Feb 17, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT
Before we look back at Saturday’s action around the CAA, be sure to tune in for tonight’s important league game between James Madison and Delaware. The 7:30 p.m. contest can be seen on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and CSS.
The Blue Hens, who are second in the CAA with a 9-4 mark, are riding a three-game winning streak after knocking off first-place Northeastern 76-74 in overtime last Wednesday. JMU, which has won six of its last eight, is just a half-game back at 9-5 following a 75-70 triumph over Towson last Tuesday. The Dukes defeated Delaware 64-50 in Harrisonburg on Jan. 23.
A couple of interesting notes.
In a year of incredible parity around the league, all 11 CAA teams have won at least one game and all have lost at least one game over the past 11 days (since Feb. 6).
Road teams went 3-1 on Saturday and visitors are 12-11 since Feb. 4. For the season, home teams are only 40-37 in conference play and five of the top seven teams in the CAA standings (Northeastern, Delaware, Towson, George Mason and Drexel) have better road records in CAA play than they do at home.
William & Mary 74, Old Dominion 62
W&M won its first CAA road game of the season and swept the season series from ODU for the first time since 1998.
W&M’s Tony Shaver became the program’s all-time winningest coach with his 114th victory.
Sophomore Marcus Thornton scored a career-high 32 points in the victory. He drained seven 3-pointers, which is tied for the fourth-most in a game in school history.
ODU shot 50% from the floor, but went 0-for-7 at the free throw line, which marked the first time in program history that the Monarchs have failed to score from the charity stripe.
Freshman guard Aaron Bacote scored a career-high 20 points vs. the Tribe.
Senior DeShawn Painter recorded his 9th double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Georgia State 78, George Mason 60
Recap from Steven Goff at the Washington Post.
Georgia State ended a five-game losing streak to the Patriots and won in Fairfax for the first time. The Panthers shot 53.7% from the floor and drained 10 three-pointers.
Freshman R.J. Hunter scored a team-high 25 points, which was his league-leading 12th 20-point effort of the season.
Point guard Devonta White added 23 points and dished out six assists. White has scored double figures in 23 straight games.
George Mason has won three straight CAA games on the road but has lost three straight at home.
Junior Sherrod Wright scored a team-high 19 points for Mason. It was the 19th time he’s led the Patriots in scoring this season.
Freshman Marko Gujanicic added 10 points off the bench against the Panthers.
Towson 57, Hofstra 50
Recap from Greg Logan at Newsday.
The Tigers won their school-record 10th CAA game and improved to 6-2 on the road in league play. Towson also reached the 15-win mark for the first time since 2006-07.
Towson made 12-of-18 from the floor in the second half and shot 51.2% for the game. The Tigers have shot better than 50% in four of their past five contests.
Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon led Towson with 17 points and seven rebounds, while junior Marcus Damas added 11 points and eight boards.
Senior Stevie Mejia scored a team-high 13 points and made a career-high seven steals vs. Towson. It was the second time in seven days that a Pride player has made seven steals in a game, joining freshman Jordan Allen.
Moussa Kone added 11 points off the bench. He’s averaging 6.5 ppg over the last four games.
UNCW 73, Northeastern 67
Recap from Brian Mull at the Wilmington Star-News.
UNCW improved to 4-3 at home in CAA play and handed first-place Northeastern its first conference road loss.
Senior Keith Rendleman recorded his fifth consecutive double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. He has 16 double-doubles for the season.
Forward Cedrick Williams just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds and guard Chris Dixon contributed nine points and a career-high nine assists.
Northeastern dropped back-to-back games for the first time since mid-December.
Leading scorer Joel Smith, who missed last Wednesday’s game with Delaware due to an ankle injury, failed to score in 16 minutes of action against the Seahawks.
Sophomore Quincy Ford scored a team-high 23 points on 9-of-11 FG shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. It was his second straight game with 20 or more points.
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