Jan 20, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT
News, notes and links from a busy Saturday of CAA men’s basketball action:
Towson 73, James Madison 47
Towson is 5-1 in CAA play for the first time ever and the Tigers are over .500 (10-9) after 19 games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
The Tigers, who have won six of their last seven, recorded their third-largest margin of victory ever in a CAA game. Towson out-scored JMU 42-19 in the second half after leading by only three at intermission.
Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon recorded his NCAA-leading 13th double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. He was one of five Towson players to score in double digits.
JMU shot just 25.5% from the floor for the game, including 4-of-19 from 3-point range.
Senior guard Alioune Diouff was the only JMU player in double figures with 11 points.
Northeastern 74, Delaware 70
Northeastern’s 6-0 start in CAA play matches the 2008-09 squad for the best start ever in the league. The Huskies have won seven of their last eight overall.
The Huskies are 6-1 in true road games this season, including CAA road victories over Delaware, Drexel, George Mason and Towson.
Northeastern shot 66.7% (10-15) from 3-point range and tied a season-high for treys.
NU senior guard Joel Smith scored a team-high 18 points, while sophomore forward Quincy Ford added 17, which was his fourth straight game in double digits. Jonathan Lee added 14 points and seven assists.
Delaware has dropped back-to-back home games for the first time since January 11-14 of last season.
Guard Jarvis Threatt scored a season-high 21 points and dished out a career-best seven assists for the Blue Hens. He was 9-of-11 from the floor.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson added a season-best 19 points vs. NU.
Senior Jamelle Hagins recorded his 11th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He also moved into 10th place on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list with 935.
Drexel 59, William & Mary 48
Drexel’s defense held the Tribe without a field goal for a 7:40 stretch of the second half and limited them to 32.7% shooting for the game.
Junior guard Frantz Massenat led the Dragons with 19 points. Sophomore guard Damion Lee returned to action after missing two games with a knee injury and chipped in 10 points off the bench.
Drexel out-rebounded W&M 35-26 despite leading rebounder Daryl McCoy missing the game with a foot injury. Junior Dartaye Ruffin tied a season-high with 11 rebounds.
Coach Bruiser Flint won his 205th game at Drexel, moving into a tie for 2nd place on the school’s all-time victories list.
Junior Tim Rusthoven was W&M’s top scorer for the second straight game with 19 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Guard Marcus Thornton hit 4-of-6 from 3-point range and scored 14 points.
W&M was 11-for-11 at the free throw line and had a season-low five turnovers.
George Mason 57, Hofstra 46
Junior Sherrod Wright scored a team-high 21 points for Mason. It was his eight 20-point effort in the past 10 games and his league-leading ninth overall.
Junior Jonathan Arledge added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds in only 15 minutes.
Mason’s defense limited Hofstra to 22.9% FG shooting, including just 16% (4-25) in the first half.
Sophomore Taran Buie scored a team-high 14 points for Hofstra, which was his 12th double-double effort in the past 13 games.
Junior Stephen Nwaukoni contributed eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds. It was his fifth game with 10 or more boards.
Georgia State 69, Old Dominion 54
Georgia State won at ODU for only the second time since 1977-78 and the first time in the Constant Center.
Junior Manny Atkins scored a team-high 21 points for the Panthers, which was his third straight game with 20+ points. Freshman R.J. Hunter added 20 points, which his seventh 20+ point game of the season.
GSU guard Devonta White added 15 points and tied a career-high with seven assists. Senior James Vincent tied a career-high with 12 rebounds.
Sophomore Dimitri Batten scored a team-high 14 points for ODU, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
ODU blocked a season-high nine shots, with five of them by sophomore Richard Ross.
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