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CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Report - Jan. 14

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 01/14/2013
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Devon Saddler • Delaware
Jr., G, 6-2, 205 - Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen

Saddler averaged 26.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in Delaware's 2-0 week. The junior guard scored a game-high 23 points in a 69-54 victory over Hofstra. He followed with a game-high 29 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds to play, and six rebounds in the Hens' 86-83 triumph at Georgia State. For the week, Saddler shot 60.7% (17-28) from the floor and 5-of-9 from 3-point range. He leads the league in scoring with 20.6 ppg and has a 22-game double-figure scoring streak.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jerome Hairston • Towson
Fr., G, 6-3, 190 - Cheyenne, Wyo./Christ School

Hairston averaged 12.5 points and 3.0 assists as Towson split a pair of games last week. The freshman guard scored 13 points and dished out four assists in a 99-86 double-overtime win over William & Mary. He tallied the Tigers' first five points in the second extra session. Hairston reached double figures for the third straight game with 12 points in a loss to Northeastern. For the week, he shot 56.3% from the floor, including 3-of-6 on threes.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

Northeastern, Delaware Remain Unbeaten In CAA Play: Northeastern and Delaware are the only remaining unbeaten teams in CAA play after the first two weeks of league action. The Huskies moved to 4-0 following road wins at preseason favorite Drexel (63-58 in ot) and unbeaten Towson (70-59) last week. It's the best CAA start since 2008-09 for NU, which already has three conference road wins. The Blue Hens upped their record to 3-0 and extended their CAA regular-season winning streak to 10 games by defeating Hofstra (69-54) and Georgia State (86-83) last week. UD is 3-0 in the CAA for the first time since 2007-08. Northeastern visits Delaware on Saturday afternoon.

Last-Second Heroics: There were several clutch last-second shots in the CAA last week. Delaware's Devon Saddler nailed a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in the Blue Hens' 86-83 win at Georgia State last Saturday. Northeastern's Quincy Ford made a game-tying double-clutch 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in regulation as the Huskies edged Drexel 63-58 in overtime last Tuesday. The shot was the top play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10. W&M's Marcus Thornton canned a game-tying 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds to go in the first overtime of the Tribe's 99-86 double OT setback at Towson last Wednesday. Hofstra's Stevie Mejia hit a game-winning layup with five seconds to play in the Pride's 52-50 triumph over Georgia State last Monday.

Three CAA Players Among Nation's Top 13 In Rebounding: Delaware senior Jamelle Hagins leads the nation in rebounding with 11.9 rpg through games of Jan. 13. Hagins was one of three CAA players among the top 13 nationally in rebounding along with Towson's Jerrelle Benimon (4th/11.6 rpg) and UNCW's Keith Rendleman (13th/10.4 rpg). In other categories, Delaware's Devon Saddler was 14th (20.6 ppg), W&M's Marcus Thornton was 42nd (18.3 ppg) and Drexel's Damion Lee was 47th (18.1 ppg) in scoring. W&M's Tim Rusthoven was 38th (55.3%) in FG percentage. NU's Joel Smith was 26th in FT percentage (88.5%). GSU's James Vincent was 25th (2.5 bpg), Hagins was 30th (2.4 bpg) and Benimon was 35th (2.4 bpg) in blocked shots.

Doubling Up: Towson junior Jerrelle Benimon is tied with Siena's O.D. Anosike and Bucknell's Mike Muscala for the national lead in double-doubles with 11 through games of Jan. 13. Delaware senior Jamelle Hagins has 10 double-doubles and is tied for 4th nationally while UNCW senior Keith Rendleman is tied for 13th with eight. Six other CAA players have multiple double-doubles: ODU's DeShawn Painter (5), JMU's Rayshawn Goins (4), Towson's Bilal Dixon (2), Northeastern's Quincy Ford (2), Northeastern's Reggie Spencer (2) and UNCW's Cedrick Williams (2).

Career Game For UNCW's Dixon: UNCW junior guard Chris Dixon poured in a career-high 30 points on 12-of-16 FG shooting in the Seahawks' 82-74 win over George Mason on Saturday. Dixon entered the contest averaging just 5.7 ppg. He also scored 20 points in a loss at ACC foe Georgia Tech on Dec. 8. Dixon was the third CAA player to score 30 or more points in a game this season.

GSU's Hunter Among Nation's Top Freshmen: Georgia State freshman guard R.J. Hunter is one of just six freshmen in the nation to average at least 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game through Jan. 13. Hunter, who leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg), has topped the 20-point mark six times this season.

Hagins, Rendleman Moving Up CAA Rebounding Chart: Delaware senior Jamelle Hagins and UNCW senior Keith Rendleman have both entered the top 15 on the CAA's career rebounding list. Hagins has 916 career boards and ranks 11th, while Rendleman has 908 career rebounds and ranks 13th. A complete list is included on page 6 of the release.

GSU's Hunter To Coach Barefoot For Samaritan's Feet: Georgia State coach Ron Hunter will coach barefoot during the Panthers' game vs. William & Mary on Jan. 16 to raise awareness for Samaritan's Feet. The charity distributes shoes to impoverished children around the world. Hunter has been involved with the organization since 2008 and took his Panthers' team to South Africa last summer for shoe distribution and outreach.

UD's Saddler, Hagins Moving Up Career Lists: Delaware guard Devon Saddler has the second-most career points (1,343) of any junior in Division I, trailing only Creighton's Doug McDermott. Saddler, who is averaging a league-best 20.6 ppg this season, has moved into 10th place on UD's all-time scoring list. Blue Hens' forward Jamelle Hagins has 916 career rebounds to tie UD's all-time record set by Spencer Dunkley (1989-92). He also owns the UD record and ranks 6th in CAA history with 251 career blocked shots.

Youth Movement: There are just seven seniors among the top 30 scorers in the CAA through games of Jan. 13. Northeastern's Joel Smith, UNCW's Keith Rendleman and JMU's Rayshawn Goins are the only seniors among the top 10. The top 30 also includes 12 juniors, six sophomores and five freshmen.

Freshmen Among Steals Leaders: JMU guard Andre Nation ranks fourth in the CAA with 1.8 steals per game and is among five freshmen among the league's top 15 in steals. ODU's Keenan Palmore is 6th (1.8 spg), GSU's R.J. Hunter is 8th (1.6 spg), Towson's Jerome Hairston is 14th (1.3 spg) and Northeastern's David Walker is tied for 15th (1.3 spg).

W&M Ranked 5th Nationally In 3-Point Defense: William & Mary ranked 5th in the nation in 3-point FG percentage defense at 26.4% according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Jan. 13. In other team categories, Towson was 45th (38.9%) in FG percentage defense. Delaware was 17th (75.4%) and Northeastern was 49th (73.4%) in FT percentage. Old Dominion was 45th (+5.9 rpg) and Towson was 49th (+5.6 rpg) in rebound margin. Towson was ranked 19th (5.5 bpg) and Delaware was 32nd (5.1 bpg) in blocked shots.

Delaware

• On a five-game winning streak after victories over Hofstra (69-54) and Georgia State (86-83) last week.

• Junior Devon Saddler, who leads the CAA in scoring (20.6 ppg), had a team-high 23 points vs. HU and 29 points at GSU, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds to play. Saddler has scored double digits in 22 straight games and has tallied 20+ points seven times.

• Jamelle Hagins tied the school record for career rebounds (916) and is five points shy of 1,000 for his career. Hagins, who has 10 double-doubles, tops the CAA in rebounding (11.9 rpg) and is 2nd in blocks (2.4 bpg).

• Sophomore Jarvis Threatt averaged 18.5 ppg last week and is averaging 16.8 ppg over his past six contests. He also made six steals in the win over the Pride.

• Delaware has won 10 consecutive CAA regular-season games and is 3-0 in CAA play for the first time since 2007-08.

Drexel

• Fell 63-58 in OT to Northeastern and 51-43 at JMU last week. Have lost three in a row.

• Frantz Massenat scored a team-high 19 points vs. NU and 13 points at JMU. He's averaging 18.5 ppg over his last four games. Massenat ranks 10th in career assists (343) at Drexel and is averaging 4.3 apg.

• Sophomore Damion Lee sat out both games last week with a bone bruise in his knee. Lee has scored 14 or more points in each of his last 11 games and ranks third in the CAA in scoring with 18.1 ppg.

• Daryl McCoy missed the JMU game with a foot injury. McCoy has grabbed double-digit rebounds in his 3 of his last 4 games and is averaging 11.2 rpg in the stretch. He ranks 10th all-time in rebounds at Drexel (747).

• Freshman Tavon Allen scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high 8 rebounds vs. NU and added 8 points at JMU.

• Sophomore Kazembe Abif started at JMU and grabbed a career-high 9 rebounds.

George Mason

• Split games last week, beating ODU 71-46 before losing 82-74 at UNCW.

• Junior Sherrod Wright tallied a team-high 25 points at UNCW after being held to just one point vs. ODU. Wright has scored 20 or more points seven times this season, with six of them coming in the last eight games.

• Wright has been Mason's top scorer in 13 of 16 games. He leads the CAA in 3-pt FG% (41%) and ranks among the CAA's top 5 in scoring and FG percentage.

• Guard Corey Edwards is averaging 4.8 assists over his last four games.

• Freshman Patrick Holloway scored a team-high 15 points in the victory over ODU and added 11 points at UNCW.

• Junior Paris Bennett scored a career-high 13 points on 6-of-6 FG shooting vs. ODU. Mason's bench players contributed 58 of the team's 71 points vs. the Monarchs.

Georgia State

• Rallied from double-digit deficits but lost to Hofstra (52-50) and Delaware (86-83) last week. GSU is 3-4 in its 7 games decided by 3 points or less this season.

• Guard R.J. Hunter, who leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg), had 15 points and a team-high 8 rebounds vs. UD. He's scored double figures 14 times and has six 20-point outings.

• Junior guard Devonta White tallied 18 points and 6 assists vs. UD. He's reached double digits in 16 of 17 games. White leads the CAA in steals and ranks 4th in assists.

• Manny Atkins scored a team-high 20 points vs. UD. Atkins, who is 2nd in the CAA in 3-pt FG% (40.6%), has scored double digits in 12 of his last 13 games with 3 20+ point efforts.

• Walk-on Ryann Green scored his first collegiate points and Kevin Shaw made his first basket of the year as GSU rallied to tie UD after trailing by 11 with 1:41 to go.

• GSU is shooting a league-best 76.1% from the FT line in CAA play.

Hofstra

• Won 2 of 3 in CAA play last week, defeating GSU (52-50) and W&M (70-59) at home but losing on the road to Delaware (69-54).

• Sophomore Taran Buie scored 12 points vs. GSU and a team-high 24 points vs. W&M. Buie has tallied double digits in 10 of his last 11 games and has 3 20+-point efforts.

• Stevie Mejia scored a game-high 17 points vs. GSU, including the game-winning layup with 5 seconds to play. He also had 14 points and a career-high 9 assists vs. W&M. Mejia is 2nd in the CAA in assists (4.3 apg) and has scored double digits nine times.

• Junior Stephen Nwaukoni averaged 7.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg last week, including 11 rebounds at UD. He ranks 7th in the CAA with 7.6 rpg and has had 10+ boards four times.

• Freshman Jordan Allen chipped in eight points vs. GSU and UD. Allen is averaging 8.5 ppg over his last six games.

• Hofstra's 52 points vs. GSU were the fewest scored in a win since beating Manhattan 44-39 on Dec. 9, 2009.

James Madison

• Went 2-1 last week with CAA wins over UNCW (78-50) and Drexel (51-43).

• Senior Rayshawn Goins averaged 16.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg last week and was JMU's top scorer vs. UNCW (18 pts) and DU (14 pts). Goins is averaging 16.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg over his last eight games with 3 double-doubles.

• Devon Moore averaged 9.7 ppg and 5.0 apg last week. Moore, who leads the CAA in assists (4.5 apg), became the third JMU player with over 400 career assists (402).

• Freshman Andre Nation averaged 12.5 ppg in two games last week before missing the DU game with a shoulder injury. He's 3rd among CAA freshmen in scoring (9.1 ppg).

• Senior A.J. Davis recorded his first career double-double vs. UNCW with 16 points and a career-best 10 rebounds.

• Freshman Taylor Bessick made his first career start vs. Drexel and had nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

UNCW

• Went 1-1 last week, losing 78-50 at JMU before beating Mason 82-74. UNCW is 6-1 at home but 0-9 on the road this season.

• Junior Chris Dixon poured in a career-high 30 points vs. Mason on 12-of-16 FG shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds and didn't commit a turnover in 32 minutes.

• Keith Rendleman scored a team-high 17 points at JMU and posted his 8th double-double vs. Mason with 11 points and 13 boards. He also became the 2nd UNCW player with 900 career rebounds (908).

• Guard Tyree Graham came off the bench to score 15 points in 18 minutes vs. Mason. He hit four three-pointers in the win.

• UNCW outrebounded Mason 51-27, including a 21-6 advantage on the offensive glass.

• Sophomore forward Cedrick Williams averaged 8.0 rpg last week and ranks 8th in the CAA with 7.3 rpg.

Northeastern

• Earned road wins at Drexel (63-58 in ot) and Towson (70-59) to start 4-0 in CAA play for the first time since 2008-09.

• Quincy Ford scored 14 points at DU, including a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left that sent the game to OT. He added 10 points at Towson and has scored double figures in 6 of his last 7 games.

• Senior Joel Smith scored a team-high 21 points at Towson, which was his 7th 20-point effort of the season. He also dished out a career-high six assists.

• Reggie Spencer tallied team-highs of 17 points and 7 rebounds at DU. It was the 10th double-digit effort for Spencer, who is 2nd in the CAA in FG percentage (55.5%).

• Jonathan Lee is averaging 13.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.3 apg in 7 games since returning from a preseason foot injury.

• Coach Bill Coen earned his 100th win at Towson, becoming just the fourth Huskies' coach to reach the milestone.

Old Dominion

• Lost 71-46 at George Mason last Thursday. The Monarchs have dropped 4 in a row.

• Senior DeShawn Painter has recorded five double-doubles this season, which is the 4th-most in the CAA. Painter is averaging 14.1 ppg and 8.9 rpg over his last 8 games.

• Freshman Keenan Palmore scored 13 points at Mason and is averaging 13.5 ppg over his past two contests. Palmore leads ODU in scoring (11.5 ppg) during CAA games.

• ODU has only been outrebounded once in 16 games this season. The Monarchs lead the CAA in rebound margin (+5.9 rpg).

• Senior Nick Wright scored a team-high 14 points at Mason.

• Eight different ODU players have started at least 5 games this season. Hill is the only player to have started all 16 games.

• ODU shot 72.4% at the FT line at Mason, which was the 7th time it's shot over 72%.

Towson

• Edged W&M 99-86 in 2ot before falling 70-59 to Northeastern last week. The loss snapped Towson's 4-game win streak, which was the school's longest since 2000.

• Jerrelle Benimon had 26 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 7 blocks vs. W&M and 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. NU. Benimon has 11 double-doubles over his past 15 games, six games with 16+ rebounds and five games with 20+ points.

• Junior Marcus Damas added 19 points vs. W&M and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds vs. NU. He's scored double figures in six of his last eight games.

• Jerome Hairston averaged 12.5 ppg last week. He ranks 2nd among CAA freshmen in scoring (9.2 ppg) and has tallied double figures in 3 straight games.

• Graduate student Bilal Dixon scored 12 points on 6-of-6 FG shooting vs. NU. Dixon is 17-of-21 from the floor over the last five games.

William & Mary

• Dropped road games at Towson (99-86 in 2ot) and Hofstra (70-59) last week. Have lost five in a row.

• Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 24 points at TU and 17 points at HU. Thornton has tallied double digits in 17 straight games, ranks 2nd in the CAA in scoring (18.3 ppg) and leads the league in treys (2.7 pg).

• Junior Brandon Britt scored 17 points at Towson and a team-high 21 points at Hofstra. He's averaging 18.7 ppg over his last three games.

• Junior Tim Rusthoven added 12 points at Towson. He's scored double figures in 12 of 15 games and has grabbed 7 or more boards 10 times.

• Junior Kyle Gaillard contributed 14 points, 9 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists and had 10 points and six rebounds at Hofstra.

• The Tribe committed a season-low six turnovers at Hofstra after having 22 at Towson.

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