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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Nov. 17

Nov 17, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

Hofstra's Brian Bernardi

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Brian Bernardi • Hofstra
So., G, 6-2, 195 – Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian
Bernardi scored a game-high 22 points in just 26 minutes in Hofstra’s impressive 94-61 victory over Jacksonville last Friday. The sophomore guard was 8-of-10 from the floor, including 6-of-8 from three-point range, and dished out three assists. The SMU transfer hit five treys in the first half as the Pride built a 21-point lead at intermission.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
David Walker • Northeastern
Jr., G, 6-6, 196 – Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls
Walker poured in a career-high 23 points as Northeastern rallied past Boston University 71-65 at TD Garden on Sunday. The junior guard was 6-of-10 from three-point range, including back-to-back treys that ignited an 11-2 Huskies’ run that put them in front for good. He finished 7-of-12 from the floor and also handed out four assists.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Donovan Gilmore • College of Charleston
Fr., F, 6-7, 205 – Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Acad.
Gilmore came off the bench to score 12 points in 17 minutes as College of Charleston rolled to a 75-40 win at Furman last Friday. The freshman forward was 6-of-8 from the floor, grabbed four rebounds and made two steals as the Cougars won their first game under new coach Earl Grant.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

TOURNAMENT TIME: Several CAA teams will participate in tournaments against top competition this week. Drexel faces Miami (Fla.) in the first round of the Charleston Classic on Thursday and then will meet either USC or Akron in the second round. College of Charleston takes on defending national champion Connecticut on Thursday in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament. The Cougars play either Texas A&M or Dayton in the second round. Northeastern visits Florida State on Tuesday in the first game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament and then has two games at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut this weekend. Elon opens play in the Cancun Challenge with a game at Big Ten foe Northwestern on Saturday.

FOUR WINS ON OPENING WEEKEND: CAA teams posted a 4-6 record on the opening weekend of action. Hofstra rolled past Jacksonville 94-61 last Friday, which was its most points against a Division I opponent in a season opener since 1994-95. Elon won its first game as a member of the CAA with a 64-58 victory over Florida Atlantic on Friday. College of Charleston cruised by Furman 75-40 last Friday in the first game under new head coach Earl Grant. Northeastern rallied past city rival Boston University 71-65 on Sunday. Of the six losses, four came against teams from the Big 5 conferences (#7 Florida, #9 Virginia, Colorado and Alabama).

NEWCOMERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Newcomers made an immediate impact around the CAA last weekend. Hofstra got a game-high 22 points from SMU transfer Brian Bernardi and double-digit efforts from Niagara transfers Ameen Tanksley (16 pts) and Juan’ya Green (14 pts/9 ast) in its win over Jacksonville. Pride freshmen Andre Walker (11 reb/6 blks) and Rokas Gustys (10 reb) also had impressive debuts. Dayton transfer Alex Gavrilovic scored 14 points for Towson in its opener at Alabama. Elon freshman Elijah Bryant averaged 12.0 ppg over two contests, including a team-high 14 points against Charlotte. JMU freshman Hari Hall hit four treys and scored all of his team-high 15 points in the first half against 9th-ranked Virginia.

College of Charleston

•    Picked up a 75-40 road win at Furman on Friday in the first game under head coach Earl Grant.

•    Senior guard Anthony Stitt poured in a team-high 19 points at Furman on 7-of-11 FG shooting. He knocked down 3-of-5 three-pointers .

•    Senior forward Adjehi Baru contributed 16 points on 8-of-10 FG shooting and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds at Furman. Baru was a member of the CAA All-Defensive team last season.

•    Freshman Donovan Gilmore came off the bench to score 12 points in just 17 minutes. He was 6-of-8 from the floor and also pulled down four rebounds.

•    CofC shot 52.5% from the floor at Furman, including 11-of-21 from 3-point range. Six different Cougars hit a trey.

•    The Cougars dished out 20 assists at Furman, which was their most since 2011. Sophomore Joe Chealey led the way with a career-high tying seven helpers.

Delaware

•    Open their season at Liberty tonight. Captured their first CAA regular-season and tournament titles last year and made their first NCAA Tournament trip since 1999.

•    The Blue Hens have averaged 20.7 wins over the past three seasons. The 25 victories in 2013-14 matched the 2nd-most ever.

•    Senior guard Kyle Anderson, who is a three-year starter, will miss the start of the season after having hand surgery. He averaged 11.0 ppg last season, ranked 3rd in the CAA with 85 treys and was 6th in 3-point% (37.6%).

•    Anderson enters the season ranked second on UD’s career 3-pointers list (215) and needs 14 more to break the school record.

•    Junior forward Marvin King-Davis made 19 starts last season and contributed 5.1 ppg and 3.7 rpg. He shot 49% from the floor.

•    UD must replace four starters who combined to average 68.2 ppg last season. Three of them earned All-CAA honors, including all-time leading scorer Devon Saddler.

Drexel

•    Dropped a 65-48 decision at Pac 12 foe Colorado last Friday. The Dragons were down by just seven with 13 minutes to go.

•    Junior guard Tavon Allen came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points at Colorado. He ranked 14th in the CAA in scoring last season with 11.7 ppg  and scored double digits 16 times.

•    Junior guard Damion Lee returned to action for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury against Arizona last November. He scored 12 points and made two steals at Colorado.

•    Sophomore forward Rodney Williams, who made the CAA All-Rookie team last season, had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds at Colorado.

•    Sophomore guard Major Canady, who started 14 games last year, suffered a season-ending ankle injury in preseason practice.

•    Drexel has finished .500 or better in CAA play for the past six years, which is the longest active streak in the league.

Elon

•    Split a pair of home games last week, rallying past Florida Atlantic 64-58 before falling 73-60 to Charlotte.

•    Freshman guard Elijah Bryant came off the bench to score 10 points in 19 minutes vs. Furman and followed with a game-high 14 points against Charlotte.

•    Senior forward Ryan Winters recorded his first career double-double against Charlotte with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

•    Junior forward Tony Sabato scored a career-high and team-high 14 points on 6-of-9 FG shooting against FAU.

•    Junior guard Tanner Samson hit 2-of-3 treys and scored 10 points in the FAU win and made three triples and added 11 points versus Charlotte.

•    Sophomore Luke Eddy started at point guard against Furman and contributed 13 points with two steals. His 3-pointer with 8:35 left gave Elon a 52-49 lead.

Hofstra

•    Cruised past Jacksonville 94-61 in their season-opener last Friday. The 94 points were the most for the Pride against a Div. I opponent in a season opener since 1994.

•    SMU transfer Brian Bernardi scored a game-high 22 points in 26 minutes in his Hofstra debut. He drained 6-of-8 threes, which was one shy of the school record.

•    Niagara transfer Ameen Tanksley scored 16 points on 7-of-11 FG shooting in his first game with the Pride.

•    Guard Juan’ya Green, a transfer from Niagara, had 14 points, nine assists and no turnovers in his first game at Hofstra.

•    Junior forward Malik Nichols tallied 15 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting, while freshman Andre Walker grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and blocked six shots.

•    The Pride shot 56% from the floor and hit 8-of-18 treys against Jacksonville. They also dished out 24 assists, which was one shy of a school record, and committed only eight turnovers.

James Madison

•    Fell 79-51 to 9th-ranked Virginia in their opening game last Friday.

•    A capacity crowd of 6,782 packed the JMU Convocation Center for the home opener. It was the Dukes’ first sellout crowd since a victory over Purdue on Dec. 3, 1994.

•    Freshman forward Hari Hall came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points, all of which came in the first half. He drained 4-of-7 from three-point range.

•    Sophomore guard Jackson Kent tallied 14 points against Virginia. He was 5-of-9 from the floor and made a pair of treys.

•    Freshman Joey McLean contributed eight points, four rebounds and four assists.

•    Junior guard Andre Nation, who was named to the preseason All-CAA first team, will miss the first five games due to a team suspension. Nation averaged 15.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last season.

•    JMU has reached the 21-win mark in three of Matt Brady’s six seasons as head coach.

UNCW

•    Suffered a 76-56 setback at Old Dominion last Saturday in their first game under coach Kevin Keatts. Had a 32-28 lead at halftime.

•    Senior guard Addison Spruill scored a team-high 15 points on 5-of-9 FG shooting and grabbed five rebounds at ODU.

•    Junior guard Craig Ponder added 14 points against ODU and made four of the Seahawks’ eight steals.

•    Junior forward Dylan Sherwood came off the bench to score 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

•    Senior guard Freddie Jackson contributed 11 points and five boards vs. ODU. He reached double digits 10 times last season.

•    Cedrick Williams battled foul trouble and was held to three points and two rebounds at ODU. He ranks 10th in career rebounds (570) and second in career blocked shots (133) at UNCW.

Northeastern

•    Rallied past rival Boston U. 71-65 on Sunday. NU has won four of its past five openers.

•    Junior guard David Walker scored a career-high 23 points and dished out four assists in the BU win. He was 7-of-12 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.

•    Senior forward Scott Eatherton, who had 19 double-doubles last year, just missed his first one this year with 8 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. It was his 27th career double-digit rebound effort.

•    Junior Quincy Ford, who missed most of last season with a back injury, contributed 11 second-half points, four rebounds and three assists in his first game back against BU.

•    Guard T.J. Williams filled the stat sheet with seven points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists against BU.

•    Freshman guard Devon Begley scored seven points in 16 minutes off the bench in his collegiate debut.

Towson

•    Beaten 82-54 at SEC member Alabama in their opener on Friday.

•    Junior guard Four McGlynn hit 5-of-10 treys and scored a team-high 15 points at Alabama. McGlynn made a team-high 71 threes and shot 40.8%  from beyond the arc last season.

•    Sophomore forward John Davis came off the bench to record his first career double-double with 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds in 26 minutes.

•    Forward Alex Gavrilovic, a transfer from Dayton, contributed 14 points on 5-of-7 FG shooting in his Towson debut. The 14 points matched his career high.

•    Towson was hindered by 22 turnovers which Alabama converted into 34 points. The Tigers were even on the glass (34-34) against the Crimson Tide.

•    The Tigers open the season with five straight game away from home – three road contests and two at a neutral site.

William & Mary

•    Dropped a 68-45 decision at 7th-ranked Florida in their season opener last Friday.

•    Sophomore Omar Prewitt, who was the 2014 CAA Rookie of the Year, scored a team-high 15 points on 7-of-15 FG shooting at Florida and grabbed five rebounds.

•    Senior guard Marcus Thornton, who was named the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, was held to 10 points at Florida.

•    Thornton has 1,529 career points and 223 career 3-pointers. He’s on pace to become W&M’s all-time leader in both categories.

•    W&M shot just 31.6% from the floor and was 2-for-22 from three at Florida.

•    The Tribe played without starter Terry Tarpey and top reserve Michael Schlotman at Florida. Sophomores Omar Prewitt and Daniel Dixon and freshman Greg Malinowski each earned their first collegiate starts.

•    Freshman guard Oliver Tot led W&M with six rebounds in 24 minutes at Florida.

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