CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Honors - Dec. 2
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Chris Fouch • Drexel
Gr., G, 6-2, 185 - Bronx, N.Y./Rice
Fouch averaged 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as Drexel placed third in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. The sixth-year guard poured in a season-high 29 points and grabbed five rebounds as Drexel dropped a narrow 66-62 decision to 4th-ranked Arizona in the semifinals and then scored a team-high 19 points with five rebounds and three assists in an 85-83 triple-overtime victory against Alabama. It was the Dragons’ first victory ever over an SEC opponent and its first win ever in Madison Square Garden.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Omar Prewitt • William & Mary
Fr., G/F, 6-6, 180 - Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County
Prewitt averaged 23.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in William & Mary’s 2-0 week. He went 5-of-7 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 22 points in a 97-67 victory over VMI and then topped it with 24 points, including 10 in overtime, in an 84-79 win at Howard. Prewitt became the first Tribe freshman since 2005 to produce back-to-back 20-point games. For the week, he shot 50% from the floor, 58.3% from 3-point range and 88.2% from the FT line.
DREXEL PLACES 3RD IN NIT SEASON TIP-OFF: Drexel outlasted Alabama 85-83 in triple overtime to finish third in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament at Madison Square Garden. It was the Dragons’ first victory ever over an SEC opponent and their first win at MSG. Senior guard Chris Fouch scored a career-high 29 points in a 66-62 setback to #4 Arizona in the semifinals and followed with a team-high 19 points against the Crimson Tide. Junior Kazembe Abif came off the bench to post a double-double (15 pts/11 reb) vs. Alabama and guard Frantz Massenat earned all-tournament honors after scoring 17 points in both games. It’s the fourth time since 2005 that a CAA team has reached the NIT semifinals.
TOWSON OFF TO BEST START EVER: Towson is off to its best start ever at the Division I level after going 3-0 last week to improve to 6-2 overall. The last time the Tigers opened so strong was 1977-78 when they went 21-2 as a Division II squad. Towson is a perfect 6-0 at home this season and its 10-game home court winning streak is the 23rd-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Along with the efforts turned in by weekly honorees Chris Fouch and Omar Prewitt, several other CAA players had impressive performances. Delaware senior guard Davon Usher averaged 22.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.0 apg and 2.5 spg in a pair of victories last week. Usher has surpassed the 20-point mark in three straight games. W&M senior forward Tim Rusthoven averaged 20.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg and 3.5 apg in the Tribe’s 2-0 week. He tallied career-highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds in a win over VMI, with the 16 boards being the most by a W&M player since 1996. Towson senior forward Marcus Damas averaged 17.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg to lead the Tigers to a 3-0 week.
CHALLENGING SCHEDULES: Of the 36 non-conference losses suffered by CAA teams this season, 15 have come against teams either ranked or receiving votes in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Drexel’s only two losses were to #2 Arizona and #18 UCLA, while Towson’s only two losses came against #6 Kansas and #14 Villanova. College of Charleston and UNCW have each suffered two setbacks to current Top 25 squads, while Delaware, Hofstra and William & Mary have lost one. Three of Northeastern’s five losses have come against teams receiving votes in the poll.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: Delaware has scored 80 or more points in six consecutive games for the first time since 1999 and just the third time in school history. The Blue Hens are averaging a league-best 83.9 ppg for the season. William & Mary scored its most points in a regulation game since 2004 as it rolled past VMI 97-67 last Wednesday. The Tribe averaged 90.5 ppg last week and are scoring 76.7 ppg for the season.
TRANSFERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Several transfers continue to make a big impact in the CAA. Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw (Illinois State) leads the CAA in scoring with 20.1 ppg, while the Pride’s Dion Nesmith (Monmouth) is 15th (13.5 ppg). Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks second in the CAA in scoring (19.6 ppg) and seventh in rebounding (7.1 rpg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 10 in scoring (16.3 ppg/7th), rebounding (10.6 rpg/1st) and FG percentage (61.6%/1st). UNCW’s Ben Eblen (Alabama) is third in the CAA in assists (4.2 apg) and first in assist/TO ratio.
NU’S EATHERTON AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton is tied for fifth in the nation with five double-doubles according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Dec. 2. Eatherton is also 15th in rebounding (10.6 rpg) and 31st in FG percentage (61.6%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranked 8th in Division I in steals (3.0 spg) and 29th in assists (5.7 apg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson was 23rd in 3-pointers per game (3.29) and 32dd in 3-point FG% (50%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon ranked 41st in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and Delaware’s Carl Baptiste is 38th in FG percentage (59.7%).
THORNTON EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has scored double figures in 39 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to his freshman year. He reached double digits in all 30 contests in 2012-13 and he ranks fourth in the CAA in scoring so far this season with 19.0 ppg.
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