Jan 13, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT
It was a busy Saturday of CAA men’s basketball action that left Northeastern (4-0) and Delaware (3-0) as the lone unbeaten teams in conference play. The Huskies picked up their third CAA road win of the season with a 70-59 triumph at Towson in a first-place battle, while Devon Saddler’s three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left gave the Blue Hens an 86-83 win at Georgia State. UNCW earned its first league victory as junior Chris Dixon poured in a career-high 30 points to send the Seahawks past George Mason 82-74. Hofstra got 24 points from sophomore Taran Buie in a 70-59 victory over William & Mary and James Madison defeated Drexel 51-43 in a contest in which both teams were dealing with numerous injuries to key players.
Here are some notes and links from yesterday’s games.
Northeastern 70, Towson 59
Northeastern rallied from an early 12-point deficit to improve to 4-0 in CAA play for the first time since starting 6-0 in 2008-09. The Huskies have posted road wins at George Mason, Drexel and Towson.
The victory was the 100th at Northeastern for head coach Bill Coen, who became just the fourth coach in school history to reach that milestone.
Northeastern forced 19 Towson turnovers and turned them into 26 points.
Senior guard Joel Smith scored a team-high 21 points for Northeastern. It was his seventh game with 20+ points this season.
Towson, which was 3-0 in CAA play for the first time ever, had its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon recorded his league-leading 11th double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. He is tied for the national lead in double-doubles with Siena’s O.D. Anosike.
Graduate student Bilal Dixon added 12 points on 6-of-6 FG shooting. Dixon has made 17 of his last 21 shots from the floor.
Delaware 86, Georgia State 83
Delaware extended its winning streak to five and improved to 3-0 in CAA play. The Blue Hens have captured 10 straight CAA regular-season games dating back to last season.
Junior Devon Saddler scored a team-high 29 points, including a game-winning three-pointer with 0.8 seconds to play. It was the sixth game with 20+ points for Saddler, who leads the CAA in scoring (20.6 ppg). He was 10-of-14 from the floor.
Senior Jamelle Hagins added 11 points and seven rebounds. Hagins tied Spencer Dunkley as the all-time leading rebounder at UD with 916.
Georgia State erased an 11-point deficit in the final 1:41 and tied the game before Saddler’s three-pointer in the final second.
Junior Manny Atkins scored a team-high 20 points for the Panthers and guard Devonta White added 18 points, including six in the final 80 seconds.
Freshman R.J. Hunter had 15 points and eight rebounds, but had to sit out the final four minutes with a foot injury.
UNCW 82, George Mason 74
UNCW snapped a four-game losing streak and earned its first CAA win of the season. The Seahawks are now 6-1 at home but 0-9 on the road this season. UNCW also ended a nine-game losing streak against Mason.
Junior guard Chris Dixon scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-16 FG shooting. He was the first UNCW player to score 30 points in Trask Coliseum since Chad Tomko in 2008.
Tyree Graham added 15 points off the bench for UNCW.
Senior forward Keith Rendleman posted his eighth double-double of the season and the 30th of his career with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Mason got a team-high 25 points and six rebounds from junior guard Sherrod Wright. It was Wright’s seventh game with 20 or more points this season.
Freshman guard Patrick Holloway added 11 points for the Patriots. It was his second straight game in double digits.
UNCW outrebounded Mason 51-27, including a 21-6 edge on the offensive glass.
Hofstra 70, William & Mary 59
Sophomore Taran Buie scored a team-high 24 points for Hofstra on 8-of-17 FG shooting, including three treys. It was Buie’s third game with 20 or more points and he has tallied double digits in 10 of his last 11 contests.
Point guard Stevie Mejia added 14 points and a career-high nine assists for the Pride.
Hofstra has won two of its three CAA games after dropping eight straight to close non-conference play.
Junior guard Brandon Britt led William & Mary with 21 points, four assists and two steals.
Backcourt mate Marcus Thornton added 17 points and a team-high five assists. Thornton has scored double figures in every game this season and ranks second in the CAA in scoring with 18.3 ppg.
James Madison 51, Drexel 43
Recap from Mark Selig at the Daily News-Record (login required)
Injuries took a toll on both teams. JMU was without senior Andrey Semenov and freshmen Andre Nation and Charles Cooke, while Drexel played without a pair of starters – senior Daryl McCoy, the Dragons’ leading rebounder, and sophomore Damion Lee, the Dragons’ leading scorer.
JMU is off to a 3-1 start in CAA play for the first time since opening 5-1 in 2010-11.
Senior guard Devon Moore scored 14 points, including five in the final 1:02 of the game. Senior Rayshawn Goins also scored 14 points and averaged 16.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg last week.
JMU freshman Taylor Bessick made his first collegiate start and had nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
The 43 points were the fewest allowed by JMU in a game since Dec. 28, 2001.
Junior guard Frantz Massenat was the only Drexel player in double figures with 13 points.
Kazembe Abif started in place of McCoy and contributed six points and a career-high nine rebounds.
Drexel turned the ball over just six times in the contest.
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