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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Jan. 19

Jan 19, 2015, 2:31 PM EDT

Drexel's Tyshawn Myles

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Addison Spruill • UNCW
Sr., G, 6-4, 225 – Currie, N.C./Pender
Spruill averaged 28.0 points and 7.0 rebounds as UNCW split a pair of difficult road games. The senior guard poured in a career-high 33 points on 12-of-16 FG shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in a 76-72 setback at William & Mary and scored a team-best 23 points with six boards in a 79-74 victory at Hofstra. For the week, Spruill shot 62.5% from the floor, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and was a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line. He’s scored double figures in 10 straight games and is averaging 18.3 ppg in CAA play.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Tyshawn Myles • Drexel
Fr., F, 6-8, 245 – Queens, N.Y./Washington Hts. Learning School
Myles came off the bench to record a double-double with career-highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds in Drexel’s 66-62 victory at Delaware on Saturday. The freshman forward entered the game with no points and four rebounds in 19 minutes over his first five CAA contests, but connected on 5-of-8 shots from the floor and grabbed six of his 11 boards on the offensive end while playing a career-high 26 minutes.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

TIGHT RACE ATOP CAA STANDINGS: The top five teams in the CAA standings are separated by just one game at the one-third mark of the conference race. Northeastern, which is on a four-game winning streak, and William & Mary, which has won three in a row, are tied for first at 5-1. Sitting just a game back at 4-2 are Hofstra, which has won six of eight, James Madison, which went 2-0 last week, and UNCW, which is off to its best league start since 2005-06. The CAA is one of five Division I conferences (Pac 12, Patriot, Summit and Sun Belt) in which all teams have at least one win and one loss in conference play.

ROAD TEAMS ARE 17-13 IN CAA PLAY: Road teams are a combined 17-13 in CAA play this season. Visitors have gone 3-2 on five of the six conference play dates, with the exception being Jan. 14-15 when home teams were 3-2. Six squads have winning records in league road games and nine 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 (7-4) is tied with Gonzaga (7-1) for the most true road wins in Division I this season. Northeastern is tied for third nationally with six road victories (6-3).

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. 18, there were 12 juniors, 10 sophomores and two 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.

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 (239) on Jan. 5, passing Mike Ames (228). William & Mary senior guard Marcus Thornton hit four threes in a win at Towson last Saturday to tie David Schneider for the most treys in Tribe history with 278. That total is also tied for 8th in CAA history. Elon junior guard Tanner Samson moved into fifth place on Elon’s career 3-pointers list with 200 after hitting five at JMU last Saturday. He needs four to pass Scottie Rice (204) for fourth place.

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 (278) and he’s seventh in career scoring (1,853 points). The CAA preseason Player of the Year ranks second in the CAA in scoring (19.6 ppg) this season and has hit 55 treys. He also ranks fourth on W&M’s all-time scoring list.

HOFSTRA’S GREEN LEADS NATION IN MADE FREE THROWS: Hofstra junior guard Juan’ya Green has made 134 free throws this season, which is the most of any player in Division I. BYU’s Tyler Haws is second with 128. Green also ranks second in free throws attempted (161), trailing only Gardner-Webb’s Jerome Hill (176). He’s shooting an impressive 83.2% from the charity stripe.

CAA TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STATS LEADERS: Several CAA teams are ranked nationally in various statistical categories through games of Jan. 18. Hofstra is 9th (9.2 pg) and William & Mary is 18th (8.8 pg) in 3-pointers per game, while the Tribe is 10th (40.7%), the Pride is 31st (39.1%) and Northeastern is 34th (39%) in 3-point FG percentage. Hofstra is also 17th in scoring offense (79.1 ppg). Towson ranks 16th in rebound margin (+8.1 rpg) and W&M is 22nd in FG percentage (48.7%).

MCGLYNN RANKS 2ND NATIONALLY IN FT PERCENTAGE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn is an incredible 73-of-78 (93.6%) at the charity stripe, which currently ranks second in the nation. Last season, McGlynn led the CAA and ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage at 91.3%. Northeastern junior David Walker is shooting 90% (45-of-50) from the line and ranks 13th in Division I.

THREE CAA PLAYERS AMONG TOP 32 IN SCORING: Three CAA players are among the nation’s top 32 in scoring through games of Jan. 18. Drexel junior guard Damion Lee is ranked 15th with 20.2 ppg, W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 22nd with 19.6 ppg and Hofstra’s Ameen Tanksley is 32nd with 18.9 ppg. Thornton has scored double figures in 23 consecutive games, Tanksley has hit double digits in 19 straight and Lee has a 14-game streak.

3-POINT THREATS: The CAA features several of the nation’s top three-point threats this season. W&M senior Marcus Thornton is 9th in 3’s per game (3.24) and 13th in 3-pt percentage (46.2%). Hofstra junior Ameen Tanksley ranks 5th in 3-point percentage (49.1%), while Pride sophomore Brian Bernardi is 25th in 3’s per game (2.95) and 14th in 3-pt percentage (45.9%). Elon junior Tanner Samson is 12th in 3’s per game (3.21).

College of Charleston

•    Split a pair of road games, winning 66-50 at Elon but falling 69-67 at Northeastern.

•    Joe Chealey averaged 20.0 ppg and 6.0 apg for the week, including a game-high 23 points and 7 assists at NU. He shot 59% from the floor and was 6-of-8 from three in the two games. He’s 12th in the CAA in scoring (12.1 ppg) and 6th in assists (3.5 apg).

•    Canyon Barry hit four threes and scored a season-high 23 points at Elon and added 11 points at NU. He has reached double figures in eight of his last 11 games, leads the team in steals (22) and is second in scoring (11.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg).

•    Senior Adjehi Baru averaged 12.5 ppg last week and reached the 1,000-point mark for his career. He’s one of 12 CofC players with at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.

•    Senior Anthony Stitt, who is averaging 9.4 ppg, is out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury. He has 10 double-figure outings in 16 games.

•    Cameron Johnson scored double digits for the second time with 11 points at Elon.

Delaware

•    Topped Towson 67-64 in OT for their second straight win before losing 66-62 to Drexel.

•    Kory Holden averaged 15.5 ppg and 6.0 apg last week, including a team-high 24 points and 6 assists vs TU. He’s 9th in the CAA in scoring and 3rd in assists, and has eight double-digit efforts in the past 11 games.

•    Cazmon Hayes had 12 points and a career-high 8 rebounds vs. TU and scored 10 vs. DU. He’s averaging 11.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg over his past three contests.

•    Freshman Chivarsky Corbett scored a team-high 15 points off the bench vs. DU. It was his most points since Dec. 22 and his 8th game in double digits.

•    Senior Kyle Anderson added 12 points vs. Towson. He’s UD’s all-time 3-point leader with 239. Anderson has scored double figures in nine of his 10 games this season and is averaging a team-best 14.0 ppg.

•    Marvin King-Davis chipped in 9 points and 4 rebounds vs. Towson and is averaging 10.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg over his last 4 games.

Drexel

•    Rebounded from a 54-35 loss to JMU by winning 66-62 at Delaware on Saturday.

•    Damion Lee posted his first double-double (17pts/11reb) of the season at UD and scored a team-high 14 points vs. JMU. Lee tops the CAA in scoring (20.2 ppg), is 6th in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and 1st in steals (1.6 spg). He’s scored double figures in 14 straight games and is 17th on Drexel’s all-time scoring list with 1,304 points.

•    Freshman Tyshawn Myles recorded his first double-double with career-highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds at UD. Myles didn’t score in Drexel’s first five CAA games.

•    Junior Tavon Allen scored 13 points at UD, which was his 7th double-digit effort in the last 10 games.

•    Freshman Rashann London chipped in eight points vs. JMU and UD.

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

•    Drexel was 17-of-21 (81%) at the FT line at UD and is shooting 71.1% for the season.

Elon

•    Suffered setbacks to CofC (66-50) and at JMU (75-72) last week.

•    Tanner Samson was held scoreless for the first time since Jan. 4, 2013 vs. CofC but rebounded with a team-high 18 points at JMU. He hit five threes and became the 5th player in Elon history with 200 career treys. He tops the CAA with 61 threes this season.

•    Freshman Elijah Bryant scored a team-high 19 points vs. CofC and has 14 double-digit efforts in 19 games. He ranks 8th in the CAA in scoring (14.1 ppg) and is averaging 17.3 ppg in CAA play.

•    Senior Kevin Blake added 10 points vs. CofC and 10 points and 6 rebounds at JMU. He’s averaging 10.3 ppg over his past 7 contests.

•    Freshman Dmitri Thompson chipped in 8 points in both games and is averaging 8.5 ppg over his last four contests.

•    Senior Austin Hamilton scored a season-high 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting at JMU.

•    Elon is forcing 15.5 turnovers per game, which is the most of any CAA team.

Hofstra

•    Fell 91-83 at Northeastern and 79-74 to UNCW last week. It’s only the second time this season they’ve lost consecutive games.

•    Ameen Tanksley averaged 17.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg last week with a team-high 19 points vs. UNCW and a double-double (15pts/11reb) at NU. He’s 3rd in the CAA in scoring (18.9 ppg), 5th in rebounds (6.3 rpg), 3rd in FG% (50.2%) and 1st in 3-pt FG% (49.1%).

•    Juan’ya Green posted his 5th double-double with team-highs of 21 points and 11 assists at NU. He’s tallied double digits in all 19 games and is 4th in the CAA in scoring (17.7 ppg), 17th in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and 1st in assists (6.2 apg).

•    Senior Moussa Kone averaged 13.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 2.5 bpg last week. He scored a season-best 14 points vs. UNCW and became the fifth player in Pride history to record 100 blocked shots in a career.

•    Dion Nesmith tallied double figures for the 13th time with 11 points against UNCW. Nesmith is 23rd in the CAA in scoring and 4th in free throw percentage (84.4%).

James Madison

•    Went 2-0 last week, winning 54-35 at Drexel and 75-72 over Elon.

•    Yohanny Dalembert averaged 15.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg last week on 12-of-14 FG shooting. He’s shooting a league-best 70.2% from the floor in CAA play and has scored double figures in five of the six games.

•    Ron Curry added 12 points at DU and 10 points vs. Elon, which was his 5th straight game in double figures. He ranks second in the CAA in assists (4.4 apg).

•    Winston Grays scored 11 points at DU and is averaging 12.0 ppg over hls last 4 games.

•    Tom Vodanovich grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and scored 9 points vs. Elon.

•    JMU allowed the 3rd-fewest points in school history at DU. It was JMU’s largest margin of victory in a CAA road game since 1992.

•    Junior Andre Nation (9.0 ppg/2.5 rpg) has been dismissed from the team.

•    The Dukes have shot 46% or better from the floor in five of their six CAA contests.

UNCW

•    Bounced back from a 76-72 loss at W&M by winning 79-74 at Hofstra. Off to their best CAA start (4-2) since 2005-06.

•    Addison Spruill averaged 28.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg last week, tallying a career-high 33 points and 8 rebounds at W&M and a team-best 23 points at Hofstra. He’s scored double figures in 10 straight games and is averaging 18.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg in CAA play.

•    Freddie Jackson scored 21 points at Hofstra, which was his fifth 20+-point effort. He’s scored double figures 14 times and ranks 5th in the CAA with 15.5 ppg.

•    Freshman Jordon Talley averaged 11.5 ppg and 4.5 apg last week, including 17 points at Hofstra. He leads UNCW with 53 assists.

•    C.J. Gettys chipped in 10 points at HU, which was his 2nd double-digit performance.

•    The Seahawks shot 54.9% from the floor, including 67.9% in the first half, at W&M and 47.4% at Hofstra. UNCW has shot 45% or better in 10 of its 17 games this season.

Northeastern

•    Extended their winning streak to four after home victories over Hofstra (91-83) and CofC (69-67) last week.

•    Scott Eatherton averaged 16.0 ppg last week, including 21 points vs. Hofstra. He has scored double figures in 16 of his last 17 contests and has 5 double-doubles.

•    David Walker scored a team-high 22 points vs. HU and a team-best 14 points against CofC. He shot 57% from the floor and was 15-for-16 at the FT line. He has five double-digit efforts in the past six games.

•    T.J. Williams recorded his first career double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists vs. Hofstra.

•    Junior Quincy Ford has scored double digits in eight of his last 11 contests and had grabbed at least 5 boards in all 11 games.

•    Northeastern shot a season-best 63.8% vs. Hofstra and set a season high for points.

•    Junior Zach Stahl posted his first double-double (11pts/10reb) in the CofC win.

Towson

•    Fell 67-64 in OT at Delaware and 85-72 to William & Mary last week.

•    Sophomore John Davis averaged 21.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg last week, with double-doubles vs. UD (18pts/10reb) and W&M (career-high 24pts/11reb). He tops the CAA with 8 double-doubles, ranks 2nd in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and is scoring 11.5 ppg.

•    Junior Four McGlynn reached double figures for the 9th time with 11 points at UD. He’s averaging a team-best 12.1 ppg. McGlynn is 73-of-78 (93.6%) from the free throw line this season, which ranks 2nd nationally.

•    Freshman Byron Hawkins hit 2-for-4 threes and scored 12 points at UD. It was his 4th double-digit effort and 2nd in CAA play.

•    Timajh Parker-Rivera scored 14 points vs. W&M, which was his most points since Dec. 29 and first double-digit effort in CAA play.

•    Towson out-rebounded W&M 38-32. The Tigers lead the CAA and are in the top 20 nationally in rebound margin (+8.1 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Rallied from 22 down and posted the biggest comeback in school history to beat UNCW 76-72 and won 85-72 at Towson.

•    Marcus Thornton averaged 18.5 ppg last week and tied the W&M record for career treys (278). He has reached double figures in 23 consecutive contests and has topped the 20-point mark seven times.

•    Terry Tarpey averaged 14.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 5.5 apg last week, including his 3rd double-double of the year (14pts/11reb) at Towson. He tops the CAA in rebounds (8.3 rpg), ranks 4th in assists (3.8 apg) and 7th in steals.

•    Omar Prewitt averaged 15.0 ppg on 64.7% shooting last week. He has five double-digit efforts in the last eight games.

•    W&M shot 55.1% from the floor, 52.6% from three and 81.1% from the line last week. The Tribe has shot over 45% in all six of its CAA games, including four over 54%.

•     W&M was 13-of-23 from three at Towson and has made 10 or more treys in four of its last five contests.

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