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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Dec. 29

Dec 29, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

Elon's Elijah Bryant

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Juan’ya Green • Hofstra
Jr., G, 6-2, 195 – Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Green averaged 15.0 points, 10.5 assists and 7.0 rebounds as Hofstra split two games last week. The junior guard recorded the first triple-double in Pride program history with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in an 88-62 victory over LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, and also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists against La Salle last Tuesday. Green has four double-doubles and his triple-double is only the sixth in Division I this season. He leads the CAA in assists (6.8 apg) and ranks fourth in scoring (17.6 ppg).

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Elijah Bryant • Elon
Fr., G, 6-4, 225 – Gwinnett, Ga./New Hampton School
Bryant averaged 19.0 points in Elon’s victories over Kennesaw State (67-65) and Marist (69-64) last week. The freshman guard poured in a career-high 25 points and dished out five assists at KSU and followed with 13 points versus Marist. For the week, Bryant shot 50% (13-26) from the floor and from 3-point range (4-8). He leads all CAA freshmen in scoring with 12.5 ppg and has tallied double figures in 10 of his 13 games.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OPENS ON SATURDAY: Conference play in the CAA gets started on Saturday with all 10 teams in action. For the first time since 2004-05, teams will play a double round-robin 18-game slate where all schools meet each other at home and on the road. The schedule gets off to a busy start with four conference games over an eight-day stretch between January 3-10.

THREE FRESHMEN TOP 20-POINT MARK: Three freshmen topped the 20-point mark in games last Monday (Dec. 22). Elon guard Elijah Bryant poured in a career-high 25 points as the Phoenix rallied to beat Kennesaw State. Towson guard Byron Hawkins contributed a career-high 23 points in a 61-56 setback at Navy. Delaware guard Chivarsky Corbett netted a career-best 21 points in an 84-81 loss at Robert Morris.

CLIMBING THE 3-POINT LISTS: Three CAA players are climbing the career three-point lists at their respective schools. William & Mary senior guard Marcus Thornton has made 253 career treys, which ranks second in Tribe history behind only David Schneider (278). Delaware senior guard Kyle Anderson has 223 career threes, which ranks second in Blue Hens’ history behind Mike Ames (228). Elon junior guard Tanner Samson ranks sixth on the Phoenix’s all-time chart with 182 treys and needs 18 more to pass Chris Chalko for fifth place.

SOLID STARTS: As the non-conference portion of the schedule comes to a close this week, seven of the CAA’s 10 teams have .500 or better records. Northeastern (7-4) had seven wins before Christmas for the first time since 1981-82 and had its best 10-game record since 1985-86. Hofstra (8-4) matched its second-best nine-game start (7-2) as a Division I program. Elon (8-5) has won six of its last eight contests. William & Mary (6-4) is a perfect 5-0 at home this season. Towson (7-5) got off to its best eight-game start at the Division I level (7-1). James Madison (7-5) put together a six-game home winning streak from Nov. 17-Dec. 7. UNCW (5-5) had its best eight-game mark (5-3) since 2007-08.

CAA IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY: CAA teams are 55-58 (.487) in non-conference play. Of the 58 losses, 18 have come against teams from the Power 5 conferences, including six teams who are currently ranked in the top 25 (#2 Duke, #3 Virginia, #5 Louisville, #6 Villanova, #17 West Virginia and #20 Ohio State).

MORE ON THE NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: CAA teams have played only 45 of their 113 non-conference games (39.8%) at home and the league is a combined 30-15 in those contests. CAA teams have also picked up 16 road victories and are a combined 9-7 in neutral site games.

CAA RANKED 17TH AMONG DIVISION I CONFERENCES: The CAA is ranked 17th out of the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI report produced by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) through Dec. 28. Northeastern is ranked #110 in the RPI while UNCW is ranked #117 and William & Mary is #121.

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 (253) and he’s seventh in career scoring (1,712 points). The CAA preseason Player of the Year ranks third in the CAA in scoring (19.3 ppg) this season and has hit 30 treys.

CAA TEAMS AMONG TOP 25 IN NATIONAL STATS: Several CAA teams ranked among the top 25 nationally in various statistical categories through games of Dec. 28. Hofstra is 2nd in Division I in 3-point FG percentage (42.5%), 8th in 3-pointers per game (9.8 pg) and 16th in scoring offense (81.1 ppg). William & Mary is 21st in 3-point FG percentage (40.2%).Northeastern is 22nd in free throw percentage (74.7%). Towson ranks 13th in rebound margin (+9.5 rpg). Elon is 22nd in 3-point FG percentage defense (28%).

MCGLYNN LEADS NATION IN FT PERCENTAGE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn was 3-for-4 at the free throw line at Navy last Monday, continuing his near-perfect accuracy. For the season, he is an incredible 58-of-61 (95.1%) 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 17th in Division I with six double-doubles this season. Five of them have come in the past eight games, including 10 points and 10 rebounds against Georgetown and 11 points and 14 boards at Temple. Davis is averaging 9.9 ppg and leads the CAA in rebounding with 8.6 rpg.

HOFSTRA’S 3-POINT THREATS: Hofstra features two of the nation’s top three-point threats this season. Junior Ameen Tanksley is shooting 53.7% from beyond the arc, which ranks fifth in Division I, and he’s 32nd nationally with 3.0 threes per game. Sophomore Brian Bernardi is 14th nationally with 3.3 treys per game and he’s 13th in 3-point percentage (49.4%). Feeding them the ball is junior Juan’ya Green, who is 9th in Division I in assists (6.8 apg) and 13th in assist/turnover ratio.

College of Charleston

•    Dropped a 71-47 decision at SEC foe LSU last Monday. Cougars shot a season-low 28.1% from the floor.

•    Senior Anthony Stitt scored a team-high 13 points at LSU, which was his 7th double-digit outing of the season. He’s two points shy of 1,000 for his career.

•    Sophomore Canyon Barry added 11 points and four steals at LSU. Barry has reached double figures in four straight games and is averaging 16.5 ppg and 6.8 rpg over that stretch.

•    Freshman Donovan Gilmore returned to the lineup (illness) at LSU and contributed 10 points and a team-best eight rebounds.

•    Sophomore Joe Chealey scored a career-high 30 points at Charlotte on Dec. 16. It was the most points by a CofC player since Andrew Lawrence in 2012. He’s averaging 17.3 ppg over his last 4 games.

•    The Cougars made a season-high 14 steals at LSU.

Delaware

•    Lost 84-81 at Robert Morris last Monday. The 81 points were a season high.

•    Senior Kyle Anderson scored 16 points at RMU and became the 32nd player in UD history to reach 1,000 career points. He also hit four treys and moved into 2nd place on the Hens’ career 3-pointers list. Anderson is averaging 17.7 ppg in three games this year.

•    Sophomore Maurice Jeffers set a career-high with 16 points on 5-8 FG shooting at Robert Morris.

•    Freshman Chivarsky Corbett poured in a career-high 21 points at RMU. It was his 4th double-digit effort in the past five games.

•    Sophomore Cazmon Hayes was held to a season-low 4 points at RMU. He leads the Hens in scoring with 13.9 ppg and has led UD in points in six of its 10 contests.

•    Guard Kory Holden returned to action (hamstring) and tallied 13 points and a season-high seven assists. He ranks 3rd in the CAA in assists (4.0 apg).

Drexel

•    Closed non-conference play by falling 81-62 to Iona on Sunday.

•    Junior Damion Lee had a team-high 18 points, six rebounds and three assists vs. Iona. Lee ranks 2nd in the CAA in scoring (19.7 ppg), 13th in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and first in steals (1.6 spg). He’s scored double figures in eight straight games.

•    Junior Tavon Allen hit four threes and also scored 18 points vs. Iona. Allen has tallied double digits in his last four games and is averaging 14.3 ppg over that stretch.

•    Freshman Sammy Mojica chipped in 10 points against Iona after scoring a career-best 14 points vs. Penn State. He had scored just 8 points in six games prior to that.

•    Sophomore Rodney Williams grabbed a team-high nine rebounds vs. Iona. He ranks second in the CAA in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and has three games with 10+ boards.

•    Senior guard Freddie Wilson dished out a career-high six assists against Iona.

Elon

•    Extended winning streak to three after victories over Kennesaw State (67-65) and Marist (69-64) last week.

•    Elijah Bryant scored a career-high 25 points and dished out 5 assists at KSU and followed with 13 points vs. Marist. He leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (12.5 ppg) and has reached double figures 10 times.

•    Senior Kevin Blake scored a career-high 20 points in 19 minutes against Marist. He was 7-of-10 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range.

•    Junior Tanner Samson added nine points in both victories. Samson leads the CAA with 43 threes this season and ranks 6th on Elon’s career 3’s list (182).

•    Sophomore Luke Eddy, who is averaging 13.0 ppg, sat out both games last week with a knee injury. He scored 27 points at Missouri and 16 points at Duke.

•    Elon’s defense forced Marist into 20 turnovers and KSU into 15 miscues. The Phoenix are forcing a league-best 16.2 tpg.

Hofstra

•    Split two games last week, losing 83-74 to La Salle before beating LIU Brooklyn, 88-62.

•    Ameen Tanksley averaged 27.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg last week while shooting 61% from the floor. He had a career-best 32 points in the LIU win and a team-high 23 points vs. La Salle. He’s made 32-of-55 treys in his past nine games, leads the CAA in scoring (19.8 ppg) and is 8th in rebounding (6.1 rpg).

•    Juan’ya Green recorded the first triple-double (15pts/10reb/10ast) in program history vs. LIU and had a double-double (15pts/11 ast) vs. La Salle. He’s 4th in the CAA in scoring (17.6 ppg) and 1st in assists (6.8 apg).

•    Brian Bernardi, who hit 4-of-7 threes vs. LIU, ranks 2nd in the CAA with 40 treys and is shooting 49.4% from beyond the arc.

•    Guard Dion Nesmith added 13 points off the bench in the LIU victory. He has eight double-figure efforts in 12 games.

•    Hofstra’s victory over LIU Brooklyn was its first-ever win at the Barclays Center.

James Madison

•    Suffered a 74-71 overtime setback to Norfolk State last Monday.

•    Jackson Kent hit 3-of-5 threes and scored a team-high 17 points vs. NSU. It was his 8th double-digit effort of the season. He was also 8-of-8 at the FT line and is shooting 81.8% from the line and 43.3% from 3.

•    Junior Ron Curry contributed 13 points and 5 assists vs. NSU. He ranks second in the CAA with 4.9 apg and is scoring 10.0 ppg.

•    Freshman Hari Hall added 8 points and 6 rebounds off the bench vs. NSU. He’s averaging 10.6 ppg over his last five games.

•    Sophomore Yohanny Dalembert just missed a double-double with 15 points and a team-high 9 rebounds vs. NSU. He leads the Dukes in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and is shooting 60.8% from the floor.

•    JMU shot 50% and made 6-of-10 threes in the first half vs. NSU, but hit only 9-of-33 FG’s and 2-of-12 threes during the second half and overtime period.

UNCW

•    Slipped back to .500 for the season after road losses to Campbell (69-63) and Minnesota (108-82) last week.

•    Senior Freddie Jackson scored a team-high 21 points at Minnesota. Jackson has tallied double figures in eight of his 10 games and is among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg).

•    Dylan Sherwood hit 2-of-4 treys and scored a team-high 12 points off the bench at CU.

•    Senior Craig Ponder scored 10 points against CU and 12 at Minnesota. He has eight double-digit scoring efforts this season.

•    Senior Cedrick Williams ranks third in the CAA in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and first in blocked shots (1.8 bpg).

•    Freshman Jordon Talley dished out a career-high seven assists at Minnesota.

•    The Seahawks top the CAA in field goal percentage (48.3%). UNCW has shot 45% or better from the floor in six of 10 contests.

Northeastern

•    Fell 72-68 in overtime at Saint Mary’s last Monday. Game featured 13 ties and 20 lead changes.

•    Junior Quincy Ford tied his season-high with 18 points at SMC and also had 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Ford has reached double digits in 4 straight games and is averaging 14.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 4.8 apg over that stretch.

•    Senior Scott Eatherton scored double figures for the 10th straight game with 11 points at SMC. He has recorded double-doubles in three of his last four contests.

•    Junior Zach Stahl scored 12 points at SMC, including a game-tying layup with 12 seconds left in regulation.

•    NU shot 59.1% in the first half at SMC, but made just 8-of-23 from the floor during the second half and overtime. It was the Huskies’ first loss when scoring 60+ points.

•    Sophomore T.J. Williams had a season-high 13 points at Saint Mary’s and has scored double figures in six of his last nine contests.

Towson

•    Fell 61-56 at Navy last Monday. Tigers have lost four straight after a 7-1 start.

•    Freshman Byron Hawkins poured in a career-high 23 points at Navy and also grabbed a career-high five rebounds. He’s averaging 11.3 ppg over his last four games.

•    Junior Four McGlynn added nine points at Navy and has seven double-digit efforts in the past nine games. He’s averaging a team-best 13.8 ppg.

•    McGlynn was 3-for-4 at the FT line at Navy and is 58-of-61 (95.1%) from the stripe for the season, which leads the nation.

•    Sophomore John Davis has posted double-doubles in five of his last eight games and has a CAA-best six for the season. He leads the CAA in rebounding (8.6 rpg).

•    Towson was out-rebounded for only the 4th time in 12 games at Navy (39-38). TU tops the CAA in rebound margin (+9.5 rpg).

•    Towson shot just 29.1% from the floor and went 19-of-34 at the FT line against Navy.

William & Mary

•    Dropped a 69-62 decision at rival Old Dominion last Monday.

•    Senior Marcus Thornton hit 4-of-7 threes and scored a team-high 22 points at ODU. It was his 4th 20+-point outing in the last 5 games and he’s averaging 23.2 ppg over that stretch.

•    Thornton, who has scored double figures in a league-best 16 straight games, has 1,712 career points and 253 career 3-pointers. He’s on pace to become W&M’s all-time leader in both categories.

•    Guard Daniel Dixon added 16 points at ODU. He has five double-digit scoring efforts in the last six games, including four in a row.

•    Sophomore Omar Prewitt scored 15 points at ODU. It was his most points since Nov. 22 and his first time in double digits since Nov. 29.

•     W&M shot 45.7% from the floor and made nine treys at ODU. The Tribe has shot over 50% in four of their last six games and has averaged 10 threes over the last four games.

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