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Guard Darius Theus led VCU to a pair of wins last week.

CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT - JAN. 23

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          Release: 01/23/2012
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CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
A.J. Davis • James Madison
Jr., G, 6-6, 210 - Columbus, Ohio/Harmony Comm./Wyoming

Davis averaged 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in JMU’s 1-1 week. The junior guard tallied 18 points and a career-high 8 rebounds in a 69-61 victory at UNCW and followed with 24 points, 8 rebounds and a career-high 7 assists in a 71-69 setback to Hofstra. For the week, Davis shot 56% from the floor. He dished out nine assists with just one turnover.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Darius Theus • VCU
Jr., G, 6-3, 200 - Portsmouth, Va./I.C. Norcom

Theus averaged 13.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in VCU’s 2-0 week. The junior guard scored 12 of his career-high 15 points in the second half of the Rams’ 61-48 victory over ODU and contributed 12 points in a 69-68 overtime triumph versus William & Mary, including the game-winning layup with 9.8 seconds to go. Theus was 5-for-5 and scored 15 points in the final five minutes of the two victories.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jarvis Threatt • Delaware
Fr., G, 6-2, 170 - Highland Springs, Va./Highland Springs

Threatt averaged 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in Delaware’s 1-1 week. The Blue Hens’ guard scored a UD freshman record 30 points with 6 rebounds and 3 steals in a 77-74 double OT win over Georgia State and had 4 points, 7 boards and 3 assists in a loss at George Mason. Threatt was 6-of-9 from 3-point range vs. GSU and hit 4 free throws in the game’s final 16 seconds.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

George Mason Atop Crowded CAA Standings: Six teams are within two games of first place in the CAA standings as the conference schedule hits the midway point on Monday night. George Mason sits atop the league at 7-1 after victories over Delaware and Towson last week. Drexel, Old Dominion and VCU are locked in a three-way tie for second at 6-2, while Northeastern and Georgia State are a game back at 5-3. There are only three matchups between the top six teams this week. Northeastern is at ODU on Monday, while Georgia State visits Drexel on Wednesday and then hosts VCU on Saturday.

Busy Week Ahead: For the second time in the month of January, all 12 teams will play three CAA games over a six-day period. Each team will play once at home and once on the road during the first two games of the stretch. The first three-game week came on Jan. 2-8.

Streaking: Several CAA teams have put together impressive win streaks. Drexel has won six in a row and 12 of its last 13. VCU is on a four-game win streak and has taken 12 of its last 14, while George Mason has claimed three straight games and eight of its last nine. Northeastern has won six of its last eight games, while Old Dominion has won five of its last seven. Despite a pair of losses last week, Georgia State is 13-3 over its last 16 games. Drexel has won 11 straight at home, while Georgia State has claimed nine in a row at home.

Road Teams Continue Early Success:
Home teams were just 7-5 last week, continuing an early-season trend of success by visiting squads. Through the first 48 conference contests, home teams are only 26-22 (.542). Old Dominion has a league-best 4-1 road record in CAA play, while George Mason and Northeastern are 3-1. Seven of the league’s 12 teams are .500 or better on the road in CAA play.

Close Finishes In Last Week’s Action: Six of the 12 CAA games last week were decided by six points or less, including two overtime games. Delaware outlasted Georgia State 77-74 in double overtime, while VCU edged William & Mary 69-68 in overtime.

CAA Defenses Among The Best In The Nation: The CAA features some of the top defensive teams in the nation. As of Jan. 23, three teams - Drexel (55.1 ppg/6th), Georgia State (58.2 ppg/16th) and VCU (59.5 ppg/23rd) were ranked among the nation’s top 25 in scoring defense, while GSU (37.5%/9th), George Mason (38.2%/15th) and Delaware (39.3%/33rd) were among the top 35 nationally in FG percentage defense. Drexel was 2nd nationally (26.0%) in 3-point FG% defense. In steals, VCU ranks 2nd in the nation (10.0 spg), GSU is 6th (9.8 spg) and Old Dominion is 8th (9.3 spg). VCU is also 3rd in Division I in turnover margin (+6.1 tpg) and tied for 4th in opposition turnover rate (27%).

More On The Defense: The defensive numbers posted by CAA teams have been even more impressive during conference play. As of Jan. 23, six teams were holding their opponents to under 61 points per game - Drexel (53.4 ppg), Georgia State (54.0 ppg), Old Dominion (56.2 ppg), VCU (57.8 ppg), Northeastern (60.4 ppg) and George Mason (60.9 ppg). Conversely, only George Mason is averaging 70.0 ppg offensively in conference play. Six teams are also limiting opponents to 40% FG shooting or less in CAA play - GSU (33.9%), Mason (37.4%), Drexel (37.9%), ODU (38%), Delaware (39.3%) and VCU (40%).

UNCW’s Smith Ranked 5th Among Freshmen Scorers: UNCW guard Adam Smith ranked fifth in scoring among all freshmen in Division I through games of Jan. 22. Smith, who is averaging 15.4 ppg, trailed Kyle Vinales of Central Connecticut (18.6 ppg), Juan’ya Green of Niagara (17.4 ppg), Tony Wroten of Washington (16.8 ppg) and Stephan Hicks of CS-Northridge. Smith has scored double figures in 14 of 18 UNCW games, including a UNCW freshman-record 32 points at Wake Forest, 27 points at Toledo and 23 points at Maryland.

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. 23, there are nine seniors among the league’s top 21 in scoring along with four sophomores and three 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. Five freshmen are among the CAA’s top 30 in scoring - UNCW’s Adam Smith, Drexel’s Damion Lee, W&M’s Marcus Thornton, NU’s Quincy Ford and UD’s Kyle Anderson. 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 15 in steals - VCU’s Briante Weber, and NU’s Ford. UNCW’s Cedrick Williams is ranked 17th in the league in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and Ford is 20th (5.3 rpg).

VCU Records 13th Straight Sellout: VCU played before its 13th consecutive sellout crowd at the Siegel Center on Saturday night against ODU. The streak is a CAA record and the Rams are averaging a league-best 7,625 fans this season. Old Dominion has played before eight crowds of better than 7,000 at the Constant Center this season, including a sellout crowd of 8,460 versus nationally ranked Missouri. Drexel has had sellout crowds for its past three home games, while Georgia State played before its largest home crowd since Dec. 2008 on Jan. 12 against UNCW. 

UD’s Hagins Ranks 5th Nationally In Rebounding: Delaware junior Jamelle Hagins ranked fifth in the nation in rebounding at 11.3 rpg according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Jan 22. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman was 9th in rebounds (10.8 rpg) and ODU’s Chris Cooper was 24th (10.0 rpg). In other statistical categories, Hofstra’s Mike Moore was 20th in scoring (19.6 ppg) and UD’s Devon Saddler was 32nd (18.6 ppg). GSU’s Eric Buckner was 11th in blocks (3.1 bpg), UD’s Hagins was 18th (2.8 bpg) and TU’s Robert Nwankwo was 19th (2.7 bpg). In steals, VCU’s Briante Weber was 12th (2.5 spg) and ODU’s Kent Bazemore was 20th (2.4 spg). A list of CAA players among national leaders can be found on Page 4 of this release.

Drexel’s Givens Nears Top 10 On CAA Career Rebounding List: Drexel senior forward Samme Givens moved up to 11th place on the CAA’s all-time rebounds list with 906. He is just three away from tying ODU’s Frank Hassell for 10th place. Givens led the CAA in rebounding a year ago and is averaging 6.8 rpg this season.

GSU’s Fields On Cousy Award Watch List: Georgia State senior guard James Fields is among the candidates for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Fields is contributing 9.9 ppg for the Panthers this season and has 54 assists with 35 turnovers.

Doubling Up: Thirteen CAA players have already recorded two or more double-doubles this season. Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins has a league-high 11 double-doubles, including seven that were recorded in consecutive games from Nov. 26-Dec. 19. ODU’s Chris Cooper has recorded 10 double-doubles and UNCW’s Keith Rendleman also has 10, including six in eight CAA games. Hagins ranks 8th nationally in double-doubles, while Cooper and Rendleman are tied for 10th. Mason’s Ryan Pearson and Towson’s Robert Nwankwo each have seven 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 130 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and is the VCU and CAA all-time record. With 13 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 1,460 points.

Delaware

•  Fell 89-63 at George Mason before ending a 3-game losing streak with a 77-74 double-overtime victory against Georgia State.

•  Freshman Jarvis Threatt set a UD freshman record by scoring 30 pts versus GSU. He was 10-15 from the floor, including 6-9 from 3-pt range, and hit 4 FT’s in the final 16 seconds.

•  Josh Brinkley scored 14 pts at Mason and is averaging 12.4 ppg and 8.2 rpg over his last five games.

•  Devon Saddler, who’s 2nd in the CAA in scoring (18.6 ppg), scored a team-high 21 pts at Mason and 17 vs. GSU. He has 17 double-digit efforts in the last 18 games with 7 20+-point outings. 

•  Jamelle Hagins had his 11th double-double in the last 15 games (12 pts/11 reb) vs. GSU. He leads the CAA with 11.3 rpg and is 11th in scoring (13.1 ppg). Hagins had a 7-game double-double streak from Nov. 26-Dec. 22.

•  UD ranks 3rd in the CAA in FG percentage defense (39.3%) and has held 12 of its past 13 opponents to less than 42% FG shooting.

Drexel

•  Won 56-50 at Hofstra and 71-53 over Northeastern last week. Have won six in a row and 12 of their last 13 games overall. Drexel has also captured 11 in a row at home.

•  Damion Lee scored double figures for the 4th straight game with 17 pts vs. NU. He’s averaging 15.8 ppg in the 4-game stretch.

•  Frantz Massenat averaged 10.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 5.5 apg last week, including his 1st career double-double (10pts/10reb) at Hofstra. He tops the CAA in 3-pt FG% (46.4%) and is averaging 12.3 ppg and 3.9 apg.

•  Samme Givens ranks 3rd on Drexel’s career rebounds list (906). He’s also scored double digits in 9 of his last 13 games and has gone over 1,000 pts (1,041) for his career.

•  Drexel has held its past 8 opponents to just 49.8 ppg. All have scored less than 60 pts.

•  Drexel shot a season-high 60% vs. NU and hit 9-of-14 (64.3%) from 3-point range.

•   Derrick Thomas was 5-for-5 on threes and scored a season-high 20 pts. vs. NU.

George Mason

•  Have won 8 of their last 9 after beating Delaware 89-63 and Towson 72-60 last week.

•  Ryan Pearson posted his 7th double-double (24 pts/10 reb) vs. UD. He’s scored double-digits in 18 of his last 21 games. Pearson is among the CAA’s top five in scoring (17.4ppg/3rd) and rebounding (8.3rpg/5th).

•  Mike Morrison had 17 pts vs. UD and has 6 double-figure efforts in the last 7 games.He’s averaging 12.3 ppg and 6.9 rpg over the 7 games while shooting 69.8% (37-53) from the floor.

•  Sherrod Wright scored a season-high 22 pts vs. Towson. Wright is averaging 15.0 ppg over the last 3 games off the bench.

•  Jonathan Arledge has also contributed off the bench, averaging 8.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg over the past three games.

•   Mason tops the CAA in FG% (47.4%) and is 2nd in FG% defense (38.2%). Mason has shot at least 45% from the floor in 15 of 20 games, including 54.4% in the UD win.

Georgia State

•  Fell 60-57 at Northeastern and 77-74 in 2ot at Delaware last week. All three of GSU’s CAA losses have been by 3 points or less.

•  GSU ranks in the top 20 nationlly in scoring defense (58.3ppg) and FG% defense (37.5%). They have limited their eight CAA foes to 54.0 ppg and 33.9% FG shooting.

•  Eric Buckner averaged 18.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg and 5.0 bpg last week. He leads the CAA with 59 blocks and has scored double figures in 9 of his last 11 games.

•  James Fields scored 12 points at NU. He’s hit double digits in 9 of his last 12 games and ranks 3rd in the CAA in steals (2.1 spg).

•  Devonta White averaged 12.0 ppg last week and has 13 double-figure efforts this season. He leads GSU with 12.7 ppg.

•  Brandon McGee moved into the starting lineup at UD and responded with his 1st double-double (12 pts/10 reb) of the year.

•   GSU has won 9 straight home games, which is the 2nd-longest streak in school history.

Hofstra

•  Lost 56-50 to Drexel but ended a 6-game slide with a 71-69 win at JMU. Stevie Mejia converted a 3-point play for the game-winning bucket with 6.1 seconds to go.

•  Mike Moore scored a team-high 13 pts vs. Drexel. Moore has a league-best 13 20+-point efforts this season and leads the CAA in scoring (19.6 ppg). He’s been Hofstra’s top scorer in 16 of 20 games.

•  Nathaniel Lester scored a team-high 23 pts vs. JMU and has reached double figures in 12 straight games. He’s averaging 18.2 ppg over his last 5 contests. Lester and Moore have combined for over 50% of Hofstra’s offense (678-of-1343 points) this season.

•  Dwan McMillan had 9 pts vs. Drexel and is tied for the CAA lead in assists (4.5 apg). His 90 assists are 51 more than any HU player.

•  David Imes scored 14 pts at JMU, which was his highest total since Dec. 29.

•   Six of the Pride’s seven CAA losses have been by a combined 25 points.

James Madison


•  Snapped a 5-game CAA losing streak with a 69-61 victory at UNCW, but were beaten 71-69 by Hofstra. Have lost 7 straight CAA home games dating back to last season.

•  Humpty Hitchens scored a career-high 27 pts at UNCW and added 14 pts vs. Hofstra, which was his 15th double-figure effort this season. He ranks 6th in the CAA in scoring and assists. He tops the CAA in 3’s per game (2.7) and is 3rd in 3-pt FG% (39.5%).

•  A.J. Davis averaged 21.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 4.5 apg last week. He’s averaging 18.0 ppg over his last 7 games. Davis began his JMU career with four straight 20-point games and has seven for the season.

•  Freshman Enoch Hood scored a career-high 14 pts at UNCW. He’s contributing 8.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg over his past 7 contests.

•  Julius Wells, who is the 3rd-leading active career scorer in the CAA with 1,414 points, has missed 7 straight games due to illness.

•  Freshman Arman Marks had career-highs of 14 pts and 5 steals against Hofstra.

UNCW

•  Lost 69-61 to JMU before snapping a 3-game losing streak with a 68-66 win at William & Mary.

•  Keith Rendleman posted double-doubles vs. JMU (12 pts/17 reb) and W&M (15 pts/11 reb) and has 10 for the season. He’s scored double digits in 16 of his last 17 games and ranks 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and 5th in scoring (15.8 ppg). He’s averaging 18.1 ppg and 12.3 rpg in CAA play.

•  Adam Smith added 12 pts at W&M. Smith, who has 14 double-digit efforts and four 20+ pt games, ranks 5th among all Div. I freshmen in scoring.

•  Donte Morales returned from injury last week and averaged 15.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg, including a season-high 16 pts at W&M.

•  UNCW shot a season-high 55.8% at W&M, including 64% in the second half.

•  Freshman Freddie Jackson averaged 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds last week, highlighted by a career-high 10 boards at W&M.

Northeastern

•  Beat Georgia State 60-57, but lost 71-53 at Drexel, ending a 4-game winning streak. Have won 6 of their last 8 overall.

•  Jonathan Lee averaged 17.5 ppg last week, including a team-high 19 pts and 7 assists vs. GSU. He has scored double digits in 27 of his last 30 games.

•  Lee ranks among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring (14.8ppg/8th), assists (3.7apg/4th) and steals (1.7spg/7th).

•  Freshman Quincy Ford had 14 pts vs. GSU and 10 pts and 5 steals at Drexel. He has 5 double-digit scoring efforts in the last 6 games and is 27th in the CAA in scoring, 20th in rebounding and 4th in steals.

•  Joel Smith has made a 3-pointer in 38 of the last 40 contests.

•  The Huskies are averaging just 11.8 turnovers over the past nine games.

•   Northeastern has held six of its last 10 opponents to 57 points or less and is giving up just 60.4 ppg in CAA play.

Old Dominion

•  Posted a 71-41 victory at Towson but lost 61-48 at VCU, ending a 4-game win streak. Have won 5 of their last 7 and are a league-best 4-1 in CAA road games.

•  Kent Bazemore scored a team-high 15 pts at VCU, which was his 10th double-figure effort in the last 11 games. He’s averaging 16.3 ppg in CAA play. Bazemore ranks 3rd on ODU’s career steals list with 223.

•  Chris Cooper, who has 10 double-doubles, averaged 12.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg last week. Cooper ranks 3rd in the CAA in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and is scoring 10.9 ppg.

•  Nick Wright scored 13 points on 5-of-7 FG shooting at Towson. It was his top scoring effort since Dec. 3.

•  ODU has grabbed 17 or more offensive boards in 7 of the last 10 games.

•  ODU is shooting 36.4% from 3-point range in CAA play, which ranks 2nd in the league.

•   ODU has tied a school record by playing in 5 overtime games this season.

Towson

•  Lost 71-41 to Old Dominion and 72-60 at George Mason last week.

•  Robert Nwankwo averaged 13.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg and 4.0 bpg last week. He has posted 3 straight double-doubles and has 7 for the season. Nwankwo is among CAA leaders in scoring (11.4ppg/23rd), rebounding (8.5rpg/4th) and blocks (2.7bpg/3rd).

•  Nwankwo has been Towson’s top rebounder in 16 of 20 games this season and ranks 6th on the Tigers’ career rebound list with 653.

•  Sophomore Marcus Damas had a team-high 19 pts and 7 reb at Mason. He’s tallied double digits in 10 of the last 14 games. Damas is 20th in the CAA in scoring (11.9 ppg) and 19th in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

•  Freshman Deon Jones had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists at Mason.

•  Towson outrebounded Mason 45-34, which was its 2nd-biggest reb margin this season.

•  Towson has 23 blocks in the past 3 games.

VCU

•  Have won 4 in a row and 12 of their last 14 after topping W&M 69-68 in OT and ODU 61-48 last week.

•  Juvonte Reddic had a career-high 28 pts, 6 reb and 6 steals vs. W&M. In CAA play, Reddic ranks among the top 12 in scoring (13.3ppg/12th), rebounding (8.0 rpg/6th), FG%, blocks and steals.

•  Darius Theus scored a career-high 15 pts vs. ODU and had 12 pts vs. W&M, includng a game-winning layup with 9.8 seconds left in OT. Theus leads the CAA in assists (4.5 apg).

•  Freshman Briante Weber leads the CAA with 2.5 spg and the nation in steals per minute.

•  The Rams have limited 14 of their 20 opponents to 65 points or less and are giving up just 57.8 ppg in CAA play.

•  The Rams forced 25 turnovers and made 15 steals vs. ODU, which was their 12th game with double-digit thefts. VCU ranks second in the nation with 10.0 spg and fourth in opponent turnover rate (27%).

William & Mary

•  Fell 69-68 in overtime at VCU and 68-66 to UNCW last week.

•  Tim Rusthoven posted his first two career double-doubles last week with 10 pts and a career-high 12 reb at VCU and a career-high 17 pts and 10 reb vs. UNCW.

•  Quinn McDowell scored a team-high 18 pts vs. UNCW and is averaging 16.0 ppg over the last nine games. He ranks 8th on W&M’s all-time scoring list with 1,477 pts and needs 23 more to become the 4th player in W&M history with 1,500 pts and 500 reb.

•  Freshman Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 22 pts at VCU. He’s reached double digits 12 times and is averaging 14.1 ppg since joining the starting lineup.

•  Guard Brandon Britt added 11 pts, all in the second half, at VCU. He’s scored double figures in 3 of the past 6 games.

•   W&M shot 78.6% (44-56) from the FT line last week. The Tribe leads the CAA at 73% from the stripe for the year.
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