CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Honors - Jan. 13
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Devon Saddler • Delaware
Sr., G, 6-2, 210 - Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen
Saddler averaged 24.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in Delaware’s 2-0 week. Scored a game-high 24 points as the Blue Hens rallied past Hofstra 86-79 and followed with a game-high 25 points in a 78-74 road win at James Madison. For the week, Saddler shot 51.7% from the floor, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, and made 13-of-16 at the free throw line as Delaware extended its winning streak to a season-high four games.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Omar Prewitt • William & Mary
Fr., F, 6-6, 180 - Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County
Prewitt collects Rookie of the Week honors once again after tallying 15 points and five rebounds in William & Mary’s 85-73 victory over Drexel last Wednesday. The freshman was 5-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, in the win. Prewitt has tallied double digits in 11 of 14 games and leads all CAA freshmen in scoring and rebounding.
HOME TEAMS GO 7-1 IN CAA ACTION LAST WEEK: Home teams won seven of the eight CAA games last week and are 7-2 for the year. Delaware, which sits atop the league standings at 2-0, was the only team to earn a road victory last week when it got past James Madison 68-64 on Saturday. Each team will play a 16-game conference schedule with home and away games against all eight league foes.
CLOSE GAMES IN CONFERENCE PLAY: Seven of the nine CAA games played this season have been decided by seven or fewer points or in overtime. All four contests last Saturday went down to the wire. Drexel edged Northeastern 93-88 in double overtime, while the Delaware/JMU and Hofstra/CofC games were decided in the final 10 seconds. Northeastern also played an overtime contest last Wednesday, topping UNCW 79-68.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Along with the efforts put forth by weekly honorees Delaware’s Devon Saddler and W&M’s Omar Prewitt, several other CAA players had noteworthy performances last week. Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon recorded his 7th straight double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds in a win over UNCW. CofC’s Anthony Stitt averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the Cougars’ 1-1 week. Drexel’s Chris Fouch averaged 24.5 ppg in the Dragons’ two games, while backcourt mate Frantz Massenat contributed 23.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 6.0 apg. Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton posted two more double-doubles and averaged 19.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 3.0 bpg for the week. Hofstra’s Stephen Nwaukoni averaged 10.5 ppg and 13.0 rpg over two games, while JMU’s Charles Cooke averaged 17.5 ppg for the week.
CAA RANKED 15TH IN LATEST RPI RATINGS: The CAA was ranked 15th among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI ratings released by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) on Jan. 13. Drexel was the highest ranked CAA team at #78 followed by Delaware at #100. Northeastern has faced the 35th-toughest non-conference schedule in the nation. A complete listing can be found on Page 5 of the release.
COFC’S HALL NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: College of Charleston’s Willis Hall was selected as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the NCBWA on Jan. 7. The senior forward recorded the first 20/20 game in the Cougars’ Division I history with a career-high 26 points and 21 rebounds in a 76-64 victory at Davidson on New Year’s Day and followed with 18 points and 17 boards in a win over Howard. The 21 rebounds matched the 10th-highest single-game total by a CAA player and it was the 7th-most in CofC history. It was the first 20/20 performance by a CAA player since Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon had 20 points and 21 boards in a victory at Oregon State on Dec. 29, 2012.
TOWSON TOUGH AT HOME: Towson is a perfect 9-0 at home this season and its 13-game home court winning streak is tied for the 12th-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.
SADDLER, THORNTON IN DOUBLE FIGURES: Delaware senior guard Devon Saddler has scored double figures in 48 of his last 49 games, while William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has reached double digits in 45 of his last 46 contests. Saddler had his 38-game streak snapped in the semifinals of the 2013 CAA Championship, but has scored double figures in all 10 of his games this year. Thornton saw his streak of scoring double figures end at 42 games after being held to nine points in a loss at West Virginia on Dec. 29. Since that time, he’s scored 18 or more points in three straight contests.
EATHERTON, BENIMON AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton led the nation in double-doubles with 12 and Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon was tied for 3rd with 10 according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Jan. 13. Eatherton was also 14th in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and 41st in FG percentage (56%) while Benimon was 5th in rebounding (11.1 rpg). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranked 49th in Division I in assists (5.2 apg) and 48th in steals (2.1 spg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson was 14th in 3-pointers per game (3.35) and 12th in 3-point FG% (47.1%). W&M’s Marcus Thornton was 41st in scoring (19.4 ppg) and 35th in 3-pointers per game (2.93), while Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw was 49th in scoring (19.1 ppg). CofC’s Willis Hall was 35th in rebounding (9.3 rpg).
TRANSFERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Several transfers continue to make a big impact in the CAA. Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw (Illinois State) ranks second in the CAA in scoring with 19.1 ppg, while the Pride’s Dion Nesmith (Monmouth) is 14th (13.2 ppg) in scoring and 4th in assists (3.7 apg). Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks sixth in the CAA in scoring (17.4 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (6.1 rpg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 10 in scoring (16.9 ppg/7th), rebounding (10.0 rpg/2nd) and FG percentage (56%/2nd). Towson’s Four McGlynn (Vermont) ranks third in the CAA in 3-point FG percentage (40.4%) and fourth in 3’s per game (2.3). UNCW’s Ben Eblen (Alabama) is fifth in the CAA in assists (3.4 apg) and second in assist/TO ratio.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: Drexel is averaging only 9.1 turnovers per game this season, which ranks fourth in Division I. The Dragons have committed nine or fewer turnovers in six of their last eight games and haven’t turned the ball over more than 14 times in any of their 15 contests. Drexel had only five turnovers in a narrow loss to #1 Arizona on Nov. 27 and three at William & Mary on Jan. 8. Delaware has recorded single-digit turnovers in five of its last six games and is averaging just 7.7 tpg over that stretch.
MOVING UP THE WINS LIST: Delaware’s Monte’ Ross won his 100th career game at Delaware last Saturday and moved past current Notre Dame coach Mike Brey for third place on the Hens’ all-time wins list. JMU’s Matt Brady also took over third place on the Dukes’ all-time wins chart with 94, passing Sherman Dillard.
OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE: Delaware and College of Charleston both have winning records, but have done it in different ways. The Blue Hens rank 25th nationally in scoring offense with 81.2 ppg and have tallied 80 or more points 10 times. The Cougars are 27th in Division I in scoring defense at 62.8 ppg and have held seven foes under 60 points.
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