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George Mason's Bryon Allen scored 13 points in the win over Virginia.

CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Report - Nov. 12

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          Release: 11/12/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Bryon Allen • George Mason
Jr., G, 6-3, 214 - Largo, Md./St. Thomas More

Allen contributed 13 points, a team-high five assists and four rebounds in George Mason's 63-59 victory over ACC foe Virginia last Friday. The junior guard drained a 3-pointer with a 1:02 left that snapped a 57-57 tie and then sealed the win by hitting a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining. It was Mason's first victory over the Cavaliers in eight all-time meetings.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Marcus Thornton • William & Mary
So., G, 6-4, 185 - Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

Thornton scored a team-high 24 points on 7-of-11 FG shooting, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, in William & Mary's 69-51 win over Hampton last Friday. Five of his career-high six treys came in the second half to help the Tribe break the game open. It was the fourth career 20-point effort for Thornton, who also dished out two assists and blocked two shots.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
R.J. Hunter • Georgia State
Fr., G, 6-5, 175 - Indianapolis, Ind./Pike

Hunter recorded a double-double in his collegiate debut last Friday, tallying 14 points and a team-best 10 rebounds in Georgia State's 74-55 setback at 8th-ranked Duke. The freshman guard was 4-of-11 from the floor, hit a pair of three-pointers and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

George Mason Knocks Off Virginia: George Mason opened its season with a 63-59 victory over ACC foe Virginia last Friday before a school-record, sellout crowd of 9,840 at the Patriot Center. It was Mason's first win in eight all-time meetings with the Cavaliers and marked the 10th year in a row that the Patriots have captured their home opener. Junior Sherrod Wright scored a team-high 15 points for Mason and junior Bryon Allen added13 points, including a 3-pointer that snapped a 57-57 tie with 1:02 remaining.

Northeastern Wins Battle of Boston At The Buzzer: Sophomore Demetrius Pollard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Northeastern a dramatic 65-64 triumph over Boston University in the Battle of Boston last Friday. It was the Huskies' third straight season-opening victory over the Terriers. Senior Joel Smith led NU with 20 points and five assists and sophomore Reggie Spencer scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 FG shooting.

UNCW Downs In-State Rival UNCA: Opening at home for the first time in four seasons, UNCW rallied past UNC Asheville 67-59 on Sunday. Sophomore forward Cedrick Williams posted his first career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while All-CAA forward Keith Rendleman added 14 and nine boards.

Tribe Trio Scores Big In Hampton Win: The trio of Marcus Thornton, Tim Rusthoven and Brandon Britt combined for 59 points in William & Mary's 69-51 victory over Hampton last Friday. It was the Tribe's ninth home-opening win in 10 seasons under coach Tony Shaver. Thornton poured in a team-best 24 points, Rusthoven scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Britt added 17 points.

Tournament Time: Six of the CAA's 11 teams will be taking part in tournaments this week. Delaware faces Penn tonight in the first round of the NIT Tip-Off Tournament in Charlottesville, Va., while Georgia State travels to BYU on Tuesday for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. On Thursday, James Madison opens its season at #13 UCLA in the Legends Classic. On Friday, George Mason plays Mercer in the Paradise Jam, Hofstra hosts South Dakota State in the 2K Sports Classic and Towson meets Radford in the first round of the Comfort Suites Invitational in Richmond, Ky.

Four CAA Teams Receive Votes In Mid-Major Top 25 Poll: Four CAA teams received votes in the preseason CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. CAA preseason favorite Drexel was ranked #4 in the poll behind only Creighton, Gonzaga and Murray State. George Mason, Old Dominion and Delaware were among other teams receiving votes.

NU's Lee Among Candidates For Senior CLASS Award: Northeastern senior guard Jonathan Lee is one of 30 candidates for the 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. Lee was a third-team All-CAA selection last season after leading the Huskies in scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (3.5 apg) while also shooting 41.7% from three-point range.

Delaware

• Lost 73-66 at La Salle on Saturday. Took a second-half lead after an early 15-point deficit, but couldn't hold on. It was UD's seventh straight season-opening setback.

• Senior Jamelle Hagins, who had 15 double-doubles last season, contributed 12 points, a team-high 14 rebounds and five blocks at La Salle. Hagins ranks 9th in CAA history with 217 career blocked shots.

• Sophomore guard Jarvis Threatt scored a team-high 17 points, but had to sit out the final four minutes due to leg cramps. Threatt also had six rebounds and two steals.

• Junior guard Devon Saddler, a preseason All-CAA selection, scored all 14 of his points in the second half at La Salle.

• Freshman Terrell Rogers had eight points and two assists in his collegiate debut.

• UD committed eight turnovers in the first 9:26 at La Salle, but had only two more during the rest of the game.

Drexel

• Were beaten 66-62 in overtime at Kent State on Friday in their season opener.

• Senior guard Chris Fouch scored a team-high 24 points at KSU and also grabbed five rebounds.

• Fouch, who was 6-of-12 from 3-point range at KSU, and moved into 7th place on Drexel's all-time treys list with 197.

• Junior Frantz Massenat, the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, was held to six points which ended his double-figure scoring streak at 19 games. Massenat dished out a team-best seven assists

• Sophomore Kazembe Abif contributed eight points and eight rebounds off the bench.

• Junior forward Dartaye Ruffin had six points, a team-high nine rebounds and two blocked shots at KSU.

George Mason

• Upset ACC foe Virginia 63-59 last Friday before a sellout crowd at the Patriot Center. It was Mason's first win in eight all-time meetings with the Cavaliers and the Patriots' 10th straight win in a season opener.

• Junior guard Bryon Allen hit a 3-pointer to snap a 57-57 tie and sealed the win with two free throws in the final seconds. Allen finished with 13 points and five assists.

• Junior guard Sherrod Wright, a preseason All-CAA selection, led the Patriots with 15 points on 6-of-9 FG shooting vs. UVA.

• Junior forward Johnny Williams, who missed last season with a shoulder injury, scored 11 points on 5-of-7 FG shooting in his return to the court against Virginia.

• Freshman Marko Gujanicic contributed six points and seven rebounds in his collegiate debut. It was the most rebounds by a Mason freshman in his first game since 2007.

Georgia State

• Dropped a 74-55 decision at 8th-ranked Duke in their season opener on Friday.

• Junior guard Devonta White, GSU's only returning starter, scored a team-high 19 points at Duke. He was 3-of-5 from 3-point range and also made three steals.

• White made his first three FT attempts before having his streak of consecutive makes come to an end at 20.

• Freshman guard R.J. Hunter posted a double-double in his collegiate debut with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. He is the son of GSU head coach Ron Hunter.

• Senior center James Vincent chipped in eight points on 4-of-5 FG shooting and grabbed five boards off the bench.

• The Panthers visit BYU on Tuesday in the first game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. GSU will host a sub-regional in the event next week.

Hofstra

• Fell 91-62 at Monmouth on Friday and 83-54 at Purdue on Sunday. It was Hofstra's first season-opening loss in three years under coach Mo Cassara.

• Freshman Jimmy Hall averaged 14.0 points and 8.5 rebounds for the week. Hall had a double-double in his collegiate debut with 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds at MU and followed with a team-high 17 points on 7-of-11 FG shooting at Purdue.

• Hall's double-double was the first by a Pride freshman in his first game since Halil Kanacevic in 2009.

• Sophomore Moussa Kone scored a career-high 10 points at Monmouth and then topped it with 12 points at Purdue.

• Hawaii transfer Shaquille Stokes came off the bench to score 12 points in his first Hofstra game against Monmouth.

• The Pride has nine new players on its roster this season. Newcomers have accounted for 63 of the team's 116 points so far.

James Madison

• JMU will be the last Div. I team in the nation to open its season when it faces 13th-ranked UCLA on Thursday.

• It will be the fourth time in five years under coach Matt Brady that the Dukes have opened their season against a ranked team.

• Senior forward Andrey Semenov averaged 16.4 ppg and was 23-of-37 (62.2%) from 3-point range over JMU's last 5 regular-season games last season.

• Senior guard A.J. Davis had 16 double-figure outings in JMU's last 20 games and ranked 4th in the CAA in scoring (15.9 ppg).

• Senior guard Devon Moore ranks 7th on JMU's career assist chart with 330.

• JMU's roster features five fifth-year seniors, which is the most of any team in the nation.

• Senior Rayshawn Goins, who averaged 9.7 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 2010-11, returns to the lineup after missing all of last year with a shoulder injury.

UNCW

• Playing their season opener at home for the first time in four years, rallied for a 67-59 victory over UNC Asheville on Sunday.

• Sophomore forward Cedrick Williams posted his first career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds against UNCA. He led the team in both categories.

• Senior All-CAA forward Keith Rendleman fell one rebound shy of his 23rd career double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds in the UNCA victory.

• Newcomer Tyree Graham contributed 12 points off the bench, including a 3-pointer that gave UNCW a commanding 8-point lead with 1:40 left. He was 3-of-5 from 3-point range in the game.

• UNCW's defense llmited UNCA to 34.5% FG shooting and came up with 14 steals. Rendleman and guard Freddie Jackson each had four steals apiece.

Northeastern

• Opened the season with a dramatic 65-64 victory over Boston University in the Battle of Boston on Friday. It was the Huskies' third straight season-opening win against the Terriers.

• Sophomore Demetrius Pollard drained the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. It was Pollard's only field goal of the game.

• Senior guard Joel Smith scored a team-high 20 points versus BU. He also had five rebounds and a team-best five assists.

• Sophomore forward Reggie Spencer contributed a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 FG shooting. He snared seven rebounds and had two blocks.

• Sophomore forward Quincy Ford narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and a team-high nine boards vs. BU.

• NU played without preseason All-CAA guard Jonathan Lee, who is out with an injury.

Old Dominion

• Went 1-2 in the Liberty Tax Classic, beating Morgan State 72-61 on Saturday, but losing to Holy Cross (46-45) and UTSA (79-70).

• ODU had six players score between 10 and 12 points in the victory over Morgan State.

• ODU, which has been one of the top rebounding teams in the nation for the past few years, outrebounded all three opponents in the tournament.

• Senior center DeShawn Painter, a transfer from N.C. State, scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds against both Holy Cross and Morgan State.

• Freshman Keenan Palmore started in the backcourt and averaged 10.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals over his first three games.

• Freshman Aaron Bacote scored a career-high 15 points against UTSA. He shot 55.6% from the floor over the first three games.

Towson

• Fell 75-58 at College of Charleston in their season opener on Friday. Outscored CofC by nine in the second half after a tough start.

• Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon scored a team-high 23 points in his Towson debut. The Georgetown transfer also grabbed five rebounds.

• Senior center Bilal Dixon posted a double-double with 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in his first game with the Tigers. The Providence transfer was 7-of-12 from the floor.

• Sophomore guard Kris Walden, one of two returning starters for Towson, contributed 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench at Charleston.

• Towson shot 48.4% from the floor in the second half at CofC after hitting just 23.1% in the opening half.

• Freshman point guard Jerome Harrison added six points and four assists.

William & Mary

• Won their ninth home opener in 10 seasons under coach Tony Shaver with a 69-51 victory over Hampton.

• Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 24 points on 7-of-11 FG shooting, including 6-of-9 from three. The six treys were the 9th-most in W&M history.

• Junior forward Tim Rusthoven contributed a career-high 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals versus Hampton. Rusthoven was 7-of-12 from the floor.

• Junior guard Brandon Britt scored 17 points against Hampton. He also dished out four assists and made three steals.

• Junior forward Kyle Gaillard, who missed all of last season, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in his return to action.

• Senior guard Matt Rum dished out a career-high seven assists in the Hampton win.

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