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CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT - FEB. 13

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          Release: 02/13/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Bradford Burgess • VCU
Sr., G/F, 6-6, 225 - Midlothian, Va./Benedictine

Burgess averaged 23.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists per game in VCU’s 2-0 week. The senior guard posted back-to-back 20-point efforts for the first time this year with a team-best 22 points in a 66-43 win over Towson and a season-high 24 points in a 68-64 triumph at ODU. Burgess shot 51.9% from the floor, including 11-of-20 from 3-point range.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Damion Lee • Drexel
Fr., G, 6-6, 190 - Baltimore, Md./St. Thomas More (Conn.)

Lee averaged 13.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as Drexel extended its winning streak to 13 last week. The freshman guard had 15 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 78-67 victory over Hofstra and had 12 points as the Dragons won 63-56 at JMU. For the week, Lee shot 52.9% from the floor and also hit 7-of-9 at the free throw line.

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

Threatt averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists as Delaware increased its winning streak to four last week. The freshman guard had a team-high 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in an 80-77 overtime victory at Georgia State and contributed eight points and five boards in a 71-53 win over UNCW.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

Tight Race Continues Atop CAA Standings: The CAA, ACC and Mountain West are the only conferences with a three-team tie for first place through games of Feb. 12. Drexel, George Mason and VCU sit atop the CAA with 13-2 league marks with three conference games remaining. Drexel defeated James Madison and Hofstra last week and has won 13 straight CAA games after an 0-2 start. VCU topped Towson and Old Dominion and has gone 11-0 in CAA play since dropping consecutive games in early January. Mason beat Hofstra and UNCW and improved to 27-2 in its last 29 CAA contests. All three teams have clinched first-round byes for the Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Old Dominion, Delaware and Georgia State are still battling for the final bye. VCU and Mason meet twice in the final 11 days of the season, starting with a 9 p.m. matchup on Tuesday in Fairfax.

Streaking: The top teams in the CAA standings continue to play well. Drexel has won 13 in a row and 19 of its last 20 overall as well as 14 straight at home. VCU is on an 11-game win streak and has captured 19 of its last 21. George Mason has won 14 of its last 16 overall and has a 17-game home court winning streak in CAA play. Delaware has won four in a row and Old Dominion has captured nine of its last 12. Drexel’s win streak is the 3rd-longest in the nation currently and the best for the Dragons since 2005-06. VCU’s streak is the 7th-longest in the nation and the best for the Rams since 1984-85.

Piling Up The Wins: The CAA is the only conference in the country to have three teams with 21 or more wins this season through games of Feb. 12. VCU (22), Drexel (21) and George Mason (21) have all hit the mark. VCU has recorded six straight 20-win seasons, Mason has four 20-win campaigns in the last five years and Drexel has reached 20 wins for the second year in a row.

Drexel, VCU Receive Votes In National Polls:
Drexel received 11 points in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, while VCU picked up three points in the coaches’ poll and two points in the Associated Press Top 25. The Dragons are 21-5 overall and have won 13 in a row, while the Rams are 22-5 and have won 11 in a row.

CAA And NBC Sports Group Reach Agreements For National Basketball Rights:
The CAA has reached five-year agreements with the NBC Sports Group that will provide the most extensive and comprehensive exposure of the conference in its history. NBC Sports Network will provide national television coverage for a minimum of 12 men’s basketball games each year, including the semifinals and finals of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The Comcast SportsNet regional networks will regionally televise 39 additional men’s and women’s basketball games, including the quarterfinals of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The agreements will begin with the 2012-13 season and run through 2016-17.

Three CAA Teams To Play In Televised BracketBusters Games: Three CAA teams will participate in televised games in Sears BracketBusters this week. VCU hosts Northern Iowa on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, Drexel visits Cleveland State on ESPNU at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 18 and Old Dominion travels 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.

Road Teams Have Success: Road teams went 6-6 last week, continuing a trend of success by visiting squads this season. Through the first 90 conference contests, home teams are only 51-39 (.567). VCU has a league-best 6-1 road record in CAA play, while Drexel and Old Dominion are both 6-2 and George Mason is 5-2.

Free Throw Streak Ends For Drexel’s Massenat: Drexel sophomore Frantz Massenat made 34 consecutive free throws before seeing his streak end at James Madison last Wednesday. The effort tied the Drexel record for consecutive made free throws and is the 6th-best streak in CAA history. He’s shooting 85% from the FT line in CAA play.

GSU’s Buckner Sets Blocked Shots Records: Georgia State senior Eric Buckner, who leads the CAA and ranks 6th nationally with 89 blocked shots, set the Georgia State single-season blocks record last Wednesday. He’s also the school’s career leader in rejections with 138, despite playing less than two seasons with the Panthers.

CAA Defenses Among The Best In The Nation: The CAA features some of the top defensive teams in the nation. As of Feb. 13, four teams - Drexel (55.0 ppg/5th), VCU (58.6 ppg/14th), Georgia State (58.7 ppg/16th) and Old Dominion (60.3 ppg/28th) were ranked among the nation’s top 30 in scoring defense, while GSU (37.9%/9th), George Mason (38.6%/15th), Drexel (38.8%/19th), Delaware (39.6%/30th) and ODU (39.6%/31st) were among the top 35 nationally in FG percentage defense. Drexel is 2nd in the nation (26.9%) in 3-point FG% defense. In steals, VCU ranks 2nd in the nation (10.3 spg), GSU is 5th (9.5 spg) and ODU is 6th (9.4 spg). VCU is also 2nd in Division I in turnover margin (+5.7 tpg) and GSU is 17th (+3.6 tpg), while the Rams are 3rd in the nation in opposition turnover rate (27.1%).

More On The Defense:
The defensive numbers posted by CAA teams have been even more impressive during conference play. As of Feb. 13, four teams were holding their opponents to under 57 points per game - Drexel (53.9 ppg), Old Dominion (56.2 ppg), Georgia State (56.8 ppg) and VCU (56.8 ppg). Conversely, no CAA teams are averaging more than 68.9 ppg offensively in conference play. Six teams are also limiting opponents to 40% FG shooting or less in CAA play - GSU (36.4%), ODU (36.9%), Drexel (37.1%), Mason (38.5%), VCU (39.3%) 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. 13, there are 10 seniors among the league’s top 23 in scoring along with four sophomores and four 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 three 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 five in steals - VCU’s Briante Weber, and NU’s Ford. UNCW’s Cedrick Williams is 17th in the league in rebounding (5.4 rpg).

VCU Records 16th Straight Sellout
: VCU played before its 16th consecutive sellout crowd at the Siegel Center last Wednesday against Towson. The streak is a CAA record and the Rams are averaging 7,623 fans this season. Old Dominion, which leads the CAA with an average of 7,649 fans per game, has played before 12 crowds of better than 7,000 at the Constant Center this season, including sellout crowds of 8,460 for its past three games with W&M, JMU and VCU. Drexel has had sellout crowds for four of its past six home games.George Mason played before a sellout crowd of 9,840 against ODU on Feb. 4 and Georgia State played before its largest home crowd since Dec. 2008 on Jan. 12 against UNCW.

UD’s Hagins Ranks 6th Nationally In Rebounding:
Delaware junior Jamelle Hagins ranks 6th in the nation in rebounding at 10.8 rpg according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Feb. 12. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman is 9th in rebounds (10.7 rpg) and ODU’s Chris Cooper is 20th (10.2 rpg). In other statistical categories, Hofstra’s Mike Moore is 22nd in scoring (19.3 ppg) and UD’s Devon Saddler is 25th (18.9 ppg). GSU’s Eric Buckner is 6th in blocks (3.4 bpg), UD’s Hagins is 14th (2.9 bpg) and TU’s Robert Nwankwo is 20th (2.6 bpg). VCU’s Briante Weber is 17th nationally in steals (2.3 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 7th place on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list last Wednesday. With 967 boards, he needs just 33 more to become the sixth player in CAA history to reach 1,000 career rebounds. ODU senior Kent Bazemore ranks 6th on the CAA’s career steals list with 234 and needs four more to vault into a tie for 3rd place. Towson senior Robert Nwankwo ranks 8th on the CAA’s all-time blocked shots list with 216 and is just three 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 15 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 20 nationally in double-doubles.Towson’s Robert Nwankwo has 11 double-doubles and Mason’s Ryan Pearson has 10. 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 137 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and is the VCU and CAA all-time record. With six 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 1,551 points.

Delaware

•  On a season-best 4-game winning streak after beating UNCW (71-53) and Georgia State (80-77 in ot) last week.

•  Delaware has tied the 2007-08 squad for the best CAA record (9-6) after 15 games and it has its best overall mark this late in the season since 2003-04.

•  Devon Saddler, who is the CAA’s 2nd-leading scorer (18.9 ppg), averaged 20.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg last week and shot 50.5% from the floor. He has 24 double-digit efforts in the last 25 games with 11 20+-point outings

•  Jamelle Hagins has 12 double-doubles in the last 22 games. He leads the CAA with 10.8 rpg and is 13th in scoring (13.0 ppg). Hagins has 190 career blocks and is 5 away from the UD record held by Spencer Dunkley.

•  Junior Josh Brinkley tied a career-high with 18 points in the win at Georgia State.

•  Freshman Jarvis Threatt had a team-high 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals at GSU. He’s averaging 13.3 ppg over his last eight contests.

Drexel

•  Defeated JMU (63-56) and Hofstra (78-67) last week. Have won 13 in a row and 19 of their last 20. Drexel also has a 14-game home win streak.

•  Drexel reached the 20-win mark in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1996-97.

•  Frantz Massenat averaged 18.0 ppg last week and shot 66.7% from the floor. He tops the CAA in 3-pt FG% (47.3%) and is averaging 13.4 ppg and 4.3 apg for the season. He has made 38 of his last 39 free throws.

•  Chris Fouch hit 6-of-7 threes and scored a season-high 25 pts vs. Hofstra. Fouch also went over the 1,000-pt mark for his career.

•  Samme Givens posted his 5th double-double (14pts/13reb) at JMU. Givens ranks 3rd on Drexel’s career rebounds list (967) and 7th on the CAA list. He’s scored double digits in 12 of his last 20 games and has 1,115 career points.

•  Drexel has held 14 of its last 15 opponents to less than 60 pts. The Dragons are 5th nationally in scoring defense.

George Mason

•  Topped Hofstra 72-62 for their 17th straight CAA home victory and won 75-69 at UNCW. Have won 14 of their last 16 overall.

•  Ryan Pearson, who averaged 15.5 ppg and shot 72.2% from the floor last week, moved into 9th on Mason’s career scoring list (1,540 pts). He’s scored double digits 24 times this season and has 10 double-doubles. He’s also 9th on Mason’s career rebounding chart (764).

•  Sherrod Wright scored a team-high 16 points in the UNCW win. He’s scored double figures in 6 of his last 10 games.

•  Mike Morrison added 10 points in the Hofstra win. Morrison is averaging 9.9 ppg and shooting 61.3% from the floor in CAA play.

•  Freshman Vaughn Gray had 8 pts and a career-high 6 reb off the bench vs. Hofstra.

•  Mason tops the CAA in FG% (45.9%) and is 2nd in FG% defense (38.6%). Mason has shot at least 45% from the floor 18 times and has held its opponent to less than 40% FG shooting in 9 of the last 13 games.

Georgia State

•  Edged Northeastern (61-59), but fell 80-77 in OT vs. Delaware. Five of GSU’s six CAA losses this season have been by three points or less, including two in overtime.

•  GSU’s 9 CAA victories are its most ever and its 17 overall wins are tied for the 4th-highest total in school history.

•  GSU ranks in the top 20 nationlly in scoring defense (58.7 ppg) and FG% defense (37.9%).

•  Josh Micheaux averaged 19.5 ppg last week, including a career-high 26 pts. vs. Delaware.

•  Eric Buckner posted his 2nd double-double (14pts/11reb) vs. NU. He has a school-record and CAA-best 89 blocks this season and became GSU’s career blocks leader (138) in less than 2 seasons.

•  Jihad Ali scored 15 points vs. Delaware and is averaging 15.3 ppg over his last 6 games. He has 19 double-digit games this season.

•   Devonta White scored 13 pts vs. NU and UD, and has 4 double-figure efforts in 5 games.

Hofstra

•  Fell 72-62 at George Mason and 78-67 at Drexel last week. Led by 2 at Mason with under 6 minutes to play.

•  Mike Moore scored a team-high 18 pts at Mason and also scored 18 at Drexel. Moore has a league-best 14 20+-point efforts and leads the CAA in scoring (19.3 ppg). He’s been Hofstra’s top scorer in 21 of 27 games.

•  Nathaniel Lester scored a team-high 27 pts at Drexel and tallied double figures for the 18th time in 19 games. He’s averaging 15.1 ppg in CAA play. Lester and Moore have combined for over 52% of Hofstra’s offense (911-of-1739 points) this season.

•  Dwan McMillan ranks 2nd in the CAA with 4.5 apg and is 3rd in assist/TO ratio.

•  Guard Stevie Mejia added 11 points off the bench at Mason, which was his top scoring effort since Nov. 22.

•   Hofstra’s 67 points at Drexel were the most scored against the Dragons in the past 15 games.

James Madison

•  Fell 63-56 to Drexel but won 58-56 at Towson to end a 5-game slide.

•  Humpty Hitchens scored a team-high 18 pts at Towson, which was his 21st double-digit effort of the season. He’s 5th in the CAA in scoring and 4th in assists. He tops the CAA in 3’s per game and is 4th in 3-pt FG% .

•  A.J. Davis scored a team-high 13 points vs. Drexel but had his 14-game double-digit scoring streak end at Towson. He ranks 4th in the CAA in scoring (16.2 ppg). Davis has 9 20-point games this season.

•  Junior Andrey Semenov poured in 17 pts at Towson and is averaging 12.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg over the past seven games.

•  JMU hit 9 treys vs. a Drexel team that is 2nd in the nation in 3-pt FG% defense and made 10 at Towson. JMU has averaged 9.8 threes over its last six games.

•  JMU held Towson to 27.6% FG shooting, which was the Dukes’ best defensive mark in 10 years.

UNCW

•  Fell 71-53 at Delaware and 75-69 to George Mason last week.

•  Keith Rendleman had a team-high 17 pts at UD and 14 pts vs. Mason. He has 14 double-doubles this season and has scored double digits in 22 of his last 24 games. Rendleman is 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (10.7 rpg) and is 7th in scoring (15.0 ppg). He’s averaging 15.7 ppg and 11.4 rpg in CAA play.

•  Adam Smith scored a team-high 20 pts vs. Mason and has 18 double-digit efforts and 6 20+ point games this season. Smith leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (15.1 ppg).

•  Donte Morales scored 11 points at UD and has 6 double-figure efforts in the last 9 games.

•  Freshman Cedrick Williams grabbed a team-best 10 rebs at UD, which were his most since Dec. 19, and had 8 reb. vs. Mason.

•  UNCW is 43-of-55 (78.2%) from the FT line over the last three games.

Northeastern

•  Fell 61-59 at Georgia State and 79-54 at William & Mary. Have dropped 4 in a row.

•  Freshman Quincy Ford scored a career-high 21 points and made 4 steals at W&M. He has 10 double-digit scoring efforts in the last 13 games. He’s 23rd in the CAA in scoring and 5th in steals.

•  Jonathan Lee scored 14 points at GSU, but had his 13-game double-figure scoring streak snapped at W&M. Lee had tallied at least 9 points in every game this season before being held scoreless at W&M.

•  Lee ranks among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring (14.2ppg/9th), assists (3.5apg/7th) and steals (1.6spg/9th). He’s shooting 47.2% from the floor and 40.6% from three.

•  Joel Smith had team-highs of 16 pts and 8 reb at GSU. He has 7 double-figure outings in his last 11 games. Smith has made at least one 3-pointer in 44 of his last 47 games and is 10th in career treys at NU (138).

•   Freshman Reggie Spencer added 10 points and a team-high 6 rebounds at W&M.

Old Dominion

•  Won 70-51 at W&M, but fell 68-64 to VCU. Have won 9 of their last 12 games. Monarchs are 6-2 on the road in CAA play.

•  Kent Bazemore had 10 pts and 9 assists at W&M and added 14 pts and 8 reb vs. VCU. He’s scored double figures in 15 of the last 17 games and is averaging 14.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg in CAA play. Bazemore ranks 6th on the CAA’s career steals list with 234.

•  Nick Wright averaged 13.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg last week while shooting 64.7% from the floor. Wright is averaging 10.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg over his past four games.

•  Chris Cooper is tied for the CAA lead with 14 double-doubles. Cooper ranks 3rd in the CAA in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and is 25th in scoring (10.7 ppg).

•  Donte Hill scored a career-high 15 points vs. VCU and is averaging 9.6 ppg over the last five games.

•   ODU has made 10 or more steals in 7 of its last 10 games, including 12 against VCU.

Towson

•  Beaten 66-43 at VCU and edged 58-56 by James Madison last week.

•  Robert Nwankwo averaged 17.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg last week, including his 11th double-double (15pts/15reb) vs. JMU. Nwankwo is among CAA leaders in scoring (11.8ppg/20th), rebounding (9.3rpg/4th) and blocks (2.6bpg/3rd).

•  Nwankwo has been Towson’s top rebounder in 23 of 27 games this season and ranks 5th on the Tigers’ career rebound list with 734.

•  Towson outrebounded JMU 49-19 and had 28 offensive rebounds. The Tigers have beaten 8 of their last 9 foes on the glass.

•  Marcus Damas scored 14 points vs. JMU and has tallied double digits in 14 of the last 21 games. He scored a career-high 26 points vs. Drexel on Feb. 4.

•  Freshman Kris Walden has dished out 24 assists over the past four games, including a career-high 10 vs. Drexel on Feb. 4.

VCU

•  Have won 11 in a row and 19 of their last 21 after beating Towson (66-43) and ODU (68-64) last week. The 11-game win streak is the longest for VCU since the 1984-85 season.

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

•  Bradford Burgess averaged 23.0 ppg last week, including a season-high 24 pts at ODU. He moved up to 8th on VCU’s career scoring list with 1,551 points.

•  Juvonte Reddic has 3 double-doubles in the last 7 games and is averaging 11.9 ppg and 7.5 rpg in CAA play.

•  Darius Theus, who added 14 pts at ODU, leads the CAA in assists (4.7 apg).

•  Troy Daniels is 2nd in the CAA with 72 treys and is shooting 40.5% from 3 in CAA play.

•  D.J. Haley posted his first double-double vs. Towson (career-highs of 10pts/11reb).

•  The Rams had 30 steals last week and are 2nd in the nation with 10.3 steals per game.

William & Mary

•  Lost 70-51 to ODU but ended a 9-game slide with a 79-54 victory over Northeastern.

•  Freshman Marcus Thornton scored 14 points vs. NU. He’s averaging 14.5 ppg over his last 4 games, including a career-high 28 points vs. VCU on Feb. 1.

•  Quinn McDowell added 13 points vs. NU. He ranks 6th on W&M’s all-time scoring list with 1,561 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 scored a season-high 24 pts vs. NU and has 5 double-digit efforts in the last 10 games.

•  W&M set season-highs for points (79), FG’s (30), steals (9) and assists (18) in the victory over Northeastern.

•  Senior Kendrix Brown, who had missed the past 2 games with a concussion, made 2 steals vs. ODU and became the 16th player in school history with 100 career steals.
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