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CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT - FEB. 6

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          Release: 02/06/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jamelle Hagins • Delaware
Jr., F, 6-9, 240 - Roanoke, Va./William Fleming

Hagins averaged 18.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in Delaware’s 2-0 week. The junior forward tallied a career-high 23 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks in an 85-80 victory at JMU and had 13 points and nine boards in a 65-60 win over first-place George Mason. Hagins, who has 12 double-doubles this season, shot 57.1% from the floor for the week.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kyle Anderson • Delaware
Fr., G, 6-2, 185 - Newark, Ill./Newark

Anderson averaged 17.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in Delaware’s two wins last week. The freshman guard scored a career-high 21 points in a 65-60 victory over George Mason and added 13 points in an 85-80 triumph at JMU. For the week, Anderson shot 57.1% from the floor, including 8-of-11 from 3-point range. He leads the Blue Hens with 52 treys for the season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Marcus Thornton • William & Mary
Fr., G, 6-4, 170 - Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

Thornton averaged 18.0 points in William & Mary’s two games last week. The guard turned in the 6th-best freshman scoring effort in school history with a career-best 28 points versus VCU. He was 10-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three, in the contest. Thornton, who added 8 points at UNCW, shot 54.5% from the floor and 66.7% from three for the week.

CONFERENCE NOTES

Tight Race Continues Atop CAA Standings: The CAA and Big 12 are the only conferences in the nation with three-team ties for first place as of Feb. 6. Drexel, George Mason, and VCU sit atop the CAA with 11-2 league marks with five conference games remaining, while Old Dominion is just a game back at 10-3. Drexel picked up road victories at Northeastern and Towson last week and has won 11 straight CAA games after an 0-2 start. VCU topped William & Mary and Northeastern last week and has gone 9-0 in CAA play since dropping consecutive games in early January. Mason rebounded from a road loss at Delaware by edging ODU 54-50 on Saturday and improved to 25-2 in its last 27 CAA contests. ODU beat JMU before having its four-game win streak snapped at Mason. The only head-to-head matchup between the top four teams this week takes place Saturday as VCU travels to ODU.

Streaking: The top four teams in the CAA standings are all playing well. Drexel has won 11 in a row and 17 of its last 18 overall as well as 13 straight at home. VCU is on a nine-game win streak and has captured 17 of its last 19. George Mason had its six-game winning streak snapped at Delaware last Wednesday, but has won 12 of its last 14. Old Dominion has won eight of its last 10. Drexel’s win streak is the 5th-longest in the nation currently and the best for the Dragons since 2005-06. VCU’s streak is the 9th-longest in the nation.

Piling Up The Wins: The CAA and the Mountain West are the only two conferences to have three teams with 19 or more wins this season through games of Feb. 5. VCU (20), Drexel (19) and George Mason (19) have hit the mark in the CAA, while UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico have reached it in the MWC.

ODU’s Cooper Grabs 22 Rebounds: Old Dominion senior Chris Cooper grabbed 22 rebounds in the Monarchs’ 80-71 win over James Madison last Thursday, setting a Constant Center record. The 22 boards matches the 6th-highest total in CAA history and was the most by a CAA player in a game since 2001. The total is also tied for the second-most by a Division I player this season, trailing only UAB’s Cameron Moore (24). Cooper leads the league with 16 double-digit rebounding games this season. He also has 14 double-doubles, which is tied for the most in the conference with UNCW’s Keith Rendleman.

Freshmen Turn In Impressive Performances: In a season where freshmen have made a major impact in the CAA, three turned in career-best scoring performances last Wednesday. William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton hit 10-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, and scored 28 points in an 87-78 setback to VCU. Drexel guard Damion Lee contributed 25 points and a team-high eight rebounds in a 61-53 road win at Northeastern. Delaware guard Kyle Anderson was 8-of-11 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from three, and scored 21 points in a 65-60 victory over George Mason. On Saturday, UNCW guard Adam Smith scored a team-high 25 points in an 81-68 win over W&M and Towson’s Kris Walden dished out a career-best 10 assists in a narrow 65-57 loss to first-place Drexel.

VCU, Drexel Receive Votes In Coaches’ Poll: VCU earned two points and Drexel received one point in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll. The Dragons are 19-5 overall and have won 11 in a row, while the Rams are 20-5 and have won nine in a row.

Road Teams Go 6-6 Last Week: Road teams went 6-6 last week, continuing a trend of success by visiting squads this season. Through the first 78 conference contests, home teams are only 45-33 (.577). VCU has a league-best 5-1 road record in CAA play, while Drexel and Old Dominion are 5-2. George Mason is 4-2 and Northeastern is 3-3.

Drexel’s Massenat Extends Free Throw Streak: Drexel sophomore Frantz Massenat was 21-of-21 at the free throw line last week and has now made 33 in a row from the charity stripe, which is tied for the 6th-longest streak in CAA history and is one short of the Drexel record. The CAA consecutive FT record is 45, set by VCU’s Willie Taylor in 2001-02.

GSU’s Buckner Sets Blocked Shots Record: Georgia State senior Eric Buckner became the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 129, despite playing less than two seasons with the Panthers. Buckner leads the CAA and ranks 7th nationally this season with 80 rejections, which is just one away from the GSU single-season mark.

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. Other matchups involving CAA teams on Feb. 18 include: Hampton at Delaware, UT-San Antonio at Georgia State, Siena at Hofstra, James Madison at Detroit, UNCW at Manhattan, Stony Brook at Northeastern, Towson at New Hampshire and William & Mary at VMI.

CAA Defenses Among The Best In The Nation: The CAA features some of the top defensive teams in the nation. As of Feb. 6, four teams - Drexel (54.4 ppg/5th), Georgia State (57.8 ppg/10th), VCU (59.0 ppg/17th) and Old Dominion (60.3 ppg/28th) were ranked among the nation’s top 30 in scoring defense, while GSU (37.5%/6th), George Mason (38.6%/15th), Drexel (39.1%/22nd) and Delaware (39.6%/32nd) were among the top 35 nationally in FG percentage defense. Drexel leads the nation (25.9%) in 3-point FG% defense and UNCW is 20th (29.3%). In steals, VCU ranks 4th in the nation (9.9 spg), GSU is 5th (9.6 spg) and ODU is 7th (9.4 spg). VCU is also 4th in Division I in turnover margin (+5.4 tpg) and GSU is 19th (+3.7 tpg), while the Rams are 8th in opposition turnover rate (25%).

More On The Defense: The defensive numbers posted by CAA teams have been even more impressive during conference play. As of Feb. 6, four teams were holding their opponents to under 58 points per game - Drexel (52.8 ppg), Georgia State (54.8 ppg), Old Dominion (55.7 ppg) and VCU (57.3 ppg). Conversely, no CAA teams are averaging more than 68.2 ppg offensively in conference play. Six teams are also limiting opponents to 40% FG shooting or less in CAA play - GSU (35.4%), Drexel (37.3%), ODU (37.4%), Mason (38.4%), VCU (39.5%) 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 Feb. 6, 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 UNCW’s Freddie Jackson - and two are in the top 10 in steals - VCU’s Briante Weber, and NU’s Ford. UNCW’s Cedrick Williams is 20th in the league in rebounding (5.1 rpg).

VCU Posts 15th Straight Sellout: VCU played before its 15th consecutive sellout crowd at the Siegel Center last Saturday against Northeastern. The streak is a CAA record and the Rams are averaging a league-best 7,623 fans this season. Old Dominion has played before 11 crowds of better than 7,000 at the Constant Center this season, including sellout crowds of 8,460 for its past two games with W&M and JMU, and is averaging 7,586 fans. Drexel has had sellout crowds for four of its past five home games.George Mason played before a sellout crowd of 9,840 against ODU last Saturday and Georgia State played before its largest home crowd since Dec. 2008 on Jan. 12 against UNCW.
 
UNCW’s Rendleman Ranks 7th Nationally In Rebounding: UNCW junior Keith Rendleman ranks 7th in the nation in rebounding at 11.0 rpg according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Feb. 5. Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins is 9th in rebounds (10.9 rpg) and ODU’s Chris Cooper is 15th (10.5 rpg). In other statistical categories, Hofstra’s Mike Moore is 23rd in scoring (19.4 ppg) and UD’s Devon Saddler is 27th (18.8 ppg). GSU’s Eric Buckner is 7th in blocks (3.3 bpg), UD’s Hagins is 14th (2.9 bpg) and TU’s Robert Nwankwo is 18th (2.7 bpg). VCU’s Briante Weber is 14th nationally in steals (2.4 spg). A list of CAA players among national leaders can be found on Page 4 of this release.

Three Players Moving Up CAA Career Lists: Drexel senior Samme Givens moved up to 9th place on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list last Saturday. With 946 boards, he needs just 54 more to become the sixth player in CAA history to reach 1,000 career rebounds. ODU senior Kent Bazemore moved into 7th place on the CAA’s career steals list with 229, passing UNCW’s John Goldsberry. He needs three more to move into a tie for 6th place. Towson senior Robert Nwankwo moved up to 8th on the CAA’s all-time blocked shots list with 213 on Saturday and is just six away from the #7 spot.

Doubling Up: Fifteen CAA players have recorded two or more double-doubles this season. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman has 14 double-doubles, including 10 in 13 CAA games, and ODU’s Chris Cooper also has posted 14 double-doubles. Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins has 12 double-doubles, including seven that were recorded in consecutive games from Nov. 26-Dec. 19. Rendleman, Cooper and Hagins rank in the top 15 nationally in double-doubles. Mason’s Ryan Pearson and Towson’s Robert Nwankwo both have 10 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 135 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and is the VCU and CAA all-time record. With eight more starts, Burgess would pass Patrick Ewing’s record of 142 straight starts at Georgetown. Burgess ranks third on the CAA’s career scoring list among active players with 1,505 points.

Delaware

•  Moved over the .500 mark in CAA play after 13 games for just the 4th time in 11 years with wins against George Mason (65-60) and JMU (85-80) last week.

•  Freshman Kyle Anderson averaged 17.0 ppg last week and hit 8-of-11 threes. He scored a career-high 21 pts vs. Mason and 13 at JMU. Leads the team with 52 treys.

•  Jamelle Hagins had a career-high 23 pts and 18 reb at JMU. He has 12 double-doubles in the last 20 games. He’s 2nd in the CAA with 10.9 rpg and is 11th in scoring (13.2 ppg).

•  Devon Saddler, who’s 2nd in the CAA in scoring (18.8 ppg), netted 22 pts at JMU. He has 22 double-digit efforts in the last 23 games with 10 20+-point outings. 

•  Freshman Jarvis Threatt scored 14 points off the bench at JMU and is averaging 13.2 ppg over his last six contests.

•  UD shot 46.2% from the floor last week, including 14-of-28 on threes. The 85 pts vs. JMU were the most in a CAA game since Jan. 19, 2006.

Drexel

•  Picked up road victories at Northeastern (61-53) and Towson (65-57) last week. Have won 11 in a row and 17 of their last 18. Drexel also has a 13-game home win streak.

•  Frantz Massenat had a career-high 25 pts and 6 assists at Towson. He tops the CAA in 3-pt FG% (47.1%) and is averaging a team-high 13.0 ppg and 4.3 apg for the season. He has also hit 33 consecutive free throws.

•  Freshman Damion Lee scored a career-high 25 pts and grabbed 8 reb at NU. Lee has 6 double-digit efforts in the last 9 games.

•  Samme Givens ranks 3rd on Drexel’s career rebounds list (946) and 9th on the CAA list. He’s scored double digits in 11 of his last 18 games and has 1,095 career points.

•  Drexel has held its past 13 opponents to just 50.5 ppg. All have scored less than 60 pts.

•  Drexel is shooting 47.2% from the floor and 43.9% from three over the past 6 games. The Dragons are also shooting 80.7% from the FT line over the past 5 contests.

George Mason

•  Fell 65-60 at Delaware but rebounded with a 54-50 victory over ODU. Mason has won 16 straight CAA games at home.

•  Ryan Pearson had 25 pts and 8 reb at UD and posted his 10th double-double vs. ODU (17 pts/10reb). He’s scored double digits in 22 of his last 26 games. Pearson is among the CAA’s top five in scoring (17.8ppg/3rd) and rebounding (8.8rpg/5th).

•  Sherrod Wright scored 12 points off the bench at Delaware. He’s tallied double figures in 4 of his last 8 games.

•  Mike Morrison scored 11 points at UD and followed with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals in the win over ODU.

•  Freshman Erik Copes contributed 7 pts and 5 reb in 20 minutes off the bench vs. ODU.

•  Mason tops the CAA in FG% (45.4%) 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 8 of the last 11 games.

Georgia State

•  Moved into 5th place with road wins at UNCW (68-53) and Hofstra (59-43) last week. Four of GSU’s five CAA losses this season have been by three points or less.

•  GSU ranks in the top 10 nationlly in scoring defense (57.8 ppg) and FG% defense (37.6%). They have limited their CAA foes to 54.8 ppg and 35.4% FG shooting.

•  Eric Buckner averaged 14.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 4.0 bpg last week. He has a CAA-best 80 blocks this season and became GSU’s career blocks leader (129) in less than 2 seasons.

•  Jihad Ali averaged 15.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg last week. He has 17 double-digit games this year and is scoring 16.3ppg in his last 4 gms.

•  GSU has clinched its first winning season since 2003-04 and its 8 CAA victories are tied for the most ever.

•  Devonta White scored 15 points at Hofstra, which was his top effort since Jan. 2.

•   Rashaad Richardson scored 22 pts last week after scoring only 21 pts in the past 12 gms.

Hofstra

•  Beat Towson 74-49 for their first home CAA win of the season but lost 59-43 to GSU.

•  Mike Moore scored a team-high 28 pts vs. Towson and added 13 vs. GSU. Moore has a league-best 14 20+-point efforts and leads the CAA in scoring (19.4 ppg). He’s been Hofstra’s top scorer in 20 of 25 games.

•  Nathaniel Lester averaged 16.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg last week and went over 1,000 points for his career. He’s averaging 15.4 ppg over his last 10 games. Lester and Moore have combined for over 51% of Hofstra’s offense (834-of-1610 points) this season.

•  Dwan McMillan had 6 assists vs. Towson and GSU. He ranks 2nd in the CAA with 4.4 apg and is 3rd in assist/TO ratio.

•  The Pride defense made 12 steals and forced Towson into 27 tunovers. They limited the Tigers to 18 first-half points, which was the fewest this season for a Pride foe.

•  Hofstra has held opponents to fewer than 60 points in the last four games.

James Madison

•  Suffered losses to East Tennessee (70-56), ODU (80-71) and Delaware (85-80) last week. Have dropped 4 in a row.

•  Humpty Hitchens averaged 15.3 ppg lastweek, including a team-high 20 pts at ETSU, which was his 8th 20-point effort of the season. He’s 5th in the CAA in scoring and 4th in assists. He tops the CAA in 3’s (2.8pg) and is 4th in 3-pt FG% (38.8%).

•  A.J. Davis averaged 21.3 ppg last week, including a career-high 30 pts vs. UD and 23 vs. ODU. He’s tallied double digits in 13 straight games and ranks 4th in the CAA in scoring (16.8ppg). Davis has 9 20-point games this season.

•  Junior Andrey Semenov made a career-high 6 threes and scored 22 points at ODU. Semenov is averaging 14.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg over the past five games.

•  JMU has averaged 9.8 made threes over its last four games.

•   Four-year starter Julius Wells has missed the past 13 games due to illness.

UNCW

•  Lost 68-53 to GSU but ended a 4-game slide with an 81-68 victory over W&M.

•  Keith Rendleman posted double-doubles vs. GSU (12pts/13reb) and W&M (12pts/12reb) and has 14 for the season. He’s scored double digits in 20 of his last 22 gms and leads the CAA in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and is 7th in scoring (15.0 ppg). He’s averaging 15.7 ppg and 12.2 rpg in CAA play.

•  Adam Smith scored 25 pts vs. W&M, which was his most pts since Dec. 21. Smith, who has 17 double-digit efforts and 5 20+ point games, leads all CAA freshmen in scoring.

•  Donte Morales averaged 12.0 ppg last week and has 5 double-figure efforts in the last 7 games. He’s averaging 11.0 ppg over the 7-game stretch.

•  UNCW shot 46.4% from the floor and 41.4% from 3-point range last week.

•   Senior Trevor Deloach scored a season-high 16 pts vs. W&M as UNCW had five players tally double digits for the 1st time this year.

Northeastern

•  Suffered closes losses to first-place teams Drexel (61-53) and VCU (59-56) last week.

•  Jonathan Lee averaged 15.5 ppg last week and extended his double-figure scoring streak to 12 games. Lee has scored at least 9 points in every game this season.

•  Lee ranks among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring (14.9ppg/8th), assists (3.6apg/6th) and steals (1.7spg/8th). He’s shooting 48.6% from the floor and 41.8% from three.

•  Freshman Quincy Ford averaged 13.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg last week and blocked 5 shots. He has 9 double-digit scoring efforts in the last 11 games and is 26th in the CAA in scoring and 7th in steals.

•  Joel Smith scored 11 pts vs. Drexel and 13 at VCU. He has 6 double-figure outings in his last 9 games. Smith has made at least one 3 pointer in 42 of his last 45 games.

•  NU had been 8-1 when holding an opponent to 61 or fewer points until losing twice last week. The Huskies are giving up just 60.3 ppg in CAA play.

Old Dominion

•  Defeated JMU 80-71 before having their 4-game win streak snapped at Mason (54-50). Have won 8 of their last 10 games. Monarchs are 5-2 on the road in CAA play.

•  Chris Cooper posted double-doubles vs. JMU (10pts/career-high 22reb) and Mason (10pts/10reb) and has 14 for the season. Cooper ranks 3rd in the CAA in rebounding (10.5 rpg) and 23rd in scoring (11.1 ppg).

•  Kent Bazemore had a team-high 19 pts vs. JMU and 11 at Mason. He’s scored double figures in 13 of the last 15 games and is averaging 14.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg in CAA play. Bazemore ranks 7th on the CAA’s career steals list with 229.

•  Trian Iliadis averaged 12.0 ppg last week. He’s scored 11+ points in 6 of his last 8 games, including 3 in a row.

•  ODU has made 10 or more steals in 6 of its last 8 games, including 12 at Mason.

•  ODU tied a Constant Center record by making 13 treys in the win over JMU.

Towson

•  Suffered losses to Hofstra (74-49) and Drexel (65-57) last week.

•  Robert Nwankwo averaged 10.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg last week and posted his 10th double-double vs. Drexel (12pts/13reb). Nwankwo is among CAA leaders in scoring (11.4ppg/22nd), rebounding (9.1rpg/4th) and blocks (2.7bpg/3rd).

•  Nwankwo has been Towson’s top rebounder in 21 of 25 games this season and ranks 5th on the Tigers’ career rebound list with 710.

•  Sophomore Marcus Damas hit 6-of-11 threes and scored a career-high 26 pts vs. Drexel. He has tallied double digits in 13 of the last 19 games.

•  Erique Gumbs scored a team-high 12 pts at HU, which was his top effort since Jan. 2.

•  Towson outrebounded Drexel 34-30 and has beaten 6 of its last 7 foes on the glass.

•   Freshman Kris Walden scored 10 pts at Hofstra and dished out 10 assists vs. Drexel.

VCU

•  Have won 9 in a row and 17 of their last 19 after victories over W&M (87-78) and Northeastern (59-56) last week. It’s the first time VCU has ever had two 8-game winning streaks in the same season.

•  VCU has reached the 20-win mark for the sixth straight season.

•  Juvonte Reddic scored a team-high 20 pts at W&M and posted his 4th double-double (11pts/11reb) vs. NU. In CAA play, Reddic is averaging 12.8 ppg and 8.0 rpg while shooting 53.7% from the floor.

•  Darius Theus leads the CAA in assists (4.8 apg) and is 2nd in assist/turnover ratio (1.9).

•  Troy Daniels hit 9-of-18 threes and averaged 15.5 ppg last week. He’s made 69 treys this season, which is tied for the CAA lead.

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

•  The Rams have recorded double-digit steals 14 times this year and rank 4th nationally with 9.9 steals per game.

William & Mary

•  Fell 87-78 to VCU and 81-68 at UNCW last week.

•  Freshman Marcus Thornton scored a career-high 28 pts vs. VCU on 10-12 FG shooting, including 5-6 from three. It was the 6th-best total by a freshman in W&M history.

•  Quinn McDowell scored a season-high 27 pts at UNCW. He ranks 6th on W&M’s all-time scoring list with 1,541 pts and is the 4th player in W&M history with 1,500 pts and 500 reb in a career. He also is one of four W&M players with 200 career treys.

•  Brandon Britt added 19 points vs. VCU and has 4 double-digit effors in the last 8 games.

•  Tim Rusthoven scored 16 pts at UNCW and had 10 reb vs. VCU. He’s averaging 11.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg over the last seven games.

•  W&M sets season-highs for points (78) and 3-pointers (12) vs. VCU. The Tribe also shot 47.3% from the floor, which was his best percentage since Jan. 11. W&M tied a school record with only 3 TO’s at UNCW.
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