Feb 24, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT
It was an incredible Saturday of close games and exciting finishes around the CAA as the four contests were decided by a total of only eight points. Before we take a look at each one, we’d like to remind you that there is another Sunday night #CAAHoops game as Old Dominion visits Hofstra at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, SNY, The Comcast Network in Philadelphia and CSS.
Towson 72, Drexel 71
Towson clinched its first winning season in 17 years and reached the 16-win mark for the first time since 1995-96. The Tigers also picked up their 11th conference victory, which is their most since recording 11 wins as a member of the North Atlantic Conference in 1995-96.
Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon is now tied for the national lead in double-doubles with 19 after tallying 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Dragons.
Freshman point guard Jerome Hairston scored a career-high 20 points despite dealing with the loss of a close friend. Check out the story from Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com.
Junior guard Frantz Massenat led Drexel with 24 points, which was his 15th double-digit effort in his last 16 games.
Senior Derrick Thomas added 13 points, which was his eighth straight game in double figures.
George Mason 60, William & Mary 58
Recap from Kevin Dunleavy with the Washington Examiner
Mason won for the third time in the past four games and snapped a three-game home court losing streak.
Freshman guard Patrick Holloway set a career-high for 3-pointers after hitting 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and scoring a team-high 15 points.
Sophomore forward Erik Copes scored double figures for the fifth time in six games with 10 points and hit a game-winning 12-foot shot with 0.5 seconds to play.
W&M sophomore Marcus Thornton nailed 6-of-12 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 22 points. Thornton, who leads the CAA with 85 treys, has scored double digits in 29 straight games and has topped the 20-point mark 12 times.
The Tribe made 11 three-pointers in the game, which is the fifth time in the past six outings that they’ve hit at least 10 treys.
W&M, which led by 13 in the second half, had its three-game winning streak come to an end.
Georgia State 66, James Madison 62
Georgia State was a perfect 17-for-17 at the free throw line in the second half.
Senior James Vincent poured in a season-high 16 points and also contributed seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Freshman R.J. Hunter added 11 points and is now just one point away from the Panthers’ freshman scoring record.
JMU senior A.J. Davis recorded the second double-double of his career with a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, which matched a career-best.
Senior Devon Moore scored double figures for the seventh straight game with 14 points. He also dished out five assists and became the Dukes’ all-time assists leader with 457.
It was just the second home loss of the season for the Dukes in CAA play. They dropped to 7-2.
Delaware 79, UNCW 78
Delaware had its fifth straight game decided by two points or less. They are 4-1 in those contests.
Junior Devon Saddler scored a team-high 24 points, which was his 35th straight game in double figures and his 14th game with 20 or more points. Saddler now has 1,600 points for his career.
Sophomore Jarvis Threatt recorded his third double-double in the past six games with 23 points and 12 rebounds. He’s scored double figures in six straight games.
UNCW senior Keith Rendleman posted a double-double for the seventh consecutive game with 26 points and 12 rebounds. He has 18 double-doubles for the season.
Junior Chris Dixon had his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 assists.
UNCW committed a season-low two turnovers in the game.
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