Jan 6, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT
The first full Saturday of CAA play included some record-setting performances and down-to-the-wire finishes, which we’ll touch on in the game-by-game breakdowns.
While it’s still very early, parity and unpredictability could be the theme of the 2012-13 season. After just one week, eight of the 10 teams who have played a conference game (Hofstra opens its league slate against Georgia State on Monday night) have earned at least one win and seven of the 10 teams have suffered at least one loss.
Road teams went 3-2 on Saturday to improve to 7-2 for the week and 7-3 for the season. Two of those road victories belong to Towson, which is 2-0 in CAA play for the first time ever and has won three straight on the road for the first time since 1993. Conference co-leader Northeastern is 2-0 in CAA play for the first time since 2008-09.
For those who want the inside scoop on the league from those who know it best – the CAA coaches – be sure to listen live on CAASports.com to our first CAA men’s basketball weekly coaches teleconference starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8. If you have a question that you’d like us to ask, just send an e-mail with your question to email@example.com or send it to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #caahoops and we’ll do our best to get it answered for you.
Delaware 84, Old Dominion 72
Delaware snapped a four-game overall losing streak to ODU and won in Norfolk for the first time since Jan. 15, 2003.
The Blue Hens made a school-record 41 free throws on 50 attempts. Sophomore Jarvis Threatt scored all 19 of his points from the charity stripe, tying a school-record by making 19 free throws on 20 chances. Backcourt mate Devon Saddler was 10-for-10 at the charity stripe on the way to a team-high 27 points.
Senior forward Jamelle Hagins posted his league-leading 10th double-double of the season with 11 points and 16 rebounds. Hagins went over the 900-rebound mark for his career (903) and is 14 caroms shy of passing Spencer Dunkley as the Blue Hens’ all-time rebounding leader. He moved into 12th place on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list.
Freshman Keenan Palmore led four ODU players in double figures with 14 points. Senior DeShawn Painter added 13 points and eight rebounds, narrowly missing his sixth double-double.
Northeastern 68, UNCW 64
NU senior guard Joel Smith scored a team-high 23 points, which was his sixth 20-point effort of the season. Smith had been held to single digits in his past two games.
Sophomore Demetrius Pollard added a career-high 17 points off the bench, while Jonathan Lee scored double digits for the fifth straight game since coming back from a preseason foot injury.
Northeastern turned the ball over only seven times (just twice in the 2nd half) and scored 25 points off 18 UNCW turnovers.
UNCW fell to 0-8 on the road this season and have dropped 14 in a row on the road.
Senior Keith Rendleman recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Junior Tanner Milson went 6-of-9 from 3-point range and poured in a team-high 20 points for the Seahawks.
Georgia State 68, James Madison 52
Georgia State snapped a five-game losing streak and halted James Madison’s four-game winning streak.
Freshman R.J. Hunter scored a team-high 19 points vs. JMU and continues to lead all CAA freshmen in scoring (16.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg).
Senior James Vincent scored 10 points and blocked eight shots. Vincent leads the CAA in blocks and now ranks fifth on the Panthers’ career rejections list (104).
GSU freshman David Travers, who hadn’t scored all season, contributed seven points and three assists in 21 minutes.
JMU senior forward Rayshawn Goins has his third double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. He’s averaging 17.2 ppg and 9.6 rpg in his last five games.
Senior guard Devon Moore, who hadn’t been with the team since Dec. 23 while dealing with family matters, returned on Saturday and scored five points off the bench.
George Mason 73, William & Mary 66
Game recap from Dave Fairbank at the Daily Press.
Junior guard Sherrod Wright scored a career-high 28 points for the Patriots on 10-of-17 FG shooting and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. It was Wright’s fifth 20-point effort in the past six games.
Sophomore point guard Corey Edwards added 10 points and is averaging 9.5 ppg over his last four contests.
Mason out-rebounded W&M 37-25 and had a 15-2 advantage in second-chance points.
W&M junior forward Tim Rusthoven posted his first double-double of the season with 19 points and a season-high 11 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton also poured in 19 points, which was his 14th straight game in double figures.
Towson 69, Drexel 66
Game recap from Sam Carchidi at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Towson is 2-0 in CAA play for the first time ever and has won three in a row on the road for the first time since Feb. 27, 1993.
The Tigers snapped Drexel’s 17-game CAA winning streak, which was tied for the second-longest in conference history. It was Towson’s first victory at the DAC since 2002.
Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon posted his ninth double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds. He’s averaging 19.0 ppg and 15.0 rpg over his last three games.
Junior Marcus Damas added 13 points, which was his fifth double-digit effort in the last six games.
Drexel trailed by 17 with 8:49 left before rallying. The Dragons had two chances to tie in the closing seconds.
Junior Frantz Massenat scored a team-high 17 points for the Dragons and senior Derrick Thomas added 15.
Senior Daryl McCoy grabbed 11 rebounds, which was his third straight game with 10+ boards. He ranks 10th all-time in rebounds at Drexel with 739.
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