CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Honors - Dec. 30
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Willis Hall • College of Charleston
Sr., F, 6-6, 235 - Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian
Hall posted his third double-double of the season with team-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds as the College of Charleston rolled past city rival The Citadel 72-48 on Sunday. The senior forward was 7-for-11 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, and also contributed two assists and two steals. Hall, who averaged 12.0 ppg and 10.8 rpg in the month of December, has led CofC in scoring in four straight games and has been the Cougars’ top rebounder in six consecutive contests.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jamall Robinson • Hofstra
Fr., G/F, 6-5, 210 - Cheltenham, Md./Paul VI
Robinson averaged 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in Hofstra’s two games last week. The freshman guard scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 FG shooting and grabbed four rebounds at Siena last Monday and followed with eight points and four boards against George Washington on Saturday. Robinson has started all 11 games for the Pride this season and is averaging 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per outing.
CONFERENCE PLAY STARTS ON SATURDAY: Conference play in the CAA starts on Saturday night as defending champion James Madison travels to UNCW. The Dukes will stay on the road and face College of Charleston on Tuesday, January 7 in the Cougars’ inaugural CAA contest. There are three more league games on Wednesday, January 8 as UNCW visits Northeastern, William & Mary entertains Drexel and Hofstra is at Delaware. Preseason favorite Towson is the final team to open CAA play on January 11. Each team will play a 16-game conference schedule with home and away games against all eight league foes.
CAA RANKED 16TH IN LATEST RPI RATINGS: The CAA was ranked 16th among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI ratings released by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) on Dec. 30. Drexel was the highest ranked CAA team at #83, followed by Delaware at #121 and Towson at #169. Northeastern has faced the 32nd-toughest non-conference schedule in the nation. A complete listing can be found on Page 5 of the release.
TOWSON TOUGH AT HOME: Towson is a perfect 7-0 at home this season and its 11-game home court winning streak is tied for the 24th-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.
CHARLESTON WINS 500TH GAME: College of Charleston recorded its 500th victory since becoming a Division I program in 1991-92 with a 72-48 triumph over The Citadel on Sunday. The Cougars have an impressive 500-192 record at the Division I level.
THORNTON’S DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK ENDS AT 42: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton saw his streak of scoring double figures end at 42 games after being held to nine points in a loss at West Virginia on Sunday. The streak, which was the fourth-longest in W&M history, dated back to his freshman year. Thornton reached double digits in all 30 contests in 2012-13 and he leads the CAA in scoring this season with 18.4 ppg.
NU’S EATHERTON LEADS NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton was tied for the national lead in double-doubles with nine according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Dec. 30. Eatherton was also 13th in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and 26th in FG percentage (59.2%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranked 25th in Division I in assists (5.8 apg) and 24th in steals (2.3 spg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson was 16th in 3-pointers per game (3.3) and 7th in 3-point FG% (51.3%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon was 6th in double-doubles (7) and 8th in rebounding (10.4 rpg). W&M’s Marcus Thornton was 51st in 3-pointers per game (2.7) In FG percentage, W&M’s Tim Rusthoven was 35th at 57.9%. NU’s David Walker ranked 48th in steals with 2.1 spg.
TRANSFERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Several transfers continue to make a big impact in the CAA. Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw (Illinois State) ranks third in the CAA in scoring with 17.9 ppg. Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks fourth in the CAA in scoring (17.8 ppg) and 12th in rebounding (6.6 rpg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 10 in scoring (17.0 ppg/7th), rebounding (10.1 rpg/2nd) and FG percentage (59.2%/1st). Towson’s Four McGlynn (Vermont) ranks second in the CAA in 3-point FG percentage (44.1%) and third in 3’s per game (2.3). UNCW’s Ben Eblen (Alabama) is fourth in the CAA in assists (3.7 apg) and second in assist/TO ratio.
CLEANING THE GLASS: Six of the nine CAA teams are out-rebounding their opponents this season. Towson is a league-best +8.3 rpg on the glass, followed by College of Charleston (+4.8 rpg) and Hofstra (+3.9 rpg). The Tigers are 18th nationally in rebound margin.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: Drexel is averaging only 9.1 turnovers per game this season, which ranks fourth in Division I. The Dragons have committed nine or fewer turnovers in their last five games and haven’t turned the ball over more than 14 times in any of their 12 contests. Drexel had only five turnovers in a narrow loss to #1 Arizona on Nov. 27.
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