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News, Notes and Links From Wednesday Night

Jan 3, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

Drexel's Frantz Massenat

Road teams went 3-0 in conference action on Wednesday night, with Drexel winning 77-60  at Georgia State, James Madison getting past Old Dominion 58-55 and Towson defeating UNCW 79-74. CAA play continues tonight as George Mason hosts Northeastern in a game nationally televised by the NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m.

Here are a few notes and some links following Wednesday’s action:

Drexel/Georgia State

Drexel has now won 17 consecutive CAA regular-season games, which is tied for the second-longest streak in conference history. The record is 18, which was set just a year ago by George Mason. Interestingly, it was Drexel that ended the Patriots’ streak with a 60-53 victory at the DAC on Jan. 12. The Dragons host Towson on Saturday afternoon.

Drexel junior guard Frantz Massenat scored a season-high 25 points against the Panthers. Backcourt mate Damion Lee added 15 points and has scored 15 or more in his past 10 games. Freshman Tavon Allen put 13 points on the board in just 13 minutes off the bench.

Drexel forward Daryl McCoy grabbed 14 rebounds at GSU and moved into 10th place on the Dragons’ all-time caroms chart with 728.

Georgia State freshman guard R.J. Hunter scored a team-high 23 points against Drexel. It was the sixth game with 20 or more points for Hunter, which is the most of any CAA player this season. He leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg).

GSU point guard Devonta White added 11 points vs. Drexel, which gives him nine straight games and 13 of his last 14 in double figures. Junior forward Manny Atkins was held to six points, ending his streak of nine straight double-figure outings.

GSU sophomore Cameron Solomon netted a career-best 12 points last night.


Recaps and analysis courtesy of Ed Miller at the Virginian-Pilot, Dave Fairbank at the Daily Press and Mark Selig at the Daily News-Record.

After opening with a 1-5 mark, JMU has now won four in a row for the first time since January, 2011 and six of its last seven. The Dukes also earned a victory at the Constant Convocation Center for the first time since 2008 and snapped an eight-game overall losing streak to the Monarchs.

Forward Rayshawn Goins paced the Dukes with 16 points and nine rebounds. The senior ranks among the league’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.

The Dukes won without senior point guard Devon Moore, who is dealing with family matters. Freshman Ron Curry took over his spot and delivered 13 points, four assists and only one turnover in 33 minutes, including a couple of key buckets in the final five minutes.

ODU senior forward DeShawn Painter continued his strong play with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Painter has posted three straight double-doubles and has five for the season. He’s averaging 15.8 ppg and 9.5 rpg over his last six contests.

The Monarchs have yet to be out-rebounded in a game this season and lead the CAA in rebound margin (+6.4 rpg). ODU has won the battle of the boards 12 times and been even in the other two games.

Five of ODU’s eight home losses this season have been by five points or less.


Recap and notes from Brian Mull at the Wilmington Star-News.

Towson has won back-to-back road games for the first time since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Tigers were also victorious in their CAA opener for the first time since 2006-07.

Junior Jerrelle Benimon filled the stat sheet with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots. Benimon has eight double-doubles in his past 12 games and ranks among the top six in the CAA in scoring, rebounding, FG percentage and blocked shots.

Towson tied a season-low with only six turnovers at UNCW and is averaging only 9.3 turnovers over its last four contests.

UNCW suffered its first loss of the season at home after starting the year 5-0 at Trask Coliseum.

Senior forward Keith Rendleman tied a school record with 21 rebounds against Towson. He also scored 14 points to record his sixth double-double of the season.

Freshman guard Craig Ponder scored a team-high 23 points vs. Towson, including 17 in the second half. Ponder is averaging 18.0 ppg over his last three games. Backcourt mate Tyree Graham drained 5-of-8 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 18 points in just 15 minutes.

In non-conference action, William & Mary fell 64-50 at Vanderbilt. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 14 points, which was his 14th consecutive game in double figures.

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