Jan 27, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT
Before we take a look back at Saturday’s action around CAA men’s basketball, be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. tonight on Comcast SportsNet for the battle between first-place Northeastern and second-place George Mason. The Huskies are off to a best-ever 7-0 start in CAA play, while the Patriots are 5-2 in the league and have won five of their last six. The two teams met in Fairfax on January 3 when NU scored 54 second-half points and rallied for an 84-74 triumph in Fairfax.
Here are some notes and links from Saturday.
Drexel 68, Georgia State 57
Drexel is on a season-best three-game winning streak after the victory over the Panthers
Sophomore Damion Lee returned to the starting lineup for the first time since suffering a knee injury and responded with a team-high 20 points. Lee has scored double digits in 14 straight games and it was his fifth 20-point effort of the season.
Backcourt mate Frantz Massenat added 15 points and eight assists vs. GSU. The CAA preseason Player of the Year is averaging 17.4 ppg over his last seven games.
The Dragons limited GSU to 27.7% FG shooting, including a stretch of nearly 14 minutes without a field goal.
Georgia State had its season-best four-game winning streak come to an end. The Panthers were completing a busy stretch of five games in 11 days.
Junior Manny Atkins recorded his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Atkins was 8-of-8 at the free throw line and has hit 30 of his last 31 from the charity stripe.
Point guard Devonta White added 14 points, which was his 17th consecutive game scoring in double figures.
UNCW 57, Hofstra 51
UNCW ended a 16-game road losing streak that dated back to Jan. 21, 2012 with the victory. The Seahawks have won two of their last three overall.
Junior guard Chris Dixon hit 5-of-8 from 3-point range and led UNCW with 22 points. Dixon is averaging 21.5 ppg over his last four contests.
Backcourt mate Tanner Milson moved back into the starting lineup and was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and scored 17 points. He had scored just 11 points in his past four games combined.
Behind Dixon and Milson, UNCW made a season-best 11 treys on 23 attempts. The Seahawks had only five two-point field goals in the game.
Hofstra got a team-high 13 points and six rebounds from sophomore Taran Buie. He’s reached double figures in 14 of his last 15 games.
Point guard Stevie Mejia chipped in 11 points for the Pride, which was his 12th double-digit effort of the season.
James Madison 56, Old Dominion 46
JMU won its fifth consecutive home game and improved to 7-2 this season at the Convocation Center.
The Dukes got 32 points from three freshmen guards. Andre Nation had a team-high 14 points and a career-high eight rebounds, Ron Curry added 12 points and Charles Cooke contributed six points on a pair of threes in his first game back from an arm injury.
JMU’s defense held ODU to 32% FG shooting and the Dukes have limited their past four home opponents to a combined 31.1% from the floor.
ODU suffered its seventh straight loss dating back to Dec. 22.
Freshman Keenan Palmore led the Monarchs with 13 points off the bench, while senior DeShawn Painter added nine points and nine rebounds, just missing his 6th double-double.
Sophomore Richard Ross had a strong all-around effort with nine points, five rebounds, four blocks and two steals.
William & Mary 63, Towson 56
William & Mary closed the game on an 11-2 run over the final 3:42 to end an eight-game losing streak. The contest had nine ties and 21 lead changes.
W&M junior forward Tim Rusthoven posted his third double-double in the past four games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He’s averaging 19.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg over his last four contests.
Tribe guard Marcus Thornton netted a team-high 16 points and added six rebounds and four assists. Thornton has scored double digits in 21 consecutive contests.
The Tribe had a 43-31 advantage on the boards against a Towson team that leads the CAA in rebound margin.
Towson had its four-game road winning streak come to an end. The streak was the longest for the Tigers since 2005-06.
Towson junior Marcus Damas scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He’s tallied double digits in nine of his last 13 games.
Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon had 12 points and six rebounds. He’s scored double figures in 11 straight games.
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