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CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT - JAN. 30

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          Release: 01/30/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Frantz Massenat • Drexel
So., G, 6-4, 185 - Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Massenat averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 assists in Drexel’s 3-0 week that increased the Dragons’ win streak to nine. The sophomore guard’s top effort came in a 71-55 victory over Delaware with 19 points, five assists and no turnovers. For the week, Massenat shot 54.2% from the floor, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range (54.5%), and was 11-of-11 at the free throw line.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Pearson • George Mason
Sr., F, 6-6, 237 - Far Rockaway, N.Y./Christ the King

Pearson averaged 18.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in Mason’s 3-0 week that pushed the Patriots’ winning streak to six. The senior forward had 29 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds in an 89-79 victory over JMU and 20 points and 12 boards in a 67-61 triumph over UNCW. Pearson, who is among the league’s top 5 in scoring and rebounding, has 9 double-doubles this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Quincy Ford • Northeastern
Fr., F, 6-8, 212 - St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs

Ford averaged 14.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in Northeastern’s 2-1 week. The freshman forward tallied a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds in a 58-51 win over Hofstra and also scored a team-best 18 points in a loss at Old Dominion. For the week, Ford shot 45.5% from the floor, including 9-of-18 from 3-point range.
CONFERENCE NOTES:

George Mason Atop Crowded CAA Standings: Four teams are within one game of first place in the CAA standings with just seven conference games to play. George Mason sits atop the league at 10-1 after an 89-79 win over James Madison last Saturday. The Patriots have won 24 of their last 25 CAA regular-season contests. Drexel, Old Dominion and VCU also earned victories on Saturday and are locked in a three-way tie for second at 9-2. The Dragons topped rival Delaware 71-55 and have won nine straight CAA games after an 0-2 start. The Monarchs rolled past William & Mary 68-44, while the Rams edged Georgia State 59-58 to avenge a two-point loss to the Panthers on Jan. 4. ODU visits Mason on Saturday evening. Fifth-place Northeastern (7-4) has a chance to jump into the fray this week with games against Drexel and VCU.

Streaking: The top four teams in the CAA standings went 3-0 last week and continued impressive winning streaks. Drexel has won nine in a row and 15 of its last 16 overall as well as 13 in a row at home. VCU is on a seven-game win streak and has captured 15 of its last 17, while George Mason has claimed six straight games and 11 of its last 12. Drexel’s streak is tied for the 8th-longest in the nation currently, while VCU’s is the 12th-longest and Mason’s is tied for 14th. Old Dominion has also won three in a row and seven of its last eight. The CAA is the only conference in the nation to have three teams with current winning streaks of six or more games.

Three CAA Teams Chosen For Televised Bracketbusters Games: Three CAA teams were chosen for televised games in Sears Bracketbusters. VCU will host Northern Iowa on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, Drexel will visit Cleveland State on ESPNU at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 18 and Old Dominion will travel to Missouri State on ESPNU at 5 p.m. on Feb. 18. The CAA has had five teams chosen for televised games in four of the last six years, which is the most of any participating conference. CAA teams were 4-1 in televised games in 2010-11 and are 16-10 in TV games over the last seven years. In addition, ESPN3 will televise Lamar at George Mason at 4 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Home Teams Have Successful Week:  Home teams went 13-5 in CAA action last week, reversing a trend of success by visiting squads this season. Through the first 66 conference contests, home teams are 39-27 (.591). Old Dominion has a league-best 5-1 road record in CAA play, while George Mason is 4-1 and VCU are 4-1 and Drexel and Northeastern are 3-2.

CAA Defenses Among The Best In The Nation: The CAA features some of the top defensive teams in the nation. As of Jan. 30, four teams - Drexel (54.4 ppg/5th), VCU (58.3 ppg/14th), Georgia State (58.6 ppg/16th) and Old Dominion (60.1 ppg/29th) were ranked among the nation’s top 30 in scoring defense, while GSU (37.7%/8th), George Mason (38.6%/17th), Drexel (39.0%/21st) and Delaware (39.5%/37th) were among the top 40 nationally in FG percentage defense. Drexel leads the nation (24.8%) in 3-point FG% defense and UNCW is 18th (29.1%). In steals, VCU ranks 4th in the nation (10.0 spg), GSU is 5th (9.6 spg) and ODU is 8th (9.3 spg). VCU is also 4th in Division I in turnover margin (+5.6 tpg) and GSU is 13th (+4.2 tpg), while the Rams are 3rd in opposition turnover rate (26%).

More On The Defense: The defensive numbers posted by CAA teams have been even more impressive during conference play. As of Jan. 30, four teams were holding their opponents to under 62 points per game - Drexel (52.4 ppg), Old Dominion (54.5 ppg), VCU (55.5 ppg) and Georgia State (56.1 ppg). Conversely, only George Mason (70.3 ppg) is averaging more than 70.0 ppg offensively in conference play. Six teams are also limiting opponents to 40% FG shooting or less in CAA play - GSU (35.4%), Drexel (36.9%), ODU (37.6%), Mason (38.4%), VCU (38.6%) and Delaware (39.8%).

W&M’s McDowell Named Finalist For Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award:
William & Mary senior forward Quinn McDowell was named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes who excel on and off the court. Honorees must have noteworthy accomplishments in community, classroom, character and competition. Other finalists include Ohio State’s William Buford, Pitt’s Aston Gibbs, Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Belmont’s Mick Hedgepeth, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, Butler’s Ronald Nored, Michigan’s Zack Novak, Penn’s Zack Rosen and North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller.

Changing Of The Guard: It’s been a year of change around the CAA as many young players and newcomers are making an impact. As of Jan. 30, there are nine seniors among the league’s top 20 in scoring along with four sophomores and two freshmen. Last season, eight of the CAA’s top 10 scorers were seniors.

Freshmen Making An Impact: Freshmen are seeing significant playing time around the CAA this season. All 12 CAA teams have at least one freshman on their team who is averaging better than 16 minutes per game and each CAA team has had a freshman start at least two games. Four freshmen are among the CAA’s top 30 in scoring - UNCW’s Adam Smith, Drexel’s Damion Lee, W&M’s Marcus Thornton and NU’s Quincy Ford. Three are among the top 15 in assists - Towson’s Kris Walden, Delaware’s Khalid Lewis and Mason’s Corey Edwards - and two are in the top five in steals - VCU’s Briante Weber, and NU’s Ford. UNCW’s Cedrick Williams and NU’s Reggie Spencer are tied for 19th in the league in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

VCU Records 14th Straight Sellout:
VCU played before its 14th consecutive sellout crowd at the Siegel Center last Monday night against Hofstra. The streak is a CAA record and the Rams are averaging a league-best 7,624 fans this season. Old Dominion has played before 10 crowds of better than 7,000 at the Constant Center this season, including a sellout crowd of 8,460 versus William & Mary last Saturday, and is averaging 7,512 fans. Drexel has had sellout crowds for four of its past five home games.George Mason had a season-best crowd of 8,014 for its game against James Madison last Saturday and Georgia State played before its largest home crowd since Dec. 2008 on Jan. 12 against UNCW. 

UNCW’s Rendleman Ranks 9th Nationally In Rebounding: UNCW junior Keith Rendleman ranked ninth in the nation in rebounding at 10.9 rpg according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Jan 29. Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins was 11th in rebounds (10.7 rpg) and ODU’s Chris Cooper was 22nd (10.0 rpg). In other statistical categories, Hofstra’s Mike Moore was 22nd in scoring (19.3 ppg) and UD’s Devon Saddler was 24th (18.9 ppg). GSU’s Eric Buckner was 8th in blocks (3.3 bpg), UD’s Hagins was 15th (2.9 bpg) and TU’s Robert Nwankwo was 17th (2.6 bpg). VCU’s Briante Weber was 13th nationally in steals (2.4 spg). A list of CAA players among national leaders can be found on Page 4 of this release.

Drexel’s Givens Moves To 9th On CAA Career Rebounding List:
Drexel senior Samme Givens moved up to 9th place on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list on Saturday. With 934 boards, he needs just 66 more to become the sixth player in CAA history to reach 1,000 career rebounds. Givens led the CAA in rebounding a year ago and is averaging 7.2 rpg this season.

Doubling Up: Fifteen CAA players have already recorded two or more double-doubles this season. ODU’s Chris Cooper has recorded a league-high 12 double-doubles and UNCW’s Keith Rendleman also has 12, including eight in 11 CAA games. Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins has 11 double-doubles, including seven that were recorded in consecutive games from Nov. 26-Dec. 19. Cooper, Rendleman and Hagins rank in the top 15 nationally in double-doubles. Mason’s Ryan Pearson and Towson’s Robert Nwankwo both have nine double-doubles. All 12 CAA teams have a player with at least one double-double.

VCU’s Burgess Leads Nation In Consecutive Starts: VCU senior Bradford Burgess has made 133 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and is the VCU and CAA all-time record. With 10 more starts, Burgess would pass Patrick Ewing’s record of 142 straight starts at Georgetown. Burgess ranks second on the CAA’s career scoring list among active players with 1,490 points.

Delaware

•  Went 1-2 last week, defeating Towson 62-43 but losing 62-61 at NU and 71-55 at Drexel.

•  Devon Saddler, who’s 2nd in the CAA in scoring (18.8 ppg), scored a team-high 24 pts at NU and 22 pts at Drexel. He has 20 double-digit efforts in the last 21 games with 9 20+-point outings. 

•  Freshman Jarvis Threatt averaged 11.0 ppg last week, including 16 pts at Drexel. He also made five steals at NU.

•  Josh Brinkley had 10 points in the Towson win and is averaging 11.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg over his last seven games.

•  The 43 points allowed vs. Towson were the fewest to a CAA opponent since Jan. 2005.

•  Jamelle Hagins, who scored 19 pts at NU, has 11 double-doubles in the last 18 games. He’s 2nd in the CAA with 10.7rpg and is 11th in scoring (12.7ppg).

•  UD ranks 3rd in the CAA in FG percentage defense (39.5%) and has held 13 of its past 16 opponents to less than 42% FG shooting.

Drexel

•  Posted victories over W&M (64-48), Georgia State (68-46) and Delaware (71-55) last week. Have won 9 in a row and 15 of their last 16 games overall. Drexel also has a 13-game home winning streak.

•  Frantz Massenat averaged 14.3 ppg and 5.7 apg last week. He tops the CAA in 3-pt FG% (47.5%) and is averaging a team-high 12.5 ppg and 4.1 apg for the season.

•  Samme Givens posted double-doubles vs. UD (23pts/10reb) and GSU (12pts/10reb) last week. Givens ranks 3rd on Drexel’s career rebounds list (934) and 9th on the CAA list. He’s scored double digits in 11 of his last 16 games and has 1,078 career points.

•  Drexel has held its past 11 opponents to just 49.7 ppg. All have scored less than 60 pts.

•  Drexel is shooting 48.9% from the floor and 43.9% from three over the past 4 games.

•  Dartaye Ruffin came off the bench to score a career-high 18 pts at W&M, while Daryl McCoy grabbed 11 rebounds vs. Delaware.

George Mason

•  Have won 6 in a row and 11 of their last 12 after victories over UNCW (67-61), Hofstra (55-50) and JMU (89-79) last week.

•  Ryan Pearson posted double-doubles vs. JMU (29pts/15reb) and UNCW (20 pts/12 reb) last week. He’s scored double digits in 20 of his last 24 games. Pearson is among the CAA’s top five in scoring (17.5ppg/3rd) and rebounding (8.8rpg/5th).

•  Sherrod Wright scored a team-high 15 pts off the bench at Hofstra. He’s tallied double figures in 3 of his last 6 games.

•  Bryon Allen scored a career-high 17 points vs. UNCW and 14 vs. JMU, which was his 11th double-figure effort of the season.

•  Jonathan Arledge is averaging 8.0 ppg and 4.3 rpg over the past six games off the bench. He had 10 pts and 7 reb at Hofstra.

•  Mason tops the CAA in FG% (46.6%) and is 2nd in FG% defense (38.6%). Mason has shot at least 45% from the floor 16 times and has held its opponent to less than 40% FG shooting in 7 of the last 9 games.

Georgia State

•  Went 1-2 last week. Beat JMU (75-58) but lost to Drexel (68-46) and VCU (59-58). Four of GSU’s five CAA losses have been by three points or less.

•  GSU ranks in the top 20 nationlly in scoring defense (58.6ppg) and FG% defense (37.7%). They have limited their CAA foes to 56.1 ppg and 35.4% FG shooting.

•  Eric Buckner had 13 pts, 8 reb and 6 blks vs. JMU. He has a CAA-best 72 blocks this year and is 2nd on GSU’s career blocks list (121).

•  James Fields tied a career high with 21 pts and had a career-high 8 reb vs. JMU. He’s hit double digits in 10 of his last 15 games and ranks 3rd in the CAA in steals (2.1 spg).

•  Josh Micheaux posted a double-double with 15 pts, a career-high 11 reb and 6 assists vs. JMU and added 14 pts vs. VCU. He averaged 12.0 ppg and 7.7 rpg for the week.

•  Jihad Ali scored a team-high 17 pts at Drexel and 18 pts vs. VCU, which was his 15th game in double figures.

Hofstra

•  Suffered loss to VCU (61-49), Mason (55-50) and Northestern (58-51) last week. Eight of the Pride’s 10 CAA losses have been by 7 points or less.

•  Mike Moore scored a team-high 18 pts vs. Mason and 17 pts vs. VCU and NU. Moore has a league-best 13 20+-point efforts and leads the CAA in scoring (19.3 ppg). He’s been Hofstra’s top scorer in 19 of 23 games.

•  Nathaniel Lester added 12 pts vs. VCU and Mason but had his 14-game double-figure streak end at NU. He’s averaging 15.2 ppg over his last 8 games. Lester and Moore have combined for over 50% of Hofstra’s offense (760-of-1493 points) this season.

•  Dwan McMillan ranks 2nd in the CAA with 4.3 apg and is 4th in assist/TO ratio.

•  David Imes had 10 points and 8 rebounds at NU. He’s averaging 9.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg over the last 4 games.

•  Hofstra has held opponents to fewer than 70 points in the last seven games.

James Madison

•  Snapped a 7-game home CAA losing streak with a 59-47 win over W&M, but lost at GSU (74-58) and Mason (89-79).

•  Humpty Hitchens had a career-high tying 27 pts at Mason and averaged 16.3ppg and 4.3apg for the week. He’s 5th in the CAA in scoring and 4th in assists. He tops the CAA in 3’s (2.7pg) and is 3rd in 3-pt FG% (39.2%).

•  A.J. Davis tallied double digits for the 10th straight game with 13 pts at  Mason. He’s averaging 16.4 ppg over the 10-game stretch. Davis began his JMU career with four straight 20-point games and has seven for the season.

•  Devon Moore sat out the GSU game with a wrist injury, but had 11 pts at Mason.

•  Junior Andrey Semenov averaged 12.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg last week, including 15 pts and 8 reb vs. W&M and Mason.

•  Julius Wells, who is the 3rd-leading active career scorer in the CAA with 1,414 points, has missed 10 straight games due to illness.

UNCW

•  Suffered 3 losses by 6 points or less last week, falling to Mason (67-61), ODU (53-48) and Towson (66-61).

•  Keith Rendleman posted double-doubles vs. ODU (12pts/17reb) and TU (16pts/10reb) and has 12 for the season. He’s scored double digits in 18 of his last 20 games. He leads the CAA in rebounding (10.9 rpg) and is 6th in scoring (15.2 ppg). He’s averaging 16.4 ppg and 12.1 rpg in CAA play.

•  Adam Smith scored 15 pts at Mason and 18 pts vs. ODU. Smith, who has 16 double-digit efforts and four 20+ pt games, leads all CAA freshmen in scoring.

•  Freshman KK Simmons came off the bench and tied a career high with 18 points at Mason.
•  UNCW shot just 35.1% from the floor and 51.6% from the FT line last week.

•  Freshman Freddie Jackson, who is averaging 6.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg over his last four games, missed the Towson contest (knee injury).

Northeastern

•  Fell 69-57 at ODU, but beat Delaware 62-61 and Hofstra 58-51. Have won 8 of their last 11 games overall.

•  Joel Smith scored a team-high 20 pts vs. UD, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining. It was Smith’s top scoring effort since Nov. 29 vs. St. John’s.

•  Jonathan Lee scored 17 points vs. Hofstra, which was his 10th straight game in double figures. He averaged 14.7 ppg for the week and shot 51.5% from the floor.

•  Lee ranks among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring (14.8ppg/8th), assists (3.7apg/5th) and steals (1.8spg/7th).

•  Freshman Quincy Ford scored a team-high 18 pts at ODU and had  17 pts and 7 reb vs. Hofstra. He has 7 double-digit scoring efforts in the last 9 games and is 25th in the CAA in scoring and 5th in steals.

•  Northeastern has held seven of its last 13 opponents to 57 points or less and is giving up just 60.4 ppg in CAA play.

Old Dominion

•  Went 3-0 last week with victories over Northeastern (69-57), UNCW (53-48) and W&M (68-44). Have won 7 of their last 8 games and are 5-1 on the road in CAA play.

•  Chris Cooper posted his league-leading 12th double-double at UNCW (12pts/11reb) and also had one vs. NU (15pts/10 reb). Cooper ranks 3rd in the CAA in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and is scoring 11.2 ppg.

•  Kent Bazemore had a team-high 17 pts at UNCW. He’s scored double figures in 11 of the last 13 games and is averaging 15.3 ppg and 6.9 rpg in CAA play. Bazemore is 3rd on ODU’s career steals list with 225.

•  Trian Iliadis scored a team-high 18 points vs. NU and has scored 11+ points in four of his last six games.

•  Donte Hill scored a season-best 12 points vs. NU and had 11 pts vs. W&M.

•  ODU allowed just 49.7 ppg last week. The Monarchs have also made 10 or more steals in 5 of their last 6 games.

Towson

•  Fell to Delaware (62-43) and VCU (67-42) before ending their record 41-game losing streak with a 66-61 win over UNCW.

•  Robert Nwankwo posted double-doubles vs. VCU (16pts/13reb) and UNCW (12pts/11reb). He has 9 double-doubles for the season. Nwankwo is among CAA leaders in scoring (11.5ppg/21st), rebounding (9.0rpg/4th) and blocks (2.6bpg/3rd).

•  Nwankwo has been Towson’s top rebounder in 19 of 23 games this season and ranks 6th on the Tigers’ career rebound list with 689.

•  Sophomore Marcus Damas had a team-high 18 pts and 7 reb vs. UNCW. He’s tallied double digits in 12 of the last 17 games. Damas is contributing 14.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg over the past seven games.

•  Freshman Deon Jones tied career highs with 15 pts vs. UNCW and 10 reb vs. VCU.

•  Towson has outrebounded its opponent in 5 straight games. The Tigers had a +7.3 rpg margin on the boards last week.

VCU

•  Have won 7 in a row and 15 of their last 17 after beating Hofstra (61-49), Towson (67-42) and Georgia State (59-58) last week.

•  The Rams allowed just 49.7 ppg last week. VCU is allowing just 55.5 ppg in CAA play.

•  Darius Theus averaged 7.9 assists last week and leads the CAA in assists (4.9 apg). He’s averaging 10.6 ppg over his last five games.

•  Troy Daniels had a team-high 15 pts and 8 reb at GSU. He made 10 three-pointers last week and has 60 treys for the season.

•  Juvonte Reddic posted double-doubles vs. HU (10pts/10reb) and GSU (11pts/10reb). In CAA play, Reddic is averaging 12.4 ppg and 7.8 rpg while shooting 51% from the floor.

•  Freshman Briante Weber leads the CAA with 2.4 spg and the nation in steals per minute.

•   The Rams made 30 steals last week and have 14 games with double-digit thefts. VCU ranks 4th in the nation with 10.0 spg.

William & Mary

•  Suffered losses to Drexel (64-48), JMU (59-47) and ODU (68-44) last week.

•  Tim Rusthoven scored 12 pts vs. Drexel and 10 pts vs. JMU. He’s averaging 10.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg over the last five games.

•  Quinn McDowell scored a team-high 15 pts at ODU. He ranks 6th on W&M’s all-time scoring list with 1,506 pts and became the 4th player in W&M history with 1,500 pts and 500 reb in a career.

•  Freshman Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 18 pts vs. Drexel. He’s reached double digits 13 times and is averaging 11.3 ppg in CAA play.

•  The Tribe averaged just 46.3 ppg in the 3 games last week.

•  Brandon Britt hit 8-of-9 at the FT line and scored a team-high 14 pts at JMU.

•   W&M had shot 78.3% (65-83) from the FT line over a 4-game stretch before going 4-for-11 in the loss at ODU.
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