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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Dec. 23

Dec 23, 2013, 4:23 PM EST

JMU's Ron Curry JMU's Ron Curry

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ron Curry • James Madison
So., G, 6-4, 190 – Pennsauken, N.J./Paul VI
Curry averaged 21.0 ppg and shot nearly 70% from the floor in JMU’s 1-1 week. The sophomore guard poured in a career-high 23 points in a loss at UNCG and followed with a team-best 19 points in a victory over Hampton. The two games were the two highest-scoring contests of his career. Curry shot 13-of-19 (68.4%) from the floor, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, and made 10-of-13 (76.9%) at the free throw line. He also added five rebounds and three assists for the week.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Omar Prewitt • William & Mary
Fr., G/F, 6-6, 180 – Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery Co.
Prewitt scored a team-high 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds blocked a shot and made a steal in 20 minutes of action as William & Mary rolled past Goucher 94-60 last Friday. The freshman wing was 8-of-12 from the floor and reached the 20-point mark for the third time in five games.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

CAA RANKED 14TH IN LATEST RPI RATINGS: The CAA is ranked 14th among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI ratings released by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) on Dec. 23. Drexel is the highest ranked CAA team at #63, followed by Delaware at #120 and UNCW at #154. Three CAA teams have non-conference schedule strengths rated among the top 80 in the nation – Northeastern (31), College of Charleston (54) and UNCW (77). A complete listing can be found on Page 5 of the release.

LIGHT WEEK OF ACTION: There are only six games on this week’s schedule as CAA teams take a break for the Christmas holiday. Hofstra visits Siena tonight and then there are no contests until the weekend. On Saturday, Hofstra entertains George Washington and UNCW visits in-state foe UNC Asheville. Sunday’s slate includes Drexel hosting Buffalo, College of Charleston facing city rival The Citadel and William & Mary taking on West Virginia in Charleston, W.Va.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Along with the efforts put forth by weekly honorees Ron Curry of JMU and Omar Prewitt of William & Mary, several other CAA players had noteworthy performances last week. Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon averaged 20.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg in two games last week, highlighted by a 29-point, 12-rebound effort at North Dakota State. Delaware junior guard Jarvis Threatt averaged 17.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 4.7 apg over three games. He had a season-best 29 points, five rebounds and four assists in an overtime victory over Bryant. Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton posted his ninth double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Huskies overcame a 20-point deficit to beat Milwaukee. College of Charleston senior forward Willis Hall averaged 14.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg in the Cougars’ 1-1 week.

TOWSON TOUGH AT HOME: Towson is a perfect 7-0 at home this season and its 11-game home court winning streak is tied for the 21st-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.

THORNTON EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has scored double figures in 42 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to his freshman year. He reached double digits in all 30 contests in 2012-13 and he ranks second in the CAA in scoring so far this season with 19.3 ppg.

NU’S EATHERTON LEADS NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton is tied for the national lead in double-doubles with nine according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Dec. 23. Eatherton is also 15th in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and 29th in FG percentage (59.2%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranks 28th in Division I in assists (5.8 apg) and 27th in steals (2.3 spg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson is 17th in 3-pointers per game (3.3) and 8th in 3-point FG% (51.3%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon is 4th in double-doubles (7) and 11th in rebounding (10.4 rpg). W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 42nd in 3-pointers per game (2.9) and 55th in scoring (19.3 ppg) while Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw is 38th in scoring (19.9 ppg). In FG percentage, W&M’s Tim Rusthoven is 34th at 58.1% with UNCW’s Cedrick Williams is 45th (57.4%).

DELAWARE TOPS CENTURY MARK IN WIN OVER BRYANT: Delaware outlasted Bryant 108-107 at Madison Square Garden last Saturday. It was the 7th-most points in Blue Hens’ history and most since 2001. UD had three players score 23 or more points in a game for the first time ever as Jarvis Threatt had 29, Davon Usher had 25 and Devon Saddler had 23. UD has scored 80 or more points eight times this season and leads the league in scoring offense with 82.1 ppg.

College of Charleston

•    Won 51-44 at Old Dominion last Wednesday but lost 58-54 to Kent State on Saturday.

•    Willis Hall scored a team-high 14 points with 7 rebounds at ODU and had 14 points and 9 boards vs. KSU. He’s averaging 13.0 ppg and 10.3 rpg over his past 4 games.

•    Senior Anthony Thomas made his first two starts of the year last week and scored 10 points at ODU and a season-high 13 points with 8 rebounds against Kent State.

•    Junior Adjehi Baru blocked four shots at ODU and five vs. KSU. He ranks 3rd in the CAA in blocks (1.8 bpg), 7th in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and 24th in scoring (10.1 ppg) for the season.

•    Freshman Canyon Barry added 9 points off the bench vs. Kent State. He’s 2nd among all CAA freshmen in scoring with 10.5 ppg.

•    CofC’s defense held ODU to a season-low 44 points and KSU to just 17 first-half points. The Cougars lead the CAA in scoring defense (64.1 ppg) this season.

Delaware

•    Went 1-2 last week, falling 85-66 at North Dakota State and 76-64 at #3 Ohio State before outlasting Bryant 108-107 in OT. The 108 points were the most since 2001.

•    Senior Devon Saddler averaged 21.3 ppg last week in his first games back after a 1-month suspension. Saddler is the leading active scorer in the CAA with 1,780 points.

•    Junior Jarvis Threatt scored a season-high 29 points vs. Bryant, which was his 10th straight game in double figures. He leads the CAA in assists (5.8 apg) and steals (2.3 spg) and is 3rd in scoring (18.3 ppg).

•    Junior Kyle Anderson has made 36-of-66 (54.5%) from 3-point range over the past 10 games. He’s shooting a CAA-best 51.3% from beyond the arc for the year and has hit 40 threes.

•    Forward Davon Usher tallied 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals in the Bryant win.

•    Marvin King-Davis posted his first double-double with career-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds against Bryant.

Drexel

•    Went 1-1 last week, falling 75-55 at Saint Joseph’s before beating St. Francis (Pa.) 59-49. Have won five of their last six games.

•    Chris Fouch had his 9-game double-digit scoring streak end at SJU (6 pts), but rebounded with a team-high 15 points vs. St. Francis. He ranks 5th in career treys (228) and 13th in career points (1,386) at DU.

•    Sophomore Tavon Allen poured in a team-high 20 points at St. Joe’s, which was his second 20-point effort of the season.

•    Frantz Massenat chipped in 13 points vs. St. Francis. He ranks 4th in career assists (456) and 16th in career points (1,294) at Drexel.

•    Dartaye Ruffin grabbed 11 rebounds last week and became the 13th DU player to reach 700 career boards (703).

•    Kazembe Abif had his 3rd double-digit rebound effort (11) in the St. Francis win.

•    Freshman Rodney Williams had team-high 10 rebounds at Saint Joseph’s and scored six points on 3-of-3 FG shooting vs. St. Francis.

Hofstra

•    The Pride was off last week, but return to action tonight at Siena.

•    Zeke Upshaw scored a team-high 22 points vs. CCSU on Dec. 15, which was his 7th straight game in double digits. Upshaw, who has topped the 20-point mark five times, leads the CAA in scoring with 19.9 ppg.

•    Freshman Jamall Robinson added 13 points and 4 rebounds vs. CCSU. He’s 3rd among all CAA freshmen in scoring with 9.3 ppg.

•    Stephen Nwaukoni posted his 2nd double-double of the season with 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds in the CCSU win. He’s 3rd in the CAA with 8.7 rpg.

•    Moussa Kone had 13 points and 8 boards vs. CCSU, which was his best scoring and rebounding effort since Nov. 10.

•    Guard Dion Nesmith, who is the Pride’s second-leading scorer (13.5 ppg), has missed the past three games due to an injury.

•    Hofstra has led at halftime in seven of its nine games this season.

James Madison

•    Split games last week, losing 78-65 at UNCG, but defeating Hampton 55-49.

•    Sophomore Ron Curry scored a career-high 23 points at UNCG, hitting 6-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3, and followed with a team-high 19 points vs. HU on 7-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3. He was the only JMU player in double figures in both games.

•    Sophomore Charles Cooke had his 10-game double-digit scoring streak snapped at UNCG, but he’s averaging 16.8 ppg over his last six contests.

•    Freshmen Tom Vodanovich scored six points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds vs. Hampton. He leads all CAA freshmen in rebounding with 5.2 rpg.

•    Forward Andrey Semenov became the 27th player in JMU history to reach the 1,000-point mark (1,009) for his career.

•    JMU is shooting 47.8% from the floor, including 37.9% from 3-point range over its last three games.

UNCW

•    Lost 69-57 at home to Old Dominion last Saturday.

•    Junior Cedrick Williams tallied team-highs of 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks vs. ODU. He leads UNCW in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg) and tops the CAA in blocked shots (2.1 bpg).

•    Guard Freddie Jackson added 9 points and 5 rebounds off the bench vs. ODU. He’s scored double figures in 3 of his last 4 games and is averaging 11.0 ppg over that stretch.

•    Sophomore Luke Hager scored a career-high 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench against ODU.

•    Junior Addison Spruill has scored double figures in 8 of his 13 games.

•    The Seahawks went 0-for-6 from 3-point range, which was the second time this year they failed to make a trey.

Northeastern

•    Overcame a 20-point deficit and rallied past Milwaukee 62-59, but lost 65-62 to Tulane in the Tulane Classic.

•    Junior Scott Eatherton posted his NCAA-best 9th double-double with team-highs of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. Milwaukee. He leads the CAA in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and FG% (59.6%), is 2nd in blocks (2.0 bpg) and 6th in scoring (17.6 ppg).

•    Sophomore David Walker hit four 3’s and scored a team-high 18 points vs. Tulane. He’s among the top five in the CAA in assists (3.1 apg) and steals (2.1 spg).

•    Junior Reggie Spencer pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in the setback to Tulane, while Zach Stahl tied a career high with 16 points off the bench.

•    Junior Demetrius Pollard hit three treys and scored 11 points vs. Milwaukee. It was his fourth time in double figures.

•    NU has overcome nine double-digit deficits to win over the past two seasons.

Towson

•    Lost 76-67 at Oregon State and 90-82 at North Dakota State last week. Towson is 7-0 at home, but 0-5 on the road this season.

•    Senior Jerrelle Benimon tallied team-highs of 29 points and 12 rebounds at NDSU and had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists at OSU. He has posted four straight double-doubles and has seven for the season.

•    Guard Four McGlynn hit 3-of-4 treys and scored 16 points at NDSU. He has made at least two 3-pointers in 7 straight games.

•    Senior Mike Burwell poured in a career-high 20 points at Oregon State. He was 8-of-13 from the floor and also made 4 steals.

•    Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera scored a career-high 11 points in 19 minutes at NDSU.

•    The Tigers outrebounded NDSU 35-27. Towson leads the CAA in rebounding margin (+8.3 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Cruised past Goucher 94-60 last Friday in their first game after a 13-day break.

•    Junior Marcus Thornton tallied 19 points and a career high-tying six assists vs. Goucher, extending his double-figure scoring streak to 42 games.

•    Omar Prewitt scored a team-high 20 points and had seven rebounds vs. Goucher. He has tallied double digits in 8 of 10 games and leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (15.0 ppg) and is 2nd in rebounding (5.0 rpg).

•     Senior Julian Boatner drained 5-of-8 three-pointers and scored 15 points in the Goucher win. Nineteen of Boatner’s 23 field goals have come from beyond the arc.

•    Senior guard Brandon Britt, who sat out the Tribe’s first 9 games for a violation of team policies, returned to action against Goucher and had 9 points in 20 minutes.

•     W&M hit a season-high 13 threes vs. Goucher. The Tribe, which leads the CAA in FG percentage (47.9%) and 3’s per game (8.2), has hit double-digit treys in three of the last four games.

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