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CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Report - Dec. 24

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          Release: 12/24/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Damion Lee • Drexel
So., G, 6-6, 195 - Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall

Lee recorded his first double-double of the season with a team-best 26 points and a season-high 11 rebounds in Drexel's 69-58 victory over Davidson last Saturday. The sophomore hit 8-of-17 from the floor and was 8-of-8 at the free throw line. He also dished out four assists. Lee has scored 15 or more points in his last eight games.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Sherrod Wright • George Mason
Jr., G, 6-4, 196 - Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon

Wright scored a team-high 22 points, including a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer, in George Mason's 67-64 triumph over Richmond last Saturday. The junior guard was 8-of-11 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. He has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive contests.

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

Hunter averaged 23.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in Georgia State's two games last week. The freshman guard shot 55.6% from the floor, including 8-of-16 from 3-point range. Hunter scored a team-high 24 points in a two-point loss to Southern Miss and had 23 points and six rebounds in a 65-60 setback at Rhode Island.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

CAA Goes 9-3 To Close The Week: CAA teams closed last week with a 9-3 record against non-conference foes. The league went 2-0 in the inaugural Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic in Richmond on Saturday as George Mason rallied for a 67-64 victory over Richmond on Sherrod Wright's three-pointer at the buzzer and Old Dominion knocked off ACC foe Virginia 63-61 behind 23 points from Dimitri Batten. Drexel defeated defending Southern Conference champ Davidson 69-58 as sophomore Damion Lee recorded a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds. James Madison topped San Jose State 77-68 and beat San Diego 62-59 in the Vegas Holiday Hoops tournament over the weekend.

Holiday Break: With the holidays upon us, all 11 CAA teams are taking time off this week. Seven teams return to action on Saturday, December 29, with six of them hitting the road. Among the notable games are William & Mary at Purdue, George Mason at South Florida and Towson at Oregon State.

Three CAA Players Among Cousy Award Candidates: Drexel's Frantz Massenat, James Madison's Devon Moore and Georgia State's Devonta White are among 85 candidates for the Bob Cousy Award, which is presented to the nation's top collegiate point guard. The list of candidates will be trimmed to 20 in early January and the winner will be announced at the Final Four.

Doubling Up: Delaware senior Jamelle Hagins ranks third in the nation with eight double-doubles and Towson junior Jerrelle Benimon ranks fifth with seven according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Dec. 23. Siena's O.D. Anosike and Notrel Dame's Jack Cooley lead the nation with nine. Six other CAA players have multiple double-doubles: UNCW's Keith Rendleman (4), ODU's DeShawn Painter (3), Towson's Bilal Dixon (2), JMU's Rayshawn Goins (2), Northeastern's Reggie Spencer (2) and UNCW's Cedrick Williams (2).

Down To The Wire: Of the 124 non-conference games involving CAA teams this season, 53 of them (42.7%) have been decided by six points or less and nine have gone to overtime. Eight of George Mason's 11 games have had margins of five points or less. Towson has had six games with margins of six points or less, Delaware has had five and Drexel has had four. Northeastern has had five games decided by three points or less. Georgia State has won three games by two points or less and dropped its last three by a total of eight points and James Madison has been involved in three one-point decisions and a two-point contest.

UD's Saddler, Hagins Moving Up Career Lists: Delaware guard Devon Saddler has the second-most career points (1,252) of any junior in Division I, trailing only Creighton's Doug McDermott. Saddler, who is averaging a league-best 19.8 ppg this season, has also moved up to 15th on UD's all-time scoring list. Blue Hens' forward Jamelle Hagins has 871 career rebounds and is just 46 shy of UD's all-time record. He ranks 7th in CAA history with 240 career blocked shots.

Youth Movement: There are just eight seniors among the top 30 scorers in the CAA through games of Dec. 23 and Northeastern's Joel Smith and UNCW's Keith Rendleman are the only seniors among the top 10. The top 30 also includes 12 juniors, seven sophomores and three freshmen.

Freshmen Among Steals Leaders: JMU guard Andre Nation and ODU guard Keenan Palmore are tied for second in the CAA with 2.2 steals per game and are among five freshmen among the league's top 15 in steals. GSU's R.J. Hunter is tied for 6th (1.8 spg), Towson's Jerome Hairston is tied for 10th (1.6 spg) and Northeastern's David Walker is 13th (1.5 spg).

Delaware's Hagins Ranked 3rd Nationally In Rebounding: Delaware senior center Jamelle Hagins was ranked third in the nation in rebounding with 12.2 rpg through games of Dec. 23. Hagins was one of three CAA players among the top 31 nationally in rebounding along with Towson's Jerrelle Benimon (10th/10.8 rpg) and UNCW's Keith Rendleman (31st/9.5 rpg). In other categories, Delaware's Devon Saddler was 22nd (19.8 ppg) and Drexel's Damion Lee was 49th (18.6 ppg) in scoring (20.5 ppg), while Hagins 30th (57.4%), W&M's Tim Rusthoven was 33rd (57.3%) and Mason's Sherrod Wright was 48th (55.7%) in FG percentage. Northeastern's Joel Smith ranked 29th in 3-pointers per game (2.9 bpg) and W&M's Marcus Thornton was 36th in 3-pt FG percentage (42.6%). Hagins was 37th (2.3 bpg) and GSU's James Vincent was 42nd (2.3 bpg) in blocked shots and GSU's Devonta White was 45th (2.3 spg) in steals.

W&M Ranked 19th Nationally In FG Percentage: William & Mary ranked 19th in the nation in FG percentage at 48.6% according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Dec. 23. In other team categories, W&M was 46th (38.5%) and Towson was 50th (38.7%) in FG percentage defense and the Tribe was also 6th in 3-pt FG% defense (24.7%). Drexel was 16th (76%) and Delaware was 40th (74.4%) in FT percentage, Old Dominion and Towson were tied for 43rd in rebound margin (+6.5 rpg) and Drexel was 48th (+6.3 rpg). Towson is alos ranked 34th in blocked shots (5.2 bpg).

Delaware

• Rallied from an early 10-point deficit to defeat Penn 83-60 last Friday.

• Senior Jamelle Hagins had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Penn win. Hagins, who has a league-high 8 double-doubles this season, leads the CAA in rebounding (12.2 rpg) and blocks (2.3 bpg) and ranks 2nd in FG% (57.4%).

• Junior Devon Saddler, who leads the CAA in scoring with 19.8 ppg, contributed 12 points vs. Penn. Saddler has scored double digits in 18 straight games and has topped the 12-point mark in every game this season.

• Freshman Terrell Rogers scored 12 points vs. Penn while fellow rookie Marvin King-Davis tallied a career-high eight points.

• Sophomore Jarvis Threatt contributed a season-high 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists vs. Penn. Threatt is averaging 16.5 ppg over his past two contests.

Drexel

• Defeated Davidson 69-58 last Saturday for their first home win of the season.

• Sophomore Damion Lee led Drexel in scoring for the 5th straight game with 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. Davidsion. Lee has scored 15 or more points in each of his last eight games and ranks second in the CAA in scoring with 18.6 ppg.

• Junior Frantz Massenat contributed 14 points and six assists in the Davidson win. Massenat is 2nd in the CAA in assists (4.5 apg) and has scored double digits in seven of his last eight games.

• Senior Daryl McCoy grabbed 9 rebounds vs. Davidson and went over 700 rebounds (702) for his career. He ranks 12th all-time in rebounds at Drexel.

• Drexel held Davidson under 60 points for the first time this season and outrebounded the Wildcats 40-14. The Dragons had more offensive rebounds (19) than Davidson had total caroms.

George Mason

• Topped Richmond 67-64 last Saturday on Sherrod Wright's 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Patriots rallied from a 12-point deficit with 7:53 to play.

• Wright has been Mason's top scorer in 9 of 11 games and ranks among the CAA's top 5 in scoring, FG% and 3-point FG%. Wright has scored 20+ points in 3 straight games, becoming the first Mason player to do so since Cam Long in January, 2010.

• Sophomore Corey Edwards scored a career-high 13 points vs. Richmond. He also had three assists and three steals.

• Mason is 18-2 at home under coach Paul Hewitt, including 3-1 this season.

• Mason tops the CAA in scoring defense (61.1 ppg) and ranks 3rd in FG% defense (39.9%).

• Forward Jonathan Arledge came off the bench to provide seven points and a team-high eight rebounds against UR.

Georgia State

• Lost 69-67 to Southern Miss and 65-60 at Rhode Island last week. The Panthers have dropped three straight games by a total of eight points.

• Guard R.J. Hunter, who tops all CAA freshmen in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg), poured in a team-high 24 points vs. USM and 23 points at URI. He's scored double figures in 9 of 12 games and has five 20-point outings.

• Junior guard Devonta White added 13 points vs. USM and 14 at URI. He's reached double digits in 11 of 12 games. White also leads the CAA in steals and is 9th in assists.

• Junior forward Manny Atkins contributed 13 points vs. USM and 14 at URI, which was his 8th straight game scoring in double figures. He's shooting 41.7% from 3-point range.

• GSU has 101 steals in 12 games after ranking 4th nationally (9.3 spg) last year.

• Senior James Vincent ranks 2nd in the CAA in blocked shots (2.3 bpg).

Hofstra

• Fell 83-62 to Tulane in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday. Game was tied 30-30 at half, but Tulane opened 2nd half on a 20-0 run. Have lost seven in a row.

• Sophomore guard Taran Buie scored a team-high 15 points vs. Tulane. The Penn State transfer has tallied double figures in seven straight games and nine of his last 10 contests. He's 9th in the CAA in scoring.

• Senior guard Stevie Mejia contributed nine points, eight rebounds and six assists vs. Tulane. Mejia ranks 3rd in the CAA with 4.2 apg and has also scored double digits six times.

• Freshman Jordan Allen scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-6 FG shooting vs. Wright State and followed with eight points vs. Tulane.

• Senior Matt Grogan tied his career-high with seven points vs. Tulane and freshman Adam Savion established a new career-high with six points.

James Madison

• Rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat San Jose St. 77-68 and edged San Diego 62-59 in the Vegas Holiday Hoops event. JMU has won five of its last six games after a 1-5 start.

• JMU shot 78.3% from the floor in the second half vs. SJSU, including a perfect 7-of-7 from three-point range.

• Senior Devon Moore contributed 12 points and seven assists vs. SJSU and 13 second-half points vs. San Diego. Moore is averaging 16.5 ppg over the last four games and leads the CAA in assists (4.6 apg).

• Senior Rayshawn Goins had 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds at SJSU and scored a team-high 15 points vs. San Diego.

• Senior A.J. Davis scored a team-high 18 points in 22 minutes off the bench vs. SJSU and followed with 11 points and a season-high four steals in the San Diego win.

• Freshman Charles Cooke scored 11 points off the bench vs. SJSU.

UNCW

• Rolled past UNCG 87-73 last Wednesday. UNCW is 5-0 at home, but 0-6 on the road this season.

• Senior Keith Rendleman posted his 4th double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds vs. UNCG. It was his third 20-point effort in the last four games. Rendleman ranks among the CAA's top 10 in scoring, rebounding and FG percentage.

• Freshman Craig Ponder hit 5-of-6 from 3-point range and added 19 points vs. UNCG. Ponder had made just five treys in the Seahawks' first 10 contests.

• UNCW shot a season-best 50.8% from the floor vs. UNCG and also set season-highs for rebounds (48) and assists (15).

• Sophomore Freddie Jackson had a season-high 14 points and five assists vs. UNCG.

• Sophomore Cedrick Williams tied his career-high with 15 rebounds vs. UNCG. It was his third game with 10+ boards this season.

Northeastern

• Fell 79-73 to UNC Asheville but ended a five-game losing streak with an 82-63 victory over Central Connecticut.

• Senior Joel Smith scored 22 points vs. UNCA and 27 points vs. CCSU, which was his 9th straight game in double figures. He also went over the 1,000-point mark for his career. Smith ranks 4th in the CAA in scoring (17.8 ppg) and leads the league with 32 three-pointers.

• Senior Jonathan Lee, a preseason All-CAA selection, made his first appearance of the year (foot injury) vs. UNCA and contributed 19 points and five assists. He followed with a double-double (15pts/12reb) at CCSU.

• Sophomore Reggie Spencer had 15 points and 10 rebounds at CCSU, giving NU two players with double-doubles in the same game for the 1st time since Nov., 2011.

• Sophomore Quincy Ford averaged 11.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg last week. He's scored double figures in 8 games and ranks among the top 20 in the CAA in scoring and rebounding.

Old Dominion

• Snapped a 9-game losing streak with a 63-61 victory over ACC foe Virginia last Saturday. Dropped a 76-65 decision at Coll. of Charleston on Tuesday.

• Sophomore Dimitri Batten hit five treys and scored a career-high 23 points vs. UVA. He scored 16 of the Monarchs' 24 points during a key stretch of the second half.

• Senior DeShawn Painter had team-highs of 15 points and 7 rebounds at CofC and posted his third double-double of the year vs. UVA with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

• Donte Hill had 11 points and five assists at CofC and 12 points vs. Virginia. Hill has scored double figures eight times this year.

• ODU has outrebounded 10 of its 12 opponents and was even on the glass in the other 2 games. The Monarchs lead the CAA in rebound margin (+6.5 rpg).

• Freshman Aaron Bacote had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in the UVA win.

Towson

• Lost 64-61 to Coppin State last Wednesday. It was the Tigers' fourth straight setback.

• Junior Jerrelle Benimon posted his seventh double-double in the past 10 games with 13 points and 12 rebounds vs. Coppin. He's among the league's top 10 in scoring, rebounding and FG percentage.

• Junior Marcus Damas scored a team-high 16 points off the bench vs. Coppin. It was his fourth double-digit effort of the season.

• Junior Mike Burwell has scored double figures six times this season. He leads the team with 18 three-pointers.

• Towson held Coppin to 35.3% FG shooting. It was the fifth time this season the Tigers have held an opponent under 36%.

• The Tigers are outrebounding opponents by 6.5 rpg, which is tied for the CAA lead. Towson has beaten 10 of its last 11 opponents on the glass.

William & Mary

• Returned from a 2-week break with an 82-49 victory over Salisbury last Friday. It was W&M's fourth straight win.

• Kyle Gaillard scored 15 points on 6-of-6 FG shooting vs. Salisbury and also had 8 rebounds. Gaillard is averaging 12.2 ppg and shooting 73.3% over the last five games.

• Sophomore Marcus Thornton has tallied double digits in 12 straight games. He ranks 3rd in the CAA in scoring (18.0 ppg) and 2nd in 3-pointers per game (2.6).

• Junior guard Brandon Britt has scored 13 or more points in 7 of 10 games, including a career-best 26 pts vs. Howard on Dec. 6.

• Junior Tim Rusthoven, who had a career-high 9 assists vs. Salisbury, has scored double figures in 8 of 10 games and has grabbed 7 or more boards seven times.

• Matt Rum hit 4-of-5 threes and scored a season-high 12 points vs. Salisbury. He also had a team-best nine rebounds.

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