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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Jan. 12

Jan 12, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

UNCW's Freddie Jackson

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Freddie Jackson • UNCW
Sr., G, 6-4, 185 – Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover
Jackson averaged 19.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in UNCW’s 3-0 week. The senior guard scored 18 points in a road victory at preseason favorite Northeastern, tallied a team-high 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists in an overtime win against Delaware and had a team-best 19 points in a triumph over Drexel. For the week, Jackson shot 55.5% from the floor as the Seahawks won three straight CAA games for the first time since 2011-12.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Terry Tarpey • William & Mary
Jr., G/F, 6-5, 210 – Stamford, Conn./Fairfield Prep
Tarpey averaged 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists as William & Mary went 2-1 last week. The junior set career-highs with 22 points and 13 rebounds at Elon before recording the first triple-double in Tribe program history with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists in an 81-73 victory over JMU on Saturday. Tarpey shot 58.1% from the floor and 83.3% from the free throw line last week.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kory Holden • Delaware
Fr., G, 6-2, 180 – Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett
Holden averaged 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in Delaware’s three road games last week. The freshman guard scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds at UNCW, contributed 14 points in a road victory at College of Charleston and tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists at Hofstra.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

HOFSTRA SITS ATOP CAA STANDINGS: Following a 3-0 week, Hofstra is the only remaining unbeaten team in CAA play with a 4-0 mark. The 4-0 record is the Pride’s best since also opening 4-0 in 2010-11. Hofstra is on a six-game winning streak, which is its longest since 2010, and the Pride’s 13-4 overall record matches the program’s best-ever 17-game record at the Division I level (tied with 1982-83, 2000-01 and 2005-06). Sitting one-game back at 3-1 are UNCW, Northeastern and William & Mary. The Seahawks, who have won three straight, are 3-1 in the CAA for the first time since 2011-12. The Huskies have already equaled their overall win total (11) from all last year. The Tribe is 3-1 in the CAA for the first time since 2009-10. The four teams are involved in head-to-head matchups on Wednesday night as Northeastern hosts Hofstra and William & Mary entertains UNCW.

ROAD TEAMS GO 12-8 IN CAA PLAY: Road teams have gone 3-2 during all four days of CAA play thus far and are a combined 12-8 for the season. Hofstra and Northeastern are both 3-0 on the road in league play, and eight of the 10 teams have won at least one conference road contest. Last season, home teams went 44-28 (61.1%) in CAA play.

HOFSTRA, NORTHEASTERN AMONG BEST ON ROAD: Hofstra leads all Division I schools with seven road wins (7-3) this season. Northeastern is tied for second with six road victories (6-3), along with Murray State (6-1), Eastern Kentucky (6-3) and Buffalo (6-4).

TARPEY RECORDS TRIBE’S FIRST TRIPLE-DOUBLE: Junior guard/forward Terry Tarpey recorded the first triple-double in the 110-year history of William & Mary basketball last Saturday when he had 18 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists in a win over James Madison. It was just the seventh triple-double posted by a Division I player this season, but the second in the CAA. Hofstra junior guard Juan’ya Green turned in the first triple-double in Pride program history on Dec. 28 when he had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a victory over LIU Brooklyn.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: There are only six seniors among the CAA’s top 30 in scoring, six seniors among the league’s top 20 in rebounding and four seniors among the top 15 in assists. Through games of Jan. 12, there were 12 juniors, nine sophomores and three freshmen on the list of top 30 scorers, while there were nine juniors, four sophomores and one freshman on the list of top 20 rebounders.

BUSY STRETCH OF CONFERENCE PLAY CONCLUDES: After a busy stretch of four games in eight days to open the conference schdule, all teams will play just two games per week for the next seven weeks. For the first time since 2004-05, teams are playing a double round-robin 18-game slate where all schools meet each other at home and on the road.

CLIMBING THE 3-POINT LISTS: Three CAA players are climbing the career three-point lists at their respective schools. Delaware senior guard Kyle Anderson became the Blue Hens’ all-time three-pointer leader (238) on Jan. 5, passing Mike Ames (228). William & Mary senior guard Marcus Thornton has made 271 career treys, which ranks second in Tribe history behind only David Schneider (278). Elon junior guard Tanner Samson ranks sixth on the Phoenix’s all-time chart with 195 treys and needs five more to pass Chris Chalko for fifth place.

CAA RANKED 18TH AMONG DIVISION I CONFERENCES: The CAA is ranked 18th out of the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI report produced by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) through Jan. 11. Northeastern is ranked #65 in the RPI while William & Mary is ranked #111 and Hofstra is #148.

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 (271) and he’s seventh in career scoring (1,816 points). The CAA preseason Player of the Year ranks second in the CAA in scoring (19.8 ppg) this season and has hit 48 treys. He also ranks fourth on W&M’s all-time scoring list.

GREEN GETS TO THE LINE: Hofstra junior guard Juan’ya Green has made 122 free throws this season, which is the most of any player in Division I. Maryland’s Melo Trimble is second with 117. Green also ranks second in free throws attempted (146), trailing only Gardner-Webb’s Jerome Hill (156). He’s shooting an impressive 83.6% from the charity stripe.

CAA TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STATS LEADERS: Several CAA teams are ranked nationally in various statistical categories through games of Jan. 11. Hofstra is 8th (9.4 pg) and William & Mary is 20th (8.7 pg) in 3-pointers per game, while the Pride is 21st (39.7%) and the Tribe is 27th (39.3%) in 3-point FG percentage. Hofstra is also 17th in scoring offense (79.2 ppg). Towson ranks 14th in rebound margin (+8.9 rpg), Northeastern is 28th in FT percentage (74.1%) and W&M is 31st in FG percentage (48.0%).

MCGLYNN RANKS 3RD NATIONALLY IN FT PERCENTAGE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn is an incredible 71-of-76 (93.4%) at the charity stripe, which currently ranks third in the nation. Last season, McGlynn led the CAA and ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage at 91.3%.

THREE CAA PLAYERS AMONG TOP 31 IN SCORING: Three CAA players are among the nation’s top 31 in scoring through games of Jan. 11. Drexel junior guard Damion Lee is ranked eighth with 20.8 ppg. He had a team-high 32 points at UNCW last Saturday, which was his seventh 20+-point effort of the season. W&M’s Marcus Thornton topped the 20-point mark in all three games last week and is 19th in scoring (19.8 ppg) and Hofstra’s Ameen Tanksley is 31st (18.1 ppg) after pouring in 25 points at Elon last Saturday.

3-POINT THREATS: The CAA features several of the nation’s top three-point threats this season. Elon junior Tanner Samson is 10th in 3-pointers per game (3.29). W&M senior Marcus Thornton is 11th in 3’s per game (3.2) and 12th in 3-pt percentage (46.6%). Hofstra junior Ameen Tanksley ranks 6th in 3-point percentage (48.5%), while Pride sophomore Brian Bernardi is 17th in 3’s per game (3.12) and 9th in 3-pt percentage (47.3%).

College of Charleston

•    Dropped home games to JMU (61-50), Hofstra (71-66) and Delaware (64-58) last week.

•    Sophomore Joe Chealey scored a team-high 17 points vs. UD, which was his most points since Dec. 20. He’s averaging 11.1 ppg and ranks 6th in the CAA in assists (3.2 apg).

•    Sophomore Canyon Barry tied his season-high with 21 points vs. Hofstra and added 13 points vs. UD. He has reached double figures in six of his last nine games, leads the team in scoring (11.4 ppg) and steals (22) and is second in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

•    Senior Anthony Stitt, who is averaging 9.4 ppg this season and has topped the 1,000-point mark in his career, is out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury. He has 10 double-figure outings in 16 games.

•    Freshman Donovan Gilmore had a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds vs. JMU and 12 points and 8 boards vs. UD. He was 11-of-14 from the floor in those 2 games.

•    CofC shot 48.9% from the floor vs. UD, which was its best since Dec. 16.

Delaware

•    Picked up their first road win of the year at CofC (64-58) after road setbacks at Hofstra (71-58) and UNCW (74-73/ot) last week.

•    Freshman Kory Holden led UD with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists at UNCW and followed with 14 points at CofC. He’s 11th in the CAA in scoring (11.4 ppg) and 3rd in assists (3.9 apg). He has seven double-digit efforts in the past nine games.

•    Senior Kyle Anderson averaged 15.3 ppg last week, including 19 points at CofC. He became UD’s all-time 3-point leader with 238. Anderson has scored double figures in all eight of his games this season and is averaging a team-best 15.0 ppg.

•    Marvin King-Davis scored a season-high 15 points with 7 rebounds at UNCW and chipped in 10 points and 6 boards at CofC.

•    Cazmon Hayes tallied 12 points and a career-high seven rebounds at CofC.

•    Delaware committed 20 turnovers at UNCW but only three at CofC, which was its fewest since Jan. 19, 2011.

Drexel

•    Won 55-41 at Towson but lost 73-47 to W&M and 64-57 at UNCW last week.

•    Junior Damion Lee averaged 22.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg for the week, including 32 points and 8 boards at UNCW. Lee tops the CAA in scoring (20.8 ppg), is 8th in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and 1st in steals (1.7 spg). He’s scored double figures in 12 straight games and is 18th on Drexel’s all-time scoring list.

•    Junior Tavon Allen added 10 points at Towson and has tallied double digits in six of his last eight games.

•    Senior Freddie Wilson scored 13 of his season-high 14 points in the 2nd half vs. TU.

•    Freshman Rashann London registered 16 points and 3 assists vs. W&M and had 8 points at UNCW. He’s scored double figures in four of his past eight contests.

•    Sophomore Rodney Williams (7.7 ppg/8.1 rpg), is out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture.

•    Drexel tied a school record with only 3 turnovers at Towson.

Elon

•    Topped W&M 85-79, but fell to Towson (57-53) and Hofstra (79-61) last week.

•    Elijah Bryant had a team-high 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists vs. W&M. He ranks 7th in the CAA in scoring (14.1 ppg) and is averaging 19.0 ppg in CAA play.

•    Junior Tanner Samson hit 6-of-14 treys and added 20 points and 8 rebounds vs. W&M. He leads the CAA with 56 threes this season and is 6th on Elon’s career 3’s list (195).

•    Senior Ryan Winters averaged 8.3 ppg and 6.6 rpg last week while shooting 60% for the floor. He’s averaging 6.3 rpg in CAA play.

•    Senior Kevin Blake added 10 points vs. W&M and is averaging 10.4 ppg over his past five contests.

•    Junior center Tony Sabato, who had scored just one point in his previous three games, scored a team-high 12 points vs. Hofstra.

•    Elon drained 12-of-25 from 3-point range vs. W&M. It was the fifth time this season the Phoenix have hit 10 or more treys.

Hofstra

•    Have won six straight after victories over Delaware (71-58), CofC (71-66) and Elon (79-61) last week. Off to a 4-0 CAA start for first time since 2010-11.

•    Ameen Tanksley averaged 19.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg last week, including a team-high 25 points at Elon. He’s 3rd in the CAA in scoring (19.1 ppg), 10th in rebounds (5.9 rpg), 2nd in FG% (51.6%) and 1st in 3-pt FG% (48.5%).

•    Juan’ya Green had a season-high 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists at CofC. He’s tallied double digits in all 17 games and is 4th in the CAA in scoring (17.7 ppg), 15th in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and 1st in assists (6.1 apg).

•    Freshman Rokas Gustys posted his first double-double vs. UD with 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. He’s had 10+ boards in five of his 10 games.

•    Brian Bernardi ranks 2nd in the CAA with 53 treys and is shooting 47.3% from beyond the arc.

•    Dion Nesmith posted a double-double at Elon with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

James Madison

•    Defeated CofC 61-50, but lost to Northeastern (65-59) and W&M (81-73) last week.

•    Junior Ron Curry tallied double figures in all 3 games last week and averaged 14.3 ppg. He scored 19 at CofC, which was his most points since Nov. 24. He ranks second in the CAA in assists (4.5 apg).

•    Sophomore Yohanny Dalembert averaged 11.7 ppg on 17-of-32 FG shooting last week, including 14 points at CofC and 13 points vs. NU. He’s shooting 63.6% from the floor in CAA play.

•    Winston Grays scored a team-high 15 points vs. NU and added 13 points at W&M. He was 5-of-10 from 3 in the two games. Grays has nine double-digit games this season.

•    Jackson Kent tallied 13 points, a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists at W&M. He made 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

•    The Dukes have shot 48% or better from the floor in three of their four CAA contests.

•    The victory at CofC was JMU’s first CAA road win by double digits since Feb. 15, 2011.

UNCW

•    Went 3-0 last week, beating NU (75-68), Delaware (74-73/ot) and Drexel (64-57).

•    Freddie Jackson averaged 19.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 4.0 apg last week, including a team-high 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists vs. UD. He’s scored double figures in 12 of 15 games and ranks 5th in the CAA in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg).

•    Senior Addison Spruill tied his season-high with 20 points at NU and posted a double-double (12pts/11reb) vs. Drexel. He’s scored double figures in eight straight games and is 4th in the CAA in rebounding (6.3 rpg).

•    Freshman Jordon Talley scored a career-high 21 points at NU and averaged 10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg for the week.

•    Craig Ponder scored 19 points vs. UD and has hit double digits in 7 of the last 9 games.

•    The Seahawks shot 54.4% from the floor at NU and 52.4% vs. Drexel. UNCW has shot 45% or better in eight of its 15 games this season.

Northeastern

•    Posted road wins at JMU (65-59) and Towson (52-49) after a loss to UNCW (75-68).

•    Scott Eatherton averaged 15.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg for the week on 71% FG shooting. He posted double-doubles vs. UNCW (12pts/10reb) and JMU (13pts/13reb) and scored 21 points on 10-10 FG shooting at TU. He has scored double figures in 14 of his last 15 contests and has 5 double-doubles.

•    Junior Quincy Ford poured in a season-high 19 points at JMU. Ford has scored double digits in seven of his last nine contests and had grabbed at least 5 boards in all 9 games.

•    Junior David Walker scored a team-high 16 points against UNCW and followed with 12 points at JMU. He has four double-digit efforts in the past seven games.

•    Northeastern rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit at JMU. It was their third  double-digit comeback win of the season.

•    NU has won four straight on the road and is 9-4 away from home this season.

Towson

•    Earned a 57-53 victory over Elon but lost to Drexel (55-41) and NU (52-49) last week.

•    Sophomore Walter Foster posted his first career double-double with team-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Elon and followed with 10 points and 8 boards vs. DU.

•    Sophomore John Davis added 10 points vs. Drexel and scored a team-high 11 points against NU. He’s 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (7.9 rpg), 1st in double-doubles (6) and has scored double figures 11 times.

•    Junior Four McGlynn has scored double figures eight times and is averaging a team-best 12.5 ppg. He is 71-of-76 (93.4%) from the free throw line this season, which ranks 3rd nationally.

•    Alex Gavrilovic chipped in 9 points off the bench vs. DU and NU and was 4-for-8 from 3-point range. He also averaged 4.5 rpg in those two contests.

•    Towson out-rebounded all three opponents last week. The Tigers lead the CAA in rebound margin (+8.9 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Defeated Drexel (73-46) and JMU (81-73), but fell at Elon (85-79) last week.

•    Terry Tarpey averaged 16.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg and 5.0 apg last week. He had a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds at Elon before posting the first triple-double (18pts/11reb/10ast) in program history vs. JMU. He leads the CAA in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and has grabbed 10+ boards five times.

•    Marcus Thornton averaged 23.7 ppg and 6.0 apg last week, including 27 points, a career-high 7 rebounds and 5 assists vs. JMU. He has reached double figures in 21 consecutive contests and has topped the 20-point mark in seven of his last 10 games. He was 15-of-25 from 3-point range last week.

•    Daniel Dixon added 14 points at Drexel and has reached double digits in seven of the last 11 games.

•    W&M hit double-digit 3-pointers in all 3 games last week, averaging 11 per game.

•     W&M blocked 10 shots vs. JMU, with Sean Sheldon leading the way with a career-best four rejections.

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