Dec 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT
Here’s some mid-week news and notes from the world of CAA men’s hoops:
Towson picked up its first true road victory since the 2010-11 season after defeating defending America East champion Vermont, 68-64, on Wednesday. The Tigers trailed 59-54 with 3:19 left before closing on a 14-5 run. Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon was sensational, scoring a career-high 29 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double in the past six games.
James Madison won its second straight game at home, rolling past East Tennessee State 70-45. Senior guard A.J. Davis, who was suspended by coach Matt Brady for last Saturday’s game with Winthrop and had only scored 11 points combined in his prior four contests, broke loose for a season-high 17 points in 24 minutes off the bench. Freshman Andre Nation also filled the stat sheet with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocked shots.
UNCW improved to 4-0 at Trask Coliseum this season with a 62-47 triumph over Coker. Senior forward Keith Rendleman led the way once again, tallying team-highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds for the 25th double-double of his stellar career. Junior guard Tanner Milson hit three treys and chipped in 13 points, which was his third double-digit effort in the past five contests.
One interesting tidbit from last night – Towson (13), UNCW (14) and JMU (15) – all set season-highs for steals in their wins.
Tuesday wasn’t as successful around the league, but there were a few notable items. Delaware finally played its home opener and beat Radford 68-59 to end a five-game slide. Junior Devon Saddler (18 points, 5 assists) and senior Jamelle Hagins (16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks) led the way for the Hens, who also got guard Jarvis Threatt back in the lineup after he missed three games with an abdominal injury.
George Mason stayed perfect (3-0) at home with a 74-63 victory over UMBC. Junior guard Sherrod Wright fell one point shy of his career-high with 23 points on 8-of-11 FG shooting. The Patriots also got much-needed production from its frontcourt as freshman Marko Gujanicic poured in a career-high 14 points and sophomore Erik Copes added a career-best 10 points.
Senior Daryl McCoy recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds in Drexel’s 76-66 loss at Tennessee State.
Sophomore Taran Buie led Hofstra reached double figures for the sixth time in seven games with 16 points, but the Pride was topped 52-44 by Wagner.
Sophomore Quincy Ford posted his first double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds in Northeastern’s 72-66 loss to in-state rival UMass.
Senior Nick Wright scored a season-best 16 points, but Old Dominion fell 80-53 to Richmond. Wright is averaging 12.3 ppg over his last three games.
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