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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Dec. 8

Dec 8, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

Delaware's Kory Holden

CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ameen Tanksley • Hofstra
Jr., F, 6-5, 230 – Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter
Tanksley repeats as CAA Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in Hofstra’s 2-0 week. The junior forward was a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range, and scored a career-high 30 points in an 88-74 victory over Norfolk State. He followed with 13 points and six rebounds in a 68-51 road win at Appalachian State. For the week, Tanksley shot 56.5% from the floor and 60% (6-10) from three-point range.

CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kory Holden • Delaware
Fr., G, 6-2, 180 – Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett
Holden averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in Delaware’s two games last week. The freshman guard scored a season-high 13 points and handed out a game-high four assists against Army and then topped his scoring mark with a team-best 15 points versus Delaware State. Holden has scored double figures in five of his seven games this season and ranks fifth in the CAA in assists (3.6 apg).

CONFERENCE NOTES:

LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: Three CAA players scored 30 or more points in a game last week. William & Mary senior guard Marcus Thornton poured in a career-best 37 points on 14-of-18 FG shooting, including 8-of-11 from three, in the Tribe’s narrow 68-67 loss at Richmond on Dec. 3. The 37 points were the 10th-most in Tribe history and the most since 1990. Hofstra junior Ameen Tanksley was a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor, including 5-of-5 from three, and scored a career-high 30 points in the Pride’s 88-74 win over Norfolk State on Dec. 2. UNCW senior Freddie Jackson poured in 33 points on 14-of-16 FG shooting as the Seahawks crushed St. Andrews 105-47 on Dec. 3. It was the 9th-most points in Seahawks’ history. Jackson also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

HOT STARTS: Several CAA teams have begun the season in impressive fashion. Towson (7-2) got off to its best start ever at the Division I level before having its seven-game winning streak snapped at Georgetown on Sunday. Northeastern recorded five victories in the month of November for the first time in program history, and is now 6-2 after beating Western Michigan last Saturday. Hofstra’s 6-2 record is the Pride’s best since the 2008-09 squad opened the year with a 7-1 mark. James Madison (6-2) has won six straight home games and its only two losses this season are to #6 Virginia and #12 Ohio State.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS CONTINUES: It was another winning week as CAA teams combined for a 10-7 record. For the season, the CAA is 43-32 (.574) in non-conference play. Thirteen of the losses have come against teams from the Power 5 conferences, including five teams who are currently ranked in the top 25 (#6 Virginia, #7 Villanova, #12 Ohio State, #20 Miami and #22 West Virginia).

MORE ON THE NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Making the non-conference winning percentage even more impressive is the fact that CAA teams have played only 31 of their 75 non-conference games (41.3%) at home and the league is a combined 24-7 in those contests. CAA teams have also picked up 11 road victories and are a combined 8-5 in neutral site games.

THREE CAA TEAMS IN TOP 100 OF RPI: Three CAA teams are ranked in the top 100 of the latest RPI report produced by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com). UNCW leads the group of CAA teams at #88, followed by Northeastern at #90 and James Madison at #97. The CAA is ranked 14th out of the 32 Division I conferences.

EXAM WEEK SLOWS CAA SCHEDULE: With exams taking place on most of the CAA campuses, there are only eight games on this week’s schedule. However there are several challenging matchups as UNCW visits 4th-ranked Louisville on Sunday, Towson travels to Temple on Wednesday and Elon goes to Missouri on Thursday.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR TOWSON’S DAVIS: Towson sophomore forward John Davis leads the CAA and is tied for seventh in Division I with five double-doubles this season. Four of them have come in the past five games, including a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds in a victory over Coppin State on Dec. 3 and 10 points and 10 boards against Georgetown on Sunday. Davis is averaging 11.3 ppg and leads the CAA in rebounding with 9.2 rpg.

ELON’S SAMSON CLIMBS 3-POINT LIST: Elon junior guard Tanner Samson has moved up to 8th place on Elon’s career three-pointers list with 170 after draining 11 treys in a pair of victories last week. He scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against Central Penn and tallied 17 points in 18 minutes versus Virginia University of Lynchburg. Samson leads the CAA with 31 three-pointers this season and is shooting 45.6% from beyond the arc.

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.

AUTOMATIC AT THE FREE THROW LINE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn was 6-for-6 at the free throw line last week, continuing his near-perfect accuracy. For the season, he is an incredible 45-of-46 (97.8%) at the charity stripe, which ranks third in Division I. Last season, McGlynn led the CAA and ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage at 91.3%.

College of Charleston

•    Beat crosstown rival The Citadel 59-55 last Tuesday for their first home win of the year.

•    Freshman Donovan Gilmore scored 11 points on 5-of-7 FG shooting vs. The Citadel, including a game-winning 3-point play with 29 seconds left. Gilmore is averaging 9.1 ppg and shooting 66.7% from the floor.

•    Sophomore Canyon Barry scored a team-high 14 points against The Citadel, which was his 3rd double-digit effort this season.

•    Senior forward Adjehi Baru narrowly missed his third double-double of the season with nine points and a team-best nine rebounds against The Citadel. He ranks third in the CAA in rebounding with 8.0 rpg.

•    Sophomore Joe Chealey added nine points vs. The Citadel and has scored double figures in four of his last six games. He leads the Cougars with 25 assists.

•    The Cougars are now 3-1 this season when holding opponents under 60 points. CofC made a season-high 10 steals against The Citadel.

Delaware

•    Dropped home games to Army (73-69) and Delaware State (66-53) last week.

•    Sophomore Cazmon Hayes scored a team-high 14 points vs. Army and had 11 points against DSU. He’s reached double figures in all seven games and leads the Hens in scoring with 15.4 ppg.

•    Freshman Kory Holden chipped in 13 points and four assists vs. Army and had a season-best 15 points against DSU. He’s second among all CAA freshmen in scoring (11.3 ppg) and ranks 5th in the CAA with 3.6 apg.

•    Freshman Chivarsky Corbett tallied a season-high 15 points vs. DSU and had 11 points and five rebounds vs. Army.

•    Delaware set season-highs for points (69) and FG percentage (46.9%) against Army and had a 33-28 advantage on the boards.

•    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

•    Had their two-game winning streak come to an end following a 54-52 loss to University of the Sciences last Thursday.

•    Junior Damion Lee topped Drexel in scoring for the fourth straight game with 17 points vs. UOS. He also made five steals. Lee leads the CAA in scoring (20.4 ppg) is shooting 44.9% from beyond the arc.

•    Sophomore Rodney Williams recorded his first double-double of the season with 14 points and a team-high 10 boards vs. UOS. He leads Drexel and ranks fourth in the CAA in rebounding (7.9 rpg).

•    UCLA transfer Sooren Derboghosian came off the bench and contributed season-highs of nine points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes against UOS.

•    Junior Tavon Allen, who is the Dragons’ third-leading scorer with 9.0 ppg, sat out the UOS game due to an injury.

•    The Dragons have held three straight opponents under 60 points and lead the CAA in scoring defense (57.7 ppg).

Elon

•    Scored 100+ points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1982-83 in wins over Virginia Univ. of Lynchburg (111-55) and Central Pennsylvania (117-73).

•    Junior Tanner Samson averaged 21.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg in the two wins, including career-highs of 25 points and 11 boards vs. Central Penn. He made 11 treys last week and is now 8th on Elon’s career 3’s list (170).

•    Freshman Dmitri Thompson averaged 14.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg last week. He had a career-high 18 points vs. Central Penn and a career-best eight rebounds against VUL.

•    Elijah Bryant netted 15 points vs. VUL. He leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (12.6 ppg) and has tallied double figures in seven of his eight games.

•    Sophomore Luke Eddy has averaged 14.2 ppg over his last five games. He had 15 points and 6 assists against Central Penn.

•    Christian Hairston recorded his first career double-double against VUL with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Hofstra

•    Defeated Norfolk State (88-74) and Appalachian State (68-51) last week. Have won three in a row for the first time since early in the 2012-13 season.

•    Ameen Tanksley scored a career-high 30 points vs. NSU on 9-of-9 FG shooting, including 5-of-5 from three. He added 13 points and 6 rebounds at ASU. Tanksley has made 21-of-30 treys in his past five games.

•    Juan’ya Green contributed 18 points, 8 assists and 4 steals against NSU and scored 17 points at ASU. He’s 3rd in the CAA in scoring (18.1 ppg), 1st in assists (6.3 apg) and 3rd in steals (1.6 spg).

•    Brian Bernardi scored 17 points in the win over NSU. He’s 2nd in the CAA with 26 treys and is shooting 49.1% from beyond the arc.

•    Guard Dion Nesmith averaged 10.5 ppg last week and went over the 1,000-point mark for his career (1,019) vs. NSU.

•    Hofstra shot 52.2% from the floor vs. NSU and made 14-of-25 threes, which was one shy of the school record for treys in a game.

James Madison

•    Have won six in a row at home following victories over Campbell (63-61) and Richmond (51-46) last week.

•    Sophomore Yohanny Dalembert recorded his second career double-double (10 pts/10 reb) vs. Campbell and followed with 10 points and 5 boards vs. UR. He shot 61% (11-18) from the floor for the week.

•    Junior Andre Nation scored 15 points vs. CU, including the game-winning basket on an alley-oop dunk with 2.3 seconds left. He also had 6 assists and 6 steals last week.

•    Freshman Hari Hall scored a team-high 12 points on 6-of-10 FG shooting vs. UR.

•    Junior Ron Curry contributed 13 points and a team-high six assists against Campbell. He’s averaging 9.9 ppg and ranks second in the CAA with 4.8 assists per game.

•    Jackson Kent averaged 10.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg last week, including a career-high 10 boards in the victory over Richmond.

•    The 46 points allowed vs. UR tied for the 4th fewest for JMU under Matt Brady.

UNCW

•    Rolled over St. Andrews 105-47 in their home opener last Wednesday.

•    UNCW shot 70.3% from the floor, which was the 5th-best single-game FG percentage in CAA history. It was the third time this season that UNCW has shot better than 59%.

•    Senior Freddie Jackson poured in a career-high 33 points on 14-of-16 FG shooting, including 5-of-6 from three. He also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in the win.

•    Senior forward Cedrick Williams just missed his third straight double-double with nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

•    Senior Addison Spruill added 13 points vs. St. Andrews and has scored 13 or more points in four of UNCW’s five contests.

•    Junior guard Craig Ponder tallied double digits for the fourth time in five games with 10 points against St. Andrews.

•    Freshman Malik Pugh had 11 points and a team-best six assists in 21 minutes.

Northeastern

•    Rebounded from a 60-46 loss at Harvard by beating Western Michigan 81-69 at home.

•    Senior Scott Eatherton scored a team-high 16 points at Harvard and posted his first double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds vs. WMU. It was his seventh straight game scoring in double figures.

•    Junior David Walker tallied 19 points in the win over WMU, which was his most points since netting 22 vs. Florida St. on Nov. 18.

•    Junior Quincy Ford had 13 points and a season-best nine rebounds against WMU. He also had 4 assists and 3 steals.

•    Senior Reggie Spencer contributed 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds in just 24 minutes off the bench at Harvard.

•    Sophomore T.J. Williams has scored double figures in four of his last six games after getting 12 points and 5 assists vs. WMU.

•    NU shot 46.4% from the floor and hit 23-of-26 FT’s vs. WMU, while recording its highest point total of the season.

Towson

•    Beat Coppin State 84-76 to extend their winning streak to seven before having it snapped in a 78-46 setback at Georgetown.

•    Sophomore John Davis posted double-doubles vs. CSU (career-high 23 pts/14 reb) and Georgetown (10 pts/10 reb) while shooting 70.6% from the floor. He leads the CAA in double-doubles (5) and rebounds (9.1 rpg).

•    Junior Four McGlynn averaged 9.5 ppg last week and was 6-for-6 at the FT line. He’s 45-of-46 at the line for the season and is averaging a team-best 13.6 ppg.

•    Alex Gavrilovic tallied 14 points and eight rebounds in the Coppin win. He’s scored double digits in 2 of his past 3 games.

•    Towson was out-rebounded (28-26) for just the second time this season at GU. TU tops the CAA in rebound margin (+11.0 rpg).

•    The Tigers got off to their best start ever (7-1) at the Division I level and it was also their best start overall since 1976-77.

William & Mary

•    Edged 68-67 at Richmond last Wednesday and fell 66-63 at High Point on Saturday.

•    Senior Marcus Thornton scored a career-high 37 points at UR on 14-of-18 FG shooting, including 8-of-11 from three. It was the most points by a Tribe player since 1990. He added 12 points at High Point.

•    Thornton has 1,670 career points and 245 career 3-pointers. He’s on pace to become W&M’s all-time leader in both categories.

•    Guard Daniel Dixon tallied 12 points and three steals at UR and scored 11 at HPU. He has four double-digit scoring efforts in the last six games.

•    Junior Terry Tarpey led W&M in points (13), rebounds (9), assists (5) and steals (3) in the loss at High Point.

•    Junior Sean Sheldon averaged 9.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg in the two games last week.

•     W&M shot 58.1% from the floor and made 10-of-18 threes at UR and also drained 10 treys at High Point.

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