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Men’s Basketball Notebook – Feb. 23

Feb 23, 2015, 4:12 PM EDT

W&M's Greg Malinowski

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
David Walker • Northeastern
Jr., G, 6-6, 196 – Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls
Walker averaged 23.0 points, 5.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds as Northeastern went 2-0 to remain tied atop the CAA standings. The junior guard scored a team-high 21 points and dished out seven assists in a 75-64 victory over William & Mary and followed with a career-best 25 points, including 11 in overtime, as the Huskies edged Drexel 83-73. For the week, Walker shot 66.7% from the floor, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, was 17-of-18 at the free throw line and played all 85 minutes.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Elijah Bryant • Elon
Fr., G, 6-4, 225 – Gwinnett, Ga./New Hampton School
Bryant had a strong all-around week, averaging 15.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as Elon split a pair of road games. The freshman guard narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points, a team-high nine rebounds and five assists in an 83-75 overtime win at Delaware and contributed 20 points and three steals against College of Charleston. Bryant has scored double figures in 23 of Elon’s 29 contests.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Greg Malinowski • William & Mary
Fr., G/F, 6-5, 205 – Chantilly, Va./Episcopal
Malinowski averaged 10.0 points while shooting 77.8% from the floor, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, in W&M’s two difficult road games. The freshman scored 11 points in only his second career start in an 80-78 triumph at Hofstra and drained three treys for nine points at Northeastern. Malinowski, who was filling in for injured starter Daniel Dixon, had scored just 17 points in his previous seven games before last week.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

FOUR-WAY TIE ATOP CAA STANDINGS: The CAA features the most competitive regular-season race in the nation as four teams are tied for first place at 11-5 with two games remaining. James Madison, UNCW, Northeastern and William & Mary all earned victories over the weekend to remain deadlocked. W&M captured its last regular-season crown in 1997-98, JMU won its last title in 1999-2000, UNCW’s most recent first-place finish came in 2005-06 and NU claimed its only regular-season championship in 2012-13. The only remaining head-to-head matchup between the top four teams takes place on Wednesday as UNCW hosts JMU. There hasn’t been a tie for the CAA regular-season championship since 2005-06 and the conference has never had more than two teams finish in a first-place tie.

HISTORIC BALANCE: This will be the first time in 18 years that the CAA regular-season champion has had at least five losses in conference play. The last time the first-place team in the CAA had more than four setbacks was 1996-97 when Old Dominion and UNCW shared the league title with a 10-6 mark.

CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES:  There have been 55 CAA games played since January 17,  and 28 have been decided by six points or less or in OT. Ten of Delaware’s past 14 games  have been decided by six points or less or OT. Eight of College of Charleston’s last 13 games have been decided by six points or less. Seven of UNCW’s last 12 games have been decided by five points or less. Eleven of Towson’s 16 CAA games have had margins of 5 points or less.

ROAD TEAMS DOING WELL IN CAA PLAY: Road teams have posted a 17-13 mark over the past three weeks and home teams are just 41-39 (51.3%) in CAA play this season. Six squads are .500 or better in league road games, led by James Madison (6-2) and Hofstra (6-2). 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.

DREXEL’S LEE OUT FOR THE SEASON: Drexel junior guard Damion Lee, who leads the CAA and ranks fourth nationally in scoring with 21.4 ppg, is out for the season after suffering a fracture in his right hand during Saturday’s game at Northeastern. Lee, who reached the 30-point mark for the fourth time against the Huskies, finished with 578 points, which is the 8th-highest season total in school history. He also ranks 10th on the Dragons’ career scoring list with 1,538 points.

TWO CAA PLAYERS AMONG TOP 25 IN SCORING: Two CAA players are among the nation’s top 25 in scoring through games of Feb. 22. Drexel’s Damion Lee is ranked 4th with 21.4 ppg, and W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 24th with 19.3 ppg. Thornton has scored double figures in 34 consecutive games and Lee, who is out for the season, has a 24-game streak.

3-POINT THREATS: The CAA features several of the nation’s top three-point threats this season. Elon junior Tanner Samson ranks 15th in 3’s per game (3.17). W&M senior Marcus Thornton is 28th in 3’s per game (2.89) and 35th in 3-pt percentage (40.8%). Hofstra sophomore Brian Bernardi is 33rd in 3’s per game (2.79) and 26th in 3-pt percentage (42.0%).

MCGLYNN RANKED #5 NATIONALLY IN FT PERCENTAGE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn is 115-of-125 (92%) at the charity stripe, which currently ranks fifth in the nation. Last season, McGlynn led the CAA and ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage at 91.3%. Drexel junior Damion Lee ranks 15th at 88.6%.
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 (301) 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 (266), passing Mike Ames (228) on Jan. 5. Elon junior guard Tanner Samson ranks fourth on Elon’s career three-pointers list with 231 and set the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 92.

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 (301) and he’s sixth in career scoring (2,039 points). He’s also sixth on the CAA’s career treys chart and 11th on the CAA career scoring list. Thornton needs 14 points to become W&M’s all-time leading scorer, breaking a mark set by Chet Giermak in 1950.

HOFSTRA’S GREEN LEADS NATION IN MADE FREE THROWS: Hofstra guard Juan’ya Green has made 185 free throws this season, which is the most of any player in Division I. Green ranks third in free throws attempted (221). He’s shooting an impressive 83.7% from the charity stripe. Green also ranks 9th nationally in assists (6.5 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. 22. William & Mary ranks 6th nationally in FG percentage (49.4%) and Northeastern is 20th (48.0%). Hofstra is 13th (9.0 pg) in 3’s per game, while the Tribe is 21st in 3’s per game (8.6) and 14th in 3-point FG% (40.1%). Hofstra is also 16th in scoring offense (78.5 ppg). Towson ranks 9th in rebound margin (+8.3 rpg).

HOFSTRA AMONG NATION’S BEST ON ROAD: Hofstra is tied for the 3rd-most road wins (10-5) in Division I through games of Feb. 22. Gonzaga (11-1) and Albany (11-5) lead the nation, and the Pride is tied with Murray State (10-1), Rider (10-4), Yale (10-5), Iona (10-6) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (10-8).

College of Charleston

•    Went 1-1 last week, defeating Elon 77-63, but losing 68-61 at JMU.

•    Joe Chealey scored a team-high 19 points at JMU and had 16 points and a career-high tying 9 rebounds vs. Elon. He’s reached double digits in 8 straight games and is averaging 14.6 ppg over that stretch.

•    Canyon Barry hit 4-of-7 threes and scored a team-high 22 points vs. Elon. It was his fifth 20+ point effort and he has 12 double-figure outings in the last 14 games. Barry leads the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and steals (33), and is 2nd in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

•    Cameron Johnson had 13 points at JMU, which was his 5th double-figure game.

•    Anthony Stitt became the 15th player in CofC history to record 300 career assists.

•    Adjehi Baru averaged 8.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg last week. He’s 8 rebounds shy of 900 for his career and ranks 5th all-time at CofC.

•    CofC shot a season-high 56.3% from the floor against Elon.

Delaware

•    Rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat UNCW 70-59, but fell 83-75 in OT to Elon.

•    Marvin King-Davis averaged 15.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg last week, including his first double-double (15pts/13reb) vs. Elon. He had 16 points and 8 boards vs. UNCW.

•    Cazmon Hayes averaged 16.5 ppg last week, including a team-high 19 points vs. UNCW. He has reached double figures in 11 of his last 13 games.

•    Kyle Anderson scored a team-best 18 points vs. Elon and has tallied double figures in 19 of his 20 games, including 10 in a row. He is also UD’s all-time 3-point leader (266).

•    Chivarsky Corbett hit 4-of-5 threes and had 16 points and 6 rebounds vs. Elon. His layup with 27 seconds left sent the game to OT.

•    Delaware knocked off three first-place CAA teams (W&M, NU and UNCW) in 12 days.

•    The Blue Hens shot 65.2% in the 2nd half while limiting UNCW to just 20.8% (5-24) shooting over the final 20 minutes.

Drexel

•    Suffered narrow losses at JMU (82-78) and Northeastern (83-73 in OT) last week.

•    Damion Lee is out for the season after suffering a fractured hand at NU. He averaged 28.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg last week, including 30 points at NU. Lee tops the CAA in scoring (21.4 ppg), has tallied double digits in 24 straight games, has 14 games with 20+ points and four with 30+ points.

•    Freshman Sammy Mojica was 6-of-10 from 3-point range last week and averaged 10.0 ppg, 3.5 apg, 3.5 rpg and 3.0 spg.

•    Senior Freddie Wilson made 4-of-5 treys and tied a career high with 16 points in just 10 minutes off the bench at JMU.

•    Tavon Allen scored 14 points at NU and has hit double figures in 8 of his last 11 games.

•    Drexel was 27-of-34 at the FT line last week and is 119-of-147 (81%) over the past nine games. Drexel is shooting a league-best 74.8% for the season.

•    Drexel has committed just 31 turnovers in the last four games (7.8 tpg).

Elon

•    Dropped a 77-63 decision at CofC, but won 83-75 in OT at Delaware to snap a seven-game losing streak.

•    Tanner Samson scored a team-high 22 points at CofC and 16 points at UD. He was 10-of-18 from 3 for the week and broke the Elon season record for treys in a season (92). He’s 4th on Elon’s career 3’s list (231).

•    Elijah Bryant poured in 20 points at CofC and had 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists at UD. He has 23 double-digit scoring efforts and has five 20+-point efforts.

•    Austin Hamilton had 16 points and 9 assists at UD, which was his 6th double-digit outing in the last seven contests. He’s averaging 14.6 ppg over his last 9 games.

•    Kevin Blake hit a career-high 5 treys and scored a team-best 18 points at UD. He’s in the Dark Horse Dunker competition to earn a spot in the State Farm Slam Dunk Contest.

•    Elon has forced at least 12 turnovers in 25 of its 29 games this season.

Hofstra

•    Rallied for an 87-82 victory at Towson, but lost 80-78 to W&M last week.

•    Juan’ya Green scored a team-high 21 points vs. TU and W&M and was 8-for-12 from 3-point range. Green has tallied double digits in all 29 games and has seven 20+-point outings. He’s 3rd in the CAA in scoring, 1st in assists and 4th in steals.

•    Ameen Tanksley posted his 10th 20+ point effort with 21 points at Towson and added 11 points vs. W&M. Tanksley is 4th in the CAA in scoring, 4th in FG% and 1st in 3-pt%.

•    Dion Nesmith averaged 16.5 ppg and 6.0 apg last week, including 17 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds in his 2nd start vs. W&M.

•    Malik Nichols had 12 points and 7 rebounds vs. W&M and has scored double figures in three of his past four contests.

•    Hofstra made 23 three-pointers last week and broke the school season record with 262 treys. The Pride had 256 in 2006-07.

•    Hofstra was a season-best 37-of-42 (88.1%) at the free throw line against Towson.

James Madison

•    On a 5-game CAA win streak for the first time since 2011 after beating Drexel 82-78 and CofC 68-61 last week.

•    Yohanny Dalembert had a career-high 21 points and a team-best 8 rebounds vs. CofC. It was his 12th double-digit outing in CAA play. He’s 2nd in the CAA in FG% (58.8%).

•    Ron Curry scored a team-high 25 points vs. Drexel and has six 20-point efforts in the past 10 games.

•    Tom Vodanovich scored a career-best 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds vs. DU.

•    Joey McLean has scored double figures in four of the past six games and is averaging 10.2 ppg in the stretch.

•    Dimitrije Cabarkapa scored a career-high 12 points in 11 minutes vs. Drexel and is averaging 9.3 ppg in his last 4 games.

•    JMU’s six CAA road wins are tied for the most in school history (1991-92).

•    The Dukes are 34-of-70 (48.6%) from 3-point range over the past four games.

UNCW

•    Split a pair of road games, losing 70-59 at Delaware before winning 73-69 at Towson.

•    Addison Spruill tallied team-highs of 26 points and 8 rebounds at TU. He’s reached double figures in 17 of the last 20 games and is among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring and rebounding.

•    Craig Ponder had a team-high 14 points at UD and added 11 points at TU. He’s averaging 13.7 ppg over his last seven games.

•    Freshman Jordon Talley scored 11 points at UD and 10 points at TU. He’s averaging 12.3 ppg over his last seven games.

•    Freddie Jackson posted his 3rd double-double with 10 points and a team-best 10 rebounds at UD. He’s scored double figures 19 times, including 11 in CAA play.

•    Dylan Sherwood made four treys and scored 12 points off the bench at UD and was 2-for-2 from three with 8 points at Towson.

•    Spruill and Talley were a combined 10-for-10 at the FT line in the final 39 sec. at TU.

Northeastern

•    Defeated W&M 75-64 and edged Drexel 83-73 in OT last week.

•    David Walker scored a game-high 21 points vs. W&M and topped it with a career-best 25 points vs. DU. He’s averaging 19.2 ppg and 6.0 apg over his last four games.

•    Scott Eatherton added 10 points vs. Drexel and has scored double figures 23 times.

•    T.J. Williams averaged 13.0 ppg last week and has scored double digits in 11 of the last 13 games.

•    Quincy Ford scored 15 points vs. DU, including a pair of 3-pointers in overtime. It was his 5th double-digit effort in seven games.

•    Zach Stahl scored 15 points vs. W&M and was 10-of-11 from the floor last week.

•    NU shot 59% from the floor vs. W&M and 54.5% against Drexel. The Huskies are 12-0 when shooting over 50%.

•    NU is 11-0 when scoring 70+ points, but just 8-10 when scoring 69 points or less.

Towson

•    Fell 87-82 to Hofstra and 73-69 to UNCW last week. Eleven of Towson’s 16 CAA games have been decided by five points or less.

•    Four McGlynn tied his career high with 27 points vs. Hofstra and scored 12 vs. UNCW. He has 16 games in double figures and seven 20+ point outings.

•    John Davis averaged 15.0 ppg last week on 13-of-18 FG shooting (72.2%). He’s tallied double figures in 11 of the last 14 games, tops the CAA with 11 double-doubles and is 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (8.1 rpg).

•    Mike Morsell poured in a career-high 19 points vs. UNCW and has scored double figures in five of the last eight games.

•    Freshman Eddie Keith II scored Towson’s first eight points against Hofstra and finished with a career-high 13 points.

•    Towson had its 2nd-best FG percentage (55.1%) vs. HU and shot 51.2% vs. UNCW.

•    Towson tops the CAA and ranks 9th nationally in rebound margin (+8.3 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Rebounded from a 75-64 loss at Northeastern with an 80-78 victory at Hofstra.

•    Marcus Thornton averaged 20.0 ppg and 4.5 apg last week and reached double figures for the 33rd straight game. He’s 11th on the CAA’s career scoring list (2,039 pts) and needs 14 points to become W&M’s all-time leading scorer. He’s also 6th in CAA history with 301 career 3’s.

•    Terry Tarpey averaged 19.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.0 apg and 3.5 spg last week while shooting 63.2% from the floor and 6-of-7 from three. He tops the CAA in rebounds, ranks 7th in assists, 1st in steals and 1st in blocks. He’s scored double digits in 12 of 16 CAA games.

•    Freshman Greg Malinowksi hit 7-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-7 from 3 last week and averaged 10.0 ppg.

•    Starting guard Daniel Dixon (11.2 ppg) has missed the last 4 games (hamstring).

•    W&M hit double-digit 3-pointers for the 12th time after making 12-of-22 at NU.

•     W&M has scored at least 70 points in 14 of its 16 CAA contests.

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