Nov 18, 2013, 4:34 PM EST
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jerrelle Benimon • Towson
Sr., F, 6-8, 245 – Warrenton, Va./Faquier/Georgetown
Benimon averaged 21.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Towson’s 2-1 week. The senior forward scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 75-69 victory over Temple, tallied 21 points, 14 boards and six assists in a 95-75 win over Morgan State and had a team-best 11 points in a loss at Villanova. For the week Benimon shot 46.3% from the floor and was 26-of-31 (83.9%) from the FT line.
CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Canyon Barry • College of Charleston
Fr., G, 6-6, 195 – Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain
Barry averaged 22.0 points in College of Charleston’s 1-1 week. The redshirt freshman guard poured in a career-best 26 points on 11-of-19 FG shooting in the Cougars’ 83-82 victory over Charlotte and had a team-high 18 points in a loss to UNC Asheville. He shot 44.4% from the floor for the week and made five 3-pointers.
CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Omar Prewitt • William & Mary
Fr., G/F, 6-6, 180 – Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County
Prewitt averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in W&M’s 1-1 week. The freshman contributed a career-high 18 points, six rebounds and four assists in an 84-72 triumph over Liberty and followed with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 79-62 setback at #16 Wichita State. For the week, Prewitt shot 62.5% (10-16) from the floor.
CAA TEAMS 11-6 LAST WEEK: After a difficult opening weekend, CAA teams rebounded last week with a combined 11-6 record. College of Charleston rallied from seven-point deficit with 39 seconds left to defeat Charlotte 83-82 in its home opener last Tuesday, while Drexel picked up a 78-70 road win at Missouri Valley member Illinois State. On Wednesday, UNCW edged Big South preseason favorite Charleston Southern 80-78 in overtime for its first victory. Towson improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1972 after beating Temple 75-69 last Thursday. James Madison went 2-1 at the NIU Invitational over the weekend, beating host Northern Illinois and San Jose State.
TRANSFERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Several transfers have made a big impact in the CAA. Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks fifth in the CAA in scoring (16.3 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.7 rpg). Hofstra’s Dion Nesmith (Monmouth) is 7th in the CAA in scoring (16.0 ppg) and the Pride’s Zeke Upshaw (Illinois State) is 10th (15.3 ppg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 15 in scoring (14.0 ppg/13th), rebounding (10.0 rpg/4th) and FG percentage (59.4%/7th).
ON FIRE FROM 3-POINT RANGE: There were some notable shooting performances from three-point range last week. Northeastern junior Demetrius Pollard tied a school record for treys in a game when he hit 8-of-11 in an 83-69 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday. Pollard finished with a career-high 27 points. Delaware junior Kyle Anderson was a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc and netted a career-best 24 points in the Blue Hens’ 90-79 victory at Hampton on Sunday. Hofstra made 14 three-pointers at #3 Louisville last Tuesday, which is one shy of its school record and was also the most treys allowed by the Cardinals in a game since 2006.
FANTASTIC FRESHMEN: Five freshmen are among the top 27 in the CAA in scoring early in the season. CofC’s Canyon Barry ranks third (18.0 ppg), W&M’s Omar Prewitt is 11th (14.7 ppg), CofC’s Joe Chealey is 16th (12.0 ppg), Hofstra’s Jamall Robinson is 20th (11.3 ppg) and Hofstra’s Chris Jenkins is 27th (10.0 ppg).
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: Nine different CAA players scored 23 or more points in a game last week, with eight of them leading their teams to wins. Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon led the group with 32 points in a win over Temple, while NU’s Demetrius Pollard had a career-high 27 points in beating CCSU and Delaware’s Jarvis Threatt netted 27 points in a triumph over Hampton. Drexel’s Chris Fouch scored 26 in a win at Illinois State, UNCW’s Cedrick Williams tallied a career-high 26 points in a victory at Charleston Southern and CofC’s Canyon Barry had 26 in a victory over Charlotte. Delaware’s Kyle Anderson posted a career-high 24 points in a win at Hampton, Hofstra’s Dion Nesmith scored 24 at #3 Louisville and W&M’s Marcus Thornton contributed 23 points as the Tribe topped Liberty.
THORNTON EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has scored double figures in 35 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to his freshman year. He reached double digits in all 30 contests in 2012-13 and is leading the CAA in scoring so far this season with 20.7 ppg.
College of Charleston (1-2, 0-0 in CAA)
• Rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final six minutes to edge Charlotte 83-82 last Tuesday but lost 67-58 in overtime to UNC Asheville on Friday.
• Redshirt freshman guard Canyon Barry scored a career-high 26 points on 11-of-19 FG shooting vs. Charlotte and tallied a team-best 18 points against UNCA.
• Senior Willis Hall recorded a double-double (16 pts/10 reb) and hit the game-winning layup with 1.7 seconds to go vs. Charlotte. He added 8 points and 10 boards vs. UNCA.
• Freshman point guard Joe Chealey scored 10 of his career-high 18 points in the final five minutes vs. Charlotte.
• The Cougars hit 12-of-28 from 3-point range vs. Charlotte. Six of those treys came in the final six minutes of the game.
• Junior Adjehi Baru posted his 10th career double-double vs. UNCA with 12 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
Delaware (1-2, 0-0 in CAA)
• Defeated Hampton 90-79 on Sunday for their first win of the season.
• Junior guard Jarvis Threatt led UD with a season-high 27 points, nine rebounds, a career-best eight assists and four steals at Hampton.
• Junior guard Kyle Anderson was 6-for-6 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 24 points at Hampton. He was 9-of-12 overall from the field.
• Senior forward Carl Baptiste set a career scoring high for the second straight game with 15 points.
• Delaware has reached the 90-point mark in consecutive games for the first time since January, 2006.
• Senior Devon Saddler, who averaged 23.0 ppg in UD’s first two games, has been suspended for one month for violating university and team policies. He ranks second on UD’s all-time scoring list with 1,716 points.
Drexel (1-1, 0-0 in CAA)
• Had five players score double figures in a 78-70 victory at Illinois State last Tuesday.
• Guard Chris Fouch scored a season-high 26 points at ISU. He was 9-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three. He also had six rebounds. Fouch is 6th in career threes (207) and 17th in career pts. (1,231) at DU.
• Senior Frantz Massenat, who had a team-high 20 points in the opener at UCLA, added 12 points and seven assists at ISU.
• Massenat ranks 5th in career assists (418) at Drexel and is on pace to become the third player in school history with 500 assists.
• Junior guard Damion Lee has averaged 14.0 ppg over Drexel’s first two games. He’s just 77 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
• Junior Kazembe Abif posted his first career double-double at Illinois State with career highs of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
• Head coach Bruiser Flint is one victory shy of 300 for his career and has tied Sam Cozen for the most wins in Drexel history with 213.
Hofstra (1-2, 0-0 in CAA)
• Fell 97-69 at defending national champ and 3rd-ranked Louisville last Tuesday. Trailed by just five (54-49) with 15:35 to play.
• Transfer guard Dion Nesmith poured in a career-high 24 points and dished out six assists at Louisville. He drained 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
• Transfer guard/forward Zeke Upshaw added 17 points at Louisville and is averaging 15.3 ppg. Upshaw scored just 100 points in his entire Illinois State career.
• Junior Moussa Kone posted back-to-back doubles in Hofstra’s first two games. He tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Monmouth and had 14 points and 12 boards in a win over FDU.
• Freshman Jamall Robinson added 11 points at Louisville and is averaging 11.3 ppg over his first three collegiate games.
• Hofstra hit 14-of-25 three-pointers at Louisville, which was one shy of the school record of 15.
James Madison (2-2, 0-0 in CAA)
• Went 2-1 at the NIU Invitational, beating Northern Illinois (60-55) and San Jose St. (79-66) and losing to Milwaukee (77-66).
• Sophomore Ron Curry averaged 13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.7 apg. He scored double digits in all three games, including a career-high 19 points in the victory over NIU.
• Forward Andrey Semenov posted his second career double-double at NIU with 10 points and 10 rebounds and scored a season-best 20 points in the loss to Milwaukee.
• Sophomore Taylor Bessick scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 FG shooting vs. SJSU. He averaged 11.3 ppg in the tourney.
• Sophomore guard Charles Cooke averaged 12.7 ppg and 7.0 rpg for the tournament. He had 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds vs. NIU.
• JMU shot 45.5% from the floor over the three games and limited opponents to 36.8% FG shooting.
UNCW (2-2, 0-0 in CAA)
• Defeated Charleston Southern 80-78 in OT and rolled past Wingate 80-61 last week.
• Junior Cedrick Williams scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 8 rebounds at CSU and added a team-high 13 points vs. Wingate. Williams is averaging 16.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg over his first four games.
• JUCO transfer guard Addison Spruill hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to force OT vs. CSU and then banked in another three with 25 seconds left in the extra period.
• Senior forward Shane Reybold pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds vs. Wingate, which matched the 4th-best single game total in school history.
• Senior Chris Dixon added 10 points in the CSU victory and junior Freddie Jackson chipped in 10 points against Wingate.
• The Seahawks rallied from a 13-point deficit with 10 minutes to go in the CSU win.
Northeastern (1-2, 0-0 in CAA)
• Dropped a 73-66 decision at Stony Brook but topped Central Connecticut 83-69 for its first win last week.
• Junior Demetrius Pollard hit 8-of-11 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 27 points against CCSU. The eight treys tied a Northeastern record.
• Junior forward Scott Eatherton led NU with 20 points and 13 rebounds at Stony Brook. The St. Francis (Pa.) transfer was the first NU player since 2006 to post double-doubles in back-to-back games. He had 15 points and 10 boards against Boston Univ.
• Junior forward Reggie Spencer tied a career-high with 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds at Stony Brook.
• Sophomore forward Zach Stahl came off the bench to contribute 15 points and five rebounds against CCSU.
• Sophomore David Walker scored 14 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out a career-high six assists vs. CSSU.
Towson (3-1, 0-0 in CAA)
• Went 2-1 last week, defeating Morgan State (95-75) and Temple (75-69) before falling at Villanova (78-44).
• Senior Jerrelle Benimon averaged 21.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last week. He scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Temple win, posted a double-double vs. MSU with 21 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high six assists, and scored a team-best 11 points vs. Villanova.
• Senior Marcus Damas tallied his first double-double since 2011 against Temple (16 pts/10 reb) and hit 3-of-4 treys and tallied 17 points against Morgan State.
• Senior Rafriel Guthrie scored 20 points on 6-of-7 FG shooting vs. Morgan State.
• The Tigers have outrebounded all four opponents this season and lead the CAA in rebound margin at +8.3 rpg.
• Freshman forward John Davis added nine points on 4-of-5 FG shooting and eight rebounds against Villanova.
William & Mary (1-2, 0-0 in CAA)
• Defeated Liberty 84-72 in their home opener last Tuesday, but lost 79-62 at 16th-ranked Wichita State last Thursday.
• Junior Marcus Thornton topped the 20-point mark for the second straight game with 23 points vs. LU and had a team-high 18 points at WSU. Thornton has scored double figures in 35 consecutive games.
• Freshman Omar Prewitt tallied 18 points, six rebounds and four assists vs. LU and added 11 points and six rebounds at WSU. His 44 points in the first 3 games are the most by a W&M freshman since 1989-90.
• Sophomore Terry Tarpey scored 13 points on 5-for-5 FG shooting against Liberty and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds at WSU. He’s 11-of-13 from the floor for the year.
• Senior Tim Rusthoven had 16 points on 8-of-9 FG shooting and 5 rebounds vs. Liberty and added 13 points at WSU.
• W&M shot 60.4% from the floor vs. LU, including 68% in the second half.
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