Jan 24, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT
It was a wild Wednesday night around the CAA with great games, outstanding individual performances and some highlight reel plays.
Here are notes and links from each game.
Drexel 55, Hofstra 52
Recap from Mark Herrmann at Newsday
Drexel junior Frantz Massenat hit the game-winning 50-foot shot at the buzzer.
Drexel won its second straight game and evened its CAA record at 3-3. The Dragons are 5-4 on the road this season, including 3-1 in CAA play.
Massenat and sophomore Damion Lee each scored 14 points for the Dragons. Senior forward Daryl McCoy returned to the lineup after missing two games with a foot injury and had six points in 13 minutes.
Hofstra sophomore Taran Buie matched a career high with 29 points and tied a school record with seven three-pointers (7-11). Senior Stevie Mejia added eight points, five rebounds and six assists.
It was the Pride’s first last-second loss since falling 70-68 to Northeastern on January 3, 1995.
Northeastern 95, William & Mary 91 (2ot)
Recap from Rich Thompson at the Boston Herald
Northeastern is off to a 7-0 start in CAA play for the first time ever and has won eight of its last nine games overall.
Northeastern senior Joel Smith tied a career high with 29 points, including 11 in the second overtime. Freshman David Walker added a career-best 17 points and five assists and senior Jonathan Lee netted 19 points.
William & Mary trailed 34-19 at halftime before shooting a sizzling 73.1% (19-26) in the second half to force overtime.
Junior Tim Rusthoven recorded his third double-double of the season with a career-high 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best five blocks. Sophomore Marcus Thornton scored all 23 of his points in the second half and overtime and posted double figures for the 20th consecutive game.
It was the Tribe’s third double-overtime loss of the season and eighth straight setback.
George Mason 77, Towson 67
Junior Sherrod Wright scored a team-high 24 points for Mason, which was his league-leading 10th 20-point effort of the season. Junior Bryon Allen added 16 points for the Patriots and freshman Marko Gujanicic had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Mason shot 49.1% from the floor, had 20 assists on 26 field goals and only committed eight turnovers.
It was the third straight win for Mason and vaulted them into second place in the CAA standings at 5-2.
Towson was led by junior Rafriel Guthrie, who scored a career-high 18 points. Junior Jerrelle Benimon added 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, but had his streak of six consecutive double-doubles come to an end. He still leads the nation with 14 for the season.
The Tigers out-rebounded Mason 44-34, with graduate student Bilal Dixon grabbing a game-high 14 boards.
Towson has lost two straight games after winning six of seven. The Tigers are now 5-3 in CAA play.
James Madison 64, Delaware 50
Here’s a dunk from JMU’s A.J. Davis:
Senior guard A.J. Davis scored a team-high 16 points off the bench for JMU while senior forward Rayshawn Goins posted his fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
JMU won its fourth straight home game and the victory was the 150th in the career of coach Matt Brady.
The Dukes limited Delaware to 28.9% FG shooting and they have held their past three foes at home to a combined 30.8% shooting. JMU also out-rebounded the Hens 48-32.
Delaware was led by junior guard Devon Saddler with 16 points, which was his 25th straight game in double figures. Sophomore Jarvis Threatt reached double digits for the ninth straight game with 12 points.
Delaware has dropped three in a row in CAA play after a 3-0 start.
Georgia State 81, UNCW 63
Georgia State won its season-best fourth game in a row, all of which have come in an eight-day stretch.
GSU freshman guard R.J. Hunter contributed 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals while junior Manny Atkins also scored 19 points with four assists and four steals.
Point guard Devonta White added 17 points and freshman Markus Crider grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for the Panthers.
Georgia State forced 17 UNCW turnovers which it turned into 30 points.
UNCW senior Keith Rendleman recorded his 10th double-double of the season with a team-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Chris Dixon chipped in 20 points, giving the Seahawks a pair of 20-point scorers in the same game for the first time since Feb. 23, 2011.
UNCW has dropped 16 in a row on the road dating back to last season.
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