CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Report - Nov. 19
Jerrelle Benimon • Towson
Jr., F, 6-8, 245 - Warrenton, Va./Fauquier
Benimon averaged 16.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in Towson's 2-1 week. The junior forward scored a team-high 19 points in a win over Radford and posted back-to-back double-doubles (12 pts/16 reb) against Eastern Kentucky and Kennesaw State (18 pts/13 reb). He also contributed eight assists and six blocked shots while shooting 61.5% from the floor.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Shaquille Stokes • Hofstra
So., G, 5-10, 175 - Harlem, N.Y./Lincoln
Stokes averaged 15.3 points and 5.0 assists as Hofstra went 3-0 in the 2k Sports Classic subregional. The sophomore guard nailed a game-winning 3-pointer with 3 seconds left as the Pride beat defending Summit League champ South Dakota State 66-63. He also scored 10 of his career-high 26 points in double OT as Hofstra edged Marshall 103-100 on Sunday.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jimmy Hall • Hofstra
Fr., F, 6-7, 215 - Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Anthony
Hall averaged 12.0 points and 10.3 rebounds in Hofstra's 3-0 week. The freshman forward recorded a double-double with 12 points and a team-high 14 rebounds in the Pride's 103-100 win over Marshall on Sunday and had eight points and nine boards in a 66-63 victory over South Dakota State. For the week, Hall shot 52% from the floor and also blocked five shots.
Delaware Advances To NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals: Delaware earned a berth in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament following wins over Penn (84-69) and host Virginia (59-53) last week. It was the Blue Hens' first victory over an ACC opponent in 50 years and set up a showdown with Kansas State at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Delaware is the third CAA team in the past eight years to advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals, joining Drexel in 2005 and VCU in 2010. It will be UD's first game ever in MSG.
Hofstra Rebounds With 3-0 Week: After starting the season with a pair of road losses, Hofstra bounced back in impressive fashion last week with three straight wins over teams that advanced to postseason play a year ago in the 2K Sports Classic. The Pride defeated defending Summit League champ South Dakota State, 66-63, topped UDC 74-59 and then outlasted Marshall, 103-100 in double overtime. Sophomore guard Shaquille Stokes averaged 15.3 ppg and 5.0 apg for the week and freshman forward Jimmy Hall averaged a double-double (12.0 ppg/10.3 rpg). Senior Stevie Mejia was named the subregional MVP.
W&M Improves To 3-0 After Two Road Wins: William & Mary is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1992-93 after road wins at Liberty (71-59) and High Point (83-61) last week. Junior forward Tim Rusthoven averaged 19.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg in the two victories, while junior guard Brandon Britt scored 17.0 ppg and backcourt mate Marcus Thornton contributed 16.0 ppg and 4.0 apg.
Down To The Wire: Of the 35 games involving CAA teams this season, 15 of them (42.9%) have been decided by six points or less, including four in overtime. All four of George Mason's games have had margins of five points or less. Drexel has had three games decided by a total of eight points, including two overtime contests. Both of Northeastern's wins this season have come on shots in the final two seconds.
Tournament Time: It's another busy week of tournament play for CAA men's basketball teams. Tonight, Georgia State hosts the first of three games as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, while James Madison is in Pittsburgh for three games as part of the Legends Classic. Delaware plays Wednesday and Friday in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. Northeastern opens play in the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday. On Thanksgiving, Drexel faces St. Mary's in the first game of the Anaheim Classic. George Mason and Towson conclude tournament play today as the Patriots meet Quinnipiac in the 3rd-place game of the Paradise Jam and the Tigers meet Cincinnati Christian in the Comfort Suites Invitational.
• Defeated Penn 84-69 and Virginia 59-53 to advance to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. Win over UVA was UD's first versus an ACC foe in 50 years.
• Junior Devon Saddler contributed a team-high 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals vs. Penn. Also scored a team-high 15 points in the win over UVA.
• Senior Jamelle Hagins, who had 15 double-doubles last season, had his 2nd double-double of the year vs. UVA with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Hagins ranks 9th in CAA history with 218 career blocked shots.
• Sophomore guard Jarvis Threatt scored 14 points against Virginia and has reached double figures in 11 straight games.
• Freshman Terrell Rogers scored 14 points off the bench vs. Penn and is averaging 8.7 ppg over his first three collegiate games.
• Senior Josh Brinkley narrowly missed a double-double (15pts/9reb) vs. Penn.
• Edged Penn 61-59 on Saturday for their first win of the season. Drexel suffered overtime losses in its first two games with Kent State and Illinois State.
• Junior forward Dartaye Ruffin tallied 15 points and 7 rebounds at Penn and nearly had a double-double against ISU with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
• Freshman Tavon Allen scored 15 second-half points in his collegiate debut at Penn.
• Junior Frantz Massenat scored a team-high 18 points and dished out 9 assists vs. ISU.
• Senior Chris Fouch, who is averaging 16.7 ppg, is 12-of-25 from 3-point range this season and ranks 7th on Drexel's all-time treys list with 203.
• Sophomore Damion Lee scored 16 points vs. ISU but sat out the Penn game due to injury.
• Coach Bruiser Flint earned his 200th career win with the victory over Penn.
• Defeated Mercer 52-49 on Friday, but dropped a 70-69 decision to New Mexico on Sunday in the Paradise Jam semifinals. Will meet Quinnipiac in the 3rd place game.
• Junior guard Sherrod Wright averaged 17.3 ppg last week, including a team-high 22 points against UNM. Shot 51.6% from the floor, including 7-of-13 on threes. He's scored double figures in all four games.
• Junior forward Johnny Williams recorded a double-double against Mercer with team-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds. He added 12 points and 8 rebounds vs. UNM.
• Freshman guard Patrick Holloway scored 11 points in 12 minutes at Bucknell and also netted 11 points vs. UNM. Holloway was 3-of-5 from 3-point range in both games.
• Mason hit 11-of-23 from 3-point range against New Mexico. The 11 treys were the most since Dec. 22, 2010 vs. Duquesne.
• Suffered an 80-62 setback at BYU last Tuesday in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Fell behind 31-2 to start the game before rallying.
• Junior forward Manny Atkins, a transfer from Virginia Tech, scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds at BYU.
• Junior guard Devonta White, GSU's only returning starter, scored a team-high 19 points in a season-opening loss at #8 Duke and followed with 14 points at BYU.
• Freshman guard R.J. Hunter posted a double-double in his collegiate debut at Duke with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. He also contributed 12 points and seven boards in the BYU loss.
• Junior newcomer Denny Burguillos added nine points on 4-of-6 FG shooting at BYU.
• The Panthers will host a sub-regional in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic this week.
• Defeated South Dakota State 66-63, UDC 74-59 and Marshall 103-100 in 2ot in a subregional of the 2K Sports Classic.
• Sophomore Shaquille Stokes scored a team-high 26 points vs. Marshall and averaged 15.3 ppg and 5.0 apg for the week. He also hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 3 seconds left versus South Dakota State.
• Six Hofstra players scored double figures vs. UDC, led by sophomore Stephen Nwaukoni with 13 points and 9 reb. off the bench.
• Penn State transfer Taran Buie scored 14 points in his Hofstra debut against SDSU and chipped in 12 points against UDC.
• Freshman Jimmy Hall posted his second double-double (12 pts/14 reb) in the Marshall win and averaged 12.0 ppg and 10.3 rpg for the week.
• Sophomore Moussa Kone recorded his first career double-double vs. Marshall with a career-high 14 points and 10 rebounds.
• JMU was beaten 100-70 at #13 UCLA last Thursday. It was the Dukes' fourth season-opening loss to a ranked foe in the last five years.
• The Dukes were the last Division I team to open regular-season play.
• Senior forward Rayshawn Goins scored a team-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds at UCLA. It was Goins' first game back after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.
• Senior guard A.J. Davis added 16 points at UCLA. It was Davis' 17th double-figure outing in the last 21 games.
• JMU outscored UCLA 41-37 in the second half after trailing 63-29 at the break. It was the first time the Dukes have allowed 100 points in a regulation game since 1996.
• Senior forward Andrey Semenov, who averaged 10.2 ppg last season, was limited to two minutes of playing time at UCLA due to an injury.
• Lost 101-58 at Richmond last Tuesday and fell 85-47 at Ohio on Friday.
• Senior All-CAA forward Keith Rendleman recorded his 23rd career double-double with team-highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds at Richmond and followed with a team-best 17 points and 7 rebounds at Ohio.
• UNCW set a school record by going 19-for-19 at the free throw line at Richmond. It was the 3rd-best effort in CAA history.
• UNCW's defense limited UNCA to 34.5% FG shooting and came up with 14 steals in its season opener, but allowed Richmond to shoot 58.2% from the floor, including 14-of-28 from three, and Ohio to shoot 57.6%.
• The Seahawks are averaging 21.7 turnovers after three games and opponents have made 41 steals.
• Rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to win 67-66 at Princeton last Tuesday, but lost 66-55 to Vermont on Saturday.
• Senior guard Joel Smith scored a team-high 25 points vs. Vermont. He made 5-of-9 from 3-point range and reached the 20-point mark for the second time in three games.
• Sophomore forward Quincy Ford scored a career-high 27 points and had 8 rebounds at Princeton. Ford was 8-of-13 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
• Sophomore forward Reggie Spencer averaged 13.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg last week and hit the game-winning layup with two seconds remaining at Princeton.
• Freshman forward Zach Stahl scored a career-high 8 points and assisted on Spencer's game-winning basket at Princeton.
• NU faces UC Riverside in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday. The Huskies reached the finals when they played in the event in 1986.
• Lost 67-55 at Cleveland State in their first road game on Saturday. Led 30-25 at half, but CSU shot 52% over final 20 minutes.
• Shot just 35.6% from the floor at CSU, including 0-for-10 from 3-point range.
• ODU, which has been one of the top rebounding teams in the nation for the past few years, beat CSU 36-28 on the glass and has outrebounded all 4 opponents.
• Freshman guard Keenan Palmore is averaging a team-best 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season. He also tops ODU in assists (13) and steals (8).
• Senior center DeShawn Painter, a transfer from N.C. State, scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in each of the Monarchs' first two games.
• Freshman Aaron Bacote is shooting 57.9 from the floor over the first four games. He scored a career-high 15 points vs. UTSA.
• Went 2-1 in the first 3 games of the Comfort Suites Invitational, beating Radford (75-67) and Kennesaw St. (69-63) but losing to host Eastern Kentucky (71-69 in ot).
• Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon averaged 16.3 ppg and 12.3 rpg over the three games, including double-doubles against KSU (18 pts/13 reb) and EKU (12 pts/16 reb).
• Freshman Jerome Hairston averaged 10.3 ppg from the point guard spot last week, including 15 points in the win over KSU.
• Junior Marcus Damas scored a team-high 21 points against Radford.
• Towson's 2-2 start to the season is its best since 2008-09. Five of the Tigers' top six scorers are newcomers.
• Junior Rafriel Guthrie contributed 16 points on 5-of-8 FG shooting off the bench against EKU and scored 12 points versus KSU.
William & Mary
• Off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1992-93 after a 71-59 win at Liberty and an 83-61 victory at High Point.
• Junior forward Tim Rusthoven scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-9 FG shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds in HPU win. He also scored 15 points at Liberty.
• Junior guard Brandon Britt poured in a team-high 21 points at Liberty and chipped in 13 points at High Point.
• Sophomore Marcus Thornton scored 21 points and dished out a career-high 5 assists at HPU. He added 11 points at Liberty.
• Freshman Terry Tarpey had 14 points on 5-of-8 FG shooting and eight rebounds off the bench in the Liberty win.
• W&M rallied from a 15-point deficit at Liberty, which was the Tribe's largest comeback since 2008. It's the 13th time in 10 years under Tony Shaver that W&M has come back from a double-digit deficit.