CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Honors - Dec. 9
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kyle Anderson • Delaware
Jr., G, 6-3, 200 - Newark, Ill./Newark
Anderson put on a tremendous shooting performance while averaging 24.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in Delaware’s 1-1 week on the road. The junior guard poured in a career-high 29 points in an 85-80 victory at Charleston Southern, hitting 10-of-12 from the floor including a school-record tying eight 3-pointers. In a close 80-75 setback at Notre Dame, he was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored 19 points. For the week, Anderson shot 73.9% (17-of-23) from the floor and was 13-of-18 (72.2%) from beyond the arc.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jackson Kent • James Madison
Fr., G, 6-7, 185 - High Point, N.C./High Point Christian
Kent averaged 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in James Madison’s two games at the Lumberjack Classic in Texas. The freshman guard tallied 11 points, a career-high seven rebounds and three steals in a one-point loss to Sam Houston State and followed with 13 points in a loss to Stephen F. Austin. For the week, Kent shot 45.5% from the floor, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and made 11-of-14 at the free throw line.
CAA RANKED 12TH IN LATEST RPI RATINGS: The CAA is ranked 12th among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI ratings released by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) on Dec. 9. Drexel is the highest ranked CAA team at #40, followed by UNCW at #88 and Towson at #123. Four CAA teams have non-conference schedule strengths rated among the top 100 in the nation - Northeastern (17), UNCW (63), College of Charleston (88) and Drexel (93). A complete listing can be found on Page 5 of the release.
WORKING TRIPLE OVERTIME: Drexel became the first Division I team since 2000 to play back-to-back triple-overtime games when it edged Cleveland State 85-82 last Wednesday. The Dragons beat Alabama 85-83 in 3 ot’s in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 29. Ball State was the last team to play consecutive 3 OT contests.
CHALLENGING SCHEDULES: Fourteen of the non-conference losses suffered by CAA teams this season have come against teams either ranked or receiving votes in this week’s Top 25 polls. Drexel’s only two losses were to #1 Arizona and #23 UCLA, while two of Towson’s losses came against #10 Villanova and #13 Kansas. College of Charleston and UNCW have each suffered two setbacks to current Top 25 squads, while Delaware, Hofstra and William & Mary have lost one.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Along with the efforts put forth by weekly honorees Kyle Anderson of Delaware and Jackson Kent of JMU, several other CAA players had noteworthy performances last week. Drexel senior guard Frantz Massenat averaged 21.0 ppg and 6.5 apg in the Dragons’ 2-0 week, including a 21-point, nine-assist effort in a triple-overtime win over Cleveland State in which he played all 55 minutes. Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton posted back-to-back double-doubles and averaged 19.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg in the Huskies’ two contests. W&M junior guard Marcus Thornton averaged 20.5 ppg and hit 9-of-17 from 3-point range in the Tribe’s 1-1 week. JMU sophomore guard Charles Cooke averaged 20.5 ppg in the Dukes’ two games at the Lumberjack Classic.
TOWSON TOUGH AT HOME: Towson is a perfect 6-0 at home this season and its 10-game home court winning streak is tied for 21st-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.
EXAMS LIMIT SCHEDULES THIS WEEK: With final exams taking place on CAA campuses this week, it will be a quiet week on the court. Towson hosts Central Penn on Tuesday, College of Charleston entertains Coker on Thursday and James Madison visits High Point on Saturday. Action picks back up on Sunday as five teams return to the floor.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: Delaware saw its streak of scoring 80 or more points in seven consecutive games come to an end in a 80-75 loss at Notre Dame last Saturday. The streak was just one game shy of the school record set in 1999. The Blue Hens are averaging a league-best 83.0 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 19.6 ppg, while the Pride’s Dion Nesmith (Monmouth) is 14th (13.5 ppg). Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks fourth in the CAA in scoring (19.2 ppg) and 11th in rebounding (6.7 rpg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 10 in scoring (16.9 ppg/6th), rebounding (10.6 rpg/1st) and FG percentage (60.4%/1st). UNCW’s Ben Eblen (Alabama) is third in the CAA in assists (4.2 apg) and second in assist/TO ratio.
NU’S EATHERTON LEADS NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton is tied for the national lead in double-doubles with seven according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Dec. 9. Eatherton is also 10th in rebounding (10.6 rpg) and 31st in FG percentage (60.4%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranks 17th in Division I in assists (6.2 apg) and 26th in steals (2.6 spg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson is 4th in 3-pointers per game (4.0) and 9th in 3-point FG% (56.3%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon is 22nd in double-doubles (4) and 51st in rebounding (9.3 rpg). W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 39th in 3-pointers per game (2.89) while Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw is 52nd in scoring (19.6 ppg). In FG percentage, UD’s Carl Baptiste is 45th and W&M’s Tim Rusthoven is 50th. Drexel’s Frantz Massenat ranks 49th in assists.
THORNTON EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has scored double figures in 41 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 second in the CAA in scoring so far this season with 19.3 ppg.
DREXEL’S LEE, NORTHEASTERN’S FORD OUT FOR THE SEASON: Drexel junior guard Damion Lee will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in the Dragons’ game with 4th-ranked Arizona on Nov. 27, and Northeastern junior forward Quincy Ford will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his back last week. Lee was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, earned second-team All-CAA accolades in 2012-13 and was a preseason All-CAA first team choice this year. Ford, who was third-team All-CAA pick in 2012-13 and a preseason All-CAA second team selection this year, played in the Huskies first two games before being shut down. He will undergo surgery later this week.
TOP PLAYERS SIDELINED: With the injuries to Drexel’s Damion Lee and Northeastern’s Quincy Ford, four of the 10 players on the preseason All-CAA team are currently out of action. Delaware senior guard Devon Saddler and James Madison sophomore guard Andre Nation are serving suspensions for violations of team policies. In addition, William & Mary senior guard Brandon Britt and Towson sophomore guard Jerome Hairston are serving suspensions. Saddler is eligible to return for the Hens’ game at North Dakota State on Dec. 16, while Britt is due back for the Tribe’s game with Goucher on Dec. 20.
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