CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jamelle Hagins • Delaware
Jr., F, 6-9, 240 - Roanoke, Va./William Fleming
Hagins averaged 15.5 points, 15.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in Delaware’s two games last week. The junior forward posted career-highs of 21 points and 19 rebounds while blocking five shots in UD’s 58-42 win at rival Delaware State and had 11 points and 10 boards in a loss at Penn. Hagins, who shot 68.4% (13-19) from the floor for the week, has recorded double-doubles in five consecutive games.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Keith Rendleman • UNCW
Jr., F, 6-7, 215 - Iron Station, N.C./East Lincoln
Rendleman poured in a career-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in UNCW’s 77-68 victory at Liberty last Tuesday. The junior forward, who was 12-of-19 from the floor, also had three steals and two blocks. It was Rendleman’s second straight double-double and third of the season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Quincy Ford • Northeastern
Fr., F, 6-8, 212 - St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs
Making the first start of his career, Ford scored a career-high 18 points and snared a team-best seven rebounds in Northeastern’s 79-68 loss at Bradley last Tuesday. The freshman forward, who was 8-of-15 from the floor, also made four steals, blocked two shots and dished out a pair of assists.
Georgia State Increases Winning Streak To Seven: Georgia State pushed its winning streak to seven after rolling past Rhode Island 96-64 last Saturday. The streak is GSU’s longest since 2003-04 and is one off the school record of eight set during the 2000-01 campaign. The Panthers are giving up just 49.4 ppg while scoring 73.7 ppg during the seven-game run. The 32-point margin of victory over URI was the largest for GSU since 2005. The Panthers, whose 7-3 start is their best since 2000-01, travel to Utah Valley State on Saturday.
VCU Defeats Rival Richmond: In a battle of teams that made deep runs into the NCAA Tournament a year ago, VCU defeated Richmond, 73-51, last Friday before a sellout crowd of 7,686 and a national TV audience on ESPN2. It was the Rams’ seventh win in the past eight meetings against their city rival. Bradford Burgess and Rob Brandenberg each scored 14 points for VCU, which closed the game on a 26-6 run over the final seven minutes. The Rams have won three in a row and five of their last six overall.
Light Schedule During Exams: With final exams taking place on CAA campuses, there are only 10 games on the league schedule this week after a 15-game slate last week.
Road Teams Go 3-2 In Conference Openers: Road teams went 3-2 as 10 CAA teams played their conference openers on Dec. 3. George Mason won 65-53 at Towson, James Madison picked up a 62-60 victory at Hofstra and Old Dominion earned a 69-59 win at Northeastern. Getting victories at home were Delaware, which beat rival Drexel 71-60, and Georgia State, which cruised by William & Mary, 66-34. All 12 CAA teams play one league game in the month of December and then return to non-conference action until Jan. 2. UNCW and VCU will play their CAA opener this Saturday (Dec. 17).
18-Game Home Win Streak For Mason: George Mason defeated Bucknell 61-57 on Nov. 30 to extend its home court winning streak to 18 dating back to the start of last year. Mason owns the 10th-longest active home court streak in the nation. The Patriots, who have won five of their last six games overall, are back at home on Dec. 21 against Duquesne. A victory would give Mason its longest home court winning streak in the history of the Patriot Center.
UNCW’s Smith Tied For 3rd Among Freshmen Scorers: UNCW guard Adam Smith is tied for third in scoring among all freshmen in Division I with 17.9 ppg. Smith trails only Kyle Vinales of Central Connecticut (19.9 ppg) and Juan’ya Green of Niagara (19.7 ppg). He is tied with Justin Edwards of Maine (17.9 ppg). Smith has scored double figures in all seven UNCW games, including a 27-point effort at Toledo and 23 points at Maryland.
Changing Of The Guard: It’s been a year of change around the CAA as many returning players have stepped into new roles and several newcomers are making an impact. As of Dec. 12, 13 of the current top 20 scorers in the CAA weren’t even among the top 30 in the league in scoring a year ago. The only seven who were on last year’s top 30 list are Hofstra’s Mike Moore, Mason’s Ryan Pearson, VCU’s Bradford Burgess, ODU’s Kent Bazemore, UNCW’s Keith Rendleman and Northeastern’s Jonathan Lee and Joel Smith.
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 JMU is the only team that hasn’t had a freshman start at least one game. Four freshmen are among the CAA’s top 30 in scoring - UNCW’s Adam Smith, Drexel’s Damion Lee, W&M’s Marcus Thornton and Delaware’s Kyle Anderson. Four others - Towson’s Kris Walden, Mason’s Corey Edwards, Delaware’s Khalid Lewis and UNCW’s Freddie Jackson - are among the top 15 in assists, VCU’s Briante Weber and ODU’s Dimitri Batten are among the top 15 in steals and NU’s Reggie Spencer is 17th in rebounding.
UD’s Hagins Ranks 5th Nationally In Rebounding: Delaware junior Jamelle Hagins ranks fifth in the nation in rebounding at 11.5 rpg through games of Dec. 11. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman is 23rd in rebounding with 10.0 rpg and ODU’s Chris Cooper is 26th with 9.8 rpg. In other statistical categories, UD’s Devon Saddler is 13th in scoring (21.3 ppg), JMU’s A.J. Davis is 7th in 3-point FG percentage (51.4%), GSU’s Eric Buckner is 9th in blocks (3.4 bpg), ODU’s Kent Bazemore is 6th in steals (2.9 spg) and NU’s Joel Smith is 3rd in FT percentage (95.5%). In team categories, Drexel is 9th in the nation in 3-point FG defense (24.7%). James Madison is 16th in 3-point FG percentage (41.4%) and 10th in threes per game (9.3). Old Dominion is 12th in steals per game (9.8 spg). VCU is 11th in turnover margin (+5.4 tpg). A complete listing of statistical leaders can be found on Page 4 of this release.
Doubling Up: Seven CAA players have already recorded two or more double-doubles this season. ODU senior Chris Cooper leads the league and ranks fifth in Division I with six double-doubles, while Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins has recorded five consecutive double-doubles, which ranks 11th nationally. Towson’s Robert Nwankwo has four double-doubles and George Mason’s Ryan Pearson and UNCW’s Keith Rendleman each have three. Eleven of the 12 CAA teams have a player with at least one double-double.
Starting Streaks: VCU senior Bradford Burgess has made 119 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and is just two away from the Rams’ all-time record. James Madison senior Julius Wells has started 107 straight games, which ranks second on the Dukes’ career list. Wells also moved up to 9th on JMU’s all-time scoring list last week with 1,378 points.
Smith’s FT Streak Ends: Northeastern junior guard Joel Smith was a perfect 20-for-20 at the free throw line this season before missing one against ODU on Dec. 3. Smith is shooting 95.5% (21-of-22) for the season.
Two CAA Teams In Mid-Major Top 25 Poll: Two CAA teams were ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll released on Dec. 5 by CollegeInsider.com. George Mason was the top-ranked CAA squad at #12, while VCU was ranked #20. Old Dominion and Drexel were among others receiving votes. The Missouri Valley led all conferences with four teams in the poll, followed by the Horizon and West Coast with three. The CAA was among four other conferences with two teams ranked. A new poll will be released on Monday night.
• Rebounded from a 69-60 loss at Penn by topping rival Delaware State 58-42 for their first road victory of the season.
• Junior Jamelle Hagins averaged 15.5 ppg and 15.0 rpg last week, including career-highs of 21 points and 19 boards in the DSU win. Hagins has posted five straight double-doubles and leads the CAA with 11.5 rpg. He is averaging 15.6 ppg and 13.6 rpg over the past five contests.
• Sophomore Devon Saddler was held to a season-low six points at Penn, ending a streak of five straight 20+ point games. He bounced back with 16 points at DSU and continues to lead the CAA with 21.3 ppg.
• The 42 points allowed to DSU was the fewest scored by a UD opponent in a road game since Dec. 27, 1985 at Colgate.
• Freshman Kyle Anderson averaged 11.0 ppg last week, including a team-high 13 points at Penn. He drained six treys in the two games and is tied for the CAA lead with 2.7 threes made per game.
• Defeated Princeton 64-60 last Saturday in their home opener. It was Drexel’s 8th-straight home-opening win at the DAC.
• Junior Chris Fouch came off the bench to score a season-high 23 points in just his third game back following knee surgery. Fouch had only 8 points in the first 2 games.
• Sophomore Frantz Massenat has scored double figures in six of seven games, including 12 pts vs. Princeton. Massenat is averaging a team-best 14.3 ppg and also tops the Dragons with 24 assists.
• Freshman Damion Lee had 13 points and 8 rebounds vs. Princeton. Lee is 17th in the CAA in scoring (11.7ppg), 10th in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and 13th in assists (2.7 apg).
• Senior Samme Givens moved into 5th place on Drexel’s career rebounding list with 820. He ranks 17th on the CAA’s all-time rebounding chart.
• Drexel was 20-of-24 at the FT line vs. Princeton, including 10-10 in the last 33 seconds.
• Lost 68-48 at Virginia, but won 76-61 at Radford for their fifth victory in the past six games.
• Senior Mike Morrison had season-highs of 17 pts. and 11 reb. at Radford. Morrison is averaging 13.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg over the last 3 games while shooting 65.4% (17-26).
• Senior Ryan Pearson had his 9-game double-figure scoring streak end at UVA (9 pts), but came back with 14 points at RU. Pearson is among the top five in the CAA in scoring (18.1ppg/4th) and rebounding (7.6rpg/5th).
• Freshman Erik Copes contributed 6.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg last week and blocked 5 shots.
• Sophomore Bryon Allen has 15 assists and just four turnovers in the past 138 minutes over 4 games. Allen also contributed 11 points and six rebounds at Radford.
• Mason currently has an 18-game home court winning streak, which is the 10th longest in the nation.
• Beat Rhode Island 96-64 on Saturday for their 7th straight victory. The win streak is GSU’s longest since the 2003-04 season and is tied for the 2nd-longest in school history.
• The Panthers are allowing only 49.4 ppg while scoring 73.7 ppg during the winning streak. GSU has held five foes under 50 pts.
• Senior Eric Buckner had 15 pts., a team-high 9 reb. and 2 blocks in the URI win. Buckner leads the CAA with 34 blocks this season and ranks 6th in career blocks (83) at GSU.
• Sophomore Devonta White scored a team-high 20 points vs. URI, while backcourt mate James Fields added 15 points and 9 assists with no turnovers.
• Senior guard Jihad Ali is averaging 13.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg since coming off the bench over the past six games.
• The 32-point win over URI was the largest margin for GSU since 2005. The Panthers are off to their best start since 2000-01.
• Lost 58-43 at Wagner and 68-59 to Manhattan last week. Have dropped four in a row.
• Senior Mike Moore averaged 17.5 ppg last week, including a team-high 20 pts. vs. Manhattan. Moore has a league-best seven 20-point efforts this season and is 2nd in the CAA in scoring (19.8ppg). He’s been HU’s top scorer in nine of 10 games.
• Senior Nathaniel Lester has scored double digits in seven of Hofstra’s 10 games and is averaging 13.0 ppg for the season. Lester and Moore have combined for over 51% of Hofstra’s offense (328-of-643 points).
• Senior guard Dwan McMillan, who is filling in for injured Stevie Mejia, averaged 8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 4.0 apg last week. McMillan leads the team with 40 assists, which is 26 more than any other Pride player.
• The Pride defense limited Wagner to 33.9% FG shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Hofstra has held its last five opponents to 70 points or less.
• Fell 71-51 to Kent State last Tuesday, snapping a three-game winning streak. Were out-scored 43-14 after leading 37-28 early in the second half.
• Senior Humpty Hitchens scored a team-high 11 points and made 4 steals vs. KSU. Hitchens tops the CAA in assists (5.0apg), is 6th in scoring (17.0ppg) and 5th in steals (1.9spg).
• Junior guard A.J. Davis had his 6-game double-digit scoring streak end vs. KSU (9 pts). He was the first JMU player to begin his career with four straight 20-point games.
• Davis, who ranks 3rd in the CAA in scoring (19.3 ppg), has scored 32 points in the first half but 103 points in the second half over the first seven games.
• Senior Julius Wells grabbed seven rebounds but failed to score against KSU. Wells is the leading active scorer in the CAA with 1,378 career points.
• Freshman Arman Marks scored a career-high 10 points vs. Kent State.
• Defeated Liberty 77-68 last Tuesday for their second straight road victory.
• Junior Keith Rendleman posted his third double-double of the season at LU with a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds. Rendleman has scored double figures in six straight games and is averaging 16.7 ppg and 10.2 rpg over that stretch.
• Rendleman ranks among the top 7 in the CAA in scoring, rebounds, FG% and blocks.
• Freshman Adam Smith added 18 points at Liberty. He has scored in double digits in all seven games and ranks 5th in the CAA in scoring and is tied for 3rd among all freshmen in Div. I with 17.9 ppg.
• Smith was 4-of-8 from 3-point range at LU and has made 10 treys in the last 3 games.
• Freshmen have accounted for 251 of the Seahawks’ 455 points (55.2%) this season.
• Donte Morales and freshman Freddie Jackson each dished out six assists at LU.
• Have lost three in a row after dropping a 79-68 decision at Bradley last Tuesday.
• Junior Jonathan Lee posted his first career double-double at Bradley with 13 points and 11 assists. Lee has scored double digits in 11 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the CAA.
• Lee is among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring (14.6ppg/9th), assists (4.3apg/2nd) and steals (2.6spg/2nd).
• Freshman Quincy Ford had a career-high 18 points and 7 rebounds in his first career start at BU. Ford is averaging 17.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg over his past two games.
• Junior Joel Smith scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists at BU, which was his 4th double-digit outing of the season. Smith is shooting 95.5% from the FT line.
• Northeastern handed out a season-high 21 assists at Bradley but also committed a season-high 23 turnovers, which was its highest total since Dec. 31, 2008.
• Lost 59-51 to Fairfield last Friday, ending a two-game winning streak.
• Senior forward Chris Cooper recorded his league-leading 6th double-double vs. Fairfield with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Cooper ranks third in the CAA with 9.8 rpg and is scoring 10.9 ppg.
• Senior Kent Bazemore ranks 4th on ODU’s career steals list with 202. He tops the CAA with 2.9 spg this season.
• Junior forward Nick Wright contributed 10 points and eight rebounds vs. Fairfield. Wright has scored double digits in four straight games and is averaging 14.8 ppg during that stretch.
• ODU made eight steals against Fairfield and leads the CAA with 9.8 spg.
• Freshman guard Dimitri Batten chipped in nine points and a career-high five assists vs. Fairfield. Batten is averaging 9.3 ppg for the season.
• Dropped home games to La Salle (89-51) and UMBC (62-58) last week.
• Senior Robert Nwankwo averaged 13.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg last week, including his 4th double-double (14pts/10reb) vs. UMBC. Nwankwo, who has 13 career double-doubles, has been Towson’s top rebounder in 8 of 9 games and is averaging 9.1 rpg.
• Sophomore Marcus Damas averaged 12.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg last week. Damas leads TU and is 15th in the CAA in scoring (12.4ppg) and is 9th in the CAA in rebounds (6.7rpg).
• Freshman Deon Jones posted his first career double-double (12pts/10reb) vs. UMBC. Jones and Nwankwo were the first pair of Tigers to have a double-double in the same game since Dec. 1, 2010.
• Freshman Jervon Pressley matched his season-highs with eight points and six rebounds against La Salle.
• Towson leads the CAA with 15.6 offensive rebounds per game.
• Have won three in a row and five of six after beating Richmond 73-51 on Friday. Have held foes to 56.3 ppg over the 6-game span.
• Senior Bradford Burgess had a team-high 14 points and nine boards vs. UR. He has tallied double digits in eight consecutive games.
• Sophomore Rob Brandenberg has scored double figures in six straight games after scoring all 14 points in the 2nd half vs. UR.
• VCU is 39-2 under Shaka Smart when holding an opponent to 65 points or less. The Rams are allowing just 60.8 ppg this season.
• Junior Troy Daniels score 13 points off the bench vs. UR. Daniels has made a team-high 24 treys this season, with 13 of them coming in three home games.
• VCU’s game with Richmond was played before a crowd of 7,686, which was the 7th straight sellout at the Seigel Center.
• VCU made 12 steals vs. UR and is 4-0 this season when making 10+ thefts.
William & Mary
• Off last week due to exams. Return to action on Thursday against Wesley College.
• Sophomore forward Tim Rusthoven, who missed W&M’s first six games due to injury, is averaging 9.7 ppg and a team-high 7.0 rpg through three contests.
• Freshman guard Marcus Thornton has reached double digits in five of nine games and is contributing 9.8 ppg off the bench.
• Sophomore Brandon Britt has led the Tribe in scoring in four of the past six games and is averaging 10.5 over the 6-game stretch.
• Only two of W&M’s nine games this season have been at home.
• Senior Quinn McDowell is averaging a team-high 10.4 ppg, but is shooting only 32.9% from the floor and 31.1% from 3-point range. The two-time All-CAA performer ranks 15th on W&M’s all-time scoring list (1,315 pts).