Dec 16, 2013, 3:57 PM EST
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Frantz Massenat • Drexel
Sr., G, 6-4, 190 – Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic
Massenat tied a career-high with 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Drexel earned a 72-58 road victory at defending Southern Conference champ Davidson on Sunday for its fourth straight win. The senior guard was 6-of-10 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and made 10-of-14 from the line in the second half to clinch the victory. He also contributed two assists, two blocks and two steals.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jamall Robinson • Hofstra
Fr., G/F, 6-5, 210 – Cheltenham, Md./Paul VI
Robinson scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in Hofstra’s 72-67 triumph over Central Connecticut State on Sunday. The freshman guard was 2-for-4 from 3-point range and also had an assist, a block and a steal. It was Robinson’s third double-figure effort in the past four games.
CAA RANKED 14TH IN LATEST RPI RATINGS: The CAA is ranked 14th among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI ratings released by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) on Dec. 16. Drexel is the highest ranked CAA team at #37, followed by UNCW at #115 and Towson at #139. Two CAA teams have non-conference schedule strengths rated among the top 80 in the nation – Northeastern (47) and UNCW (79). A complete listing can be found on Page 5 of the release.
HOLIDAY ROAD TRIPS: CAA teams will be logging plenty of miles on the road over the next eight days. Of the 16 games on the schedule between today and Christmas, nine will be away contests and three others will be on neutral courts. Among the longest trips, Towson travels to Oregon State and North Dakota State, Delaware visits North Dakota State and Ohio State before playing Bryant in Madison Square Garden, and Northeastern heads to New Orleans to face Milwaukee and host Tulane in the Tulane Classic.
CHALLENGING SCHEDULES: Thirteen 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 #22 UCLA, while two of Towson’s losses came against #8 Villanova and #18 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. On Wednesday, Delaware travels to #3 Ohio State.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Along with the efforts put forth by weekly honorees Frantz Massenat of Drexel and Jamall Robinson of Hofstra, several other CAA players had noteworthy performances last week. Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon recorded the first triple-double in school history with 17 points, 18 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists as the Tigers rolled past Central Penn last Tuesday. Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton posted his NCAA-leading eighth double-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks at Fairfield on Sunday. UNCW junior forward Cedrick Williams picked up his first double-double of the year with 18 points, 14 boards and 4 blocks against Manhattan on Sunday. James Madison sophomore guard Charles Cooke poured in a career-high 25 points as the Dukes earned a road win at High Point on Saturday. Hofstra graduate student Zeke Upshaw topped the 20-point mark for the fifth time this season with a team-high 22 points in a win over Central Connecticut. College of Charleston junior forward Adjehi Baru averaged 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in the Cougars’ 1-1 week.
TOWSON TOUGH AT HOME: Towson is a perfect 7-0 at home this season and its 11-game home court winning streak is tied for 18th-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.
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.
NU’S EATHERTON LEADS NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton is tied for the national lead in double-doubles with eight according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Dec. 16. Eatherton is also 9th in rebounding (10.9 rpg) and 43rd in FG percentage (58.9%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranks 20th in Division I in assists (6.2 apg) and 20th in steals (2.6 spg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson is 3rd in 3-pointers per game (4.0) and 8th in 3-point FG% (56.3%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon is 14th in double-doubles (5) and 21st in rebounding (10.1 rpg). W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 38th in 3-pointers per game (2.89) while Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw is 39th in scoring (19.9 ppg). In FG percentage, UD’s Carl Baptiste is 44th at 58.4% with UNCW’s Cedrick Williams (56th) and W&M’s Tim Rusthoven (57th) close behind.
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 19.9 ppg. Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks third 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 (17.4 ppg/6th), rebounding (10.9 rpg/1st) and FG percentage (58.9%/1st). UNCW’s Ben Eblen (Alabama) is fourth in the CAA in assists (3.9 apg) and second in assist/TO ratio.
CLEANING THE GLASS: Seven of the nine CAA teams are out-rebounding their opponents this season. Towson is a league-best +9.5 rpg on the glass, followed by College of Charleston (+4.8 rpg), Drexel (+3.6 rpg) and Hofstra (+3.4 rpg).
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 on Dec. 7. 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, which ranks 29th nationally.
College of Charleston
• Split a pair of home games last week, beating Coker 68-54, but losing 69-62 to Marist.
• Junior Adjehi Baru posted his third double-double of the season with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds vs. Coker, and followed with 9 points and 7 boards vs. Marist. He shot 66.7% from the floor for the week.
• Junior Anthony Stitt has scored double figures in four straight games after tallying 13 points vs. Coker and 14 against Marist. Stitt also dished out eight assists with only two turnovers last week.
• Senior Willis Hall posted his second double-double of the season with team-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds vs. Marist. He also grabbed a team-best 14 rebounds vs. Coker and ranks 7th in the CAA with 7.9 rpg.
• Guard Canyon Barry leads CofC and ranks second among all CAA freshmen in scoring with 11.4 ppg. He had 11 points vs. Coker.
• CofC outrebounded Coker 44-27 and Marist 40-31. The Cougars rank 2nd in the CAA in rebound margin (+4.8 rpg).
• Off last week, but return to action tonight at North Dakota State before going to #3 Ohio State on Wednesday. Have won five of their last seven games.
• Junior Kyle Anderson has made 32-of-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. He’s scored double figures in 7 of his last 8 games.
• Forward Davon Usher ranks among the CAA’s top 11 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. He’s tallied double figures in six straight contests.
• 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 has posted double-doubles in two of his last three contests and has scored double digits in seven of the past eight games.
• Extended their winning streak to four after a 72-58 victory at Davidson on Sunday.
• Senior Frantz Massenat tied his career high with 25 points at Davidson and also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. He ranks 4th in career assists (451) and 17th in career points (1,272) at Drexel.
• Guard Chris Fouch scored 14 of his 17 points in the 2nd half at Davidson. He’s averaging 20.0 ppg over his last eight games. Fouch ranks 5th in career threes (226) and has made a trey in 28 straight games. He’s 14th in career points (1,365) at Drexel.
• Dartaye Ruffin grabbed a team-high 11 boards at Davidson, which was his 3rd game with double-digit rebounds. He’s 8 rebounds shy of 700 for his career.
• Junior Kazembe Abif added 9 rebounds at Davidson and ranks 5th in the CAA in rebounding (8.5 rpg).
• Guard Freddie Wilson, a Seton Hall transfer, had seven points and five rebounds in his first game with Drexel.
• Defeated Central Connecticut 72-67 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.
• Guard/forward Zeke Upshaw scored a team-high 22 points vs. CCSU, which was his 7th straight game in double digits. Upshaw, who has topped the 20-point mark five times, leads the CAA in scoring with 19.9 ppg.
• Freshman Jamall Robinson added 13 points and 4 rebounds vs. CCSU. He’s 4th among all CAA freshmen in scoring with 9.3 ppg.
• Stephen Nwaukoni posted his 2nd double-double of the season with 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds in the CCSU win. He’s 4th in the CAA with 8.7 rpg.
• Moussa Kone had 13 points and 8 boards vs. CCSU, which was his best scoring and rebounding effort since Nov. 10.
• Guard Dion Nesmith, who is the Pride’s second-leading scorer (13.5 ppg), has missed the past three games due to an injury.
• Hofstra has led at halftime in seven of its nine games this season.
• Rallied for an 84-69 victory at High Point last Saturday, ending a six-game slide.
• Sophomore Charles Cooke scored a career-high 25 points at HPU. He’s tallied double digits in 10 straight games and is averaging 21.5 ppg over his last four contests.
• Freshmen Jackson Kent contributed 10 points and a career-best 5 assists at HPU. He ranks 3rd among all CAA freshmen in scoring (9.5 ppg) and 5th in rebounding.
• Forward Andrey Semenov returned to the starting lineup at HPU and had 16 points, a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 assists. He’s three points shy of 1,000 for his career.
• JMU set season highs for points (84), FG percentage (55.1%), 3-pt FG percentage (47.6%) and assists (13) at High Point.
• The Dukes used their fifth different starting lineup at High Point. JMU has had six different players lead the team in scoring and eight different players top the team in rebounding this season.
• Dropped a 77-72 decision to Manhattan on Sunday. It was just their second loss in the past five games.
• Junior Cedrick Williams posted his first double-double of the season with team-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds vs. Manhattan. He leads UNCW in scoring and rebounding and tops the CAA in blocked shots.
• Junior Addison Spruill came off the bench to contribute 15 points vs. Manhattan. It was his 8th double-digit effort in 12 games.
• Guard Freddie Jackson added 11 points against Manhattan. He’s scored double figures in 3 straight games and is averaging 11.7 ppg over that stretch.
• Senior Tanner Milson drained 3-of-7 treys and scored 11 points vs. Manhattan.
• Junior Luke Hager, who had missed the past two games with an injury, returned to action and had six points and five rebounds off the bench.
• Fell 64-60 at Fairfield on Sunday. Have lost six in a row since beating Georgetown.
• Junior Scott Eatherton posted his NCAA-best 8th double-double with team-highs of 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks at Fairfield. He leads the CAA in rebounding (10.9 rpg) and FG% (58.9%), is 2nd in blocks (1.9 bpg) and 6th in scoring (17.4 ppg).
• Junior Reggie Spencer added 17 points on 6-of-9 FG shooting at Fairfield. He has five double-digit efforts in the past seven games.
• Sophomore David Walker is among the top five in the CAA in assists (3.2 apg) and steals (2.1 spg). He also adds 11.7 ppg.
• Freshman guard T.J. Williams collected a career-high 7 rebounds at Fairfield.
• NU had its largest rebound margin of the season (+13) at Fairfield. The Huskies have outrebounded 7 of their 10 opponents.
• NU was 0-for-11 from 3-point range at Fairfield, which snapped a streak of 120 straight games with at least one trey.
• Improved to 7-0 at home with a 102-72 win over Central Penn last Tuesday.
• Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted the first triple-double in Towson history with 17 points, 18 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists vs. Central Penn. He ranks among the top 7 in the CAA in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks.
• Senior Rafriel Guthrie tallied double figures for the fourth straight game with 17 points on 7-of-9 FG shooting against Central Penn.
• Freshman John Davis tallied nine points and six rebounds in only 8 minutes vs. Central Penn. He’s averaged 7.3 ppg and 5.0 rpg over the past three games.
• Guard Four McGlynn has made at least two 3-pointers in five straight games.
• The Tigers outrebounded Central Penn 59-34. Towson has beaten 10 of its 11 foes on the glass and leads the CAA in rebounding margin (+9.5 rpg).
William & Mary
• Were off last week, but return to action on Thursday by hosting Goucher.
• Junior Marcus Thornton, who has scored double figures in 41 consecutive games dating back to his freshman year, ranks second in the CAA with 19.3 ppg. He has drained a team-high 26 treys this season and ranks 6th in career 3-pointers (156) at W&M.
• Omar Prewitt has 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 guard Brandon Britt, who sat out the Tribe’s first 9 games for a violation of team policies, will return to action vs. Goucher. He has scored more than 1,000 career points.
• W&M leads the CAA in FG percentage (47.9%) and ranks second in 3-point FG percentage (37.1%) and 3’s per game (7.7).
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