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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Feb. 9

Feb 9, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

JMU's Joey McLean

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ron Curry • James Madison
Jr., G, 6-4, 190 – Pennsauken, N.J./Paul VI
Curry averaged 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in JMU’s two games last week. The junior guard scored a career-high 27 points in a 63-61 victory at Towson, including a game-winning 18-footer at the buzzer. He also contributed a team-best 21 points, six rebounds and four assists versus UNCW. For the week, Curry was 7-of-13 from 3-point range and 17-of-21 at the free throw line. He’s scored 15 or more points in six straight games and has reached double figures in 11 consecutive contests.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Sammy Mojica • Drexel
Fr., G, 6-3, 175 – Chelsea, Mass./Brimmer & May School
Mojica averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds off the bench to help Drexel win a pair of road games last week. The freshman guard tallied 14 points in a 67-63 triumph at Elon and had seven points and six rebounds in a 59-45 victory at CofC. For the week he shot 44% from the floor, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. He’s averaging 11.6 ppg over his past five contests.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Joey McLean • James Madison
Fr., G, 6-0, 160 – Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian
McLean averaged 12.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in JMU’s 1-1 week. The freshman guard set a career-high with 11 points against UNCW and then topped it by scoring 14 points in his first collegiate start as the Dukes edged Towson on the road. For the week, McLean shot 50% (7-of-14) from the floor and was 9-of-10 at the free throw line.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

TRIBE ATOP CROWDED CAA STANDINGS: Five teams are within two games of first place in the CAA standings with just six games to play. William & Mary regained sole possession of first place after a 56-53 victory at UNCW last Saturday. The Tribe (9-3), which has won four of its last five, has been extremely efficient offensively and is shooting 52% from the floor, 41.9% from three and 77.4% from the FT line in CAA play. UNCW and Northeastern are tied for second at 8-4 after both suffered home losses last Saturday. The Seahawks, who have won five of their last seven, and the Huskies meet on Saturday night in Wilmington. There is also a three-way tie for fourth at 7-5 between Hofstra, James Madison and Drexel.

CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES:  There have been 35 CAA games played since January 17,  and 18 have been decided by six points or less. Delaware has had eight of its past 10 contests with a margin of six points or less. Seven of College of Charleston’s last 10 games have been decided by six points or less. Five of UNCW’s last eight games have been decided by five points or less.

STREAKING: William & Mary is riding a 13-game home court winning streak, including a 10-0 mark this season. The Tribe’s streak is the 15th-longest in Division I currently. Drexel has won five consecutive games, which is tied for the 12th-longest active streak in Division I. The Dragons’ streak is their longest since winning 19 in a row in 2012.

ROAD TEAMS DOING WELL IN CAA PLAY: After road teams posted a 7-3 mark last week, home teams are only 31-29 (51.7%) in CAA play this season. Six squads have winning records 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 30 IN SCORING: Two CAA players are among the nation’s top 30 in scoring through games of Feb. 8. Drexel junior guard Damion Lee is ranked 6th with 21.0 ppg, and W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 29th with 19.0 ppg. Thornton has scored double figures in 29 consecutive games and Lee has a 20-game streak.

3-POINT THREATS: The CAA features several of the nation’s top three-point threats this season. Elon junior Tanner Samson ranks 7th in 3’s per game (3.24). W&M senior Marcus Thornton is 30th in 3’s per game (2.83) and 21st in 3-pt percentage (43%). Hofstra junior Ameen Tanksley ranks 4th in 3-point percentage (47.4%), while Pride sophomore Brian Bernardi is 25th in 3’s per game (2.92) and 26th in 3-pt percentage (42.4%).

MCGLYNN RANKED #4 NATIONALLY IN FT PERCENTAGE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn is 97-of-105 (92.4%) at the charity stripe, which currently ranks fourth in the nation. Last season, McGlynn led the CAA and ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage at 91.3%. Drexel junior Damion Lee is 27th at 86.9%.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: There are only five seniors among the CAA’s top 30 in scoring, six seniors among the league’s top 20 in rebounding and two seniors among the top 15 in assists. Through games of Feb. 9, there were 12 juniors, 10 sophomores and three freshmen on the list of top 30 scorers, while there were nine juniors and five sophomores 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 (288) 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-point leader (256), passing Mike Ames (228) on Jan. 5. Elon junior guard Tanner Samson ranks fourth on Elon’s career three-pointers list with 220.

W&M’S THORNTON ON NATIONAL & CAA LISTS: William & Mary senior guard Marcus Thornton ranks fourth among active Division I players in career 3-pointers made (288) and he’s eighth in career scoring (1,955 points). He’s also eighth on the CAA’s career treys chart and 14th on the career scoring list. This season, he ranks second in the CAA in scoring (19.0 ppg) and has hit 65 treys.

HOFSTRA’S GREEN SECOND IN NATION IN MADE FREE THROWS: Hofstra junior guard Juan’ya Green has made 165 free throws this season, which is the second-most of any player in Division I. BYU’s Tyler Haws leads the nation with 167. Green also ranks third in free throws attempted (198). He’s shooting an impressive 83.3% from the charity stripe. Green also ranks 7th nationally in assists (6.4 apg).

CAA TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STATS LEADERS: Several CAA teams are ranked in the top 20 nationally in various statistical categories through games of Feb. 8. William & Mary ranks 7th nationally in FG percentage (49.7%). Hofstra is 10th (9.2 pg) and W&M is 24th (8.4 pg) in 3-pointers per game, while the Tribe is 13th (40.2%) in 3-point FG percentage. Hofstra is also 18th in scoring offense (78.5 ppg). Towson ranks 8th in rebound margin (+8.4 rpg).

HOFSTRA AMONG NATION’S BEST ON ROAD: Hofstra is tied for the fourth-most road wins (8-5) in Division I through games of Feb. 8. Gonzaga (9-1), Murray State (9-1) and Albany (9-5) lead the nation. The Pride is tied with Virginia (8-0), Harvard (8-3), UC Davis (8-4), Rider (8-4), Yale (8-5), St. Francis NY (8-5) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (8-8).

College of Charleston

•    Ended a 5-game slide with an 80-72 victory over W&M, but fell 59-45 to Drexel. Seven of 10 CAA losses have been by 6 pts. or less.

•    Canyon Barry tallied team-highs of 19 points and 6 rebounds vs. W&M. He has reached double figures in 9 of his last 10 games, leads the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and steals, and is 2nd in rebounding (5.5 rpg).

•    Anthony Stitt returned after missing 7 games with a knee injury and had 10 points, 5 assists and 3 steals vs. W&M and a team-high 15 points against Drexel.

•    Adjehi Baru tallied 12 points on 5-5 FG shooting vs. W&M and grabbed 6 rebounds vs. DU. He’s seventh in the CAA with 6.2 rpg.

•    Joe Chealey contributed 16 points and 5 rebounds vs. W&M and scored 11 vs. DU. He’s reached double digits in 4 straight games and is averaging 14.2 ppg over that stretch.

•    CofC shot a season-best 54.5% from the floor and had five players score double figures for the first time this season vs. W&M, but shot a season-low 29.1% vs. Drexel.

Delaware

•    Fell 79-69 to Hofstra but rebounded for a 73-68 victory at Northeastern last week.

•    Maurice Jeffers scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-14 FG shooting at NU and averaged 15.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg for the week. It was his fifth double-digit effort.

•    Cazmon Hayes averaged 13.0 ppg last week on 10-of-13 FG shooting. He’s reached double figures in 8 of his last 9 games.

•    Kyle Anderson averaged 13.0 ppg last week. He’s tallied double figures in 15 of his 16 games, including six in a row. He hit 4 treys and is UD’s all-time 3-point leader (256).

•    Chivarsky Corbett contributed 13 points and 7 rebounds off the bench vs. Hofstra. He’s averaging 11.3 ppg over his last 4 games.

•    Kory Holden had 15 points and seven assists at NU. He’s averaging 13.0 ppg and 6.7 apg over his past six contests.

•    Delaware out-rebounded Northeastern 37-28, which was its biggest advantage since the season opener at Liberty.

Drexel

•    Have won five in a row and six of seven after road wins at Elon (67-63) and CofC (59-45).

•    Damion Lee averaged 14.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg last week. Lee tops the CAA in scoring (21.0 ppg) and is 5th in rebounding (6.3 rpg). He’s scored double digits in 20 straight games and has 11 games with 20+ points. Lee has made 58 of his last 63 FT’s.

•    Tavon Allen hit 4-of-7 treys and tied a season high with 18 points at CofC and tallied 14 points and 5 boards at Elon. He’s scored double figures in 6 of his last 7 games.

•    Sammy Mojica scored 14 points at Elon and had 7 points and 6 rebounds at CofC. He’s averaging 11.6 ppg over the past 5 games.

•    Mohamed Bah tied his season-highs with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the Elon victory.

•    Rodney Williams scored 10 points on 5-8 FG shooting and blocked 5 shots at CofC.

•    Drexel is 61-of-76 (80.3%) at the FT line over the past four games and is shooting a league-best 73.6% for the season.

Elon

•    Beaten 67-63 by Drexel and 80-69 at Hofstra last week.

•    Austin Hamilton scored a team-best 21 points on 7-11 FG shooting at HU and had 10 points and a season-high 8 assists vs. DU. He’s averaging 15.0 ppg in his last 6 games.

•    Tanner Samson hit 5-of-9 threes and scored a team-high 22 points vs. DU and hit four treys and scored 12 at HU. He’s 4th on Elon’s career 3-pointers list (220) and leads the CAA with 81 threes this season.

•    Elijah Bryant poured in 15 points at Hofstra. He has 19 double-digit efforts in 25 games. Bryant ranks 8th in the CAA in scoring (13.6 ppg) and is averaging 14.8 ppg in CAA play.

•    Christian Harrison contributed 9 points and 6 rebounds in just 15 minutes at Hofstra.

•    Elon has forced at least 12 turnovers in 22 of its 25 games this season.

•    Elon was 10-of-22 from 3-point range at HU. It was just the second time they’ve lost (5-2) when making at least 10 treys in a game.

Hofstra

•    Defeated Delaware (79-69) and Elon (80-69) last week. Improved to 14-1 this season when allowing 70 points or less.

•    Juan’ya Green averaged 16.0 ppg, 8.0 apg and 5.0 rpg last week, including his 7th double-double (15pts/10ast) vs. Elon. Green has tallied double digits in all 25 games. He’s 4th in the CAA in scoring (17.4 ppg), 1st in assists (6.4 apg) and 4th in steals (1.5 spg).

•    Ameen Tanksley averaged 20.0 ppg last week, including a team-high 22 points at UD. It was his 9th 20+-point effort. He’s 3rd in the CAA in scoring (17.7 ppg), 8th in rebounds (6.2 rpg), 4th in FG% (48.7%) and 1st in 3-pt% (47.4%).

•    Brian Bernardi hit 4-of-9 treys and scored 14 points at UD. It was his 15th game in double figures. He’s 2nd in the CAA with 73 treys and is shooting 42.4% from beyond the arc.

•    Moussa Kone tallied 10 points and 9 boards vs. Elon. He went over 500 rebounds for his career last week.

•    Dion Nesmith scored a season-high 22 points on 7-10 FG shooting vs. Elon.

James Madison

•    Split games last week, losing 77-65 to UNCW before winning at Towson, 63-61.

•    Ron Curry scored a career-high 27 points at TU, including a game-winning jumper at the buzzer, and had 21 points vs. UNCW. He’s scored double figures in 11 straight games, including six in a row with 15+ points. He’s averaging 20.8 ppg over his last 6 contests.

•    Joey McLean scored a career-high 11 points against UNCW and then topped it with 14 points at Towson in his first career start.

•    Yohanny Dalembert averaged 11.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg last week, including 14 points and a team-high 8 rebounds at Towson. He’s shooting a league-best 59.3% from the floor for the year and 61.3% in CAA play.

•    Tom Vodanovich contributed 12 points on 4-of-5 FG shooting vs. UNCW. It was his second double-digit effort in three games.

•    The Dukes went 7-for-17 from 3-point range at Towson and are averaging 8.2 treys made per game over the past 5 contests.

UNCW

•    Won at JMU, 77-65, for the first time since 2006, but fell 56-53 to W&M.

•    Freddie Jackson hit 4-of-6 threes and scored a team-high 26 points at JMU and added 12 points vs. W&M. It was the sixth time he’s reached the 20-point mark.

•    Craig Ponder scored 18 points at JMU and followed with a team-high 14 points vs. W&M. He’s averaging 18.0 ppg over his last three contests.

•    Addison Spruill had 18 points and team-highs of seven rebounds and four assists vs. JMU. He’s reached double figures in 14 of the last 16 games.

•    Cedrick Williams had 12 rebounds vs. W&M, which was his 6th game with 10+ boards.

•    UNCW was 9-of-15 (60%) from 3-point range at JMU. The nine treys were the most for the Seahawks since Dec. 27.

•    UNCW committed a season-low six turnovers at JMU and has made 11 or fewer turnovers in 10 of its past 11 games.

Northeastern

•    Went 1-1 at home last week, beating Towson 69-62 before losing 73-68 to Delaware.

•    T.J. Williams scored a team-high 18 points vs. UD and had 16 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds vs. TU. He was 12-of-18 from the floor for the week. Williams has scored double digits in eight of his last nine games.

•    Scott Eatherton scored a team-high 17 points on 7-of-9 FG shooting vs. Towson. He’s scored double figures 20 times and is shooting 59.2% for the season.

•    Reggie Spencer scored a season-high 14 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting vs. UD. He’s 72 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

•    David Walker averaged 14.5 ppg last week, including 16 points in the Towson win. He has reached double figures 15 times.

•    NU shot a season-high 72.2% in the first half and 60% for the game against TU. The Huskies have shot 60% or better twice in one season for the first time since 1999-2000. NU is shooting 50.3% from the floor in CAA play.

Towson

•    Suffered close setbacks to Northeastern (69-62) and JMU (63-61) last week.

•    John Davis posted his league-leading 11th double-double (16pts/10reb) vs. JMU and chipped in 12 points at NU. He has scored double figures in 9 of the last 10 games.

•    Freshman Mike Morsell scored 14 points on 5-6 FG shooting vs. JMU and had 12 points at Northeastern. He’s reached double figures in four straight games is averaging 13.8 ppg and 4.0 rpg over that stretch.

•    Freshman Byron Hawkins scored a team-high 13 points at NU and tallied 10 against JMU, which was his fourth double-digit effort in the last five games.

•    Walter Foster grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against JMU. He also had eight points and two blocks. It was his 3rd game with 10+ boards in CAA play.

•    Towson out-rebounded JMU 43-29 and tops the CAA and ranks 8th nationally in rebound margin (+8.4 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Split a pair of road games last week, losing 80-72 at CofC but edging UNCW, 56-53.

•    Marcus Thornton averaged 16.5 ppg last week, including a game-high 18 points at UNCW. It was his 29th straight game in double figures. He has 1,955 career points is now 14th on the CAA’s all-time list. He ranks 8th in CAA history with 288 career treys.

•    Omar Prewitt scored a team-high 22 points at CofC, which was his third 20+-point effort in a five-game stretch. He’s averaging 17.2 ppg over his past six contests.

•    Terry Tarpey posted his 7th double-double in CAA play with 16 points and 11 rebounds at CofC. He tops the CAA in rebounds (8.5 rpg), is 6th in assists (3.4 apg), 1st in steals (1.5 spg) and 1st in blocks. He has scored double figures in 9 of the past 10 games.

•    Tom Schalk scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-7 FG shooting at UNCW.

•    W&M shot 50% at UNCW and has made at least 50% in 8 of 12 CAA games.

•     W&M failed to reach 70 points for the first time in CAA play in the UNCW victory.

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