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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Dec. 15

Dec 15, 2014, 4:03 PM EST

UNCW's Jordon Talley

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Luke Eddy • Elon
So., G, 6-0, 190 – Charleston, W.Va./George Washington
Eddy came off the bench to score a career-high 27 points in only 24 minutes in Elon’s narrow 78-73 setback at Missouri last Thursday. The sophomore guard poured in 21 second-half points to help the Phoenix erase a 19-point deficit, including a three-pointer with under a minute to play that cut the Tigers’ lead to one. Eddy finished 8-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, and was a perfect 8-for-8 at the free throw line.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jordon Talley • UNCW
Fr., G, 6-0, 180 – Richmond, Va./Henrico
Talley scored a career-high 13 points and dished out three assists in UNCW’s 68-57 loss at 4th-ranked Louisville on Sunday. The freshman guard tallied 10 of his points in the second half as the Seahawks rallied to within 52-50 with 6:50 to play. Talley finished 6-of-14 from the floor and made his only three-point attempt while playing a career-high 26 minutes off the bench.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

SOLID STARTS: CAA teams have gotten off to a solid start this season with eight of the league’s 10 teams having .500 or better records. Hofstra’s 7-2 record is its best since the 2008-09 squad also opened 7-2. The Pride is on a four-game winning streak for the first time since 2011. Towson (7-3) got off to its best start ever at the Division I level (7-1) before having its seven-game winning streak snapped with road losses at Georgetown and Temple. 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 on Dec. 6. James Madison (6-3) has won six straight home games and two of its three losses this season are to #6 Virginia and #12 Ohio State. College of Charleston (5-4) has won three in a row and four of its last five.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS: CAA teams are 46-37 (.554) in non-conference play. Fourteen of the losses have come against teams from the Power 5 conferences, including six teams who are currently ranked in the top 25 (#4 Louisville, #6 Virginia, #7 Villanova, #12 Ohio State, #18 Miami and #22 West Virginia). Elon visits 2nd-ranked Duke on Monday night.

MORE ON THE NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Making the non-conference winning percentage even more impressive is the fact that CAA teams have played only 34 of their 83 non-conference games (41%) at home and the league is a combined 26-8 in those contests. CAA teams have also picked up 12 road victories and are a combined 8-5 in neutral site games.

TWO CAA TEAMS IN TOP 70 OF RPI: Two CAA teams are ranked in the top 70 of the latest RPI report produced by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) through Dec. 14. UNCW is currently ranked #41 in the RPI while Northeastern moved up to #66. The CAA is ranked 13th out of the 32 Division I conferences.

UNCW’S JACKSON NAMED TEAM MVP: UNCW senior guard Freddie Jackson was named the team MVP in the Billy Minardi Classic on Sunday as the Seahawks were beaten 68-57 at 4th-ranked Louisville. Jackson topped UNCW with 16 points and seven rebounds in a contest in which the Seahawks trailed by only two (52-50) with 6:50 remaining.

CAA TEAMS AMONG TOP 10 IN NATIONAL STATS: Several CAA teams rank among the top 10 nationally in various statistical categories through games of Dec. 14. Hofstra is 2nd in Division I in 3-point FG percentage (43.8%) and 8th in 3-pointers per game (9.9 pg). UNCW ranks 8th in 3-point percentage (42.5%). Northeastern is 6th in free throw percentage (77.1%). Towson ranks 8th in rebound margin (+11.1 rpg).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR TOWSON’S DAVIS: Towson sophomore forward John Davis leads the CAA and is tied for fourth in Division I with six double-doubles this season. Five of them have come in the past six games, including 10 points and 10 rebounds against Georgetown and 11 points and 14 boards at Temple last Wednesday. Davis is averaging 11.3 ppg and leads the CAA in rebounding with 9.7 rpg.

ELON’S SAMSON CLIMBS 3-POINT LIST: Elon junior guard Tanner Samson has moved up to 7th place on Elon’s career three-pointers list with 173 after making three at Missouri last Thursday. Samson leads the CAA and ranks 8th nationally with 34 three-pointers this season and is shooting 44.2% 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 4-for-5 at the free throw line at Temple last Wednesday, continuing his near-perfect accuracy. For the season, he is an incredible 49-of-51 (96.1%) 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%.

HOFSTRA’S 3-POINT THREATS: Hofstra features two of the nation’s top three-point threats this season. Junior Ameen Tanksley is shooting 59.6% from beyond the arc, which ranks third in Division I, and he’s 37th nationally with 3.11 threes per game. Sophomore Brian Bernardi is 11th nationally with 3.56 treys per game and he’s 15th in 3-point percentage (50%). Feeding them the ball is junior Juan’ya Green, who is 12th in Division I in assists (6.3 apg) and 28th in assist/turnover ratio.

College of Charleston

•    Have won four of their last five after beating S.C. State (50-47) and Campbell (58-47) at home last week.

•    Sophomore guard Joe Chealey matched a career high with 18 points on 5-of-9 FG shooting vs. Campbell and tied a season-high with six rebounds.

•    Sophomore Canyon Barry had a great all-around week, averaging 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals. He had 14 points and a career-high 8 rebounds vs. CU and made a career-best 6 steals vs. SCSU.

•    Freshman Evan Bailey came off the bench to hit 3-of-6 treys and score a team-high 11 points vs. S.C. State. He grabbed a career-high six rebounds against Campbell.

•    Senior Anthony Stitt has tallied double digits five times this season after scoring 10 points vs. SCSU and 12 points in the Campbell win.

•    The Cougars are now 5-1 this season when holding opponents under 60 points. CofC held Campbell to season lows in FG percentage (32.1%) and points (47).

Delaware

•    UD was off last week for exams, but returns to action on Thursday against Temple.

•    Sophomore guard Cazmon Hayes has reached double figures in all seven games and leads the Hens in scoring with 15.4 ppg. He has topped UD in points in five of its seven contests.

•    Freshman Kory Holden tallied a season-best 15 points against Delaware State on Dec. 7. He’s second among all CAA freshmen in scoring (11.3 ppg) and ranks 3rd in the CAA in assists with 3.6 apg.

•    Freshman Chivarsky Corbett is averaging 13.0 points over his past two games. He posted a season-high 15 points vs. DSU.

•    Delaware has struggled offensively, shooting less than 32 percent from the floor in six of its seven contests.

•    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

•    Fell 65-55 to Philadelphia rival La Salle last Saturday. It was Drexel’s first home game against the Explorers since 1983.

•    Junior Damion Lee topped Drexel in scoring for the fifth straight game with 19 points vs. La Salle. He also contributed nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Lee leads the CAA in scoring (20.3 ppg), ranks 10th in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and is shooting 46.2% from 3-point range.

•    Sophomore Rodney Williams just missed his second straight double-double with 8 points and a team-high 11 rebounds vs. La Salle. He has grabbed 10 or more boards in three of his last four games.

•    Junior Tavon Allen, who missed a game due to a knee injury, came off the bench to score 14 points and pull down six rebounds against La Salle.

•    The Dragons have held three of their past four opponents under 60 points and lead the CAA in scoring defense (58.6 ppg).

Elon

•    Nearly overcame a 19-point deficit in a narrow 78-73 loss at Missouri last Thursday. Ended a 3-game winning streak.

•    Sophomore Luke Eddy poured in a career-high 27 points in just 24 minutes at Mizzou. It was sixth double-digit effort of the year.

•    Junior Tanner Samson hit three treys and added 10 points at Mizzou. Samson leads the CAA with 34 threes this season and ranks 7th on Elon’s career 3’s list (173).

•    Senior Kevin Blake scored double figures for the second straight game with 14 points at Mizzou and grabbed a season-best six rebounds.

•    Elijah Bryant had just two points at Mizzou, but leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (11.4 ppg). He has tallied double figures in seven of his nine games.

•    Elon out-rebounded Missouri 40-37, including a 19-9 advantage on the offensive glass. The Phoenix are +3.7 in rebound margin for the season.

Hofstra

•    Rolled past Coppin State 105-64 last Wednesday. Have won four in a row for the first time since 2011. Off to their best start (7-2) since 2008-09.

•    Ameen Tanksley had a team-high 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals at CSU. He’s made 24-of-35 treys in his past six games and ranks 3rd in the CAA in scoring (18.3 ppg).

•    Juan’ya Green posted his 2nd double-double of the season with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists at CSU. He’s 4th in the CAA in scoring (18.0 ppg), 1st in assists (6.3 apg) and 3rd in steals (1.7 spg).

•    Brian Bernardi hit 6-of-11 threes and tallied 20 points at CSU. He’s 2nd in the CAA with 32 treys and is shooting 50% from beyond the arc.

•    Malik Nichols recorded his 2nd double-double of the year with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds at CSU.

•    Hofstra shot 54.5% from the floor at CSU and made 13-of-25 threes. The Pride is shooting 43.8% from 3 for the season.

James Madison

•    Dropped a 70-58 decision at East Carolina on Saturday. JMU has won six straight at home but is 0-2 on the road this season.

•    Junior Ron Curry scored a team-best 13 points at ECU. He’s averaging 10.2 ppg for the season and ranks second in the CAA with 4.6 assists per game.

•    Sophomore Yohanny Dalembert tallied nine points on 4-of-5 FG shooting and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds at ECU. He’s shooting 64.2% from the floor for the year and tops JMU in rebounding (5.6 rpg).

•    Junior Andre Nation didn’t make a field goal and was held to a season-low three points at ECU. Nation is averaging 9.8 ppg over four games this season.

•    Freshman Joey McLean returned to action for the first time since the season opener and had 10 points, 5 assists and 5 steals at ECU in just 24 minutes off the bench.

•    Jackson Kent chipped in nine points at ECU. Kent leads the Dukes in scoring with 11.7 ppg and has made a team-high 18 threes.

UNCW

•    Dropped a 68-57 decision at #4 Louisville on Sunday. Used a 15-0 second-half run to close within 52-50 with 6:50 to play.

•    Senior Freddie Jackson posted team-highs of 16 points and seven rebounds at Louisville. Jackson has scored double figures in five of the Seahawks’ six games.

•    Freshman Jordon Talley scored a career-high 13 points off the bench at Louisville. He’s averaging 8.8 ppg over his last four games.

•    Senior forward Cedrick Williams grabbed a team-best eight rebounds and blocked two shots at Louisville. Williams ranks 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and is tied for first in the conference in blocks (2.0 bpg).

•    The Seahawks have played five of their first six games on the road, but host Liberty and East Carolina this week.

•    UNCW limited the Cardinals to 1-for-13 shooting from 3-point range and held them 10 points below their scoring average.

Northeastern

•    NU was off last week for exams. The Huskies open a three-game California swing against Cal Poly on Wednesday.

•    Senior Scott Eatherton posted his first double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 6. 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. Walker is shooting 91.7% from the FT line.

•    Junior Quincy Ford had 13 points, a season-best nine rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals against WMU. It was his first double-figure scoring effort since Nov. 18.

•    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

•    Dropped their second straight road game, falling 76-64 at Temple last Wednesday.

•    Sophomore John Davis posted his league-leading sixth double-double with 11 points and a team-high 14 rebounds at Temple. He has double-doubles in 5 of the last 6 games and tops the CAA in rebounding (9.7 rpg).

•    Junior Four McGlynn hit 4-of-6 threes and scored a team-high 20 points at Temple. He’s 49-of-51 at the FT line for the season and is averaging a team-best 14.2 ppg.

•    Alex Gavrilovic contributed 17 points and 7 rebounds off the bench at Temple. Gavrilovic, who was 3-for-3 from 3-point range, has scored double digits in three of his past four contests.

•    Towson out-rebounded Temple 50-38. TU tops the CAA in rebound margin (+11.1 rpg).

•    Freshman Byron Hawkins contributed nine points and four rebounds in his first career start at Temple.

William & Mary

•    W&M was off last week for exams. Returns to action vs. Washington College on Friday.

•    Senior Marcus Thornton scored a career-high 37 points on 14-of-18 FG shooting, including 8-of-11 from three at Richmond on Dec. 3. It was the most points by a Tribe player since 1990.

•    Thornton, who has scored double figures in a league-best 14 straight games, 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 High Point. 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 a loss at High Point on Dec. 6.

•     W&M shot 58.1% from the floor and made 10-of-18 threes at Richmond. The Tribe has shot over 50% in three of their last four games.

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