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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Dec. 22

Dec 22, 2014, 2:36 PM EDT

JMU's Hari Hall

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Scott Eatherton • Northeastern
Sr., F, 6-9, 234 – Hershey, Pa./Hershey
Eatherton averaged 18.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as Northeastern went 1-1 at the Cable Car Classic in California. He posted double-doubles in both games with 20 points, 10 boards and four blocks in a 78-72 victory over host Santa Clara and 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in a 60-58 setback to Cal Poly. For the week, Eatherton shot 66.7% (16-24) from the floor and extended his double-figure scoring streak to nine games.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Hari Hall • James Madison
Fr., F, 6-7, 210 – Jacksonville, Fla./Jean-Ribault
Hall averaged 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as James Madison split two games last week. The freshman forward tied his season-high with 15 points and grabbed five boards in a setback to High Point and poured in 10 points in 19 minutes in a road victory at Ball State. For the week, Hall shot 58.3% (7-12) from the floor, drained three treys, and was a perfect 8-for-8 at the free throw line.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

SOLID STARTS: As the non-conference portion of the schedule winds down, seven of the CAA’s 10 teams have better than .500 records. Northeastern (7-3) has seven wins before Christmas for the first time since 1981-82 and owns its best 10-game record since 1985-86. Hofstra (7-3) matched its second-best start ever (7-2) as a Division I program. Towson (7-4) got off to its best start ever at the Division I level (7-1). James Madison (7-4) put together a six-game home winning streak and two of its four losses this season are to #5 Virginia and #21 Ohio State. UNCW (5-3) has won three of its last four and has its best eight-game mark since 2007-08. William & Mary (6-3) is a perfect 5-0 at home thus far and has won six of its last eight contests.

CAA IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY: CAA teams are 52-48 (.520) in non-conference play. Sixteen of the losses have come against teams from the Power 5 conferences, including six teams who are currently ranked in the top 25 (#2 Duke, #4 Louisville, #5 Virginia, #7 Villanova, #18 West Virginia and #21 Ohio State).

MORE ON THE NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Making the non-conference winning percentage even more impressive is the fact that CAA teams have played only 41 of their 100 non-conference games (41%) at home and the league is a combined 29-12 in those contests. CAA teams have also picked up 15 road victories and are a combined 8-7 in neutral site games.

CAA RANKED 14TH AMONG DIVISION I CONFERENCES: The CAA is ranked 14th out of the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI report produced by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) through Dec. 21. UNCW is currently ranked #66 in the RPI while Northeastern is ranked #103 and William & Mary is #118.

COFC’S CHEALEY SCORES 30 AT CHARLOTTE: College of Charleston sophomore guard Joe Chealey scored a career-high 30 points in a tough 90-85 overtime loss at Charlotte last Tuesday. Chealey made 11-of-18 from the floor, including 7-of-9 from 3-point range, to become the first CofC player since 2012 to reach the 30-point mark. Chealey, whose previous career-high was 18 points, became the fifth CAA player this season to score at least 30.

W&M’S THORNTON ON NATIONAL TOP 10 LISTS: William & Mary senior guard Marcus Thornton ranks fourth among active Division I players in career 3-pointers made (249) and he’s seventh in career scoring (1,690 points). The CAA preseason Player of the Year ranks second in the CAA in scoring (19.0 ppg)  this season and has hit 26 treys.

CAA TEAMS AMONG TOP 20 IN NATIONAL STATS: Several CAA teams rank among the top 20 nationally in various statistical categories through games of Dec. 21. Hofstra is 4th in Division I in 3-point FG percentage (42.7%), 8th in 3-pointers per game (9.7 pg) and 16th in scoring offense (81.1 ppg). UNCW ranks 11th in 3-point percentage (41.4%). Northeastern is 16th in free throw percentage (75.1%). Towson ranks 9th in rebound margin (+10.5 rpg). Elon is 16th in 3-point FG percentage defense (27.2%).

W&M’s SHAVER REACHES 500-WIN MARK: William & Mary head coach Tony Shaver recorded his 500th career victory as the Tribe defeated Washington College 86-46 last Friday. Shaver is the 86th coach with at least 10 years of Division I experience to win 500 or more games and is W&M’s career victories leader with 142.

MCGLYNN LEADS NATION IN FT PERCENTAGE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn was 6-for-6 at the free throw line vs. La Salle last Saturday, continuing his near-perfect accuracy. For the season, he is an incredible 55-of-57 (96.5%) at the charity stripe, which currently leads the nation. Last season, McGlynn led the CAA and ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage at 91.3%.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR TOWSON’S DAVIS: Towson sophomore forward John Davis leads the CAA and is tied for 10th in Division I with six double-doubles this season. Five of them have come in the past seven games, including 10 points and 10 rebounds against Georgetown and 11 points and 14 boards at Temple. Davis is averaging 10.8 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 7th place on Elon’s career three-pointers list with 177 after making four last week against Duke and UNCG. Samson leads the CAA and ranks 13th nationally with 38 three-pointers this season and is shooting 40.9% from beyond the arc.

HOFSTRA’S 3-POINT THREATS: Hofstra features two of the nation’s top three-point threats this season. Junior Ameen Tanksley is shooting 55.8% from beyond the arc, which ranks fourth in Division I, and he’s 45th nationally with 2.9 threes per game. Sophomore Brian Bernardi is 14th nationally with 3.4 treys per game and he’s 15th in 3-point percentage (49.3%). Feeding them the ball is junior Juan’ya Green, who is 16th in Division I in assists (6.1 apg) and 29th in assist/turnover ratio.

College of Charleston

•    Beaten 90-85 in OT at Charlotte and 80-68 by rival Davidson last week.

•    Sophomore Joe Chealey scored a career-high 30 points at Charlotte on 11-of-18 FG shooting, including 7-of-9 from three. It was the most points by a CofC player since Andrew Lawrence in 2012. He had 19 points and a career-high 9 rebounds vs. Davidson.

•    Sophomore Canyon Barry hit 5-of-9 threes and scored a season-best 21 points at Charlotte. Barry also set new career-highs with nine rebounds and six assists. He followed with a team-high 20 points vs. Davidson.

•    CofC finished with a season-high 16 treys on 26 attempts at Charlotte. The 85 points were also a season best.

•    Anthony Stitt scored double figures for the 6th time with 11 points at Charlotte. He’s 15 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

•    The Cougars are 5-1 this season when holding opponents under 60 points. CofC held Davidson’s 3rd-ranked offense to eight points under its season average.

Delaware

•    Dropped contests to Temple (82-62) and Fairleigh Dickinson (76-74) last week.

•    Senior Kyle Anderson (hand injury) made his season debut and scored a game-high 20 points vs. Temple and 17 at FDU. Anderson is three points shy of 1,000 for his career.

•    Sophomore Maurice Jeffers posted career-highs of 11 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double against Temple.

•    Junior Marvin King-Davis (hamstring) also returned to action for the first time since the season opener and averaged 7.0 ppg and 3.0 rpg for the week.

•    Sophomore Cazmon Hayes scored a team-high 21 points at FDU, which was 8th double-digit effort in 9 games. He leads the Hens in scoring with 15.0 ppg and has led UD in points in six of its nine contests.

•    Guard Kory Holden, who is 2nd among CAA freshmen in scoring (10.5 ppg) and ranks 3rd in the CAA in assists (3.6 apg), missed the FDU game with a hamstring injury.

Drexel

•    Suffered setbacks to Buffalo (80-70) and Penn State (73-68) last week.

•    Junior Damion Lee averaged 18.5 ppg last week, including a team-best 24 points at Buffalo. It was his league-leading fifth 20+-point effort. Lee leads the CAA in scoring (19.9 ppg), ranks 13th in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and is 2nd in steals (1.7 spg).

•    Freshman Rashann London scored a career-high 17 points at Buffalo on 7-of-9 FG shooting. He also pulled down six rebounds.

•    Sophomore Rodney Williams ranks third in the CAA in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and has three games with 10+ boards.

•    Junior Tavon Allen hit 3-of-4 treys and scored a team-high 15 points at Penn State.

•    Freshman Sammy Mojica scored a career-best 14 points off the bench at PSU. He had scored just 8 points all season prior to that.

•    Mohamed Bah set a season-high with 10 points at Penn State and was one shy of his season-best with eight rebounds.

Elon

•    Split a pair of road games, falling 75-62 at #2 Duke before topping UNCG, 71-64.

•    Junior Tanner Samson scored a game-high 21 points in the UNCG win. Samson leads the CAA with 38 threes this season and ranks 7th on Elon’s career 3’s list (177).

•    Elijah Bryant poured in 20 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting at UNCG. He leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (11.4 ppg) and has reached double figures in eight games.

•    Sophomore Luke Eddy tallied a team-high 16 points on 7-of-9 FG shooting at Duke for his 7th double-digit effort of the year.

•    Freshman Dmitri Thompson scored eight points on 4-of-5 FG shooting at Duke and also grabbed a team-high five rebounds in just nine minutes of action off the bench.

•    Elon’s defense forced Duke into a season-worst 17 turnovers and held the Blue Devils to 3-of-16 shooting from 3-point range. The Phoenix lead the CAA in 3-point FG defense (27.2%) for the season.

Hofstra

•    Had their four-game winning streak end after an 82-77 setback at Columbia.

•    Juan’ya Green scored double figures for the 9th straight game with a team-high 19 points at Columbia. He’s 4th in the CAA in scoring (18.1 ppg), 1st in assists (6.1 apg) and 3rd in steals (1.5 spg).

•    Ameen Tanksley tallied 18 points and 7 rebounds at Columbia. He’s made 25-of-40 treys in his past seven games, ranks 3rd in the CAA in scoring (18.3 ppg) and 9th in rebounding (5.9 rpg).

•    Brian Bernardi, who hit two threes at Columbia, ranks 2nd in the CAA with 34 treys and is shooting 49.3% from beyond the arc.

•    Malik Nichols just missed his third straight double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds at Columbia.

•    Guard Dion Nesmith matched his season high with 18 points at Columbia. It was his seventh double-figure effort in 10 games. He also tied a season best with three steals.

James Madison

•    Topped Ball State 72-52 for their first road victory, but had a 6-game home win streak snapped in an 80-71 loss to High Point.

•    Jackson Kent hit 5-of-8 threes and tied a career high with 18 points vs. HPU. It was his 7th double-digit effort of the season.

•    Freshman Hari Hall tied his career-high with 15 points vs. HPU and added 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench at BSU. He’s averaging 11.3 ppg over his last four games.

•    Junior Ron Curry contributed a team-high 15 points, a season-best 7 rebounds and 5 assists at BSU. He dished out a season-high 8 assists against HPU, but failed to score.

•    Sophomore Paulius Satkus had 10 points, 6 rebounds and a career-best 5 assists at BSU. It was his first double-figure scoring effort since Nov. 26 (21 pts. vs. S. Heart).

•    JMU shot 50.9% from the floor, including 62.1% in the second half, at BSU. The Dukes also turned in their best defensive effort of the year, limiting BSU to 29.8% FG shooting.

UNCW

•    Improved to 3-0 at home after beating Liberty (73-70/ot) and East Carolina (66-54).

•    Senior Freddie Jackson posted his 2nd double-double (14 pts/10 reb) vs. ECU and tallied 16 points and 7 rebounds vs. LU. Jackson has scored double figures in seven of his eight games and is averaging 19.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg over his past four contests.

•    Senior Craig Ponder contributed 18 points and a career-high 9 rebounds vs. LU and chipped in 12 points against ECU. He has six double-digit scoring efforts this season.

•    Senior Cedrick Williams had a team-high 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in the ECU win. He’s 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and first in blocked shots (2.3 bpg).

•    UNCW limited ECU to 28.1% FG shooting and blocked a season-high 11 shots.

•    The Seahawks lead the CAA in field goal percentage (49.2%). UNCW has shot 45% or better from the floor in five of its eight contests.

Northeastern

•    Went 1-1 at the Cable Car Classic in California, losing 60-58 to Cal Poly before defeating host Santa Clara, 78-72.

•    Senior Scott Eatherton posted double-doubles vs. Cal Poly (17 pts/12 reb) and Santa Clara (20 pts/10 reb) and also blocked seven shots last week. He has scored double figures in nine straight games and has recorded three consecutive double-doubles.

•    Junior Quincy Ford averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists last week. He’s reached double digits in 3 straight games.

•    Junior Caleb Donnelly hit 3-of-5 threes vs. Santa Clara and scored a career-best 13 points in 19 minutes off the bench.

•    NU shot 58.7% from the floor vs. Santa Clara, which was its best percentage since 2010. The Huskies also made a season-high 11 three-pointers on 22 attempts.

•    Sophomore T.J. Williams had 11 points at Santa Clara and has scored double figures in five of his last eight contests.

Towson

•    Fell 67-53 to La Salle on Saturday. Tigers have lost three straight after a 7-1 start.

•    Junior Four McGlynn scored a team-high 14 points vs. La Salle, which was his seventh double-digit effort in the past eight games. He’s averaging a team-best 14.2 ppg.

•    McGlynn was 6-for-6 at the FT line against La Salle and is an incredible 55-of-57 (96.5%) from the stripe for the season, which leads the nation.

•    Sophomore John Davis has posted double-doubles in five of his last seven games and has a CAA-best six for the season. He also tops the CAA in rebounding (9.2 rpg).

•    Sophomore Walter Foster scored six points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against La Salle.

•    Towson out-rebounded La Salle 38-34, which was the 8th time in 11 games it has won the battle on the boards. TU tops the CAA in rebound margin (+10.5 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Returned from a 13-day exam break by crushing Washington Coll., 86-46, on Friday.

•    Senior Marcus Thornton had a team-high 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. He drained 4-of-6 from three. Thornton is averaging 21.0 ppg over his last 7 games.

•    Thornton, who has scored double figures in a league-best 15 straight games, has 1,690 career points and 249 career 3-pointers. He’s on pace to become W&M’s all-time leader in both categories.

•    Guard Daniel Dixon posted his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He has five double-digit scoring efforts in the last seven games.

•    Junior Terry Tarpey contributed a career-high 15 points, six rebounds and a career-high six blocks. It was the most blocks by a W&M player since 1986 and tied for the 8th-most at W&M.

•     W&M shot 53.6% from the floor and made 11-of-23 threes vs. Washington. The Tribe has shot over 50% in four of their last five games.

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