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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Feb. 16

Feb 16, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT

Northeastern's Scott Eatherton

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Scott Eatherton • Northeastern
Sr., F, 6-9, 234 – Hershey, Pa./Hershey
Eatherton averaged 23.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 69.6% from the floor in Northeastern’s two road games last week. The senior forward scored a season-high 24 points on 8-of-10 FG shooting and grabbed nine boards in a 79-68 triumph at Hofstra last Thursday and followed with 23 points and eight rebounds in a 66-61 setback at UNCW. Eatherton is shooting a league-best 60.1% from the floor this season and has scored 20+ points four times in CAA play.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jordon Talley • UNCW
Fr., G, 6-0, 180 – Richmond, Va./Henrico
Talley averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as UNCW moved into a tie for first place with two wins last week. The freshman guard scored a team-high 18 points and snared six rebounds as the Seahawks rallied past College of Charleston 58-45 and added 14 points in a 66-61 victory over Northeastern. For the week, Talley shot 52.9% from the floor and made 13-of-17 at the free throw line.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

W&M, UNCW TIED ATOP CROWDED CAA STANDINGS: Six teams are within two games of first place in the CAA regular-season standings with two weeks to play. William & Mary and UNCW are tied for first place at 10-4 after the Tribe had their 14-game home court winning streak snapped in a 73-70 setback to Delaware and the Seahawks got past Northeastern 66-61 on Saturday. The loss dropped Northeastern to 9-5 and into a third-place tie with James Madison, which improved to 6-2 on the road in CAA play after an 86-75 triumph at Elon on Saturday. Drexel slipped into a tie for fifth at 8-6 with Hofstra after the Pride ended the Dragons’ six-game winning streak with an 81-57 triumph on Sunday evening. W&M visits NU and Drexel travels to JMU on Wednesday night.

CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES:  There have been 45 CAA games played since January 17,  and 22 have been decided by six points or less. Delaware has had nine of its past 12 contests with a margin of six points or less. Eight of College of Charleston’s last 12 games have been decided by six points or less. Six of UNCW’s last 10 games have been decided by five points or less. Nine of Towson’s 14 CAA games have had margins of 4 points or less.

ROAD TEAMS DOING WELL IN CAA PLAY: Road teams have posted a 13-7 mark over the past two weeks and are now 35-35 (50.0%) in CAA play this season. Six squads have winning records in league road games, led by James Madison (6-2) and Hofstra (5-2). All 10 teams have won at least one conference road contest and eight have won three or more. Last season, home teams went 44-28 (61.1%) in CAA play.

PERFECT FROM THE FLOOR: Hofstra senior center Moussa Kone scored a career-high 23 points on perfect 10-for-10 field goal shooting in Sunday’s win at Drexel. It was just the seventh time in CAA history that a player has gone 10-for-10 or better in a game. Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton was also 10-for-10 against Towson on January 10, 2015. The best performance in CAA history came on March 7, 1985 when Navy All-American and future Hall of Famer David Robinson was 12-for-12 against East Carolina.

TWO CAA PLAYERS AMONG TOP 25 IN SCORING: Two CAA players are among the nation’s top 25 in scoring through games of Feb. 15. Drexel junior guard Damion Lee is ranked 5th with 20.9 ppg, and W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 23rd with 19.2 ppg. Thornton has scored double figures in 31 consecutive games and Lee has a 22-game streak.

3-POINT THREATS: The CAA features several of the nation’s top three-point threats this season. Elon junior Tanner Samson ranks 20th in 3’s per game (3.04). W&M senior Marcus Thornton is 24th in 3’s per game (2.92) and 32nd in 3-pt percentage (41.5%). Hofstra sophomore Brian Bernardi is 38th in 3’s per game (2.74) and 26th in 3-pt percentage (41.8%).

MCGLYNN RANKED #4 NATIONALLY IN FT PERCENTAGE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn is 106-of-114 (93.0%) 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 close behind in 18th at 88.3%.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: There are only five seniors among the CAA’s top 30 in scoring, five seniors among the league’s top 20 in rebounding and three seniors among the top 15 in assists. Through games of Feb. 15, there were 12 juniors, 10 sophomores and three freshmen on the list of top 30 scorers, while there were 11 juniors and four 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 (296) on Jan. 21, passing David Schneider (278). That total also ranks 6th in CAA history. Delaware senior guard Kyle Anderson is the Blue Hens’ all-time three-point leader (261), passing Mike Ames (228) on Jan. 5. Elon junior guard Tanner Samson ranks fourth on Elon’s career three-pointers list with 221.

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 (296) and he’s seventh in career scoring (1,999 points). He’s also sixth on the CAA’s career treys chart and 12th on the CAA career scoring list. This season, he ranks second in the CAA in scoring (19.2 ppg) and has hit 73 treys.

HOFSTRA’S GREEN LEADS NATION IN MADE FREE THROWS: Hofstra guard Juan’ya Green has made 173 free throws this season, which is the most of any player in Division I along with BYU’s Tyler Haws. Drexel’s Damion Lee is fourth with 158 made free throws. Green ranks third in free throws attempted (203). He’s shooting an impressive 83.6% from the charity stripe. Green also ranks 8th nationally in assists (6.6 apg).

CAA TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STATS LEADERS: Several CAA teams are ranked in the top 25 nationally in various statistical categories through games of Feb. 15. William & Mary ranks 8th nationally in FG percentage (49.3%). Hofstra is 15th (8.9 pg) in threes per game, while the Tribe is 22nd in both 3’s per game (8.5) and 3-point FG percentage (39.7%). Hofstra is also 17th in scoring offense (78.2 ppg). Towson ranks 6th in rebound margin (+9.1 rpg).

HOFSTRA AMONG NATION’S BEST ON ROAD: Hofstra is tied for the 5th-most road wins (9-5) in Division I through games of Feb. 15. Albany leads the nation at 11-5, followed by Murray State (10-1), Rider (10-4) amd Yale (10-5). The Pride is tied with Virginia (9-0), Gonzaga (9-1), Murray State (9-1), Iona (9-6) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (9-8).

College of Charleston

•    Fell 58-45 at UNCW and 53-50 to Towson last week. It was CofC’s ninth CAA game to be decided by nine points or less.

•    Joe Chealey scored a team-high 12 points at UNCW and followed with a team-best 13 points vs. Towson. He’s reached double digits in six straight games and is averaging 13.7 ppg over that stretch.

•    Canyon Barry scored 11 points against UNCW and Towson. He’s reached double figures in 11 of his last 12 games. Barry leads the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and steals (32), and is 2nd in rebounds (5.4 rpg).

•    Anthony Stitt returned on Feb. 5 after missing 7 games with a knee injury. He’s scored double figures twice in his four games. Stitt is three assists shy of 300 for his career.

•    Adjehi Baru tallied 8 points and a team-high 10 rebounds at UNCW. It was his fourth game with 10+ boards this season.

•    CofC shot a season-low 27.8% from the floor at UNCW and hit just 33.3% in the setback to Towson.

Delaware

•    Rebounded from a 67-54 loss to JMU by winning 73-70 at W&M on Saturday.

•    Chivarsky Corbett scored a team-high 17 points vs. JMU and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at W&M. He’s averaging 11.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg over his last six games.

•    Kyle Anderson averaged 14.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg last week and became the 19th player in UD history to go over 1,200 points in a career. He’s tallied double figures in 17 of his 18 games, including eight in a row. He is also UD’s all-time 3-point leader (261).

•    Cazmon Hayes scored 15 points at W&M and has reached double figures in 9 of his last 11 games. He’s 18-of-29 (62.1%) from the floor over the past four contests.

•    Kory Holden, who had 15 points and 6 assists at W&M, is averaging 6.3 assists over his past eight games. He’s second among all CAA freshmen in scoring (12.6 ppg).

•    Delaware defeated W&M for the 9th consecutive time and the 20th time in the past 22 meetings.

Drexel

•    Topped Towson 53-49 but lost 81-57 to Hofstra, ending their 6-game win streak.

•    Damion Lee averaged 19.0 ppg last week, including a team-high 23 points vs. TU. Lee tops the CAA in scoring (20.9 ppg) and is 7th in rebounds (6.2 rpg). He’s scored double digits in 22 straight games and has 12 games with 20+ points. Lee was 19-of-19 at the line last week and has made 77 of his last 82.

•    Tavon Allen scored a season-high 20 points vs. Hofstra. He has tallied double figures in seven of his last nine games.

•    Rodney Williams had 10 points and a season-high six blocks against Towson. He’s averaging 8.6 ppg over his last 5 games and has 11 blocks in the past three games.

•    Sammy Mojica is averaging 9.6 ppg over the past seven contests.

•    Drexel was 17-of-18 at the FT line vs. Hofstra and is 92-of-113 (81.4%) over the past seven games. Drexel is shooting a league-best 74.5% for the season.

•    DU averaged just 7.0 turnovers last week.

Elon

•    Lost 77-58 at William & Mary and 86-75 to James Madison last week.

•    Elijah Bryant posted his first career double-double (15pts/10reb) at W&M and had a team-best 18 points and 6 assists vs. JMU. He has 21 double-digit scoring efforts. Bryant ranks 8th in the CAA in scoring (13.7 ppg) and is averaging 14.8 ppg in CAA play.

•    Austin Hamilton tallied 13 points at W&M and 16 points vs. JMU. He’s scored double figures in five straight games and is averaging 15.4 ppg over his last seven contests.

•    Tanner Samson was limited to just one 3-pointer last week but tied the Elon season record with 82 treys. He’s 4th on Elon’s career 3-pointers list (221).

•    Dmitri Thompson averaged 11.5 ppg last week, including 14 points vs. JMU. It was his fourth double-digit effort this season. He was 10-of-14 from the floor last week.

•    Elon has forced at least 12 turnovers in 23 of its 27 games this season.

Hofstra

•    Rebounded from a 79-68 loss to Northeastern by winning 81-57 at Drexel last week.

•    Moussa Kone scored a career-high 23 points on perfect 10-for-10 FG shooting at Drexel. It was the most FG makes without a miss for a Pride player in the CAA era (since ‘01-02).

•    Juan’ya Green averaged 15.5 ppg and 8.0 apg last week, including his 8th double-double (18pts/10ast) vs. NU. Green has tallied double digits in all 27 games. He’s 3rd in the CAA in scoring (17.2 ppg), 1st in assists (6.6 apg) and 4th in steals (1.5 spg).

•    Malik Nichols chipped in 12 points in 18 minutes vs. NU and tied a career high with 15 points at Drexel.

•    Ameen Tanksley is 4th in the CAA in scoring (17.1 ppg), 9th in rebounds (6.0 rpg), 3rd in FG% (48.6%) and 1st in 3-pt% (46.9%).

•    Rokas Gustys scored a career-high 13 points on 6-of-7 FG shooting vs. NU. He also added five rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

•    Hofstra shot 63% from the floor at DU, which is its best percentage since 2007.

James Madison

•    Improved to 6-2 on the road in CAA play after wins over Delaware (67-54) and Elon (85-76) last week. The six CAA road wins is tied for the most in JMU history (1991-92).

•    Ron Curry tallied a game-high 25 points at Elon. He’s scored double digits in 12 of the last 13 games. He’s averaging 19.8 ppg over his last 8 contests and is 12-of-23 from 3-point range over his past four games.

•    Yohanny Dalembert posted his 2nd double-double (14pts/10reb) at UD and had 15 points and 9 rebounds at Elon. He’s shooting 58.6% from the floor for the year and 59.4% in CAA play.

•    Joey McLean averaged 12.0 ppg and 3.0 steals last week. He’s scored double figures in four straight games and is averaging 12.3 ppg in the stretch.

•    Dimitrije Cabarkapa scored 17 points last week on 7-of-12 FG shooting, including a career-best 10 points at Elon.

•    The Dukes went 20-for-41 from 3-point range last week and are averaging 8.7 treys made per game over the past 7 contests.

UNCW

•    Used a 22-0 second-half run to rally past CofC 58-45 and edged NU 66-60 last week.

•    Jordon Talley scored a team-high 18 points vs. CofC and had 14 points vs. NU. He’s averaging 13.0 ppg over his last five games.

•    Addison Spruill had 16 points in both games and added 5.5 rpg. He’s reached double figures in 16 of the last 18 games and is among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring and rebounding.

•    Freddie Jackson scored 12 points vs. CofC and 10 against NU. He’s tallied double figures 18 times, including 10 in CAA play.

•    Craig Ponder tallied 15 points vs. NU and is averaging 14.2 ppg over his last five games.

•    UNCW’s defense limited CofC to just four second-half field goals, including a stretch of 15:43 with no field goals.

•    UNCW shot 84.6% (22-26) at the free throw line vs. CofC and 72.2% against NU. The Seahawks were a combined 27-of-31 in the second half of the two contests.

Northeastern

•    Split road games last week, winning 79-68 at Hofstra but falling 66-61 at UNCW.

•    Scott Eatherton scored a season-high 24 points at HU and a team-best 23 points at UNCW. He averaged 8.5 rpg and 69.6% from the floor last week. He has 22 double-figure games and seven 20+-point efforts.

•    David Walker averaged 15.5 ppg and 6.5 apg last week, including 20 points and a career-best 8 assists at HU. He’s averaging 15.0 ppg over his last four games.

•    T.J. Williams chipped in 11 points at Hofstra. He’s scored double digits in nine of his last 11 games.

•    Quincy Ford scored 15 points at HU and has three double-digit efforts in the last five games.

•    NU shot 56% from the floor and hit 21-of-23 at the FT line at Hofstra, but was just 17-of-31 at the line vs. UNCW.

•    NU is 9-0 when scoring 70+ points, but just 8-10 when scoring 69 points or less.

Towson

•    Went 1-1 on the road, losing 53-49 at Drexel before winning 53-50 at CofC. Nine of 14 CAA games have decided by 4 pts or less.

•    John Davis averaged 7.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg last week. He’s scored double figures in 9 of the last 12 games, tops the CAA with 11 double-doubles and is 2nd in the conference in rebounding (8.2 rpg).

•    Four McGlynn averaged 11.5 ppg last week, including a team-high 14 points at Drexel. It was his 14th game in double figures. He was 9-of-9 at the FT line and ranks 4th nationally in FT% at 93%.

•    Mike Morsell grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds at CofC. He’s scored double figures in four of the last six games and is averaging 10.8 ppg and 5.0 rpg over that stretch.

•    Walter Foster snared 11 rebounds at CofC, which was his 4th game with 10+ boards.

•    Towson out-rebounded DU 46-26 and CofC 51-35. TU tops the CAA and ranks 6th nationally in rebound margin (+9.1 rpg). They had 53 offensive boards last week.

William & Mary

•    Beat Elon 77-58, but lost 73-70 to Delaware, ending a 14-game home court win streak.

•    Marcus Thornton averaged 22.0 ppg last week, including a game-high 27 points vs. UD. It was his 31st straight game in double figures. With 1,999 career points, he moved up to 12th on the CAA’s all-time scoring list. He’s 6th in CAA history with 296 career 3’s.

•    Omar Prewitt scored a team-high 19 points with 7 rebounds vs. Elon and followed with 25 points vs. UD. He’s averaging 18.4 ppg over his past eight contests.

•    Terry Tarpey has seven double-doubles in CAA play. He tops the CAA in rebounds (8.3 rpg), is 6th in assists (3.3 apg), 1st in steals (1.6 spg) and 1st in blocks. He has scored double figures in 9 of the past 12 games.

•    Sean Sheldon posted his first double-double vs. Elon with 11 points and 10 boards.

•    W&M hit double-digit 3-pointers for the 11th time after making 10 vs. Elon.

•     W&M has scored at least 70 points in 13 of its 14 CAA contests.

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