.4 apg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson is 17th in 3-pointers per game (3.6) and 43rd in 3-point FG% (48.6%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon ranks 18th in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 38th in scoring (21.6 ppg).

COFC FACES CHALLENGING SLATE IN ANAHEIM: College of Charleston heads to Anaheim, Calif. over Thanksgiving for The Wooden Legacy tournament. The Cougars open with 2013 NCAA Tournament participant San Diego State on Thursday and will meet either 20th-ranked Creighton or Pac-12 member Arizona State in the second round. Also in the field are defending ACC champ Miami, 2013 NCAA Elite 8 member Marquette, George Washington and Cal State Fullerton.

FANTASTIC FRESHMEN: Four freshmen are among the top 30 in the CAA in scoring. CofC’s Canyon Barry ranks eighth (15.4 ppg), W&M’s Omar Prewitt is 15th (13.0 ppg), CofC’s Joe Chealey is 24th (10.4 ppg) and Hofstra’s Jamall Robinson is 29th (9.0 ppg).

THORNTON EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has scored double figures in 37 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to his freshman year. He reached double digits in all 30 contests in 2012-13 and he leads the CAA in scoring so far this season with 21.6 ppg.

College of Charleston

•    Dropped a 70-54 decision to Miami (Fla.) but rolled past Furman 89-55 last week.

•    Junior Anthony Stitt hit 4-of-8 threes and scored a season-high 21 points vs. Furman and also made a career-best four steals.

•    Redshirt freshman guard Canyon Barry added 15 points in the victory over Furman. He leads all freshmen in the CAA in scoring with 15.4 ppg.

•    Freshman point guard Joe Chealey scored a team-high 12 points vs. Miami and dished out a career-high 7 assists vs. Furman. He’s averaging 10.4 ppg and 3.0 apg.

•    Junior Adjehi Baru tallied 14 points and 6 rebounds vs. Furman. He has had five or more boards in all five games this season.

•    CofC shot a season-best 56.9% from the floor against Furman and made 11-of-24 from 3-point range.

•    Freshman Jonathan Cook scored a career-high 14 points in 15 minutes vs. Furman.

Delaware

•    Went 1-1 on the road last week, topping Army 89-74 before dropping a close 84-80 decision at Villanova.

•    Forward Davon Usher hit 5-of-10 threes and scored a game-high 27 points at VU and had 16 points and 8 boards at Army. Usher ranks 3rd in the CAA in scoring (18.4 ppg) and 7th in rebounding (7.8 rpg).

•    Junior guard Jarvis Threatt added 16 points, 8 assists and 3 steals at Villanova. Over the last 3 games, he’s averaging 21.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 8.0 apg and 3.7 spg.

•    Junior Kyle Anderson hit four treys and scored 17 points at VU. He’s 14-for-25 from 3-point range over the past three games and is shooting 48.6% from beyond the arc for the year.

•    Senior forward Carl Baptiste reached double digits for the 4th straight game with 13 points and had 8 rebounds at Villanova.

•    Delaware has reached 80 points in 4 straight games for the first time since 2000 and is averaging 88.0 ppg over that stretch.

Drexel

•    Advanced to the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament semifinals following a 71-64 win over Elon and a 70-59 victory at Rutgers.

•    Sophomore Tavon Allen scored a career-high 21 points off the bench at RU, including  a streak of 11 straight Drexel points in the 2nd half. Also added 15 points vs. Elon.

•    Guard Chris Fouch scored a team-high 22 points vs. Elon and is averaging 19.3 ppg over his last three games. Fouch ranks 6th in career threes (212) and 17th in career points (1,263) at Drexel.

•    Senior Frantz Massenat, who contributed 12 points and 7 assists at Rutgers, ranks 4th in career assists (428) at Drexel.

•    Junior guard Damion Lee has scored double figures in 10 straight games with 16 points vs. Elon and 15 at Rutgers. He’s just 46 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

•    Head coach Bruiser Flint picked up his 300th career win vs. Elon and has passed Sam Cozen for the most wins in Drexel history with 215.

Hofstra

•    Went 1-2 in the Hall of Fame Tipoff last week, beating Hartford (81-78) but losing to Richmond (74-63, ot) and Belmont (85-75).

•    Guard/forward Zeke Upshaw averaged 24.7 ppg for the week, including a career-high 37 points and 9 rebounds at UR and 25 points and 7 boards vs. Belmont. The 37 points are the most by a Hofstra player since Dec. 8, 2010. He’s second in the CAA with 20.0 ppg.

•    Guard Dion Nesmith scored a career-high 27 points in the victory over Hartford.

•    Stephen Nwaukoni posted his first double-double of the year vs. Belmont with a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds.

•    Sophomore Jordan Allen pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds at UR and scored 11 points on 5-of-6 FG shooting vs. Belmont.

•    Freshman Jamall Robinson is averaging 9.0 ppg over his first six collegiate games.

•    Darren Payen contributed 10 points in just 11 minutes off the bench vs. Hartford.

James Madison

•    Fell 71-67 at home to Detroit and 81-49 at Valparaiso last week.

•    Sophomore guard Charles Cooke scored a team-high 17 points against Detroit and a team-best 14 points at Valpo. He’s scored double digits in five straight games and is averaging 13.0 ppg for the season.

•    Forward Andrey Semenov added 14 points and six rebounds vs. Detroit, but missed the Valpo game with a foot injury. He’s 43 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

•    Sophomore guard Ron Curry (10.4 ppg) also sat out the Valpo game with an injury.

•    Freshmen Jackson Kent and Ivan Lukic each chipped in 10 points off the bench against Detroit. Kent also scored 11 points in his first career start at Valpo.

•    JMU went just 26-of-45 from the free throw line in the loss to Detroit, but hit 15-of-16 from the stripe at Valpo.

•    The Dukes don’t play their next home game until Dec. 30 vs. Ball State.

UNCW

•    Went 1-2 on a 3-game road swing last week, winning 87-76 at Liberty but losing 73-58 at Western Kentucky and 96-78 at Marshall.

•    Junior guard Addison Spruill averaged 18.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg for the week. He hit 13-of-16 at the FT line and scored a game-high 24 points at Liberty and had a team-best 19 points at Marshall.

•    Junior Cedrick Williams tallied a team-high 13 points and 8 rebounds at WKU and followed with 18 points and 7 boards at Marshall. He’s averaging 15.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg while shooting 58.2% from the floor.

•    Senior Tanner Milson was 5-of-7 from 3-point range and scored a season-best 23 points at Liberty. He had 16 in the first half, highlighted by a halfcourt shot at the buzzer.

•    Freddie Jackson chipped in 11 points off the bench at Marshall.

•    UNCW shot a solid 46.8% from the floor and 72% at the FT line last week.

Northeastern

•    Finished 4th at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, beating Georgetown (63-56) before losing to Charlotte (86-77) and Florida State (62-60).

•    Junior Scott Eatherton earned All-Tournament honors after averaging 18.3 ppg and 12.0 rpg. He posted double-doubles vs. GU (12 pts/10 reb), Charlotte (22 pts/11 reb) and FSU (21 pts/15 reb). He leads the CAA with five double-doubles in six games.

•    Junior Reggie Spencer averaged 14.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg in the tournament. He tied a career-high with 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds vs. GU and posted a double-double (11 pts/12 reb) against Charlotte.

•    Freshman guard T.J. Williams chipped in 10 points off the bench vs. GU and scored a career-high 12 points vs. Charlotte.

•    Sophomore David Walker scored 12 points vs. Georgetown and 13 against FSU.

•    Northeastern has out-rebounded every opponent this season and leads the CAA in rebound margin (+4.8 rpg).

Towson

•    Dropped an 88-58 decision at #2 Kansas on Friday.

•    Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his 3rd double-double at Kansas with team-highs of 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. He leads the CAA in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and ranks 4th in scoring (18.2 ppg).

•    Senior Rafriel Guthrie hit 3-of-5 from 3-point range and contributed 15 points off the bench at Kansas. He’s averaging 12.0 ppg for the season and has tallied double digits in three of Towson’s five games.

•    Senior Marcus Damas posted his first double-double since 2011 against Temple (16 pts/10 reb) and hit 3-of-4 treys and tallied 17 points against Morgan State.

•    The Tigers were outrebounded (40-28) for the first time in five games at Kansas.

•    The Tigers shot 51.6% from the floor and scored 42 points in the second half at Kansas after shooting only 20.7% and going 0-for-10 from three in the first half.

William & Mary

•    Won 72-62 at Rutgers on Saturday after opening the 2nd half on a 20-0 run. Also fell 80-69 at home to High Point last week.

•    Junior Marcus Thornton had a team-high 28 points and 6 rebounds at Rutgers and poured in 18 points vs. HPU to become the 35th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Thornton has scored double figures in 37 consecutive games.

•     Senior Tim Rusthoven scored a team-high 20 points on 9-of-15 FG shooting vs. HPU and netted 10 points at Rutgers.

•    Freshman Omar Prewitt averaged 10.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg for the week. He hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with 12 points and a team-best eight rebounds vs. HPU.

•    Terry Tarpey scored 11 points on 5-of-6 FG shooting at Rutgers and is shooting 80% (16-of-20) from the floor for the season.

•     Senior Kyle Gaillard contributed 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in the Rutgers win.

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