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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Jan. 26

Jan 26, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

JMU's Ron Curry

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ron Curry • James Madison
Jr., G, 6-4, 190 – Pennsauken, N.J./Paul VI
Curry averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals as JMU split a pair of road games. The junior guard scored a career-high 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and made three steals as the Dukes rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat Hofstra, 69-63. He was also 5-for-5 from three-point range and poured in a team-high 21 points at Northeastern. For the week, Curry shot 56% from the floor, including 8-of-11 from three. He recorded back-to-back 20-point outings for the first time in his career.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Damion Lee • Drexel
Jr., G, 6-6, 200 – Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall
Lee averaged 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Drexel’s 1-1 week. The junior guard scored a team-high 21 points in a 53-51 victory over College of Charleston, including the game-winning three-pointer with 17 seconds to play. He also had a game-high 27 points and seven rebounds at Hofstra. Lee played all but two minutes in the two games and shot 40% (6-15) from 3-point range and 20-of-21 at the free throw line. He’s scored double figures in 16 straight games.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kory Holden • Delaware
Fr., G, 6-2, 180 – Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett
Holden averaged 18.0 points and 7.0 assists as Delaware went 1-1 last week. The freshman guard scored a team-high 24 points, handed out a career-best nine assists and made just one turnover in the Blue Hens’ 84-80 win over William & Mary. He also tallied 12 points and five assists at Elon. For the week, he shot 59.1% from the floor and was 10-for-12 at the free throw line.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

TIGHT RACE ATOP CAA STANDINGS: The top five teams in the CAA standings are separated by only one game, including a three-way tie for first place, as the conference race nears the halfway mark. Northeastern, UNCW and William & Mary are locked in a tie for first at 6-2. The Huskies had their five-game CAA winning streak snapped at W&M last Saturday. The Seahawks, who are off to their best CAA start since 2005-06, have won three in a row and six of seven. The Tribe has captured four of its last five overall and is riding a 12-game home court winning streak. Sitting just a game back at 5-3 are Hofstra and James Madison. Both the Pride and Dukes face William & Mary this week.

OUTSTANDING EFFORTS: There were numerous outstanding individual performances in the CAA last week. Along with the numbers put up by Co-Players of the Week Ron Curry and Damion Lee, four other players averaged better than 21.0 ppg. W&M’s Omar Prewitt averaged 24.5 ppg and 6.0 apg, including a career-high 30 points at Delaware, Delaware’s Kyle Anderson averaged 24.0 ppg and was 8-of-17 from three, Elon’s Austin Hamilton averaged 21.0 ppg, highlighted by a career-high 31 points against Delaware, and Towson’s John Davis averaged 21.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg after recording a pair of double-doubles.

CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES:  There have been 15 CAA games played since January 17,  and 10 were decided by six points or less. College of Charleston has been involved in three straight two-point decisions, while UNCW’s last four games have been decided by five points or less.

ROAD TEAMS ARE 20-20 IN CAA PLAY: Road teams are a combined 20-20 in CAA play this season. Six squads are at least .500 in league road games and all 10 teams have won at least one conference road contest. Last season, home teams went 44-28 (61.1%) in CAA play.

GREEN, THORNTON ON HENSON AWARD WATCH LIST: Hofstra junior guard Juan’ya Green and William & Mary senior guard Marcus Thornton are two of 40 players named to the mid-season watch list for the Lou Henson Award, which is presented to the Division I Mid-Major Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. The award will be presented on April 3.

HOFSTRA AMONG NATION’S BEST ON ROAD: Hofstra is tied for the second-most road wins (7-4) in Division I through games of Jan. 25. The Pride trails only Murray State (8-1). Other teams with seven road victories are Virginia, Gonzaga, Rider, Albany, North Florida and Maryland-Eastern Shore.

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 three seniors among the top 15 in assists. Through games of Jan. 25, 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. William & Mary senior guard Marcus Thornton became the Tribe’s career 3-point leader (281) on Jan. 21, passing David Schneider (278). That total also ranks 8th in CAA history. Delaware senior guard Kyle Anderson is the Blue Hens’ all-time three-pointer leader (247), passing Mike Ames (228) on Jan. 5. Elon junior guard Tanner Samson is tied for fourth with Scottie Rice on Elon’s career 3-pointers list with 204 after hitting two against Delaware last Saturday.

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 (281) and he’s seventh in career scoring (1,881 points). The CAA preseason Player of the Year ranks second in the CAA in scoring (19.1 ppg) this season and has hit 58 treys. He also ranks third on W&M’s all-time scoring list.

HOFSTRA’S GREEN RANKS SECOND IN MADE FREE THROWS: Hofstra junior guard Juan’ya Green has made 134 free throws this season, which is the second-most of any player in Division I. BYU’s Tyler Haws leads the nation with 138. Green also ranks fourth in free throws attempted (161). 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. 25. Hofstra is 10th (9.3 pg) and William & Mary is 20th (8.8 pg) in 3-pointers per game, while the Tribe is 11th (40.7%) and the Pride is 33rd (38.7%) in 3-point FG percentage. Hofstra is also 17th in scoring offense (78.7 ppg). Towson ranks 17th in rebound margin (+8.0 rpg) and W&M is 20th 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 89.1% (57-of-64) from the line and ranks 17th in Division I.

TWO CAA PLAYERS AMONG TOP 35 IN SCORING: Two CAA players are among the nation’s top 35 in scoring through games of Jan. 25. Drexel junior guard Damion Lee is ranked 9th with 20.6 ppg, and W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 31st with 19.1 ppg. Thornton has scored double figures in 25 consecutive games and Lee has a 16-game streak.

College of Charleston

•    Fell 58-56 in OT to UNCW and 53-51 at Drexel last week. Have dropped three straight games by only two points.

•    Canyon Barry posted his first career double-double (16pts/10reb) vs. UNCW and a team-high 16 points at DU. He has reached double figures in six straight games, leads the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and  steals (24) and is second in rebounding (5.6 rpg).

•    Adjehi Baru recorded his third double-double (11pts/12reb) vs. UNCW. He’s averaging 10.8 ppg over his last 4 games. Baru is one of 12 CofC players with at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.

•    Freshman Cameron Johnson hit 3-of-3 three-pointers and scored 11 points at Drexel. It was his 3rd double-digit effort.

•    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.

•    CofC’s defense held UNCW to a season-low 25.8% FG shooting and DU to 34.1%.

Delaware

•    Rallied from a 16-point 2nd-half deficit to defeat W&M 84-80, but lost 94-82 at Elon last week. Have won three of their last five.

•    Kory Holden averaged 18.0 ppg and 7.0 apg last week, including a team-best 24 points and a career-high 9 assists vs. W&M. He has six double-digit scoring efforts in the last seven games and is averaging 6.5 apg over his past four contests.

•    Kyle Anderson scored 23 points vs. W&M and a season-high 25 points at Elon. He’s tallied double figures in 11 of his 12 games and is averaging 15.7 ppg. He hit 8 treys last week and is UD’s all-time 3-pt leader (247).

•    Cazmon Hayes added 13 points vs. W&M and Elon. He’s reached double digits in five straight games.

•    Marvin King-Davis had 11 points and a season-high 9 rebounds at Elon. He’s averaging 10.5 ppg and 6.3 rpg over his last six games.

•    UD had its two best FG shooting efforts of the year vs. W&M (55.9%) and Elon (54.7%) and also had its two highest scoring games.

Drexel

•    Lost 86-58 at Hofstra but rebounded for a 53-51 victory over CofC last week.

•    Damion Lee had 27 points and 7 rebounds at HU and 21 points vs. CofC, including a game-winning 3 with 17 seconds left. Lee tops the CAA in scoring (20.6 ppg), is 6th in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and 1st in steals (1.6 spg). He’s scored double figures in 16 straight games and has topped the 20-point mark nine times, which leads the CAA.

•    Junior Tavon Allen scored 14 points vs. CofC and 10 points at Hofstra. He has nine double-digit efforts in the last 12 games.

•    Sammy Mojica averaged 9.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg off the bench last week, including 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals vs. CofC.

•    Freshman Tyshawn Myles is averaging 7.7 rebounds over his past three games.

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

•    Drexel was 16-of-22 at the FT line at HU and 14-of-16 vs. CofC. The Dragons are shooting 72% for the season.

Elon

•    Fell 53-51 to Towson, but ended a four-game slide with a 94-82 win over Delaware.

•    Senior Austin Hamilton averaged 21.0 ppg last week, including a career-high 31 points on 10-of-13 FG shooting (6-of-9 from three), vs. UD. He also scored a then-season-high 11 points against Towson. It was the first 30-point effort by an Elon player in Alumni Gym since 2012.

•    Freshman Elijah Bryant scored a team-high 11 points vs. Towson and 10 vs. UD. He has 16 double-digit efforts in 21 games. Bryant ranks 8th in the CAA in scoring (13.7 ppg) and is averaging 15.6 ppg in CAA play.

•    Tanner Samson posted his second double-double (12pts/10reb) of the season vs. UD. He’s just the 5th player in Elon history with 200 career treys (204) and tops the CAA with 65 threes this season.

•    Senior Kevin Blake scored 19 points vs. Delaware and is averaging 10.0 ppg in CAA play.

•    Elon has forced at least 12 turnovers in 20 of its 21 games this season.

Hofstra

•    Split a pair of home games, rolling past Drexel (86-58) but losing to JMU (69-63).

•    Juan’ya Green posted his 6th double-double (11pts/11ast) vs. DU and had a team-high 16 points vs. JMU. He’s tallied double digits in all 21 games and is 4th in the CAA in scoring (17.3 ppg) and 1st in assists (6.5 apg).

•    Senior Moussa Kone had his first double-double (13pts/11reb) of the season vs. JMU. He’s averaging 11.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 2.0 bpg over his last four games.

•    Ameen Tanksley had his 19-game double-digit scoring streak snapped last week. He’s still 3rd in the CAA in scoring (17.8 ppg), 8th in rebounds (6.0 rpg), 3rd in FG% (49%) and 1st in 3-pt FG% (47.9%).

•    Brian Bernardi hit 6-of-10 threes and scored a team-high 23 points vs. Drexel. It his fourth 20-point effort of the season. He’s second in the CAA with 64 treys and is shooting 45.1% from beyond the arc.

•    Malik Nichols recorded his third double-double (10pts/10 reb) against Drexel.

James Madison

•    Went 1-1 on the road, losing to Northeastern (82-59) before beating Hofstra (69-63).

•    Ron Curry averaged 23.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg last week while shooting 56% from the floor, including 8-of-11 from three. He scored a career-high 25 points at HU and made 5-of-5 threes and tallied 21 points at NU. He’s hit double figures in 7 straight games.

•    Yohanny Dalembert averaged 8.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg last week. In CAA play, he’s shooting a league-best 62.9% from the floor and averaging 12.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

•    Winston Grays scored nine points at Hofstra and is averaging 10.2 ppg over his last six contests.

•    Freshman Joey McLean contribued 8 points off the bench at NU and HU and is averaging 7.8 ppg over his last four games.

•    JMU’s defense limited Hofstra to 18 points on 24.2% FG shooting in the second half.

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

UNCW

•    Defeated CofC (58-56/ot) and Towson (69-65) last week. Have won six-of-seven and are off to their best CAA start since 2005-06.

•    Cedrick Williams recorded his 3rd double-double of the season vs. Towson with team-highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds. He also had a key block on a potential game-winning shot in OT at CofC.

•    Addison Spruill posted his 3rd double-double (11pts/career-high 13reb) at CofC and scored 18 points vs. TU. He’s scored double figures in 12 straight games and is averaging 21.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg in his last 4 games.

•    Freshman Jordon Talley scored 11 points at CofC, which was his fifth time in double figures. He tops UNCW with 58 assists.

•    Craig Ponder has reached double figures 13 times this season after getting 10 points at CofC and 12 points against Towson.

•    UNCW matched its season-low with seven turnovers at CofC and only committed 10 turnovers vs. Towson.

Northeastern

•    Topped JMU 82-59 but had their five-game CAA win streak snapped at W&M (78-62).

•    T.J. Williams tallied a team-high 17 points vs. JMU and had 14 points at W&M. He’s contributing 13.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.0 apg over his last four games.

•    Scott Eatherton had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks at W&M and dished out a career-high 7 assists vs. JMU. He’s scored double figures in 18 of his last 20 contests.

•    Reggie Spencer returned from a 3-game abesence (leg inj.) and scored a season-high 13 points of 5-of-6 FG shooting vs. JMU.

•    David Walker scored 15 points vs. JMU and has seven double-digit efforts in the past nine games. He’s averaging 15.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg over his last four contests.

•    Quincy Ford scored a team-high 17 points at W&M and is nine points shy of 1,000.

•    NU shot 52.5% from the floor, including 9-of-17 from three, vs. JMU. The Huskies are shooting 49.6% in CAA play.

Towson

•    Split a pair of close road games, winning 53-51 at Elon before falling 69-65 at UNCW.

•    John Davis has recorded four straight double-doubles after posting them at Elon (16pts/10reb) and UNCW (career-high 26pts/11reb). He’s averaging 21.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg over the 4-game stretch. Davis leads the CAA in double-doubles (10) and rebounding (8.4 rpg).

•    Sophomore Walter Foster turned in his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds at UNCW.

•    Freshman Mike Morsell scored 8 second-half points at Elon, including the game-winning jumper with 1.7 seconds left. He added 5 points and 5 rebounds at UNCW.

•    Timajh Parker-Rivera posted his 2nd double-double (14pts/11reb) of the season at Elon and also blocked 3 shots.

•    Towson out-rebounded Elon 50-36, including 23-8 on the offensive glass. The Tigers lead the CAA in rebound margin (+8.0 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Lost 84-80 at Delaware, but moved back into a first-place tie after beating NU 78-62 before its largest crowd (5,053) since 2010.

•    Omar Prewitt averaged 24.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg last week, including a career-high 30 points at UD where hit 6-of-9 from three. He also had a team-high 19 points vs. NU and has 7 double-digit efforts in the last 10 games

•    Marcus Thornton added 15 points at UD and 13 vs. NU, and set the W&M record for career treys (281). He has reached double figures in 25 consecutive contests and has topped the 20-point mark seven times.

•    Terry Tarpey averaged 13.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 4.5 apg last week, including his 5th double-double (12pts/10reb) at UD. He’s 2nd in the CAA in rebounds (8.3 rpg), 4th in assists (3.8 apg) and 5th in steals (1.4 spg).

•    W&M shot 52.7% vs. NU and has made 45% or better in 7 of its 8 CAA games. The Tribe has shot 50% or better 10 times this season.

•     W&M was 12-of-25 from three at UD and has made 10 or more treys in five of its last seven contests.

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