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UNCW freshman Craig Ponder scored a career-high 26 points at Marshall.

CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Report - Dec. 3

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          Release: 12/03/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Marcus Thornton • William & Mary
So., G, 6-4, 185 - Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

Thornton averaged 22.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in William & Mary's two games last week. The sophomore guard scored a team-high 23 points and dished out four assists in the Tribe's 71-62 conference win over Old Dominion last Saturday and tallied a game-high 22 points and a season-best five rebounds in an 86-78 double-overtime loss at Richmond last Wednesday. Thornton, who was 9-of-17 from 3-point range last week, has scored double digits in nine straight games.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Craig Ponder • UNCW
Fr., G, 6-1, 185 - Bluefield, W.Va./Bluefield

Ponder scored a career-high 26 points in UNCW's narrow 61-58 setback at Marshall last Saturday. The freshman guard made 11-of-16 shots from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. He also had two rebounds and two steals. Ponder had scored just 23 points in UNCW's first six games combined before his breakout performance at Marshall.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

W&M Defeats ODU 71-62 In CAA Opener: William & Mary used a 14-2 run midway through the second half to pull away for a 71-62 victory over Old Dominion in the opening CAA game of the season last Saturday. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton hit 5-of-9 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 23 points to lead the Tribe, while juniors Brandon Britt and Tim Rusthoven each added 15 points. ODU got a team-high 17 points, six rebounds and five assists from freshman guard Keenan Palmore. No other teams will begin conference play until January 2.

UD's Hagins Grabs 23 Rebounds At Lafayette: Delaware senior center Jamelle Hagins grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds in the Blue Hens' 63-60 loss at Lafayette last Wednesday. The 23 rebounds, which are the most by an NCAA Division I player this season, tied the 4th-highest total in CAA history and were the most by a CAA player in a game since 2001 when ODU's Clifton Jones had 23 caroms versus UNCW. Hagins also became just the fifth player in UD history with more than 800 career rebounds (825). He scored a team-high 18 points at Lafayette to record his fifth double-double of the season and the 25th of his career.

Down To The Wire: Of the 79 non-conference games involving CAA teams this season, 34 of them (43%) have been decided by six points or less and six have gone to overtime. Six of George Mason's eight games have had margins of five points or less. Delaware and Drexel have each had four games with margins of six points or less, while three of Northeastern's four wins this season have come on shots in the final minute. Georgia State has won three games by two points or less and James Madison has been involved in two one-point decisions and a two-point contest.

Youth Movement: There are only five seniors among the top 28 scorers in the CAA through games of Dec. 2. 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 28 also includes 12 juniors, six sophomores and five freshmen.

Delaware's Hagins Ranked 3rd Nationally In Rebounding: Delaware senior center Jamelle Hagins is ranked third in the nation in rebounding with 12.5 rpg through games of Dec. 2. Hagins is one of three CAA players among the top 46 nationally in rebounding along with Towson's Jerrelle Benimon (26th/9.9 rpg) and UNCW's Keith Rendleman (46th/9.1 rpg). In other categories, Delaware junior Devon Saddler is 14th in scoring (21.6 ppg), Hagins is 27th in FG percentage (59.7%), Northeastern's Joel Smith is 29th in 3-pointers per game (3.0) and 47th in 3-point FG percentage (42.9%), Georgia State's James Vincent is 37th in blocked shots (2.4 bpg) and JMU's Alioune Diouff and Andre Nation are tied for 42nd in steals (2.4 spg).

W&M Ranked 16th In 3-Point Defense: William & Mary ranks 16th in the nation in 3-point FG percentage defense at 24.8% according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Dec. 2. In other team categories, Towson is 20th (+9.6 rpg) and Old Dominion is 30th (8.0 rpg) in rebound margin. George Mason is 41st in scoring defense (57.9 ppg) and 48th in FG% defense (37.9%). W&M is 30th in field goal percentage (47.7%), Drexel ranks 33rd in free throw percentage (75.8%), Towson is 25th (5.4 bpg) and Georgia State is 39th (5.0 bpg) in blocks, and James Madison is 43rd in steals (9.1 spg).

Injuries Taking A Toll: Numerous CAA teams have been hurt by injuries to key players early in the season. Here's a list of notable injuries to starters around the league and the number of missed games: Delaware (Jarvis Threatt - 3 games, Josh Brinkley - 2 games); Drexel (Chris Fouch - out for season, Damion Lee - 2 games); Hofstra (David Imes - 1 game); JMU (Andrey Semenov - 5 games, Ron Curry - 1 game); Northeastern (Jonathan Lee - 7 games); Towson (Marcus Damas - 1 game).


CAA Men's Basketball Championship Tickets Go On Sale: Tickets for the 2013 CAA Men's Basketball Championship are now on sale. 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

• Fell 63-60 at Lafayette last Wednesday and 88-50 at #2 Duke on Saturday. Have dropped five in a row, but three of the losses have been by five points or less.

• Junior Devon Saddler, who leads the CAA in scoring with 21.4 ppg, had 17 points at Lafayette and a team-high 23 points at Duke. Saddler has tallied double digits in 14 straight games and has scored 14 or more points in every game this season.

• Senior Jamelle Hagins leads the CAA in double-doubles (5) and rebounding (12.5 rpg) after scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing a career-high 23 rebounds at Lafayette. Hagins ranks 7th on the CAA's career blocks list (228).

• Guard Jarvis Threatt (10.4 ppg) has missed the past 3 games with an abdominal injury.Forward Josh Brinkley, who had missed 2 games with an ankle injury, contributed four points in 16 minutes at Duke.

Drexel

• Dropped a 75-66 decision to Rider at home last Saturday. Led by nine in the second half before the Broncs rallied.

• Sophomore guard Damion Lee scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds vs. Rider. Lee has scored 16 or more points in each of his last four games.

• Junior guard Frantz Massenat added 10 points and four assists vs. Rider. It was his fourth straight game in double digits. Massenat leads the CAA in assists (4.7 apg).

• Freshman Tavon Allen has scored double figures in three of his five collegiate games. He ranks third among all CAA freshmen in scoring with 10.6 ppg.

• Senior Derrick Thomas matched his season high with 13 points against Rider.

• 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

• Earned a 55-52 road victory at Rhode Island last Wednesday but lost 69-62 to Maryland on Sunday, ending a 3-game win streak.

• Junior Sherrod Wright scored a team-high 14 points at URI and 17 points vs. Maryland. Wright has been Mason's top scorer in 6 of 8 games and ranks 8th in the CAA in scoring (15.1 ppg) and FG% (49.2%).

• Freshman Patrick Holloway scored a career-best 17 points vs. Maryland. It was his third double-digit effort in eight games.

• Sophomore Erik Copes had eight points and a career-high 11 rebounds at URI.

• Mason is 17-1 at home under coach Paul Hewitt, including 2-0 this season.

• Mason tops the CAA in scoring defense (57.9 ppg) and FG% defense (37.9%).

• The Patriots turned the ball over a season-low nine times vs. Maryland.

Georgia State

• Rebounded from home losses to East Carolina (62-53) and Louisiana Tech (86-68) by rallying past Liberty (67-66) on Sunday.

• Junior Rashaad Richardson hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 3 seconds left at Liberty. It was Richardson's second game-winning shot in the past 10 days.

• Guard R.J. Hunter scored a team-high 23 points vs. La. Tech. Hunter tops all CAA freshmen in scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg). He's scored double figures in six of GSU's eight games.

• Junior Devonta White averaged 14.3 ppg last week, including 17 points at Liberty. He's scored double digits in 7 of 8 games and ranks 9th in the CAA with 15.0 ppg.

• Junior forward Manny Atkins had team-highs of 15 points and 8 rebounds against ECU and 17 points at LU. He's averaging 12.9 ppg and 6.3 rpg for the season.

• GSU already has 70 steals in 8 games after ranking 4th nationally (9.3 spg) last year.

Hofstra

• Fell 73-47 to SMU on Saturday. It was Hofstra's first home loss of the season after starting 3-0 at the Mack Sports Complex.

• Sophomore guard Taran Buie contributed 10 points and a career-high seven rebounds against SMU. The Penn State transfer has tallied double figures in five of six games.

• Senior guard Stevie Mejia scored a team-high 11 points vs. SMU and also had 3 assists and 3 steals. It was Mejia's fifth double-figure effort of the season.

• Junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni (5.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg), who missed both games last week for personal reasons, grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes against SMU.

• Senior guard Matt Grogan scored a career-high seven points against SMU.

• Four Hofstra players have been suspended from the University and the team - Shaquille Stokes, Jimmy Hall, Kentrell Washington and Dallas Anglin.

James Madison

• Lost 54-53 to George Washington last Wednesday, but defeated Winthrop 71-61 on Saturday.

• Freshman Andre Nation scored a team-high 19 points with 5 steals, 4 blocks and 4 rebounds vs. GW and added 9 points and 6 assists vs. Winthrop. Nation has scored double figures in four of his last six games.

• Senior Rayshawn Goins scored 20 or more points in JMU's first three games and netted a team-high 19 points vs. Winthrop. Goins has also grabbed at least seven rebounds in all seven contests.

• Senior Andrey Semenov scored 17 points in 19 minutes vs. Winthrop after missing the past five games with an injury.

• Senior guard Devon Moore had nine points and five assists vs. Winthrop. He's now 3rd in career assists (359) at JMU and needs 10 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

• Senior A.J. Davis has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team standards.

UNCW

• Lost 61-58 at Marshall last Saturday. UNCW is 3-0 at home this season, but 0-4 on the road.

• Freshman guard Craig Ponder scored a career-high 26 points at Marshall after scoring just 23 points in the first 6 games combined. He was 11-of-16 from the floor and hit 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

• Senior Keith Rendleman was held to nine points at Marshall, ending his 18-game double-figure scoring streak. Rendleman still ranks among the CAA's top five in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg).

• UNCW shot a season-high 46.4% from the floor at Marshall and had a season-low 14 turnovers. There were 16 lead changes and nine ties in the contest.

• Guard Chris Dixon scored a season-high eight points at Marshall. He was 4-of-6 from the floor and also grabbed four rebounds.

Northeastern

• Dropped a 76-73 decision to Maine on Wednesday.

• Senior Joel Smith scored a team-high 19 points vs. Maine. Smith has scored double figures in five straight games and is averaging 21.3 ppg over his past three contests.

• Smith, who ranks 3rd on NU's career 3-pointers list (181), has made at least one trey in 56 of his last 59 games.

• Sophomore Reggie Spencer posted his third career double-double vs. Maine with 16 points on 7-of-8 FG shooting and a team-high 10 rebounds. Spencer has grabbed at least five boards in all seven contests.

• Sophomore Quincy Ford contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds vs. Maine. Ford ranks among the top 15 in the CAA in scoring, rebounding and steals.

• Sophomore Demetrius Pollard scored a career-high 12 points vs. Maine and also made a team-high four steals.

Old Dominion

• Suffered a 71-62 loss at William & Mary in their CAA opener on Saturday. ODU has dropped five straight games.

• Freshman guard Keenan Palmore tallied a team-high 17 points, six rebounds and five assists at W&M. Palmore has scored at least nine points in five of ODU's seven games.

• ODU outrebounded its first six opponents this season before finishing 33-33 on the glass at W&M. The Monarchs rank 2nd in the CAA in rebound margin (+8.0 rpg).

• Junior Donte Hill (9.7 ppg) has scored double figures in four of ODU's seven games.

• Senior forward Nick Wright matched his season high with 12 points at W&M.

• Sophomore guard Dimitri Batten is averaging a team-best 10.4 ppg and has scored double figures three times.

Towson

• Dropped road games at Baltimore rivals Loyola (65-53) and UMBC (66-62) last week.

• Freshman guard Jerome Hairston scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed a career-high six rebounds at Loyola and followed with 14 points and 5 assists at UMBC.

• Junior Jerrelle Benimon posted his 3rd double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds at UMBC. He leads Towson in scoring (14.4 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg) and FG% (49.2%).

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

• The Tigers are outrebounding opponents by 9.6 rpg, which leads the CAA. Towson has beaten its last six opponents on the glass.

• Junior forward Marcus Damas, who is averaging 8.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg, missed the UMBC game due to an injury.

William & Mary

• Defeated ODU 71-62 in their CAA opener on Saturday after an 86-78 (2ot) loss at Richmond last Wednesday.

• Sophomore Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 22 points at UR and a team-best 23 points vs. ODU. He has scored double figures in nine straight games and ranks 2nd in the CAA in scoring with 19.0 ppg.

• Junior guard Brandon Britt contributed 14 points at UR and 15 vs. ODU. Britt has scored 13 or more points in 6 of 7 games.

• Junior Tim Rusthoven had 20 points and 9 rebounds at UR and chipped in 15 points vs. ODU. He's pulled down 9 boards in four of W&M's last five contests.

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

• Junior Kyle Gaillard tied a W&M school record by going 7-for-7 from the floor and scoring a season-best 16 points at UR.

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