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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Nov. 24

Nov 24, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

Northeastern captured the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Scott Eatherton • Northeastern
Sr., F, 6-8, 234 – Hershey, Pa./Hershey
Eatherton averaged 19.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in Northeastern’s 3-0 week which included a road victory at ACC foe Florida State (76-73) and wins over Navy (68-44) and defending MAAC champion Manhattan (65-51) to capture the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament. The senior forward scored 16 points at FSU, tallied a team-high 19 points and eight boards vs. Navy and finished with a season-best 22 points, eight rebounds and three blocks against Manhattan. He was named tournament MVP for his efforts. For the week, Eatherton shot 60.6% from the floor and hit 17-of-20 from the free throw line.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Elijah Bryant • Elon
Fr., G, 6-4, 225 – Gwinnett, Ga./New Hampton School (N.H.)
Bryant scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in Elon’s narrow 68-67 overtime loss at unbeaten Northwestern. The freshman guard, who has scored double digits in all three games, was 7-of-15 from the floor and also made two steals against the Big Ten foe.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

IMPRESSIVE WEEK IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY: CAA teams combined for an impressive 18-11 record against non-conference competition last week, with Towson (4-0), Northeastern (3-0), William & Mary (3-0), James Madison (2-0) and UNCW (2-0) all going undefeated. For the season, the CAA improved to 22-17 (.564) in non-conference play. Nine of the 17 losses have come against teams from the Power 5 conferences (#8 Virginia, #17 Miami, #18 Florida, Colorado, Alabama, N.C. State, Texas A&M, USC and Northwestern) and another was against defending national champ and #24 UConn.

HOT STARTS: Northeastern is off to a 4-0 start for just the fourth time in its Division I history and the first time since 2005-06. The Huskies, who received one vote in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, won 76-73 at Florida State on Nov. 18, which was the program’s first victory ever over an ACC school. NU also captured its first in-season tournament since 2009 when it beat Navy (68-44) and Manhattan (65-51) to take the Hall of Fame Tipoff title. Towson (4-1) is off to its best start since 1989-90. The Tigers held three straight opponents (Morgan State, Central Connecticut and Bethune-Cookman) under 50 points for the first time in school history. Hofstra’s 3-1 start is its best since the 2008-09 squad began 7-1, while William & Mary is 3-1 for the second time in the last three years.

RECORD-SETTING WEEK FOR UNCW: It was a record-setting offensive week for UNCW in its back-to-back road wins over UNCG (84-72) and VMI (110-93). The Seahawks shot a school-record 65.3% from the floor at UNCG, including a 10-of-16 effort from three-point range. At VMI, UNCW scored its most points since 2009, including a school-record 84 points in the paint. The Seahawks had three players score more than 20 points – Freddie Jackson (26), Cedrick Williams (23), Addison Spruill (20) – for the first time since March 5, 1994.

HOFSTRA’S GREEN FILLS THE STAT SHEET: Hofstra junior guard Juan’ya Green averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the Pride’s 2-1 week. The highly touted Niagara transfer scored a season-best 24 points and tied a career-high with 11 assists in a 93-71 win over Wagner on Sunday and also netted 22 points in a victory over Long Island rival Stony Brook. For the season, Green ranks second in the CAA in scoring (19.8 ppg) and first in assists (6.5 apg). He has committed just four turnovers in 140 minutes of action.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS FOR DREXEL’S LEE: Drexel’s Damion Lee was named to the All-Tournament team at the Charleston Classic. The junior guard, who averaged 23.0 ppg over the three contests, hit 8-of-11 threes and scored 32 points in a two-point loss to USC and tallied 24 of his team-high 28 points in the second half as the Dragons rallied past Cornell. Lee also became the 29th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

ELON’S SAMSON SHINES AT NORTHWESTERN: Elon junior guard Tanner Samson scored a career-high 24 points as Elon dropped a 68-67 overtime decision at unbeaten Northwestern last Saturday. Samson drained 8-of-13 from 3-point range, which tied for the second-most treys in the program’s Division I history. Samson is averaging a team-high 15.0 ppg for the season and all 13 of his made field goals (13-26) have come from beyond the arc.

College of Charleston

•    Fell 80-67 to Gardner-Webb last Monday, before going 1-2 at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Lost to #17 UConn (65-57) and Texas A&M (59-50) and beat George Mason (61-60).

•    Senior Anthony Stitt had 12 points vs. G-W, scored a team-high 17 points against UConn and added 10 points and 7 rebounds vs. A&M. He’s averaging 12.0 ppg for the year.

•    Senior forward Adjehi Baru posted double-doubles vs. Gardner-Webb (10pts/12reb) and UConn (12pts/10reb). Missed the A&M game with a leg injury but came back to score 10 points in the win over Mason.

•    Freshman Donovan Gilmore posted his first collegiate double-double (10pts/11reb) vs. G-W. He’s averaging 8.0 ppg and is shooting 63% (17-27) from the floor.

•    Sophomore guard Joe Chealey scored a team-high 17 points vs. Gardner-Webb and had 12 points against UConn.

•    Guard Canyon Barry poured in a season and team-high 17 points in the victory over Mason.

Delaware

•    Went 0-3 on the road last week, losing at Liberty (61-55), Cal Poly (78-60) and CSU Bakersfield (70-52).

•    Sophomore Cazmon Hayes averaged 17.0 ppg last week. He scored a career-high 17 points at Liberty and then topped it with 22 points at Cal Poly.

•    Freshman guard Kory Holden averaged 11.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the week. He tallied 13 points, six rebounds and five assists at LU, scored 12 points vs. Cal Poly and netted 10 points at Bakersfield.

•    Sophomore Devonne Pinkard posted his first career double-double at Bakersfield with 14 points and a career-high 10 boards.

•    Senior guard Kyle Anderson, who is a three-year starter, will miss the first month of the season with a hand injury, while junior forward Marvin King-Davis missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

•    With the injuries, UD’s nine-man rotation includes five freshmen and four sophomores.

Drexel

•    Edged 52-49 by Saint Joseph’s last Monday. Went 1-2 at the Charleston Classic, losing to Miami (66-46) and USC (72-70) before beating Cornell (61-59).

•    Junior guard Damion Lee averaged 23.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.3 apg for the week. He hit 8-of-11 threes and scored 32 points vs. USC, scored 24 of his 28 points in the 2nd half vs. Cornell and tallied a team-high 23 points vs. SJU. He was named to the Charleston Classic All-Tournamen team.

•    Junior Tavon Allen scored a team-high 13 points against Miami and added 10 vs. USC.

•    Sophomore forward Rodney Williams tied a career high with 14 points against USC and also matched a career high with 14 rebounds in the Cornell win.

•    Freshman point guard Rashann London scored seven of his career-high nine points in the second half against Cornell.

•    Drexel shot a season-best 52.3% from the floor against USC and made 9-of-16 threes.

Elon

•    Dropped a 68-67 decision in overtime at Northwestern last Saturday. Led the Wildcats for the majority of the game.

•    Junior guard Tanner Samson hit 8-of-13 treys and scored a career-high 24 points at Northwestern. He’s 13-for-26 from three and is averaging 15.0 ppg for the season.

•    Freshman guard Elijah Bryant contributed 16 points and six rebounds at Northwestern, which was his third straight game in double figures. Bryant leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (13.3 ppg).

•    Sophomore Luke Eddy scored 10 points in just 12 minutes off the bench at Northwestern. He also had two assists and two steals.

•    Elon went 10-of-18 (55.6%) from 3-point range at Northwestern but shot only 31.9% on two-point attempts.

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

Hofstra

•    Beat Stony Brook (66-65) and Wagner (93-71) at home after a 76-64 setback at N.C. State last Monday. Hofstra’s 3-1 start is its best since 2008-09.

•    Guard Juan’ya Green averaged 21.7 ppg, 5.7 apg and 4.0 rpg last week. He scored 22 points vs. SBU and followed with a season-high 24 points and a career-high tying 11 assists in the win over Wagner.

•    Green leads the CAA with 26 assists (6.5 apg) and has committed only four turnovers in 140 minutes of action.

•    Guard Dion Nesmith hit the game-winning jumper vs. Stony Brook with 1.6 seconds left and finished with 18 points. He averaged 12.5 ppg for the week.

•    Ameen Tanksley averaged 14.5 ppg for the week. He posted a double-double (13pts/10reb) at N.C. State and went 5-for-5 from three and scored 17 against Wagner.

•    Freshman foward Rokas Gustys had a team-best 12 rebounds in 21 minutes at NCSU.

James Madison

•    Have won two in a row after a 74-71 triumph over Radford last Monday and an 82-60 victory over Longwood on Wednesday.

•    Junior guard Ron Curry scored a team-high 20 points against RU, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left. He was 6-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from three. Also had four rebounds and four assists.

•    Sophomore guard Jackson Kent hit 4-of-5 threes and scored a career-high 18 points vs. Longwood. He’s tallied double figures in all three games this season.

•    Forward Paulius Satkus had a career-high 11 points and a career-best 7 boards vs. RU.

•    Junior guard Winston Grays poured in a team-best and career-high 20 points in the Longwood win.

•    JMU shot 58.8% from the floor and made 8-of-13 threes against Longwood.

•    Junior guard Andre Nation, who was named to the preseason All-CAA first team, is suspended for the Dukes’ first five games.

UNCW

•    Topped UNCG 84-72 last Tuesday and beat VMI 110-93 on Saturday. The 110 points were the Seahawks’ most since 2009.

•    Senior forward Cedrick Williams had 23 points on 10-12 FG shooting, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks at VMI.

•    Senior guard Freddie Jackson scored a career-high 26 points and snared 12 rebounds at VMI. He also had 13 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting at UNCG.

•    Junior guard Craig Ponder tied his career-high with 26 points at UNCG. He was 9-of-11 from the floor, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range. He also made three steals at UNCG and leads the CAA with nine thefts.

•    Junior Dylan Sherwood came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points at UNCG on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

•    UNCW shot a school Div. I record 65.3% from the floor at UNCG, including 10-of-16 from 3-point range, and followed by shooting 59.5% at VMI.

Northeastern

•    Defeated Florida State 76-73 last Tuesday for its first victory ever over an ACC school. Beat Navy (68-44) and Manhattan (65-51) to win the Hall of Fame Tipoff title.

•    Northeastern is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since the 2005-06 season and is the only remaining undefeated team in Div. I that hasn’t played a home game.

•    Senior Scott Eatherton averaged 19.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg last week while shooting 61% from the floor. He had 22 points and 8 boards vs. Manhattan and scored a team-high 16 points at FSU.

•    Junior David Walker scored a team-high 22 points at FSU. He’s shooting 59.4% from the floor and is 14-of-22 from three for the year.

•    Junior Quincy Ford tallied 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists at FSU.

•    Zach Stahl scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards in the victory over Manhattan.

•    NU won its first in-season tournament title since the Cable Car Classic in Dec., 2009.

Towson

•    Went 4-0 last week, beating Morgan State (51-46) before sweeping Central Conn. (58-49), Bethune-Cookman (63-42) and Monmouth (79-75) in the Hall of Fame Classic.

•    The Tigers, who are off to their best start since 1989-90, set a school record by holding three straight foes under 50 points.

•    Junior Four McGlynn averaged 14.0 ppg last week, including a career-high 27 points vs. Monmouth. He was 26-of-27 at the free throw line over the four games.

•    Vanderbilt transfer A.J. Astroth scored a team-high 14 points on 5-of-7 FG shooting against CCSU and netted a career-high 16 points vs. Monmouth.

•    Sophomore forward John Davis posted his second double-double of the season vs. Monmouth with a career-high 22 points and a team-best 13 rebounds.

•    Timajh Parker-Rivera had six points, seven rebounds and five assists at MSU and grabbed 12 rebounds at Monmouth.

William & Mary

•    Defeated Howard 56-49 and Bluefield 100-57 at home before earning a 69-65 road win at Rice on Saturday.

•    Sophomore Omar Prewitt scored a team-best 17 points at Rice. He hit 4-of-7 threes and tallied 12 points vs. Howard.

•    Senior Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 14 points vs. Howard, netted 18 points vs. Bluefield and had 16 points and six assists at Rice.

•    Thornton has 1,577 career points and 230 career 3-pointers. He’s on pace to become W&M’s all-time leader in both categories.

•    W&M held Howard to 49 points, which is the fewest points scored by an opponent since the 2010 CAA semifinals.

•    Terry Tarpey had eight points, eight rebounds and six assists at Rice and seven points, 12 boards and seven assists vs. HU.

•     Sean Sheldon scored a career-high 11 points with six boards in the win at Rice.

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