Feb 3, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT
Our weekly news, notes and links from a busy Saturday around CAA men’s basketball.
William & Mary 72, Hofstra 59
Recap from Dave Fairbank at the Daily Press.
W&M junior forward Tim Rusthoven posted his fourth double-double in the past six games with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. The 16 rebounds were the most by a Tribe player since the 1995-96 season.
Junior guard Brandon Britt came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points on 7-of-9 FG shooting and also dished out four assists.
W&M guard Marcus Thornton scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and tallied double figures for the 23rd consecutive game.
W&M shot a season-best 56.8% from the floor in the game.
Hofstra was led by senior forward David Imes with 16 points and seven rebounds. It was the second straight game in which he’s led the Pride in scoring and it was his fifth double-digit effort of the season.
The Pride also got 11 points from point guard Stevie Mejia and forward Stephen Nwaukoni added 10 points and seven rebounds in just 13 minutes of action.
Georgia State 83, Old Dominion 63
GSU freshman R.J. Hunter drained 10-of-15 from three-point range and scored a career-high 38 points. The 10 threes set a GSU single-game record and tied the CAA mark set by George Mason’s Dre Smith in 2008. The 38 points were the most by a GSU player since 1998. It was Hunter’s 10th game with 20 or more points this season and it was the most points scored by a CAA player this season.
The Panthers shot a season-high 53.8% from the floor, including 16-of-33 from beyond the arc. The 16 treys were the second-most in school history and most since 2005.
Junior Manny Atkins added 16 points and nine rebounds for GSU. He has made 19 straight free throws, which is just four shy of the school record. Point guard Devonta White chipped in 10 points and eight assists, which was his 19th straight game in double figures.
ODU senior forward DeShawn Painter recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Sophomore Richard Ross just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Monarchs out-rebounded GSU 43-31.
Delaware 71, UNCW 56
Delaware junior guard Devon Saddler scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. It was Saddler’s 28th straight game with double figures and his eighth game with 20 or more points.
Blue Hens’ senior forward Jamelle Hagins posted his 12th double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Hagins also moved into 8th place on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list (960).
Delaware has won three games in a row and its 6-3 record at the midway point of CAA play matches the 2007-08 squad for the best mark ever.
The Hens shot 46.3% from the floor despite going 0-for-11 from 3-point range.
UNCW was led by freshman guard Craig Ponder with 14 points. Ponder became the seventh different UNCW player to lead the team in scoring while coming off the bench.
Senior Keith Rendleman added 11 points and moved past T.J. Carter into sixth place on UNCW’s all-time scoring list with 1,333 points. He also moved into 9th place on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list (955).
George Mason 74, James Madison 63
Recap from Mark Selig at the Daily News-Record (subscription)
Mason’s Sherrod Wright posted his first career double-double with a team-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. It was Wright’s league-leading 11th game with 20 or more points this season.
Junior forward Jonathan Arledge scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-11 FG shooting shooting for the Patriots and grabbed six rebounds.
Mason hit 23-of-26 at the free throw line and out-rebounded the Dukes 35-25.
It was Mason’s ninth straight victory over JMU.
JMU senior guard Devon Moore scored a career-high 25 points and dished out five assists.
Senior forward Rayshawn Goins added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Dukes and just missed his seventh double-double.
The 74 points were the most allowed by JMU in a regulation game since Nov. 24. The Dukes were giving jp just 48.3 ppg during its four-game winning streak, which came to an end.
Northeastern 59, Drexel 52
Recap from Michael Vega at the Boston Globe (subscription)
Northeastern senior Jonathan Lee scored a team-high 17 points and became the 32nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Backcourt mate Joel Smith added 14 points, which was his seventh straight game in double figures.
Northeastern made its first 20 free throw attempts and finished 21-of-23 at the line for the game.
The Huskies have won nine of their last 10 games overall and their 9-1 CAA start is the best since opening 10-1 in 2008-09.
Drexel junior Dartaye Ruffin posted his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Daryl McCoy also grabbed 11 rebounds for the Dragons as they had a 35-25 advantage on the glass.
Senior Derrick Thomas scored a team-high 13 points for Drexel. Sophomore Damion Lee, who had scored 59 points in his two previous games, was held to seven points which ended his 16-game double-figure scoring streak.
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