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Delaware's Devon Saddler averaged 28.5 ppg last week.

CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Report - Nov. 26

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          Release: 11/26/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Devon Saddler • Delaware
Jr., G, 6-2, 205 - Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen

Saddler averaged 28.3 points while shooting 53.3% from the floor and 87.5% from the free throw line in Delaware's three games last week. The junior guard poured in a career-high 32 points in a 66-63 setback to Kansas State and scored a team-best 28 points against Pittsburgh in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. He also registered 25 points in an 80-75 loss at Temple. Saddler, who leads the CAA in scoring (22.2 ppg), also contributed 13 rebounds and nine assists over the three games.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
R.J. Hunter • Georgia State
Fr., G, 6-5, 175 - Indianapolis, Ind./Pike

Hunter averaged 15.3 points and 4.7 rebounds as Georgia State went 3-0 in the subregional of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The freshman guard scored a career-high 25 points in a 75-73 win over South Alabama and contributed 14 points in a 62-49 win over Monmouth. Hunter also added seven assists, four blocks and eight steals in the three contests.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

Northeastern Reaches Great Alaska Shootout Title Game: Northeastern reached the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout but fell 67-59 to Charlotte. The Huskies posted wins over UC Riverside and unbeaten Belmont to get to the title game. Senior guard Joel Smith scored a team-high 26 points against Belmont and followed with a team-best 19 points against Charlotte. Freshman David Walker added a career-high 13 points versus the 49ers and nailed a three-pointer with 58 seconds remaining to give the Huskies' their first lead in the victory over Belmont.

Georgia State Rebounds With 3-0 Week: After starting the season with road losses at nationally ranked Duke and BYU, Georgia State rebounded with three straight wins in the subregional of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Panthers topped Monmouth 62-49, defeated Tennessee State 59-57 when Rashaad Richardson made a halfcourt 3-pointer at the buzzer and edged South Alabama 75-73 behind 26 points from Virginia Tech transfer Manny Atkins and a career-best 25 points from freshman R.J. Hunter. Guard Devonta White scored 16 points vs. Monmouth and 19 points against TSU.

Down To The Wire: Of the 63 games involving CAA teams this season, 27 of them (42.9%) have been decided by six points or less, including five in overtime. Five of George Mason's six games have had margins of five points or less. Drexel has had four games decided by a total of 12 points, including two overtime contests. Three of Northeastern's four wins this season have come on shots in the final minute.

Youth Movement: There are only five seniors among the top 27 scorers in the CAA through games of Nov. 25. Three of those seniors (UNCW's Keith Rendleman, JMU's Rayshawn Goins and NU's Joel Smith) are among the top five in scoring. The top 27 also includes 13 juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen.

ODU Visits W&M In CAA Opener On Saturday: The first conference game of the 2012-13 season takes place on Saturday night as William & Mary hosts Old Dominion. No other teams will begin league play until January 2.

Drexel Loses Fouch For Season: Drexel senior guard Chris Fouch suffered a fractured ankle in the Dragons' game at Penn on Nov. 17 and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Fouch, who is the leading active scorer in the CAA with 1,194 points, ranks seventh on Drexel's career three-pointers list with 203. He was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2009-10 and was a third-team All-CAA selection in 2010-11. Fouch was leading Drexel in scoring this season with 16.7 ppg and had made 12-of-25 three-pointers over three games.

All-Tournament Team Honors: A number of CAA players were selected to all-tournament teams at various tournaments last week. Delaware's Devon Saddler made the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament squad, while Northeastern's Joel Smith and Quincy Ford made the team at the Great Alaska Shootout. JMU's Rayshawn Goins (Legends Classic), George Mason's Sherrod Wright (Paradise Jam) and Towson's Jerrelle Benimon, Bilal Dixon and Marcus Damas (Comfort Suites Invitational) were also honored on all-tournament teams.

CAA Men's Basketball Championship Tickets Go On Sale: Tickets for the 2013 CAA Men's Basketball Championship will go on sale at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 30. The three-day event will be held March 9-11 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. Reserved ticket books for all six games are $50 and individual session tickets are $28. Tickets can be purchased at the box offices of CAA schools and the Richmond Coliseum, or by contacting TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

DELAWARE

• Lost 66-63 to Kansas State and 85-59 to Pittsburgh in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament and fell 80-75 at Temple on Sunday.

• Junior Devon Saddler averaged 28.3 ppg last week while shooting 53.3% from the floor. He matched his career high with 32 points vs. KSU and followed with 28 points against Pitt and 25 points at Temple. Saddler has scored double digits in 12 straight games.

• Senior Jamelle Hagins leads the CAA in double-doubles (4) and rebounding (11.8 rpg) after tallying a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds at Temple and 12 points and 15 rebounds vs. KSU. Hagins is also tied for 7th on the CAA's career blocks list (223).

• Guard Jarvis Threatt (10.4 ppg) missed the Temple game with an abdominal injury and forward Josh Brinkley (9.0 ppg) has missed the past 2 games with an ankle injury.

• Delaware shot 56.9% from the floor at Temple, which was its best shooting percentage since Dec. 1, 2009.

DREXEL

• Went 1-2 in the DirecTV Classic last week. Defeated Rice 55-47 after losing 76-64 to St. Mary's and 69-65 to Xavier.

• Junior guard Frantz Massenat averaged 18.3 ppg and 3.3 apg in the tournament while shooting 55.2% from the floor and 46.7% (7-15) from 3-point range. Massenat scored 17 or more points in all three games.

• Freshman Tavon Allen contributed 16 points against SMC and scored 13 points in 17 minutes vs. Xavier. Allen has scored double figures in three of his four collegiate games.

• Sophomore guard Damion Lee returned after missing two games due to injury and scored a team-high 19 points vs. Xavier and 16 points in the win over Rice.

• Senior Chris Fouch, who was averaging 16.7 ppg and was 12-of-25 from 3-point range, suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Fouch ranks 7th on Drexel's all-time treys list (203).

GEORGE MASON

• Placed 3rd in the Paradise Jam after wins over Mercer (52-49) and Quinnipiac (74-58) and a last-second 70-69 loss to New Mexico. Edged Boston Univ.48-45 on Saturday.

• Junior Sherrod Wright was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team after averaging 16.7 ppg, including a team-high 22 points against New Mexico. He had 9 points and 9 rebounds in the win over BU.

• Junior forward Johnny Williams scored a team-high 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds vs. BU. Williams is averaging 10.2 ppg and a team-best 6.2 rpg for the season.

• Senior Bryon Allen hit a game-winning layup with 0.2 seconds left against BU. He finished with seven points and five assists. Allen has 20 assists and only 8 turnovers this season.

• Mason improved to 17-1 at home under coach Paul Hewitt with the BU victory.

• Mason tops the CAA in scoring defense (57.0 ppg) and is 2nd in FG% def. (37.5%).

GEORGIA STATE

• Went 3-0 in the subregional of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, defeating Monmouth 62-49, Tennessee State 59-57 and South Alabama 75-73.

• Junior Devonta White averaged 14.7 ppg last week while shooting 51.9% from the floor and 6-of-11 from three. White, who scored a team-high 19 pts vs. TSU, has scored double digits in 4 of 5 games.

• Freshman guard R.J. Hunter averaged 15.3 ppg last week, including a career-high 26 points vs. South Alabama. He's scored double figures in four of GSU's five games.

• Junior forward Manny Atkins had a career-high 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the South Alabama victory.

• Junior Rashaad Richardson made a game-winning 3-pointer from halfcourt at the buzzer against TSU.

• Senior center James Vincent tied a school record with nine blocked shots against Monmouth and leads the CAA with 3.2 bpg.

HOFSTRA

• Dropped road games at Manhattan (67-56) and George Washington (80-56) last week. Hofstra is 3-0 at home and 0-4 on the road.

• Sophomore guard Taran Buie scored a season-high 22 points at Manhattan and a team-best 15 points at GW. The Penn State transfer has tallied double figures in four of his five games.

• Freshman Jimmy Hall posted his third double-double (12 pts/10 reb) of the season at Manhattan and contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds at GW. Hall is averaging 12.7 ppg and 9.4 rpg for the season.

• Senior David Imes tallied six points and nine rebounds at Manhattan, but sat out the game at GW due to illness.

• Junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni (5.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg) missed both games last week for personal reasons.

• Hofstra has been balanced offensively with four players averaging between 10.0 and 14.4 points per game.

JAMES MADISON

• Went 1-2 in the subregional of the Legends Classic, beating Youngstown St. 69-68 but losing to Duquesne (90-88 ot) and North Dakota St. (66-44). Also fell 76-58 at Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

• Senior Rayshawn Goins made the Legends Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 15.3 ppg and 9.7 rpg for the three games. He recorded a double-double with team-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds vs Duquesne and scored 21 points vs. YSU.

• Senior Alioune Diouff scored 14 points vs. Duquesne and topped it with 15 points vs. YSU. Diouff had only scored double digits once in his career prior to the tournament.

• Freshman Andre Nation averaged 11.8 ppg last week, including a career-high 19 points off the bench at Duquesne.

• Devon Moore was 6-of-7 from the floor and scored a season-high 17 points at Miami. He's fifth in career assists (349) at JMU.

• Freshman Charles Cooke hit two game-winning FT's with 8 seconds left vs. YSU.

UNCW

• Rebounded from a loss at Purdue (66-40) by beating Wofford (49-37) and Hampton (61-60) at home. UNCW is 3-0 at home this season and 0-3 on the road.

• Senior Keith Rendleman averaged 17.6 ppg and 10.0 rpg last week, including season-highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds vs. Hampton. Rendleman has tallied double figures in 18 consecutive games.

• Sophomore Cedrick Williams posted his 2nd double-double of the year vs. Wofford with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

• UNCW limited Wofford to 37 points, which is the fewest under coach Buzz Peterson. The Seahawks limited Wofford to 29.4% FG shooting and forced 16 turnovers.

• Junior Tanner Milson averaged 10.0 ppg last week, including 13 points at Purdue.

• Sophomore Freddie Jackson scored a season-high 12 points and made three steals in the win over Hampton.

NORTHEASTERN

• Defeated UC Riverside (61-52) and unbeaten Belmont (74-71) in the Great Alaska Shootout before falling 67-59 to Charlotte in the championship game.

• Senior Joel Smith earned All-Tournament honors after averaging 18.7 ppg. He hit 6-of-9 threes and scored a season-high 26 points vs Belmont along with 6 reb. and 5 assists.

• Sophomore Quincy Ford scored a team-high 14 points with five rebounds in the UCR win and added 11 points vs. Belmont. He also made the All-Tournament team.

• Freshman David Walker was 3-for-3 on threes and scored a career-high 13 points vs. Charlotte. He also hit a trey with 58 seconds left to give NU the lead vs. Belmont.

• Sophomore forward Reggie Spencer has grabbed 5+ rebounds in all six games and has scored double digits in four of them.

• Freshman Zach Stahl scored a career-best 13 points on 4-of-5 FG shooting in the victory over Belmont.

OLD DOMINION

• Fell 76-71 to VMI last Wednesday and 79-72 at Murray State on Saturday.

• Sophomore guard Dimitri Batten scored a career-high 21 points in 22 minutes vs. VMI. Batten was 7-of-14 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range.

• ODU, which has been one of the top rebounding teams in the nation for the past several years, has outrebounded all six opponents and is +9.3 in rebound margin.

• Junior Donte Hill scored a season-high 13 points vs. VMI and then topped it with a team-best 16 points at MSU. Hill has scored double figures in 4 of ODU's 6 games.

• Senior DeShawn Painter recorded a double-double at Murray State with 13 points and a season-high 11 rebounds.

• Freshman Deion Clark scored nine points vs. VMI and then tallied a career-high 12 points on 5-of-6 FG shooting at Murray State.

TOWSON

• Defeated Cincinnati Christian (79-50) last Monday to complete a 3-1 performance in the Comfort Suites Invitational.

• Towson's 3-2 start to the season is its best since 2008-09. Five of the Tigers' top six scorers are newcomers.

• Junior Jerrelle Benimon leads Towson and is among the top six in the CAA in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (9.8 rpg) and FG% (54.2%). He has posted a pair of double-doubles in the first five games.

• Towson has scored at least 69 points in its last four games after failing to score more than 69 points in any game last year.

• The Tigers are outrebounding opponents by 11.6 rpg, which leads the CAA.

• Senior Bilal Dixon recorded his second double-double of the season vs. Cincinnati Christian (10 pts/11 reb). Dixon ranks 7th in the CAA in rebounding (7.8 rpg).

WILLIAM & MARY

• Lost 72-59 to Miami (Ohio) and 63-57 at Wake Forest last week after starting 3-0 for the first time since 1992-93.

• Junior guard Brandon Britt scored a team-high 17 points vs. Miami. Britt has scored 13 or more points in 4 of 5 games this year.

• Sophomore Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 17 points at WFU and 15 points vs. Miami. He has scored double figures in seven straight games.

• Junior Tim Rusthoven nearly had a double-double at WFU with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds. He's pulled down 9 boards in each of W&M's last three games.

• Thornton, Britt and Rusthoven are ranked among the top 11 in the CAA in scoring and are accounting for nearly 70% of the Tribe's points this season.

• Junior Kyle Gaillard scored a season-best 12 points in the 2nd half against Miami (Ohio).

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