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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Dec. 1

Dec 1, 2014, 3:35 PM EST

Hofstra's Ameen Tanksley

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ameen Tanksley • Hofstra
Jr., F, 6-5, 230 – Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter
Tanksley averaged 20.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as Hofstra split a pair of road games last week. The junior forward had a game-high 20 points and six rebounds in a narrow 71-70 setback at USF and contributed a season-high 21 points and seven boards in an 86-56 triumph at Jackson State. The junior forward shot 60% (15-25) from the floor, including 10-of-15 (66.7%) from three-point range. Tanksley has drained five treys in three straight games and is 15-of-20 from beyond the arc in that stretch.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Marcus Thornton • William & Mary
Sr., G, 6-4, 190 – Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara
Thornton averaged 22.0 points as William & Mary went 2-0 last week. The senior guard scored a game-high 19 points in only 26 minutes as the Tribe rolled past Western Illinois 83-49 and followed with a season-best 25 points in a 66-62 win over defending SoCon champ Wofford. The senior guard shot 66.7% (14-21) from the floor, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range, and made 11-of-13 at the free throw line.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Elijah Bryant • Elon
Fr., G, 6-4, 225 – Gwinnett, Ga./New Hampton School (N.H.)
Bryant repeats as CAA Rookie of the Week after averaging 12.7 points in Elon’s 2-1 week. The freshman scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 74-73 win over Morgan State, had 10 points in a 70-68 victory at Miami (Ohio) and also scored 10 in a loss to North Florida. Bryant, who has scored double figures in all six games this season, was named to the Cancun Challenge Mayan Division All-Tournament team.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

HOT STARTS: Several CAA teams have begun the season in impressive fashion. Towson (6-1) is off to its best start since joining Division I in 1979-80 after extending its winning streak to six with victories over Goucher and UMBC last week. William & Mary is 5-1 for the first time since 1992-93 after beating defending SoCon champ Wofford 66-62 last Saturday to push its winning streak to five. Northeastern recorded five victories in the month of November for the first time in program history and is 5-1 for only the fourth time since 1972-73. Hofstra’s 4-2 record is the Pride’s best since the 2008-09 squad opened the year with a 5-1 mark.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS CONTINUES: CAA teams combined for an 11-8 record against non-conference competition last week. For the season, the CAA is 33-25 (.569) in non-conference play. More than half (13-of-25) of the losses have come against teams from the Power 5 conferences, including five teams who are currently ranked in the top 25 (#7 Virginia, #10 Villanova, #14 Ohio State, #15 Miami and #16 West Virginia). Another was against defending national champ and #23 UConn.

MORE ON THE NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Making the non-conference winning percentage even more impressive is the fact that CAA teams have played only 19 of their 58 non-conference games (32.7%) at home. The league has picked up 10 road victories and is a combined 8-5 in neutral site games.

DEFENSIVE EXCELLENCE: Several CAA teams turned in noteworthy defensive performances last week. Drexel held Southern Mississippi to just 36 points in a 59-36 win on Sunday, which was the first time since January, 2012 that the Dragons have kept a team under 40 points and was the fewest points scored by the Golden Eagles since 2005. William & Mary limited Western Illinois to 26.8% FG shooting in an 83-49 triumph last Tuesday. It was the second-best defensive FG percentage effort for the Tribe in 12 seasons under coach Tony Shaver. Northeastern gave up only 16 first-half points in its 57-48 victory over Fairfield last Saturday, which was the fewest points the Huskies have allowed in a first half since Feb. 11, 2009. Towson has held opponents under 50 points in four of its six victories. The Tigers lead the CAA in scoring defense (57.6 ppg), FG percentage defense (38.2%), 3-point FG percentage defense (27.8%) and rebounding margin (+12.0 rpg).

W&M’s SHAVER NEARS 500 WINS: William & Mary head coach Tony Shaver has 499 career victories and is just one win away from becoming the 86th coach with at least 10 years of Division I experience to win 500 or more games. The Tribe has road contests at Richmond and High Point this week.

AUTOMATIC AT THE FREE THROW LINE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn was a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line in Towson’s 77-66 win at UMBC last Saturday. For the season, he is an incredible 39-of-40 (97.5%) at the charity stripe. Last season, McGlynn led the CAA and ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage at 91.3%.

ELON WINS TWO AT THE WIRE: Elon finished 2-2 in the Cancun Challenge, with three of the four games decided by two points or less. The Phoenix rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat Morgan State 74-73 on Luke Eddy’s layup with 6.8 seconds to go and edged Miami (Ohio) 70-68 on a tip-in by Kevin Blake with 0.7 seconds remaining.

DREXEL’S LEE TOPS 20 AGAIN: Drexel junior guard Damion Lee scored a team-high 22 points in the Dragons’ win over Southern Miss on Sunday, which was his third straight game with 20 or more points. Lee, who has topped the 20-point mark in four of his six contests, leads the CAA in scoring at 21.0 ppg and is shooting 47.6% from 3-point range.

STEPPING UP AS SOPHOMORES: James Madison sophomore forwards Yohanny Dalembert and Paulius Satkus set new career highs in back-to-back games last week. Dalembert scored a career-best 20 points in the Dukes’ 77-71 win over Colgate on Nov. 24 and Satkus followed with career-highs of 21 points and eight rebounds in a 79-72 triumph over Sacred Heart two days later. Dalembert is averaging 11.2 ppg and 4.7 rpg this season after averaging 2.3 ppg and 2.5 rpg a year ago, while Satkus is averaging 7.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg this year after contributing 1.6 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 2013-14.

College of Charleston

•    Dropped an 86-57 decision at #21 West Virginia last Saturday.

•    Freshman Donovan Gilmore scored a team-high 13 points on 4-of-5 FG shooting at WVU. Gilmore is averaging 8.8 ppg and shooting 65.6% from the floor for the year.

•    Freshman Evan Bailey came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points in 20 minutes at WVU. He was 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

•    Senior forward Adjehi Baru was held to five points and five rebounds at WVU, ending a 4-game double-digit scoring streak. Baru has two double-doubles this season.

•    Sophomore guard Joe Chealey contributed 10 points and six assists at WVU. He’s tallied double figures in four of his last five games and leads the Cougars with 24 assists.

•    The Cougars shot a solid 47.7% from the floor and hit 7-of-17 from 3-point range at WVU, but were hurt by a season-high 18 turnovers.

Delaware

•    Closed out a season-opening five-game road swing with losses at Stanford (84-47) and #12 Villanova (78-47).

•    Sophomore Cazmon Hayes was UD’s top scorer in both games, tallying 15 points at Stanford and 17 at Villanova. He’s reached double figures in all five games and leads the Hens in scoring with 16.6 ppg.

•    Freshman guard Kory Holden added eight points and six assists at Stanford and also had eight points at Villanova. He tops UD and is third in the CAA in assists (4.5 apg).

•    Sophomore Devonne Pinkard scored 11 points at Villanova, which was his second double-figure effort in the past three games.

•    Freshman Eric Carter made his first career start at Villanova and responded with season-highs of six points and five rebounds.

•    With senior Kyle Anderson (hand) and junior Marvin King-Davis (hamstring) out with injuries, UD’s nine-man rotation includes five freshmen and four sophomores.

Drexel

•    Have won two in a row after a 59-36 victory over Southern Mississippi on Sunday.

•    Junior Damion Lee scored 19 of his game-high 22 points in the first half vs. Southern Miss. He was 7-of-10 from the floor, including 4-for-4 from three. Lee leads the CAA in scoring (21.0 ppg) is shooting 47.6% from beyond the arc.

•    Sophomore Rodney Williams added 12 points on 6-of-10 FG shooting against Southern Miss. He leads Drexel and ranks fifth in the CAA in rebounding (7.5 rpg).

•    Freshman guard Rashann London chipped in nine points vs. Southern Miss. He’s started all six games and is averaging 6.3 ppg.

•    Freshman Tyshawn Myles grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in the win over Southern Miss and also dished out four assists.

•    Sophomore Mohamed Bah had a season-high nine rebounds against USM.

•    The Dragons held an opponent under 40 points for the first time since January, 2012.

Elon

•    Went 2-1 last week, earning last-second wins over Morgan State (74-73) and Miami (Ohio) (70-68), but falling to UNF (72-65). Three of Elon’s four games in the Cancun Challenge were decided by 2 points or less.

•    Sophomore Luke Eddy averaged 16.0 ppg on 61.5% (16-26) FG shooting last week. He hit the game-winning bucket with 6.8 seconds left vs. MSU, scored 14 points against UNF and a game-high 22 points at Miami.

•    Freshman Elijah Bryant averaged 12.7 ppg last week, including a team-high 18 pts. vs. Morgan State. Bryant leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (13.0 ppg) and has tallied double figures in all six games.

•    All of junior Tanner Samson’s field goals have come from 3-point range (20-44). He’s averaging 11.3 ppg for the season.

•    Kevin Blake’s tap-in with 0.7 seconds left was the game-winner at Miami.

•    Bryant and Eddy were selected to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team.

Hofstra

•    Rebounded from a 71-70 setback at USF last Tuesday by rolling past Jackson State 86-56 on Friday.

•    Ameen Tanksley averaged 20.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg last week. He scored a team-high 20 points at USF and followed with 21 points at JSU, which was his 5th straight double-digit outing. He was 10-of-15 from three last week and is 15-of-20 in his past 3 games.

•    Sophomore Brian Bernardi hit 6-of-10 threes and scored a team-high 26 points at JSU. He leads the CAA with 20 treys and is shooting 51.3% from beyond the arc.

•    Juan’ya Green tallied 17 points and seven assists at USF and 14 points and six assists at JSU. He’s second in the CAA in scoring (18.3 ppg) and first in assists (6.5 apg).

•    Guard Dion Nesmith (11.0 ppg) is two points shy of 1,000 for his career.

•    Freshman foward Rokas Gustys had a team-best 12 rebounds at USF and leads all CAA freshmen in rebounding with 7.2 rpg. It was his third game with 10+ boards.

James Madison

•    Went 2-1 last week, defeating Colgate (77-71) and Sacred Heart (79-72) at home before having their four-game winning streak snapped at #16 Ohio State (73-56).

•    Sophomore Yohanny Dalembert scored a career-high 20 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting vs. Colgate and had 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting and 8 rebounds at Ohio State.

•    Junior guard Ron Curry had 19 points, six assists vs. Colgate, followed by 11 points and seven assists against Sacred Heart.

•    Jackson Kent hit 3-of-4 treys and scored 17 points vs. Colgate and netted 15 points vs. SHU before seeing his five-game double-figure scoring streak end at Ohio State.

•    Sophomore Paulius Satkus posted career-highs of 21 points and 8 rebounds vs. SHU.

•    JMU shot at least 50% from the floor for three straight games before being held to 39.3% FG shooting at Ohio State.

•    Junior guard Andre Nation scored a team-high 15 points at OSU in his first game after a five-game suspension to start the year.

UNCW

•    Had their two-game winning streak snapped in a 72-49 loss at Davidson on Saturday.

•    Senior forward Cedrick Williams registered his second consecutive double-double with 15 points and a team-high 12 rebounds at Davidson. He also recorded his 600th career rebound in his 80th career start.

•    Senior guard Addison Spruill posted his first career double-double at Davidson with a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds.

•    Junior guard Craig Ponder, who was averaging a team-best 16.7 ppg, was held scoreless at Davidson.

•    Junior Dylan Sherwood, who is 8-of-12 from 3-point range this season, sat out the Davidson game with an ankle injury.

•    UNCW, which had shot over 59% from the floor in its past two games, was held to 30.4% FG shooting at Davidson and committed a season-high 20 turnovers.

Northeastern

•    Bounced back from a 79-54 loss at UMass by downing Fairfield 57-48 in their home opener on Saturday. Reached five wins in November for the first time ever.

•    Northeastern is off to a 5-1 start for just the fourth time since 1972-73.

•    Senior Scott Eatherton has scored double figures in five straight games after tallying 11 points at UMass and team-highs of 18 points and 7 rebounds against Fairfield.

•    Junior David Walker scored a team-high 14 points against UMass. He’s shooting 50% from the floor and is 16-of-31 (51.6%) from three for the year.

•    Sophomore guard T.J. Williams added 12 points on 6-of-10 FG shooting at UMass and chipped in 10 points vs. Fairfield.

•    NU limited Fairfield to 16 first-half points, which was the fewest scored by an opponent in a half since Feb. 11, 2009.

•    Junior Zach Stahl contributed 14 points and six rebounds in the Fairfield win.

Towson

•    Riding a six-game winning streak after victories over Goucher (97-43) and UMBC (77-66) last week.

•    The Tigers, who are off to their best start since joining Division I in 1979-80, have held four opponents under 50 points.

•    Junior Four McGlynn hit 13-of-13 at the FT line and scored a team-high 22 points at UMBC. It was his 4th straight double-digit effort. He’s 39-of-40 at the line for the year.

•    Sophomore John Davis posted his third double-double of the season vs. Goucher with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. He leads the Tigers with 8.4 rpg.

•    Junior Timajh Parker-Rivera recorded a double-double vs. Goucher with 13 points and 10 rebounds and followed with 15 points and nine boards in the win over UMBC.

•    Freshman Byron Hawkins averaged 12.0 ppg last week, including a career-high 19 points on 5-of-7 FG shooting in the Goucher win.

William & Mary

•    Extended their winning streak to five after victories over Western Illinois (83-49) and Wofford (66-62) last week. Off to a 5-1 start for the first time since 1992-93.

•    Senior Marcus Thornton averaged 22.0 ppg last week. He scored a team-high 19 points vs. WIU and a season-best 25 points vs. Wofford. He was 14-of-21 from the floor, 5-of-10 from 3 and 11-of-13 at the FT line.

•    Thornton has 1,621 career points and 235 career 3-pointers. He’s on pace to become W&M’s all-time leader in both categories.

•    Sophomore Omar Prewitt has reached double figures five times in six games after scoring 13 points against WIU and Wofford.

•    Guard Daniel Dixon hit 4-of-5 treys and finished with 14 points and six rebounds in the WIU victory.

•    Junior Terry Tarpey averaged 11.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg and 3.0 bpg last week.

•     W&M’s 65.6% FG shooting vs. Wofford was the 7th-best performance in school history.

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