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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Dec. 30

Dec 30, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

College of Charleston's Willis Hall College of Charleston's Willis Hall

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Willis Hall • College of Charleston
Sr., F, 6-6, 235 – Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian
Hall posted his third double-double of the season with team-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds as the College of Charleston rolled past city rival The Citadel 72-48 on Sunday. The senior forward was 7-for-11 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, and also contributed two assists and two steals. Hall, who averaged 12.0 ppg and 10.8 rpg in the month of December, has led CofC in scoring in four straight games and has been the Cougars’ top rebounder in six consecutive contests.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jamall Robinson • Hofstra
Fr., G/F, 6-5, 210 – Cheltenham, Md./Paul VI
Robinson averaged 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in Hofstra’s two games last week. The freshman guard scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 FG shooting and grabbed four rebounds at Siena last Monday and followed with eight points and four boards against George Washington on Saturday. Robinson has started all 11 games for the Pride this season and is averaging 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per outing.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

CONFERENCE PLAY STARTS ON SATURDAY: Conference play in the CAA starts on Saturday night as defending champion James Madison travels to UNCW. The Dukes will stay on the road and face College of Charleston on Tuesday, January 7 in the Cougars’ inaugural CAA contest. There are three more league games on Wednesday, January 8 as UNCW visits Northeastern, William & Mary entertains Drexel and Hofstra is at Delaware. Preseason favorite Towson is the final team to open CAA play on January 11. Each team will play a 16-game conference schedule  with home and away games against all eight league foes.

CAA RANKED 16TH IN LATEST RPI RATINGS: The CAA was ranked 16th among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI ratings released by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) on Dec. 30. Drexel was the highest ranked CAA team at #83, followed by Delaware at #121 and Towson at #169. Northeastern has faced the 32nd-toughest non-conference schedule in the nation. A complete listing can be found on Page 5 of the release.

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 24th-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.

CHARLESTON WINS 500TH GAME: College of Charleston recorded its 500th victory since becoming a Division I program in 1991-92 with a 72-48 triumph over The Citadel on Sunday. The Cougars have an impressive 500-192 record at the Division I level.

THORNTON’S DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK ENDS AT 42: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton saw his streak of scoring double figures end at 42 games after being held to nine points in a loss at West Virginia on Sunday. The streak, which was the fourth-longest in W&M history, dated back to his freshman year. Thornton reached double digits in all 30 contests in 2012-13 and he leads the CAA in scoring this season with 18.4 ppg.

NU’S EATHERTON LEADS NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton was tied for the national lead in double-doubles with nine according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Dec. 30. Eatherton was also 13th in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and 26th in FG percentage (59.2%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranked 25th in Division I in assists (5.8 apg) and 24th in steals (2.3 spg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson was 16th in 3-pointers per game (3.3) and 7th in 3-point FG% (51.3%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon was 6th in double-doubles (7) and 8th in rebounding (10.4 rpg). W&M’s Marcus Thornton was 51st in 3-pointers per game (2.7) In FG percentage, W&M’s Tim Rusthoven was 35th at 57.9%. NU’s David Walker ranked 48th in steals with 2.1 spg.

TRANSFERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Several transfers continue to make a big impact in the CAA. Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw (Illinois State) ranks third in the CAA in scoring with 17.9 ppg. Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks fourth in the CAA in scoring (17.8 ppg) and 12th in rebounding (6.6 rpg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 10 in scoring (17.0 ppg/7th), rebounding (10.1 rpg/2nd) and FG percentage (59.2%/1st). Towson’s Four McGlynn (Vermont) ranks second in the CAA in 3-point FG percentage (44.1%) and third in 3’s per game (2.3). UNCW’s Ben Eblen (Alabama) is fourth in the CAA in assists (3.7 apg) and second in assist/TO ratio.

CLEANING THE GLASS: Six of the nine CAA teams are out-rebounding their opponents this season. Towson is a league-best +8.3 rpg on the glass, followed by College of Charleston (+4.8 rpg) and Hofstra (+3.9 rpg). The Tigers are 18th nationally in rebound margin.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: Drexel is averaging only 9.1 turnovers per game this season, which ranks fourth in Division I. The Dragons have committed nine or fewer turnovers in their last five games and haven’t turned the ball over more than 14 times in any of their 12 contests. Drexel had only five turnovers in a narrow loss to #1 Arizona on Nov. 27.

College of Charleston

•    Defeated The Citadel 72-48 on Sunday for their 7th straight victory over their city rival.

•    Senior Willis Hall posted his 3rd double-double of the season with team-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds at The Citadel. He’s averaging 14.0 ppg and 10.8 rpg over his past five games.

•    Junior Anthony Stitt contributed 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals vs. The Citadel. He only had 1 turnover in 37 minutes.

•    Junior Adjehi Baru added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in The Citadel win. He ranks 2nd in the CAA in blocks (1.8 bpg), 7th in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and 23rd in scoring (10.2 ppg) for the season.

•    Nori Johnson hit 4-of-7 threes and scored 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench at The Citadel. Johnson hadn’t scored while seeing action in five games this season.

•    CofC has an impressive 13-3 record in road games over the past two seasons under coach Doug Wojcik.

Delaware

•    Travel to St. Bonaventure tonight in their first game after a 9-day break.

•    Senior Devon Saddler averaged 21.3 ppg in his first three 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 2nd 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 against Bryant, which was his fifth 20-point performance of the season.

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

Drexel

•    Suffered their first home loss of the season on Sunday, falling 55-52 to Buffalo.

•    Chris Fouch scored 13 points vs. Buffalo, which was his 11th double-digit effort in 12 games. He ranks 5th in career treys (228) and 13th in career points (1,399) at DU.

•    Sophomore Tavon Allen poured in a team-high 14 points vs. Buffalo and is averaging 17.0 ppg over his last two games.

•    Frantz Massenat had 10 points and 5 assists vs. Buffalo. He ranks 4th in career assists (461) and 16th in career points (1,304) at Drexel.

•    Dartaye Ruffin pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds vs. Buffalo. He ranks 4th in the CAA in rebounding (8.5 rpg) this season and is 13th in career rebounds (715) at Drexel.

•    The Dragons were just 1-for-14 from 3-point range against Buffalo and are 3-for-23 from beyond the arc in the past two games.

•    Drexel committed only 8 turnovers vs. Buffalo, which was its fifth straight game with less than 10 turnovers.

Hofstra

•    Lost 67-59 at Siena last Monday and 69-58 to George Washington on Saturday.

•    Freshman Jamall Robinson scored a career-high 16 points at Siena and is averaging 12.7 ppg over his last four games. He’s 3rd among CAA freshmen in scoring (9.8 ppg).

•    Zeke Upshaw scored 11 points vs. GW, which was his 8th double-digit outing in the past 9 games. Upshaw, who has topped the 20-point mark five times, ranks third in the CAA in scoring with 17.9 ppg.

•    Guard Dion Nesmith, who had missed three games due to injury, had 11 points and 5 assists at Siena and followed with a team-high 17 points and 5 assists against GW.

•    Stephen Nwaukoni grabbed 17 rebounds last week and ranks third in the CAA in rebounding for the season with 8.6 rpg.

•    Freshman Chris Jenkins tallied 11 points off the bench at Siena, which was his top scoring effort since Nov. 8.

•    Hofstra has led at halftime in eight of its 11 games this season.

James Madison

•    Host Ball State tonight in their first game after a 9-day break. It will be JMU’s first home game since Nov. 19.

•    Sophomore Ron Curry averaged 21.0 points over JMU’s past two games and was the only Duke in double figures in both contests. He was 13-of-19 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from 3, in those games.

•    Sophomore Charles Cooke, who leads JMU and ranks 9th in the CAA in scoring (14.7 ppg), has scored just 15 total points in his past two contests.

•    Freshmen Tom Vodanovich scored six points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds vs. Hampton on Dec. 21. 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

•    Dropped a 75-61 decision at in-state foe UNC Asheville on Saturday.

•    Junior Cedrick Williams came off the bench to post team-highs of 15 points and 8 rebounds at UNCA. He leads UNCW in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg) and tops the CAA in blocked shots (2.0 bpg).

•    Guard Freddie Jackson shared team-high scoring honors with 15 points at UNCA. He’s scored double digits in 4 of his last 5 games and is averaging 11.8 ppg in that stretch.

•    Senior Tanner Milson hit three treys and chipped in 12 points at UNCA. He’s made a team-high 24 threes this season and is shooting 38.7% from beyond the arc.

•    UNCW used its eighth different starting lineup in 14 games at UNCA.

•    The Seahawks shot just 34.4% from the floor at UNCA and were also hurt by 17 turnovers.

Northeastern

•    Entertain Richmond on Tuesday in their first game after a 9-day break.

•    Junior Scott Eatherton has posted an NCAA-best 9 double-doubles in 12 games. He’s 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (10.1 rpg), 1st in FG% (59.2%), 3rd in blocks (2.0 bpg) and 7th in scoring (17.0 ppg).

•    Sophomore David Walker hit four 3’s and scored a team-high 18 points vs. Tulane on Dec. 22. He’s among the top five in the CAA in assists (3.1 apg) and steals (2.1 spg) and leads the league in FT percentage (82.8%).

•    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 has made a team-high 19 three-pointers and is shooting 34.5% from beyond the arc.

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

Towson

•    Host New Hampshire tonight after a 9-day break for the holidays. Towson is 7-0 at home, but 0-5 on the road this season.

•    Senior Jerrelle Benimon has posted four straight double-doubles and has seven for the season. He’s among the top six in the CAA in scoring (17.1 ppg/6th), rebounding (10.4 rpg/1st) and assists (4.1 apg/3rd).

•    Guard Four McGlynn hit 3-of-4 treys and scored 16 points at NDSU on Dec. 21 and has made at least two 3-pointers in 7 straight games.

•    Senior Mike Burwell is averaging 13.7 ppg over his last three games, including a career-high 20 points at Oregon State.

•    Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera scored a career-high 11 points at NDSU, which was his second double-digit scoring effort in the past three games.

•    Towson leads the CAA in rebounding margin (+8.3 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Shot just 25.5% from the floor in an 82-45 setback at West Virginia on Sunday.

•    Junior Marcus Thornton was held to 9 points at WVU, ending his double-figure scoring streak at 42 games. Thornton still leads the CAA in scoring with 18.4 ppg.

•     Senior Tim Rusthoven was the lone W&M player in double figures at WVU with 13 points. He’s 13th in the CAA in scoring (13.1 ppg) and is shooting 57.9% from the floor.

•    Omar Prewitt scored a season-low 5 points at WVU. He has tallied double digits in 8 of 11 games and leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (14.0 ppg) and is 2nd in rebounding (5.0 rpg).

•    Terry Tarpey grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds at WVU, which was the 7th time in 11 games he’s topped the Tribe on the glass.

•     W&M was just 6-of-25 from 3-point range at WVU. The Tribe leads the CAA in FG percentage (45.8%) and 3’s per game (8.0).

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