CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Samme Givens • Drexel
Sr., F, 6-5, 220 - Philadelphia, Pa./Academy of the New Church
Givens averaged 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in Drexel’s two wins last week. The senior forward had 17 points, eight boards and five assists in a 71-58 victory at Niagara and 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 73-68 triumph over Bradley. Givens shot 70.6% (12-17) from the floor and 76.9% (10-13) from the free throw line.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Mike Moore • Hofstra
Sr., G, 6-5, 200 - New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse/Fordham
Moore scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds as Hofstra rolled past Binghamton 82-62 last Saturday. The senior guard was 10-of-17 from the floor and tied a school-record by hitting 7-of-11 from 3-point range. He also made two steals. Moore has scored 20 or more points eight times this season and is averaging 20.9 ppg.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Treveon Graham • VCU
Fr., G, 6-5, 215 - Bowie, Md./St. Mary’s Rythken
Graham scored a career-high 15 points in just 19 minutes off the bench in VCU’s 87-64 conference win over UNCW last Saturday. The freshman guard was 6-of-11 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, and also had two rebounds. He more than doubled his previous career scoring best of seven points.
Georgia State Records 8th-Straight Win: Georgia State rallied for a 71-68 victory at Utah Valley on Saturday and tied a school record with its eighth consecutive win. The win streak, which matches the mark set during the 2000-01 campaign, is tied for the 11th-longest in Division I currently. Devonta White led GSU with 17 points, while Jihad Ali added 16 points and nine boards off the bench at Utah Valley. GSU is giving up just 51.8 ppg while scoring 73.4 ppg during the eight-game run. The Panthers’ 8-3 start is its best since 2000-01. GSU will try to break the record on Thursday against Georgia Southern.
VCU Tops UNCW 87-64 To Cap December CAA Play: VCU posted an 87-64 victory over UNCW last Saturday in the final December CAA game. Road teams came out on top in three of the five CAA contests played on Dec. 3 as 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 will resume conference play on Jan. 2 with a stretch of three conference games in six days.
18-Game Home Win Streak For Mason: George Mason owns the 10th-longest active home court streak in the nation at 18 games, which dates back to the start of last season. The Patriots, who have won five of their last six games, host Duquesne on Wednesday and Manhattan on Friday. A victory over Duquesne would give Mason its longest home court winning streak in the history of the Patriot Center.
VCU Sets Steals Record: VCU set a new school record with 20 steals and forced 28 turnovers in its victory over UNCW last Saturday. The 20 steals were the most in a game nationally between two Division I teams this season. Junior Darius Theus led the Rams with seven thefts, which also tied a school record. VCU leads the CAA and ranks 9th nationally with 10.2 steals per game and it’s third in the nation in opposition turnover rate (27%).
Several Key Players Become Eligible: Several players who should see significant playing time are becoming eligible with the start of the second semester. JMU junior guard Devon Moore, a preseason All-CAA second team honoree, is expected to make his debut tonight in the Dukes’ game with The Citadel. George Mason senior guard Andre Cornelius, a two-year starter for the Patriots, will see his first action on Wednesday against Duquesne. Old Dominion added sophomore guard Donte Hill, a transfer from Clemson, and redshirt freshman forward Richard Ross for last Saturday’s game at UCF.
UNCW’s Smith Ranked 6th Among Freshmen Scorers: UNCW guard Adam Smith ranks sixth in scoring among all freshmen in Division I with 16.3 ppg. Smith trails Kyle Vinales of Central Connecticut (20.6 ppg), Juan’ya Green of Niagara (19.9 ppg), Justin Edwards of Maine (17.9 ppg), Stephan Hicks of CS-Northridge (17.6 ppg) and Trey Freeman of Campbell (17.0 ppg). Smith has scored double figures in seven of eight 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 young players and newcomers are making an impact. As of Dec. 19, there were as many sophomores (4) among the league’s top 14 scorers as there were seniors (4).
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 NU’s Quincy Ford are among the top 15 in steals and UNCW’s Cedric Williams is 19th in rebounding.
UD’s Hagins Ranks 6th Nationally In Rebounding: Delaware junior Jamelle Hagins ranks sixth in the nation in rebounding at 11.5 rpg through games of Dec. 18. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman is 17th in rebounding with 10.3 rpg and ODU’s Chris Cooper is 29th with 9.8 rpg. In other statistical categories, UD’s Devon Saddler is 12th in scoring (21.3 ppg), JMU’s A.J. Davis is 3rd in 3-point FG percentage (51.4%), GSU’s Eric Buckner is 12th in blocks (3.1 bpg), ODU’s Kent Bazemore is 14th in steals (2.7 spg) and NU’s Joel Smith is 2nd 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.
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 7.9 ppg for the Panthers this season and has 29 assists with just 12 turnovers.
Doubling Up: Seven CAA players have already recorded two or more double-doubles this season. ODU senior Chris Cooper leads the league and ranks ninth in Division I with six double-doubles, while Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins has recorded five consecutive double-doubles, which ranks 16th nationally. Towson’s Robert Nwankwo and UNCW’s Keith Rendleman have four double-doubles and George Mason’s Ryan Pearson has three. Eleven of the 12 CAA teams have a player with at least one double-double.
Starting Streaks: VCU senior Bradford Burgess has made 120 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and is just one 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 ranks 9th on JMU’s all-time scoring list last week with 1,378 points.
• Return from a 9-day layoff when they host La Salle on Monday. The Hens are 3-0 at home this season.
• Junior Jamelle 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 five contests. His double-double streak is the longest for a UD player since Harding Nana’s 5 straight in 2005-06.
• Sophomore Devon Saddler leads the CAA in scoring with 21.3 ppg. He had a streak of five straight 20+ point games from Nov. 18-Dec. 3, including 32 pts. in a win over Lafayette and 30 pts. in a victory over Drexel.
• The 42 points allowed to Delaware St. on Dec. 10 were the fewest scored by a UD opponent in a road game since Dec. 27, 1985 at Colgate.
• Freshman Kyle Anderson has scored double digits in four of his seven games and is averaging 9.9 ppg. He’s tied for second in the CAA with 2.7 threes made per game.
• Rallied for a 71-58 win at Niagara on Tuesday and then beat Bradley 73-68 at home on Saturday.
• Senior Samme Givens averaged 17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 4.5 apg last week while shooting 70.6% from the floor. Givens ranks 5th on Drexel’s career rebounding list with 838.
• Chris Fouch came off the bench to score a season-high 24 pts at NU and had 14 pts vs. Bradley. Fouch is averaging 20.3 ppg in his last 3 games after scoring 8 total points in his first 2 games back from knee surgery.
• Freshman Damion Lee averaged 15.0 ppg last week, including 19 pts. and 8 reb. at Niagara. Lee is 16th in the CAA in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg).
• Sophomore Frantz Massenat has scored double figures in seven of nine games. Massenat is averaging a team-best 13.6 ppg and also tops the Dragons with 35 assists.
• Drexel is riding a season-best three-game winning streak and is 2-0 at home.
• Return from an 11-day layoff with home games vs. Duquesne and Manhattan this week. Mason has won 5 of its last 6.
• Senior Mike Morrison is averaging 13.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg over the last 3 games while shooting 65.4% (17-26) from the floor.
• Senior Ryan Pearson has scored double figures in 10 of his last 11 games. Pearson is among the top five in the CAA in scoring (18.1ppg/4th) and rebounding (7.6rpg/5th).
• Sophomore Bryon Allen has 15 assists and just four turnovers in the past 138 minutes over 4 games. Allen is 5th in the CAA in assist/turnover ratio and 7th in assists.
• Mason currently has an 18-game home court winning streak, which is tied for the 10th longest in the nation.
• Mason leads the CAA in FG percentage (46.6%) and FG percentage defense (38.2%). The Patriots have shot at least 45% from the floor in 8 of their 10 contests.
• Rallied past Utah Valley 71-68 on Saturday for their 8th straight victory. The win streak matches the longest in school history with the 2000-01 squad.
• The Panthers are allowing only 51.8 ppg while scoring 73.4 ppg during the winning streak. GSU has held five foes under 50 pts.
• Sophomore Devonta White scored a team-high 17 points at Utah Valley and is averaging 18.5 ppg over the past two games.
• Senior guard Jihad Ali had 16 pts., a team-high 9 reb and 3 steals at Utah Valley. He’s averaging 13.7 ppg while coming off the bench over the past seven games.
• GSU is off to its best start since going 11-1 in 2000-01. Coach Ron Hunter’s 8-3 start is the best ever for a first-year GSU coach.
• Senior Eric Buckner leads the CAA with 34 blocks this season. With 83 career blocks, he is one shy of the top 5 in GSU history.
• Rolled past Binghamton 82-62 on Saturday to end a four-game losing streak.
• Senior Mike Moore poured in a career-high 32 pts. vs. Binghamton. Moore has a league-best eight 20+-point efforts this season and is 2nd in the CAA in scoring (20.9ppg). He’s been HU’s top scorer in 10 of 11 games.
• Senior Nathaniel Lester has scored double digits in eight of Hofstra’s 11 games and is averaging 12.7 ppg for the season. Lester and Moore have combined for over 51% of Hofstra’s offense (370-of-725 points).
• Senior Dwan McMillan tied a career-high with 15 points off the bench vs. BU. McMillan leads the team with 44 assists, which is 25 more than any other Pride player.
• Moore hit 7 treys vs. BU, which tied a school record set by Cornelius Vines in 2010. Moore is shooting 45.2% from three.
• Guard Stevie Mejia returned to action vs. BU after missing 3 games with a leg injury.
• Return from a 12-day layoff on Monday with a home game vs. The Citadel.
• Senior Humpty Hitchens leads the CAA in assists (5.0 apg), ranks 5th in scoring (17.0ppg) and steals (1.9spg) and is 2nd in 3-pointers and 3-pt FG percentage.
• Junior A.J. Davis has tallied double digits in 6 of 7 games and ranks 3rd in the CAA in scoring (19.3ppg). He was the first JMU player to begin his career with four straight 20-point games.
• Davis has scored 32 points in the first half but 103 points in the second half over the first seven games.
• Senior Julius Wells is the leading active scorer in the CAA with 1,378 career points and ranks 9th on JMU’s all-time scoring list.
• Junior Devon Moore is expected to return action after missing the first 7 games due to academic issues. Moore was named to the preseason All-CAA second team.
• Fell 87-64 at VCU in their CAA opener on Saturday, ending a 2-game winning streak.
• Junior Keith Rendleman posted his fourth double-double of the season at VCU with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Rendleman has scored double figures in seven straight games and is averaging 16.0 ppg and 10.4 rpg over that stretch.
• Rendleman ranks among the top 8 in the CAA in scoring, rebounds, FG% and blocks.
• Freshman Adam Smith was held to a season-low 5 pts. at VCU, ending a 7-game double-digit scoring streak. Smith ranks 6th in the CAA in scoring and 6th among all freshmen in Div. I with 16.3 ppg.
• Freshmen have accounted for 280 of the Seahawks’ 519 points (53.9%) this season.
• Freshman point guard K.K Simmons tied a career-high with 11 points at VCU.
• UNCW shot 49% from the floor at VCU, but committed a season-high 28 turnovers.
• Have lost four in a row after a 71-62 setback to Princeton on Sunday.
• Junior Jonathan Lee had a team-high 14 points, 5 assists and 3 steals vs. Princeton. Lee has scored double digits in a CAA-best 12 straight games and 19 of his last 20.
• Lee ranks among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring (14.5ppg/10th), assists (4.4apg/3rd) and steals (2.6spg/2nd).
• Freshman Quincy Ford scored 13 pts vs. Princeton, which was his third straight double-digit effort. Ford is averaging 15.7 ppg and 5.0 rpg over his past three games.
• Northeastern has turned the ball over 20 or more times in all four games during its losing streak.
• NU shot 50% from the floor and 46.2% from three vs. Princeton, which was its 2nd-best effort in both categories this season.
• Junior Joel Smith is 21-of-22 (95.5%) from the FT line this season.
• Lost 61-53 at UCF on Saturday. It was ODU’s fourth setback in the last six games.
• Senior Chris Cooper, who has a league-high six double-doubles, grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds but didn’t score at UCF. Cooperhas had 10+ rebounds in 4 straight games and ranks 3rd in the CAA with 9.8 rpg.
• Senior Kent Bazemore scored a team-high 16 pts. at UCF, which was his 6th double-digit effort of the season. Bazemore ranks 4th on ODU’s career steals list with 203 and tops the CAA with 2.7 spg this season.
• Junior forward Nick Wright has scored double digits in four of his last five games and is averaging 12.6 ppg during that stretch.
• Freshman guard Dimitri Batten added 12 points and five rebounds at UCF. Batten is averaging 9.6 ppg for the season.
• Clemson transfer Donte Hill (6 pts) and redshirt freshman Richard Ross (6 pts) made their season debuts at UCF.
• Dropped a 71-57 decision at Coppin State last Wednesday night.
• Sophomore Marcus Damas scored double figures for the 4th straight game with 16 pts at Coppin. Damas leads Towson and is 14th in the CAA in scoring (12.8ppg) and is 10th in the CAA in rebounding (6.4rpg).
• Senior Robert Nwankwo had 15 pts., 5 reb. and 3 blks. at Coppin. He has four double-doubles this season and is among the CAA’s top 20 in scoring (12.0ppg/18th), rebounds (8.7rpg/4th) and blocks (1.8 bpg/4th).
• Freshman Deon Jones had 8 points and a team-high 9 rebounds at Coppin. He is averaging 10.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg over his past two contests.
• Freshman Kris Walden dished out a career-high eight assists at Coppin and ranks 7th in the CAA in assists (3.5 apg).
• Towson held Coppin to 33.3% FG shooting and has kept opponents under 36% in the last two games.
• Have won four in a row and six of seven after beating UNCW 87-64 in their CAA opener on Saturday.
• Senior Bradford Burgess scored a team-high 22 points vs. UNCW. He has tallied double digits in nine consecutive games.
• Sophomore Juvonte Reddic scored 16 points and grabbed a team-high 9 reb. vs. UNCW.
• VCU is 40-2 under Shaka Smart when holding opponents to 65 points or less. The Rams are allowing 56.3ppg in the last 6 gms.
• Junior Troy Daniels added 15 points vs. UNCW. Daniels has made a CAA-best 28 treys, with 17 coming in four home games.
• VCU recorded its 8th straight sellout crowd (7,617) against UNCW.
• VCU made a school-record 20 steals vs. UNCW and is 5-0 this season when making 10+ thefts. Darius Theus tied a school record with seven steals in the win.
William & Mary
• Returned from a 12-day exam break to beat Wesley College 70-47 last Thursday before losing 94-56 at #10 Missouri on Sunday.
• Sophomore Brandon Britt scored 17 of his season-high 20 points in the 2nd half vs. Wesley. Britt has led the Tribe in scoring in five of the past eight games and is averaging 11.3 ppg over the 8-game stretch.
• Freshman guard Marcus Thornton averaged 12.0 ppg last week and has reached double digits seven times in 11 games. He is contributing 10.2 ppg off the bench.
• Sophomore forward Tim Rusthoven scored a team-high 14 pts. at Missouri. Rusthoven missed W&M’s first six games due to injury, but is averaging 10.0 ppg and a team-high 6.6 rpg through five contests.
• Senior Quinn McDowell is averaging a team-high 10.2 ppg. The two-time All-CAA performer ranks 14th on W&M’s all-time scoring list (1,333 pts) and needs just nine more to vault into 11th place.