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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Feb. 2

Feb 2, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT

Towson's Mike Morsell

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Damion Lee • Drexel
Jr., G, 6-6, 200 – Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall
Lee averaged 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Drexel’s victories over Northeastern (65-60) and UNCW (85-76) last week. The junior guard poured in a season-high 33 points against the Huskies and then posted his second double-double of the season with 32 points and a team-high 13 rebounds against the Seahawks. For the week, he shot 63.3% (19-30) from the floor, including 5-of-9 from three-point range, and made 22-of-23 at the free throw line. Lee has scored double figures in 18 straight games and has scored 20 or more points 11 times this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Mike Morsell • Towson
Fr., G, 6-5, 190 – Fort Washington, Md./St. John’s College
Morsell averaged 14.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in Towson’s 2-0 week. The freshman guard scored a career-high 15 points and pulled down six rebounds in a 74-70 win over College of Charleston and followed with 14 points, four rebounds and two blocks in an 86-72 victory at Hofstra. It was the first back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts of the year for Morsell, who shot 52.9% (9-17) from the floor.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

W&M TAKES OVER TOP SPOT IN CAA STANDINGS: William & Mary took over sole possession of first place in the CAA standings after convincing victories over Hofstra (100-79) and James Madison (84-65) last week. The Tribe, which has won three in a row and six of seven, is 8-2 for the first time in their 30 years as a CAA member. W&M has scored 70 or more points in all 10 CAA games and the scoring streak is the longest since a 16-game run of 70+ points in 1969-70. The Tribe shot over 60% from the floor in both victories last week and is leading the league in all three shooting categories in conference play, hitting 53% from the floor, 45.1% from 3-point range and 77.5% from the free throw line.

OUTSTANDING EFFORTS: Along with the sensational performance by CAA Player of the Week Damion Lee of Drexel, there were several other outstanding efforts around the league last week. William & Mary sophomore guard Daniel Dixon set a school record by going 6-for-6 from 3-point range against Hofstra and followed with a career-high 25 points at James Madison. Delaware junior forward Marvin King-Davis poured in a career-high 31 points at JMU last Wednesday. Towson junior guard Four McGlynn averaged 21.0 ppg in a 2-0 week as he netted 20 points against CofC and 22 points at Hofstra. JMU sophomore guard Jackson Kent set career-highs with back-to-back 19-point performances last week and was 11-for-18 from 3-point range in the two games.

CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES:  There have been 25 CAA games played since January 17,  and 14 have been decided by six points or less. Seven of College of Charleston’s last eight games have been decided by six points or less. Delaware has also had seven of its past eight contests with a margin of six points or less. Four of UNCW’s last six games have been decided by five points or less.

HOME TEAMS GO 8-2 LAST WEEK: Home teams posted an 8-2 record last week and are a combined 28-22 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.

TWO CAA PLAYERS AMONG TOP 25 IN SCORING: Two CAA players are among the nation’s top 25 in scoring through games of Feb. 1. Drexel junior guard Damion Lee is ranked 4th with 21.7 ppg, and W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 25th with 19.2 ppg. Thornton has scored double figures in 27 consecutive games and Lee has an 18-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 18th in 3’s per game (3.05) and 17th in 3-pt percentage (44.8%), while teammate Daniel Dixon is 5th in 3-pt percentage (47.4%). Hofstra junior Ameen Tanksley ranks 7th in 3-point percentage (46.8%), while Pride sophomore Brian Bernardi is 20th in 3’s per game (3.0) and 21st in 3-pt percentage (43.0%). Elon junior Tanner Samson is 14th in 3’s per game (3.13).

MCGLYNN RANKED #3 NATIONALLY IN FT PERCENTAGE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn is an incredible 94-of-101 (93.1%) 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%. Northeastern junior David Walker is shooting 90% (63-of-70) from the line and ranks 9th in Division I and Drexel’s Damion Lee is 21st at 88.1%.

College of Charleston

•    Fell 74-70 at Towson and 71-68 at Delaware last week. Have lost five straight games by a total of 13 points. Seven of ther nine CAA losses have been by six points or less.

•    Canyon Barry had a team-high 17 points and 7 rebounds at UD and 16 second-half points at Towson. He has reached double figures in a career-best 8 straight games, leads the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and steals (25) and is second in rebounding (5.5 rpg).

•    Terrance O’Donohue came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points on 7-of-11 FG shooting at Towson. He also made 2 steals.

•    Adjehi Baru tallied 11 points on 5-6 FG shooting and 8 rebounds at UD. Baru is one of 12 CofC players with at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.

•    Joe Chealey contributed 16 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds at Towson and followed with 14 points at UD. He has five double-digit efforts in the past seven games.

•    Freshman Cameron Johnson scored a career-high 16 points at Delaware.

Delaware

•    Rebounded from an 88-82 loss at JMU with a 71-68 win over CofC last week.

•    Marvin King-Davis averaged 21.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg last week, including a career-high 31 points and 8 rebounds at JMU. He’s scored double figures in four straight games.

•    Kory Holden tallied 8 points and 8 assists against JMU and CofC.  He’s averaging 7.0 apg over his past six contests.

•    Kyle Anderson averaged 12.0 ppg over the two contests. He’s tallied double figures in 13 of his 14 games and is averaging a team-high 15.1 ppg. He made 5 treys last week and is UD’s all-time 3-point leader (252).

•    Chivarsky Corbett was 7-of-13 from 3-pt range and averaged 11.5 ppg last week.

•    Cazmon Hayes had 10 points vs. CofC, which was his sixth double-digit effort in the last seven games.

•    UD made a season-high 12 treys at JMU and is shooting 46.3% (38-of-82) from deep over the past four games.

Drexel

•    Rallied past Northeastern 65-60 and beat UNCW 85-76 last week. Have won three in a row and four of their last five.

•    Damion Lee scored a season-high 33 points vs. NU and posted a double-double (32pts/13reb) vs. UNCW. Lee tops the CAA in scoring (21.7 ppg) and is 5th in rebounding (6.4 rpg). He’s scored double digits in 18 straight games and has 11 games with 20+ points. Lee has made 52 of his last 54 FT’s.

•    Tavon Allen had 13 points, 5 assists and 3 blocks vs. UNCW. He’s scored double figures in 10 of his last 14 games.

•    Sammy Mojica hit 3-of-4 treys and scored a career-high 17 points vs. UNCW and had 10 points vs. NU.  He’s averaging 12.8 ppg over his last four contests.

•    Rodney Williams (stress fracture) returned to action vs. NU and contributed 13 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting vs. UNCW.

•    Drexel shot a season-best 60.8% from the floor vs. UNCW. The Dragons were also 38-of-47 at the FT line last week and are shooting 73.2% for the season.

Elon

•    Suffered road losses at UNCW (85-62) and Northeastern (80-61) last week.

•    Elijah Bryant was Elon’s top scorer in both games with 17 points at UNCW and 13 at NU. He also averaged 6.0 rpg and 3.5 apg. He has 18 double-digit efforts in 23 games. Bryant ranks 8th in the CAA in scoring (13.8 ppg) and is averaging 15.5 ppg in CAA play.

•    Tanner Samson averaged 12.5 ppg last week, including 14 points at UNCW. He was 7-of-12 from three. He’s the 5th player in Elon history with 200 career treys (211) and leads the CAA with 72 threes this season.

•    Senior Austin Hamilton scored 11 points at NU and is averaging 14.8 ppg over his last four games. He scored a career-high 31 points vs. Delaware on Jan. 24, which was the first 30-point effort by an Elon player in Alumni Gym since 2012.

•    Freshman Dmitri Thompson added 9 points off the bench at UNCW and 7 at NU.

•    Elon has forced at least 12 turnovers in 21 of its 23 games this season.

Hofstra

•    Fell 100-79 at William & Mary and 86-72 to Towson last week.

•    Juan’ya Green averaged 19.5 ppg and 4.5 apg last week, including a game-high 25 points and 5 assists vs. Towson. Green has tallied double digits in all 23 games. He’s 4th in the CAA in scoring (17.5 ppg) and 1st in assists (6.3 apg) and steals (1.7 spg).

•    Brian Bernardi hit 5-of-11 threes and scored a team-high 23 points at W&M. It was his fifth 20-point effort of the season. He’s second in the CAA with 69 treys and is shooting 43.9% from beyond the arc.

•    Ameen Tanksley posted his 3rd double-double of the season with 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds at W&M and added 10 points vs. TU. He’s 3rd in the CAA in scoring (17.5 ppg), 8th in rebounds (6.2 rpg), 5th in FG% (48.4%) and 2nd in 3-pt% (46.8%).

•    Senior Moussa Kone is averaging 9.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg over his last six games.

•    Dion Nesmith scored 13 points vs. Towson, which was his 14th game in double digits.

James Madison

•    Split home games last week, beating Delaware (88-82) but losing to W&M (84-65).

•    Jackson Kent scored a career-high 19 points against UD and W&M. He hit 11-of-18 threes, including a career-best six vs. W&M. He has 14 double-digit efforts this season.

•    Ron Curry had a great all-around week, averaging 15.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 7.0 apg. He’s scored double figures in nine straight games and is averaging 19.2 ppg over his last four.

•    Yohanny Dalembert averaged 12.5 ppg last week on 9-of-13 FG shooting. He’s shooting a league-best 60.4% from the floor for the year and 64% in CAA play.

•    Tom Vodanovich tallied a career-high 17 points and a team-best 8 rebounds vs. UD.

•    JMU committed a season-low five turnovers vs. UD, but made 19 in the W&M loss.

•    The Dukes shot 54.2% vs. UD and have shot 46% or better from the floor in six of their 10 CAA contests. The 88 points against the Hens were a season-high.

UNCW

•    Defeated Elon 82-65 before having a 4-game winning streak snapped at Drexel (85-76). Off to their best CAA start since 2005-06.

•    Craig Ponder scored a team-high 22 points at DU, which was his most points since Nov. 18 and his 14th time in double figures.

•    Addison Spruill reached double figures for the 13th time in the last 14 games with 19 points at DU.  He’s averaging 18.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg in his last six games.

•    Freddie Jackson tallied a team-high 15 points in 23 minutes off the bench vs. Elon. It was the 8th time he’s led UNCW in scoring and 14th time in double figures.

•    Cedrick Williams tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals vs. Elon. He’s averaging 14.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg in his last three games.

•    UNCW shot 50.8% from the floor against Elon, which was its 7th time shooting better than 50%. The Seahawks scored 86 points in the paint in the two games last week.

Northeastern

•    Bounced back from a 65-60 loss at Drexel by topping Elon 80-61 last week.

•    Zach Stahl averaged 16.5 ppg last week, including a career-high 19 points vs. Elon. He was 14-of-17 (82%) from the floor.

•    Quincy Ford scored 12 points vs. Elon and became the 33rd NU player to surpass 1,000 points for his career.

•    Sophomore T.J. Williams scored a team-high 16 points with five rebounds at Drexel. He’s contributing 13.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 3.5 apg over his last six games.

•    Scott Eatherton tallied 16 points on 8-9 FG shooting vs. Elon. He’s scored double figures 19 times and is shooting 58.8% for the year.

•    Freshman Devon Begley hit 3-of-5 treys and scored a career-high 12 points in 23 minutes off the bench against Elon.

•    NU shot 59.6% from the floor vs. Elon and improved to 8-0 when scoring at least 70 points. The Huskies are shooting 50.2% in CAA play.

Towson

•    Have won three of the last four after victories over CofC (74-70) and Hofstra (86-72).

•    Four McGlynn scored a team-high 20 points vs. CofC and topped it with 22 points at HU. He has six 20-point efforts this season. McGlynn was 21-of-23 at the FT line and ranks 3rd nationally in FT percentage (93.1%).

•    Freshman Mike Morsell averaged 14.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg last week, including a career-high 15 points and six boards vs. CofC.

•    John Davis had 14 points and 5 boards at HU and is averaging 17.2 ppg and 8.8 rpg over the past six games. He leads the CAA with 10 double-doubles.

•    Timajh Parker-Rivera scored 12 points on 6-of-6 FG shooting at HU and grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds.

•    Towson shot a season-best 57.8% from the floor at HU, including 63.6% in the 2nd half.

•    Towson, which out-rebounded CofC 42-26 and Hofstra 41-23, tops the CAA and ranks 7th nationally in rebound margin (+8.8 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Took sole possession of 1st place with wins over Hofstra (100-79) and JMU (84-65). Off to its best CAA start (8-2) ever.

•    Daniel Dixon averaged 21.5 ppg last week, including a career-high 25 points at JMU. He was 6-of-6 from three vs. Hofstra and was 11-of-14 from beyond the arc for the week.

•    Marcus Thornton averaged 20.5 ppg for the week, highlighted by a team-high 24 points vs. HU. He went over 1,900 points for his career and upped his W&M record for career treys (287). Thornton has reached double figures in 27 consecutive contests.

•    Terry Tarpey posted his 6th double-double (12pts/10reb) at JMU and averaged 14.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg for the week. He tops the CAA in rebounds (8.4 rpg), is 5th in assists (3.7 apg) and 2nd in steals (1.6 spg) and has scored double figures in 8 straight games.

•    W&M shot 64.8% vs. HU and 60.8% at JMU and has shot at least 50% in 7 of 10 CAA games. The Tribe is 5th nationally in FG%.

•     W&M has scored 70+ points in all 10 CAA games this season and has 80+ points in five of its last seven contests.

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