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CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Report - Feb. 20

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          Release: 02/20/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kent Bazemore • Old Dominion
Sr., G, 6-5, 195 - Kelford, N.C./Bertie

Bazemore averaged 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals in ODU’s 2-0 week. The senior guard had a career-high 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 73-67 road victory at Missouri State and also contributed a team-best 23 points, eight boards and four steals in an 81-64 triumph over UNCW. For the week, Bazemore shot 60.6% from the floor.

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

Lee averaged 13.0 points and 2.5 rebounds as Drexel went 2-0 to push its winning streak to a school-record 15 games. Lee scored a team-high 18 points in the Dragons’ 69-49 victory at Cleveland State in BracketBusters and also scored eight points in a 63-61 win over William & Mary despite an ankle injury. For the week, Lee shot 63.6% from the floor and hit 4-of-7 threes.

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

Threatt averaged 17.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as Delaware increased its winning streak to six. The freshman scored a team-high 20 points in the Hens’ 71-57 victory at Hofstra and had 14 points in a 68-64 win over Hampton. For the week, Threatt was 20-of-22 at the free throw line. He’s scored double figures in six of his last 10 games.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

Drexel, Mason Tied Atop CAA Standings: Drexel and George Mason pulled out narrow victories last Tuesday and sit atop the CAA with 14-2 league marks with two conference games remaining. Drexel edged William & Mary 63-61 and has won 14 straight CAA games after an 0-2 start. Mason rallied for a dramatic 62-61 victory over VCU on Sherrod Wright’s 30-foot shot at the buzzer. The Patriots improved to 28-2 in their last 30 CAA contests. The loss at Mason dropped VCU to third place in the CAA at 13-3 and snapped the Rams’ 11-game winning streak. All three teams have clinched first-round byes for the Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Old Dominion (12-4), Delaware (10-6) and Georgia State (10-6) each won last Tuesday and are still battling for the final bye. ODU travels to Georgia State in a key contest on Wednesday night, while the top four teams go head-to-head on Saturday as Drexel visits ODU and VCU hosts George Mason.

Drexel Has Nation’s 2nd-Longest Winning Streak: The top six teams in the CAA standings are all on impressive winning streaks. Drexel has won 15 in a row and 21 of its last 22 overall as well as 15 straight at home. Drexel’s winning streak is the 2nd-longest in the nation currently and matches the 2005-06 squad for the longest win streak in the school’s Division I history. George Mason has won five straight games and 10 of its last 11 overall. The Patriots have an 18-game home court winning streak in CAA play. VCU had its 11-game winning streak snapped at Mason last Tuesday, but has captured 12 of its last 13. Delaware has won six in a row, which is its longest win streak since 2001. Old Dominion has won 11 of its last 14 and Georgia State has captured five of its last six.

Piling Up The Wins: The CAA is the only conference in the country to have three teams with 23 or more wins this season through games of Feb. 19. VCU (23), Drexel (23) and George Mason (23) 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.

CAA Performs Well In BracketBusters: The CAA went 7-5 in Sears BracketBusters last weekend, including a perfect 3-0 mark in televised games. VCU defeated Northern Iowa 77-68 on Friday, while Drexel dominated Cleveland State 69-49 and Old Dominion won 73-67 at Missouri State on Saturday. CAA teams are now 19-10 in TV games over the last eight years, which is the best winning percentage (.655) of any participating conference in the history of the event. The top six teams in the CAA all won as George Mason held off Lamar, Delaware got past Hampton and Georgia State topped UT-San Antonio. Hofstra also beat in-state foe Siena.

Drexel, VCU Receive Votes In National Polls: Drexel received 13 points in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll and nine points in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while VCU picked up two points in the coaches’ poll and one point in the AP poll. The Dragons are 23-5 overall and have won 15 in a row, while the Rams are 23-6 and have won 12 of their last 13.

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.

Road Teams Have Success: Home teams went 4-2 in CAA play last Tuesday, but visiting squads have done well this season. Through the first 96 conference contests, home teams are only 55-41 (.573). Drexel, Old Dominion and VCU are 6-2 in CAA road games, George Mason is 5-2 and Delaware and Georgia State are 4-4.

GSU’s Buckner Sets Blocked Shots Records:
Georgia State senior Eric Buckner, who leads the CAA and ranks 5th nationally with 98 blocked shots, set the Georgia State single-season blocks record on Feb. 8 and has the 6th-most blocks in a season in CAA history. He’s also the school’s career leader in rejections with 147 in less than two seasons at GSU.

CAA Defenses Among The Best In The Nation
: The CAA features some of the top defensive teams in the nation. As of Feb. 20, four teams - Drexel (55.0 ppg/5th), VCU (59.0 ppg/15th), Georgia State (59.3 ppg/18th) and Old Dominion (60.6 ppg/32nd) were ranked among the nation’s top 35 in scoring defense, while GSU (38.6%/13th), Drexel (38.6%/15th), George Mason (38.8%/20th), Delaware (39.1%/23rd) and ODU (39.7%/33rd) were among the top 30 nationally in FG percentage defense. Drexel is 5th in the nation (27.7%) 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 9th (9.1 spg). VCU is also 2nd in Division I in turnover margin (+5.8 tpg) and GSU is 18th (+3.6 tpg), while the Rams are 2nd in the nation in opposition turnover rate (27%).

More On The Defense: The defensive numbers posted by CAA teams have been even more impressive during conference play. As of Feb. 20, four teams were holding their opponents to under 58 points per game - Drexel (54.4 ppg), Old Dominion (56.7 ppg), VCU (57.1 ppg) and Georgia State (57.2 ppg). Conversely, no CAA teams are averaging more than 68.7 ppg offensively in conference play. Six teams are also limiting opponents to 40% FG shooting or less in CAA play - ODU (36.8%), GSU (37.1%), Drexel (37.8%), Mason (38.3%), Delaware (39.1%) and VCU (39.4%).

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. 20, there are nine seniors among the league’s top 20 in scoring along with four sophomores and two 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 16th in the league in rebounding (5.5 rpg).

VCU Records 17th Straight Sellout: VCU played before its 17th consecutive sellout crowd at the Siegel Center last Friday against Northern Iowa. The streak is a CAA record and the Rams are averaging 7,622 fans this season. Old Dominion, which leads the CAA with an average of 7,629 fans per game, has played before 13 crowds of better than 7,000 at the Constant Center this season, including sellout crowds of 8,460 for three of its last four games (W&M, JMU and VCU). Drexel has had sellout crowds for four of its past seven 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 5th Nationally In Rebounding: Delaware junior Jamelle Hagins ranks 5th nationally in rebounding at 11.2 rpg according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Feb. 19. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman is 10th in rebounds (10.6 rpg) and ODU’s Chris Cooper is 21st (10.0 rpg). In other statistical categories, Hofstra’s Mike Moore is 21st in scoring (19.5 ppg) and UD’s Devon Saddler is 25th (18.6 ppg). GSU’s Eric Buckner is 6th in blocks (3.5 bpg), UD’s Hagins is 12th (3.0 bpg) and TU’s Robert Nwankwo is 21st (2.5 bpg). ODU’s Kent Bazemore is 21st in steals (2.2 spg) and VCU’s Briante Weber is 25th (2.2 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 ranks 7th on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list with 992 boards and needs two more to pass George Mason’s Will  Thomas for sixth. He also needs just eight more to become the sixth player in CAA history to reach 1,000 career rebounds. ODU senior Kent Bazemore ranks 3rd on the CAA’s career steals list with 240 and needs 10 more to vault past UNCW’s Brett Blizzard into 2nd place. Towson senior Robert Nwankwo ranks 8th on the CAA’s all-time blocked shots list with 218 and is just one away from the #7 spot.

Doubling Up: Seventeen CAA players have recorded two or more double-doubles this season. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman has 15 double-doubles, including 11 in 16 CAA games, and ODU’s Chris Cooper has posted 14 double-doubles. Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins has 13 double-doubles, including seven that were recorded in consecutive games from Nov. 26-Dec. 19, and Towson’s Robert Nwankwo also has 13, including nine in his past 12 games. George Mason’s Ryan Pearson is close behind with 12 double-doubles. Rendleman, Cooper Hagins and Nwankwo rank in the top 15 nationally in 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 139 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and is the VCU and CAA all-time record. With four 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 1,581 points.

Three CAA Teams In Mid-Major Top 25 Poll: Three CAA teams were ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll released on Feb. 20 by CollegeInsider.com. Drexel was the top-ranked CAA squad at #9, followed by George Mason at #12 and VCU at #14. The CAA and West Coast led all conferences with three teams in the poll, followed by five other conferences with two teams. 16 conferences had at least one team in the poll.

Delaware

•  On a 6-game winning streak for the 1st time since 2001 after victories over Hofstra (71-57) and Hampton (68-64). It was UD’s first win at Hofstra since Nov. 30, 2000.

•  UD has reached the 10-win mark in CAA play for the first time since 2003-04.

•  Devon Saddler, who is the CAA’s 2nd-leading scorer (18.6 ppg), had a team-high 26 pts vs. Hampton. He has 25 double-digit efforts in the last 27 games with 12 20+-point outings.

•  Jamelle Hagins averaged 11.5 ppg and 16.5 rpg last week, including his 13th double-double (14pts/18reb) at Hofstra. He leads the CAA with 11.2 rpg and is 14th in scoring (12.9 ppg). Hagins also became UD’s career blocked shots leader with 197.

•  Delaware is shooting 84% (63-75) from the FT line over the last 3 games, with Jarvis Threatt hitting 33-of-37 in that stretch.

•  Freshman Jarvis Threatt averaged 17.0 ppg last week, including a team-high 20 points off the bench at Hofstra. He’s averaging 14.0 ppg over his last 10 contests.

Drexel

•  Defeated W&M (63-61) and Cleveland St. (69-49) last week. Tied a school Div. I record with their 15th straight win and are 21-1 since Jan. 4. Drexel also has a 15-game home court win streak.

•  Drexel’s 14 CAA victories are its most since joining the league in 2001-02.

•  Frantz Massenat averaged 16.0 ppg and 6.0 apg last week and extended his double-figure scoring streak to 11 games. He tops the CAA in 3-pt FG% (46.5%) and has made 47 of his last 49 free throws.

•  Derrick Thomas hit 4-of-8 threes and scored 16 points vs. W&M, which was his top offensive effort since Jan. 21. Daryl McCoy had a season-high 13 points at CSU.

•  Samme Givens grabbed a season-high 14 reb at CSU. Givens ranks 3rd on Drexel’s career rebounds list (992) and 7th on the CAA list. He’s also scored 1,128 career points.

•  Drexel limited CSU to 27% FG shooting and has held 15 of its last 17 opponents to less than 60 points.

George Mason

•  Have won 11 of their last 12 after beating VCU (62-61) and Lamar (75-71) last week. Have won 18 straight CAA home games.

•  Ryan Pearson posted double-doubles vs. VCU (24pts/11reb) and Lamar (17pts/10reb)and moved into 5th on Mason’s career scoring list (1,581 pts). He’s scored double digits 26 times and has 12 double-doubles. Pearson is 9th in career rebounds (785).

•  Sherrod Wright averaged 12.0 ppg last week, including a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer vs. VCU. He’s scored double figures in 5 of his last 6 games.

•  Vertrail Vaughns hit 4-of-7 three-pointers and scored 14 points vs. VCU. He’s averaging 10.3 ppg over the last 3 games.

•  Mason shot 57.1% from the floor vs. Lamar and has shot better than 51% in 3 of its last 4 games. The Patriots lead the CAA in FG percentage (46%) for the season.

•   Mason ranks 3rd in the CAA in FG% defense (38.8%) and 3-point FG% defense (30.9%).

Georgia State

•  Beat JMU (67-64) and UTSA (82-71) last week and have won 5 of their last 6 games. Five of GSU’s six CAA losses this season have been by 3 points or less, including two in OT.

•  GSU’s 10 CAA victories are its most ever and its 19 overall wins are the 4th-highest total in school history. The Panthers’ 12 home court wins are tied for the 2nd-most ever.

•  GSU is in the top 20 nationlly in scoring defense (59.3 ppg) and FG% defense (38.6%).

•  Jihad Ali had team-highs of 19 pts and 9 reb at JMU and is averaging 15.5 ppg over his last 8 games. He’s scored double figures 21 times this season.

•  Josh Micheaux contributed 9.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 7.0 apg last week.

•  Eric Buckner has a school-record and CAA-best 98 blocks this season and is GSU’s career blocks leader (147). The 98 blocks are the 6th-most in CAA history.

•   Devonta White has scored double digits in 5 straight games and is averaging 14.0 ppg over that stretch.

Hofstra

•  Fell 71-57 to Delaware but ended a 4-game slide with an 81-69 victory over Siena.

•  Mike Moore scored a team-high 30 points vs. Siena, which was his 12th straight game in double digits. Moore has a league-best 15 20+-point efforts and leads the CAA in scoring (19.5 ppg). He’s been Hofstra’s top scorer in 23 of 29 games.

•  Nathaniel Lester added 15 points vs. Siena and tallied double figures for the 20th time in 21 games. He’s averaging 14.9 ppg in CAA play. Lester and Moore have combined for over 52% of Hofstra’s offense (983-of-1877 points) this season.

•  Stevie Mejia had a career-high 16 points and 6 assists vs. Siena. Mejia has 3 double-digit efforts in the last 4 games.

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

•   Hofstra is now 6-1 all-time in BracketBusters and improved to 7-6 in non-conference action this season.

James Madison

•  Suffered losses to Georgia State (67-64) and Detroit (82-70) last week.

•  Humpty Hitchens injured his shoulder vs. GSU and didn’t play at Detroit. Hitchens has 21 double-digit efforts. 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 26 points at Detroit and 20 points vs. GSU. He has 16 double-figure outings in the last 17 games and ranks 4th in the CAA in scoring (16.7 ppg). Davis has 11 20-point games this season.

•  Andrey Semenov hit 6-of-8 treys and scored a season high-tying 22 pts vs. GSU and added 14 pts at Detroit. He’s averaging 14.0 ppg and is 31-of-54 from 3-point range over the past 9 games.

•  JMU was 18-of-41 from 3-point range last week. JMU has averaged 9.5 threes over its last eight games.

•   Devon Moore dished out 10 assists at Detroit and became the 8th JMU player to go over 300 assists in a career (309).

UNCW

•  Dropped road games at Old Dominion (81-64) and Manhattan (79-64) last week.

•  Keith Rendleman posted his CAA-best 15th double-double at ODU (15pts/11reb) and had 21 pts at Manhattan. He’s scored double digits in 24 of his last 26 games. Rendleman is 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (10.6 rpg) and is 6th in scoring (15.2 ppg).

•  Adam Smith averaged 10.5 ppg last week and has 20 double-digit efforts and 6 20+ point games this season. Smith leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (14.7 ppg).

•  Freshman Cedrick Williams had 11 points and 8 rebounds at ODU. He’s grabbed 8 or more boards in 3 of his last 4 games.

•  Tanner Milson scored 12 points at ODU and has 3 double-figure efforts in the last 5 games. He’s also dished out 15 assists with only 2 turnovers in the last 3 contests.

•   Donte Morales, who has 6 double-figure efforts in his last 10 games, did not play at ODU due to illness.

Northeastern

•  Ended a 4-game losing streak with a 70-51 victory over Towson but fell 76-69 to Stony Brook in BracketBusters.

•  Joel Smith scored a team-high 20 points in both games last week and was 11-of-18 from 3-point range. He has 9 double-figure outings in his last 13 games. Smith is tied for 7th in career treys at NU with 149.

•  Freshman Quincy Ford had 12 points and 5 steals vs. Towson and added 14 points vs. Stony Brook. He has 12 double-digit scoring efforts in the last 15 games. He’s 22nd in the CAA in scoring and 4th in steals.

•  Jonathan Lee had 15 points vs Stony Brook, which was his 15th double-digit effort in the past 16 games. Lee had tallied at least 9 points in every game this season before being held scoreless at W&M on Feb. 11.

•   Freshman Reggie Spencer scored a career-high 17 points vs. Towson and is contributing 10.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg over his last four contests.

Old Dominion

•  Defeated UNCW (81-64) and Missouri State (73-67) last week. Have won 11 of their last 14 games. ODU is 6-1 in BracketBusters.

•  Kent Bazemore averaged 25.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg last week, including a career-high 28 points at MSU. He’s scored double figures in 17 of the last 19 games and is averaging 14.8 ppg and 6.1 rpg in CAA play. He ranks 3rd on the CAA’s career steals list (240).

•  Nick Wright added 19 pts and 6 reb in the UNCW win. Wright is averaging 12.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg over his past four games.

•  Chris Cooper had 12 points vs. UNCW and 10 rebounds at MSU. He ranks 2nd in the CAA with 14 double-doubles, is 3rd in the CAA in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and 25th in scoring (10.6 ppg).

•  Trian Iliadis hit 4 treys at MSU and scored 14 points off the bench. He’s scored double figures in 5 of his last 7 games.

•   ODU has shot better than 48% from the floor in 3 of its last 4 games and was 12-of-22 from 3-point range at MSU.

Towson

•  Dropped road games at Northeastern (70-51) and New Hampshire (72-58) last week.

•  Robert Nwankwo posted double-doubles at NU (19pts/13reb) and UNH (career-high 20pts/13reb). Nwankwo has 9 double-doubles in the last 12 games and 13 overall. He’s among CAA leaders in scoring (12.3 ppg/16th), rebounding (9.6 rpg/4th) and blocks (2.5 bpg/3rd).

•  Nwankwo has been Towson’s top rebounder in 25 of 29 games this season and ranks 5th on the Tigers’ career rebound list with 760.

•  Towson outrebounded both opponents last week and has beaten 10 of its last 11 foes on the glass.

•  Marcus Damas averaged 14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 4.5 apg last week. He has tallied double digits in 16 of the last 23 games and has 20 double-figure efforts for the season.

•   Towson committed a season-low eight turnovers at UNH, but shot just 2-of-17 from 3-point range.

VCU

•  Fell 62-61 at George Mason, snapping their 11-game winning streak, but beat Northern Iowa 77-68 in BracketBusters.

•  VCU has reached the 20-win mark for the sixth straight season and is 20-3 this season since Nov. 30.

•  Bradford Burgess scored 17 points vs. UNI and is averaging 19.0 ppg over his last 4 games. He’s 19 points shy of becoming the 3rd player in VCU history with 1,600 points and 700 rebounds in a career.

•  Juvonte Reddic has 4 double-doubles in the last 9 games and is averaging 11.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg in CAA play.

•  Darius Theus, who had 11 pts and 6 assists at Mason, leads the CAA in assists (4.8 apg).

•  Troy Daniels is 2nd in the CAA with 77 treys and is shooting 40% from 3 in CAA play.

•  The Rams have made 52 steals in the last 4 games and are 2nd nationally with 10.3 spg.

•  VCU’s three CAA losses this season have been by a combined total of 9 points.

William & Mary

•  Dropped a narrow 63-61 decision at Drexel and lost 73-65 at VMI.

•  Freshman Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 13 points at Drexel. Thornton has reached double figures 16 times this year.

•  Quinn McDowell, who had a team-high 15 pts at VMI, ranks 6th on W&M’s all-time scoring list with 1,583 pts and is the 4th player in W&M history with 1,500 pts and 500 reb in a career. He also set the W&M record for career games played (123).

•  Brandon Britt averaged 13.0 ppg last week. He has 7 double-digit efforts in the last 12 games, including 24 pts in a win over NU.

•  W&M shot 49% from the floor, including 7-of-15 on 3’s at Drexel.

•  Tim Rusthoven is averaging 13.0 ppg and 8.7 rpg over the last three games.

•   Senior Kendrix Brown contributed a career-high 11 points at Drexel.
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