Dec 9, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kyle Anderson • Delaware
Jr., G, 6-3, 200 – Newark, Ill./Newark
Anderson put on a tremendous shooting performance while averaging 24.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in Delaware’s 1-1 week on the road. The junior guard poured in a career-high 29 points in an 85-80 victory at Charleston Southern, hitting 10-of-12 from the floor including a school-record tying eight 3-pointers. In a close 80-75 setback at Notre Dame, he was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored 19 points. For the week, Anderson shot 73.9% (17-of-23) from the floor and was 13-of-18 (72.2%) from beyond the arc.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jackson Kent • James Madison
Fr., G, 6-7, 185 – High Point, N.C./High Point Christian
Kent averaged 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in James Madison’s two games at the Lumberjack Classic in Texas. The freshman guard tallied 11 points, a career-high seven rebounds and three steals in a one-point loss to Sam Houston State and followed with 13 points in a loss to Stephen F. Austin. For the week, Kent shot 45.5% from the floor, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and made 11-of-14 at the free throw line.
CAA RANKED 12TH IN LATEST RPI RATINGS: The CAA is ranked 12th among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI ratings released by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) on Dec. 9. Drexel is the highest ranked CAA team at #40, followed by UNCW at #88 and Towson at #123. Four CAA teams have non-conference schedule strengths rated among the top 100 in the nation – Northeastern (17), UNCW (63), College of Charleston (88) and Drexel (93). A complete listing can be found on Page 5 of the release.
WORKING TRIPLE OVERTIME: Drexel became the first Division I team since 2000 to play back-to-back triple-overtime games when it edged Cleveland State 85-82 last Wednesday. The Dragons beat Alabama 85-83 in 3 ot’s in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 29. Ball State was the last team to play consecutive 3 OT contests.
CHALLENGING SCHEDULES: Fourteen of the non-conference losses suffered by CAA teams this season have come against teams either ranked or receiving votes in this week’s Top 25 polls. Drexel’s only two losses were to #1 Arizona and #23 UCLA, while two of Towson’s losses came against #10 Villanova and #13 Kansas. College of Charleston and UNCW have each suffered two setbacks to current Top 25 squads, while Delaware, Hofstra and William & Mary have lost one.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Along with the efforts put forth by weekly honorees Kyle Anderson of Delaware and Jackson Kent of JMU, several other CAA players had noteworthy performances last week. Drexel senior guard Frantz Massenat averaged 21.0 ppg and 6.5 apg in the Dragons’ 2-0 week, including a 21-point, nine-assist effort in a triple-overtime win over Cleveland State in which he played all 55 minutes. Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton posted back-to-back double-doubles and averaged 19.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg in the Huskies’ two contests. W&M junior guard Marcus Thornton averaged 20.5 ppg and hit 9-of-17 from 3-point range in the Tribe’s 1-1 week. JMU sophomore guard Charles Cooke averaged 20.5 ppg in the Dukes’ two games at the Lumberjack Classic.
TOWSON TOUGH AT HOME: Towson is a perfect 6-0 at home this season and its 10-game home court winning streak is tied for 21st-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.
EXAMS LIMIT SCHEDULES THIS WEEK: With final exams taking place on CAA campuses this week, it will be a quiet week on the court. Towson hosts Central Penn on Tuesday, College of Charleston entertains Coker on Thursday and James Madison visits High Point on Saturday. Action picks back up on Sunday as five teams return to the floor.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: Delaware saw its streak of scoring 80 or more points in seven consecutive games come to an end in a 80-75 loss at Notre Dame last Saturday. The streak was just one game shy of the school record set in 1999. The Blue Hens are averaging a league-best 83.0 ppg for the season.
TRANSFERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Several transfers continue to make a big impact in the CAA. Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw (Illinois State) leads the CAA in scoring with 19.6 ppg, while the Pride’s Dion Nesmith (Monmouth) is 14th (13.5 ppg). Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks fourth in the CAA in scoring (19.2 ppg) and 11th in rebounding (6.7 rpg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 10 in scoring (16.9 ppg/6th), rebounding (10.6 rpg/1st) and FG percentage (60.4%/1st). UNCW’s Ben Eblen (Alabama) is third in the CAA in assists (4.2 apg) and second in assist/TO ratio.
NU’S EATHERTON LEADS NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton is tied for the national lead in double-doubles with seven according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Dec. 9. Eatherton is also 10th in rebounding (10.6 rpg) and 31st in FG percentage (60.4%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranks 17th in Division I in assists (6.2 apg) and 26th in steals (2.6 spg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson is 4th in 3-pointers per game (4.0) and 9th in 3-point FG% (56.3%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon is 22nd in double-doubles (4) and 51st in rebounding (9.3 rpg). W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 39th in 3-pointers per game (2.89) while Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw is 52nd in scoring (19.6 ppg). In FG percentage, UD’s Carl Baptiste is 45th and W&M’s Tim Rusthoven is 50th. Drexel’s Frantz Massenat ranks 49th in assists.
THORNTON EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has scored double figures in 41 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to his freshman year. He reached double digits in all 30 contests in 2012-13 and he ranks second in the CAA in scoring so far this season with 19.3 ppg.
DREXEL’S LEE, NORTHEASTERN’S FORD OUT FOR THE SEASON: Drexel junior guard Damion Lee will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in the Dragons’ game with 4th-ranked Arizona on Nov. 27, and Northeastern junior forward Quincy Ford will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his back last week. Lee was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, earned second-team All-CAA accolades in 2012-13 and was a preseason All-CAA first team choice this year. Ford, who was third-team All-CAA pick in 2012-13 and a preseason All-CAA second team selection this year, played in the Huskies first two games before being shut down. He will undergo surgery later this week.
TOP PLAYERS SIDELINED: With the injuries to Drexel’s Damion Lee and Northeastern’s Quincy Ford, four of the 10 players on the preseason All-CAA team are currently out of action. Delaware senior guard Devon Saddler and James Madison sophomore guard Andre Nation are serving suspensions for violations of team policies. In addition, William & Mary senior guard Brandon Britt and Towson sophomore guard Jerome Hairston are serving suspensions. Saddler is eligible to return for the Hens’ game at North Dakota State on Dec. 16, while Britt is due back for the Tribe’s game with Goucher on Dec. 20.
College of Charleston
• Off last week, but return to action with home games against Coker on Thursday and Marist on Sunday.
• Junior Adjehi Baru had led CofC in rebounding in five of eight games and ranks 6th in the CAA with 7.9 rpg.
• Junior Anthony Stitt has scored double figures in three of his last four games and is averaging 13.3 ppg over that stretch.
• Redshirt freshman Canyon Barry leads CofC and ranks second among all freshmen in the CAA in scoring with 12.6 ppg.
• Freshman guard Joe Chealey ranks fourth on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg) and rebounding (3.3 rpg) and has a team-high 19 assists.
• Senior Willis Hall grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds vs. CS Fullerton, which was his third double-digit rebounding effort of the season. He has 604 career rebounds.
• CofC has started the same lineup in all 8 games this season.
• Split a pair of road games last week, winning 85-80 at Charleston Southern before falling 80-75 at Notre Dame. Have won five of their last seven contests.
• Junior Kyle Anderson hit 8-of-10 threes and scored a career-high 29 points at CSU and made 5-of-8 treys and scored 19 at ND. He’s 32-for-52 (61.5%) from 3-point range over the past 7 games and is shooting a CAA-best 56.3% from beyond the arc for the year.
• Forward Davon Usher averaged 18.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg last week. Usher ranks among the CAA’s top 11 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.
• Junior guard Jarvis Threatt posted his first double-double of the year with 23 points and a career-high 10 assists at ND. He leads the CAA in assists (6.2 apg) and steals (2.6 spg) and is 5th in scoring (18.4 ppg).
• Senior Carl Baptiste posted his second straight double-double (career-high 17pts/11reb) at CSU and has scored double digits in seven of the past eight games.
• Edged Cleveland State 85-82 in 3ot last Wednesday, becoming the first Div. I team since 2000 to play back-to-back 3ot games. Beat Tennessee State 75-61 on Saturday.
• Guard Chris Fouch scored 17 points vs. CSU and 20 against TSU. He’s averaging 20.4 ppg over his last seven games. Fouch ranks 5th in career threes (224) and 15th in career points (1,348) at Drexel.
• Senior Frantz Massenat tallied 21 points and 9 assists vs. CSU and 21 points and 6 assists in the TSU win. He ranks 4th in career assists (449) at Drexel.
• Sophomore Tavon Allen scored a team-high 23 points vs. CSU, which was his second 20-point effort of the season.
• Dartaye Ruffin posted his first double-double of the season vs. CSU with 15 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.
• Freshman Major Canady scored a career-high 8 points on 4-of-4 FG shooting vs. TSU. All of the points came in the first half.
• Lost 73-59 to Sacred Heart last Wednesday and had their road game at SMU postponed until Jan. 19 due to weather.
• Guard/forward Zeke Upshaw scored a team-high 16 points vs. Sacred Heart, which was his sixth straight game in double digits. Upshaw leads the CAA in scoring with 19.6 ppg.
• Guard Dion Nesmith, who is the Pride’s second-leading scorer (13.5 ppg), has missed the past two games due to an injury.
• Stephen Nwaukoni grabbed a team-high seven rebounds against Sacred Heart and ranks 5th in the CAA with 8.3 rpg.
• Freshman Jamall Robinson contributed 14 points and a season-high 6 rebounds vs. Sacred Heart. He’s 4th among all CAA freshmen in scoring with 8.9 ppg.
• Jordan Allen played all 40 minutes against Sacred Heart and scored 10 points.
• Hofstra has led at halftime in six of its eight games this season.
• Lost 77-76 to Sam Houston State and 70-57 to host Stephen F. Austin at the Lumberjack Classic last weekend.
• Sophomore Charles Cooke scored a career-high 22 points vs. SHSU and followed with a team-best 19 points vs. SFA to earn All-Tournament honors. He’s scored double digits in nine straight games.
• Freshmen Jackson Kent averaged 12.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg off the bench last weekend. He ranks 3rd among all CAA freshmen in scoring and 4th in rebounding.
• Forward Andrey Semenov, who had missed three games due to injury, scored 17 points off the bench vs. SHSU and added 7 vs. SFA. He’s 19 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
• JMU has had six different players lead the team in scoring and eight different players top the team in rebounding this season.
• The Dukes, who are in the midst of eight straight games away from home, have lost six in a row for the first time since 2008.
• Topped Campbell 69-50 last Tuesday for their third win in the past four games.
• Senior Shane Reybold posted the first double-double of his career with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Campbell victory. He leads UNCW with 7.1 rpg.
• Junior Cedrick Williams tallied 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals vs. CU. He ranks 12th in the CAA in scoring and rebounding and leads the league in blocked shots.
• Guards Freddie Jackson (11 points), Craig Ponder (10 points) and Chris Dixon (9 points) shot a combined 13-for-24 from the floor off the bench in the Campbell win.
• Junior Addison Spruill has scored double figures in 7 of UNCW’s 11 games.
• Point guard Ben Eblen ranks third in the CAA in assists (4.2 apg) and second in assist/TO ratio.
• Suffered home losses to Harvard (72-64) and UAB (74-69) last week.
• Junior Scott Eatherton had team-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. Harvard and 21 points and 10 boards vs. UAB. He leads the CAA in double-doubles (7), rebounding (10.6 rpg) and FG percentage (60.4%) and is 6th in scoring (16.9 ppg).
• Sophomore David Walker posted identical lines of 12 points, 6 assists and 3 steals vs. Harvard and UAB. He’s NU’s 2nd-leading scorer (12.2 ppg) and is among the top six in the CAA in assists (3.3 apg) and steals (2.0 spg).
• Freshman guard T.J. Williams averaged 8.5 ppg in the two games last week. He ranks 6th among freshmen scorers in the CAA with 7.3 ppg.
• Junior Reggie Spencer scored 16 points vs. Harvard and has four double-digit efforts in the past six games.
• Northeastern has been out-rebounded in the past three games after winning the battle of the boards in its first 6 contests.
• Dropped games to Stephen F. Austin (79-69) and Sam Houston State (69-55) at the Lumberjack Classic last weekend.
• Senior Jerrelle Benimon averaged 14.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg over the two games. He ranks among the top 10 in the CAA in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks.
• Senior Rafriel Guthrie averaged 15.0 ppg off the bench in the two games last week and made 9-of-14 shots from the floor.
• Freshman forward John Davis tallied seven points and eight rebounds in only 11 minutes vs. SHSU. He averaged 6.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg for the tournament.
• Four McGlynn has made at least two 3-pointers in four straight games and is 12-of-20 from beyond the arc in that stretch.
• The Tigers outrebounded SFA 31-25 and SHSU 43-32. Towson has beaten nine of its 10 foes on the glass and leads the CAA in rebounding margin (+7.9 rpg).
William & Mary
• Went 1-1 last week, losing 71-60 to Richmond before earning a 63-60 road win at Wofford.
• Junior Marcus Thornton hit 6-of-11 treys and scored a team-high 26 points vs. UR and followed with 15 points at Wofford. Thornton, who has scored double figures in 41 consecutive games, ranks 6th in career 3-pointers (156) at W&M.
• Omar Prewitt added 10 points off the bench against UR. He’s tallied double digits in 7 of 9 games and leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (4.8 rpg).
• Senior Tim Rusthoven scored a team-high 17 points at Wofford and has tallied double figures in 7 of his last 8 games. He ranks among the CAA’s top 15 in scoring, rebounding and FG%.
• Senior Julian Boatner scored 9 points on 3-of-6 three-point shooting vs. UR and made a career-high 3 steals at Wofford.
• W&M shot 56.1% from the floor at Wofford, which was its 2nd-best effort of the year.
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