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Men’s Basketball Notebook – March 2

Mar 2, 2015, 6:27 PM EDT

Elon's Elijah Bryant

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ron Curry • James Madison
Jr., G, 6-4, 190 – Pennsauken, N.J./Paul VI
Curry averaged 21.5 points and 6.0 assists in James Madison’s two games last week. The junior guard posted his first career double-double with a team-high 20 points and a career-high 11 assists in the Dukes’ 82-73 win over Hofstra and poured in a game-high 23 points in a loss at UNCW. For the week, he shot 52% from the floor, including 10-of-13 (76.9%) from 3-point range. He has eight 20-point efforts in the past 12 games.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Elijah Bryant • Elon
Fr., G, 6-4, 225 – Gwinnett, Ga./New Hampton School
Bryant averaged 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds as Elon knocked off a pair of first-place teams last week. The freshman guard had a team-high 16 points, eight boards, four assists and three steals in a 72-65 win over Northeastern and followed with 13 points and eight caroms in a 74-55 victory against UNCW. He has tallied double figures in 25 of 31 games.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kory Holden • Delaware
Fr., G, 6-2, 180 – Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett
Holden averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 assists as Delaware closed the regular season with back-to-back road wins. The freshman guard scored a game-high 17 points, including four crucial free throws in the final 23 seconds, in a 65-60 triumph at Towson and had nine points, eight assists and no turnovers in a 58-44 win at Drexel. For the week, he shot 52.9% from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

FOUR-WAY TIE FOR REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: For the first time in CAA history, there was a four-way tie for the CAA regular-season title as James Madison, UNCW, Northeastern and William & Mary all finished 12-6. W&M captured its first regular-season crown since 1997-98, JMU won its first title since 1999-2000, UNCW posted its first regular-season title since 2005-06 and NU claimed its second regular-season championship in the past three years. It was the first tie for the CAA regular-season championship since 2005-06 and the first time the conference has had more than two teams finish in a first-place tie.

HISTORIC BALANCE: The six conference losses for the CAA regular-season champion were tied for the most in league history. 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. There were seven teams that finished .500 or better in CAA play.

CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES:  Of the 65 CAA games played since January 17, 29 were decided by six points or less or in OT. Eleven of Delaware’s past 16 games have been decided by six points or less or OT. Eight of College of Charleston’s last 15 games have been decided by six points or less. Seven of UNCW’s last 14 games have been decided by five points or less. Twelve of Towson’s 18 CAA games had margins of 5 points or less.

CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO BALTIMORE: The CAA Men’s Basketball Championship starts Friday at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. It’s the second year of a three-year agreement for the CAA to bring its showcase event to Baltimore. Nearly 20,000 fans attended last year’s tournament. More than 400,000 alumni from CAA schools live within 250 miles of Baltimore. Tickets are currently on sale at TicketMaster.com.

ROAD TEAMS FARE WELL IN CAA PLAY: Road teams posted a 21-19 mark over the final four weeks and home teams finished just 47-43 (52.2%) in CAA play this season. Seven squads posted winning records in league road games, led by Hofstra (6-3) and James Madison (6-3). All 10 teams won at least one conference road contest and eight won three or more. Last season, home teams went 44-28 (61.1%) in CAA play.

THORNTON BECOMES W&M’S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER: William & Mary senior guard Marcus Thornton became the school’s all-time leading scorer last Wednesday and now has 2,081 points. He broke the oldest Division I scoring record in the country, which was set by Chet Giermak (2,052 pts) back in 1950. Thornton ranks third among all active NCAA Division I players in career 3-pointers made (308) and he’s sixth in career scoring. He’s also fifth on the CAA’s career treys chart and 11th on the CAA career scoring list.

DREXEL’S LEE OUT FOR THE SEASON: Drexel junior guard Damion Lee, who leads the CAA and ranks fifth nationally in scoring with 21.4 ppg, is out for the season after suffering a fracture in his right hand on Feb. 21 at Northeastern. Lee 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 30 in scoring through games of March 1. Drexel’s Damion Lee is ranked 5th with 21.4 ppg, and W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 21st with 19.4 ppg. Thornton has scored double figures in 35 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. W&M sophomore Daniel Dixon ranks 3rd in Div. I in 3-pt percentage (46.2%). Elon junior Tanner Samson ranks 13th in 3’s per game (3.16). W&M senior Marcus Thornton is 21st in 3’s per game (2.93) and 35th in 3-pt percentage (40.9%). Hofstra sophomore Brian Bernardi is 30th in 3’s per game (2.81) and 31st in 3-pt percentage (41.6%).

MCGLYNN RANKED #4 NATIONALLY IN FT PERCENTAGE: Towson junior guard Four McGlynn is 117-of-128 (91.4%) 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 ranks 13th at 88.7%.

COFC’S BARRY EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HONORS: College of Charleston sophomore Canyon Barry was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team. He holds a 4.0 grade point average while majoring in physics and minoring in computer science and mathematics. Barry is only the second CofC men’s basketball player to receive Academic All-America accolades.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: There are only six seniors among the CAA’s top 30 in scoring, five seniors among the league’s top 20 in rebounding and four seniors among the top 15 in assists. Through games of March 1, there were 12 juniors, 10 sophomores and two freshmen on the list of top 30 scorers, while there were nine juniors, five 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 (308) on Jan. 21, passing David Schneider (278). That total also ranks 5th in CAA history. Delaware senior guard Kyle Anderson is the Blue Hens’ all-time three-point leader (269), passing Mike Ames (228) on Jan. 5. Elon junior guard Tanner Samson ranks fourth on Elon’s career three-pointers list with 237 and set the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 98, which ranks 7th in CAA history.

HOFSTRA’S GREEN LEADS NATION IN MADE FREE THROWS: Hofstra guard Juan’ya Green has made 192 free throws this season, which is the most of any player in Division I. Green ranks fourth in free throws attempted (230). He’s shooting an impressive 83.5% from the charity stripe. Green also ranks 9th nationally in assists (6.5 apg).

College of Charleston

•    Suffered losses at Hofstra (73-40) and to Northeastern (65-56) last week.

•    Joe Chealey averaged 15.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg last week, including a team-high 20 points vs. NU. He’s reached double digits in 10 straight games and is averaging 14.8 ppg over that stretch.

•    Canyon Barry scored 14 points vs. NU and has 13 double-figure outings in the last 16 games. He tops CofC in scoring (12.4 ppg) and steals (35), and is 2nd in rebounding (5.2 rpg).

•    Donovan Gilmore came off the bench to score 11 points at Hofstra. It was his first game in double digits since Jan. 10 vs. UD.

•    Anthony Stitt is the 15th player in CofC history to record 300 career assists (306).

•    Adjehi Baru averaged 7.5 rpg last week and became the 4th CofC player with over 1,000 points and 900 rebounds in a career.

•    CofC shot a season-low 23.1% from the floor at Hofstra.

Delaware

•    Posted road victories at Drexel (58-44) and Towson (65-60) last week. Won their final four road games of the season.

•    Kyle Anderson averaged 12.5 ppg last week, including 16 points at DU. He has tallied double figures in 20 of his 22 games. Anderson is UD’s all-time 3-point leader (269) and ranks 14th in career scoring (1,281 pts).

•    Marvin King-Davis posted his second double-double (11pts/10reb) at TU. He’s averaging 12.3 ppg and 9.5 rpg over his last four games.

•    Maurice Jeffers averaged 12.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.0 bpg last week while shooting 63.2% from the floor. He’s scored double figures in five of his last eight contests.

•    Kory Holden contributed 13.0 ppg and 6.0 apg last week with only 2 turnovers. He had a game-high 17 points at Towson and made four free throws in the final 23 seconds.

•    UD finished .500 or better in CAA play for the 4th straight year and beat three first-place teams in 12 days in mid-February.

Drexel

•    Rebounded from a 58-44 loss to Delaware by knocking off W&M 80-66 last week despite having only 7 healthy players.

•    Freddie Wilson hit 6-of-9 threes and scored a career-high 24 points at W&M and had a team-best 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists vs. UD. Wilson, who entered the week averaging 4.0 ppg, played all 80 minutes.

•    Tavon Allen made 5-of-10 treys and had a season-high 22 points at W&M. It was his 18th double-digit outing of the year.

•    Damion Lee is out for the season after suffering a fractured hand. He 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 guard Sammy Mojica, who averaged 6.3 ppg, is out for the season after suffering a sprained knee last Wednesday.

•    Rodney Williams averaged 13.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg last week, including 18 points and 9 rebounds in the W&M win.

•    Drexel has committed just 40 turnovers in the last six games (6.7 tpg).

Elon

•    Defeated first-place teams Northeastern (72-65) and UNCW (74-55) last week to increase their winning streak to three.

•    Elijah Bryant averaged 14.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg last week, including team-highs of 16 points and 8 rebounds vs. NU. He has 25 double-digit scoring efforts in 31 games.

•    Tanner Samson averaged 16.0 ppg last week, including a team-best 19 points against UNCW. He increased his Elon record for treys in a season (98) and ranks 7th on the CAA season chart. He’s 4th on Elon’s career 3’s list (237).

•    Austin Hamilton contributed 14 points and 5 rebounds in his final home game vs. UNCW. He’s scored double digits in seven of the last nine contests and is averaging 14.0 ppg over his last 11 games.

•    Dmitri Thompson averaged 9.5 ppg last week on 9-of-12 FG shooting.

•    Elon’s senior class has 68 wins, tying last year’s class for the most in the D-I era.

•    Elon has forced at least 12 turnovers in 27 of its 31 games this season.

Hofstra

•    Rolled past CofC 73-40 but fell 82-73 at James Madison last week.

•    Juan’ya Green averaged 10.5 ppg, 6.0 apg and 5.5 rpg last week. Green has tallied double digits in all 31 games and has seven 20+-point outings. He’s 3rd in the CAA in scoring, 1st in assists and 5th in steals.

•    Ameen Tanksley scored 15 points in the CofC win. Tanksley is 4th in the CAA in scoring, 4th in FG% and 2nd in 3-pt%.

•    Brian Bernardi scored 22 points at JMU, which was his most points since Jan. 28.

•    Moussa Kone posted his 2nd double-double of the season (16 pts/10reb) in his final home game vs. CofC.

•    Hofstra limited CofC to just 40 points, which is the fewest points it has allowed in a CAA game since joining the league in 2001.

•    Hofstra has already broken the school season record with 276 treys.

•    Hofstra’s 19 wins are its most in the regular season since 2010-11.

James Madison

•    Lost 74-54 at UNCW before topping Hofstra 82-73 to earn a share of the CAA title.

•    Ron Curry scored a team-high 23 points at UNCW and posted his first career double-double (20pts/11ast) vs. HU. He has eight 20-point efforts in the past 12 games. Curry was 10-of-13 from 3-point range last week and is shooting 46.5% from 3 in CAA play.

•    Yohanny Dalembert averaged 12.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg last week. He’s scored double figures in seven consecutive games and has 14 double-digit outings in CAA play.

•    Jackson Kent averaged 12.5 ppg last week, including a career-high 20 points vs. HU.

•    Dimitrije Cabarkapa had 10 points and a career-high 7 rebounds at UNCW. He’s averaging 9.0 ppg in his last six games.

•    JMU’s 12 CAA wins tied the school record and the regular-season title is its first since 1999-2000.

•    The Dukes are 51-of-106 (48.1%) from 3-point range over the past six games.

UNCW

•    Beat JMU 74-54 and lost 74-55 to Elon last week to earn a share of the CAA title. The 12 CAA wins are the most since 2007-08.

•    Addison Spruill tallied team-highs of 18 points and 9 rebounds vs. JMU and added 15 points at Elon. He’s reached double figures in 19 of the last 22 games and is averaging 19.7 ppg over his last three contests.

•    Freshman Jordon Talley had 11 points, 4 steals and 3 assists vs. JMU. He’s averaging 11.3 ppg over his last nine games.

•    Craig Ponder chipped in 9 points and 6 asssists vs. JMU. He’s averaging 12.5 ppg over his last nine games.

•    Freddie Jackson scored double figures 19 times, including 11 in CAA play.

•    C.J. Gettys scored 10 points off the bench vs. JMU. He had scored just 8 points in his previous six games combined.

•    UNCW had 12 steals vs. JMU and 10 at Elon and has recorded double-digit thefts in five of its past seven contests.

Northeastern

•    Bounced back from a 72-65 loss at Elon and topped CofC 65-56 to earn a share of the CAA title. The Huskies also reached the 20-win mark for the 3rd time under Bill Coen.

•    David Walker averaged 18.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 6.0 apg last week. He’s scored double figures in eight straight games.

•    Scott Eatherton scored a team-high 20 points on 9-of-13 FG shooting at Elon. He ranks 13th nationally in FG% (58.1%), has tallied double figures 25 times and has 8 games with 20+ points.

•    T.J. Williams chipped in 10 points at CofC and has scored double digits in 12 of the last 15 games.

•    Zach Stahl had 11 points and  7 rebounds at CofC. He’s 19-of-24 from the floor (79.2%) over his past four contests.

•    NU is 13-0 when shooting over 50% from the floor this season.

•    NU is 11-0 when scoring 70+ points, but just 9-11 when scoring 69 points or less.

Towson

•    Fell 65-50 at W&M and 65-60 to Delaware last week . 12 of Towson’s 18 CAA games have been decided by five points or less.

•    Four McGlynn scored a team-high 13 points at W&M and added 11 vs. UD. He’s scored double figures 18 times and is averaging 15.7 ppg over his past four contests.

•    John Davis posted his league-leading 12th double-double (11pts/11reb) vs. UD. He’s tallied double figures in 12 of the last 16 games and is 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (8.1 rpg).

•    Freshman Mike Morsell added 11 points vs. Delaware and has scored double figures in six of the last 10 games.

•    Walter Foster recorded his 3rd double-double (12pts/11reb) against Delaware.

•    Byron Hawkins scored 9 points in both games last week and dished out a career-high 7 assists against Delaware.

•    Towson tops the CAA and ranks 8th nationally in rebound margin (+8.4 rpg).

William & Mary

•    Earned a share of its first CAA regular-season title since 1997-98 after a 65-50 win over Towson and an 80-66 loss to Drexel.

•    Marcus Thornton averaged 21.0 ppg last week, including 23 points vs. TU. He became W&M’s all-time leading scorer with 2,081 pts. He’s 11th on the CAA’s career scoring list and is 5th in CAA history with 308 career 3’s. He’s scored double digits in 35 consecutive games.

•    Terry Tarpey posted double-doubles vs. TU (career-highs 24 pts/13 reb) and DU (12pts/11reb). He tops the CAA in rebounds, steals and blocks and has scored double digits in 14 of 18 CAA games.

•    Daniel Dixon returned to acton after missing 5 games with a hamstring injury and scored 14 points vs. Drexel on 4-of-7 3-pt shooting.

•    W&M’s defense held Towson without a FG over the final 17:10 of the first half.

•    W&M has made double-digit 3-pointers 13 times this season.

•     W&M’s four turnovers vs. Drexel was the 3rd-lowest total in school history.

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