CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Honors - Nov. 18
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jerrelle Benimon • Towson
Sr., F, 6-8, 245 - Warrenton, Va./Faquier/Georgetown
Benimon averaged 21.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Towson’s 2-1 week. The senior forward scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 75-69 victory over Temple, tallied 21 points, 14 boards and six assists in a 95-75 win over Morgan State and had a team-best 11 points in a loss at Villanova. For the week Benimon shot 46.3% from the floor and was 26-of-31 (83.9%) from the FT line.
CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Canyon Barry • College of Charleston
Fr., G, 6-6, 195 - Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain
Barry averaged 22.0 points in College of Charleston’s 1-1 week. The redshirt freshman guard poured in a career-best 26 points on 11-of-19 FG shooting in the Cougars’ 83-82 victory over Charlotte and had a team-high 18 points in a loss to UNC Asheville. He shot 44.4% from the floor for the week and made five 3-pointers.
CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Omar Prewitt • William & Mary
Fr., G/F, 6-6, 180 - Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County
Prewitt averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in W&M’s 1-1 week. The freshman contributed a career-high 18 points, six rebounds and four assists in an 84-72 triumph over Liberty and followed with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 79-62 setback at #16 Wichita State. For the week, Prewitt shot 62.5% (10-16) from the floor.
CAA TEAMS 11-6 LAST WEEK: After a difficult opening weekend, CAA teams rebounded last week with a combined 11-6 record. College of Charleston rallied from seven-point deficit with 39 seconds left to defeat Charlotte 83-82 in its home opener last Tuesday, while Drexel picked up a 78-70 road win at Missouri Valley member Illinois State. On Wednesday, UNCW edged Big South preseason favorite Charleston Southern 80-78 in overtime for its first victory. Towson improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1972 after beating Temple 75-69 last Thursday. James Madison went 2-1 at the NIU Invitational over the weekend, beating host Northern Illinois and San Jose State.
TRANSFERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Several transfers have made a big impact in the CAA. Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks fifth in the CAA in scoring (16.3 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.7 rpg). Hofstra’s Dion Nesmith (Monmouth) is 7th in the CAA in scoring (16.0 ppg) and the Pride’s Zeke Upshaw (Illinois State) is 10th (15.3 ppg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 15 in scoring (14.0 ppg/13th), rebounding (10.0 rpg/4th) and FG percentage (59.4%/7th).
ON FIRE FROM 3-POINT RANGE: There were some notable shooting performances from three-point range last week. Northeastern junior Demetrius Pollard tied a school record for treys in a game when he hit 8-of-11 in an 83-69 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday. Pollard finished with a career-high 27 points. Delaware junior Kyle Anderson was a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc and netted a career-best 24 points in the Blue Hens’ 90-79 victory at Hampton on Sunday. Hofstra made 14 three-pointers at #3 Louisville last Tuesday, which is one shy of its school record and was also the most treys allowed by the Cardinals in a game since 2006.
FANTASTIC FRESHMEN: Five freshmen are among the top 27 in the CAA in scoring early in the season. CofC’s Canyon Barry ranks third (18.0 ppg), W&M’s Omar Prewitt is 11th (14.7 ppg), CofC’s Joe Chealey is 16th (12.0 ppg), Hofstra’s Jamall Robinson is 20th (11.3 ppg) and Hofstra’s Chris Jenkins is 27th (10.0 ppg).
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: Nine different CAA players scored 23 or more points in a game last week, with eight of them leading their teams to wins. Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon led the group with 32 points in a win over Temple, while NU’s Demetrius Pollard had a career-high 27 points in beating CCSU and Delaware’s Jarvis Threatt netted 27 points in a triumph over Hampton. Drexel’s Chris Fouch scored 26 in a win at Illinois State, UNCW’s Cedrick Williams tallied a career-high 26 points in a victory at Charleston Southern and CofC’s Canyon Barry had 26 in a victory over Charlotte. Delaware’s Kyle Anderson posted a career-high 24 points in a win at Hampton, Hofstra’s Dion Nesmith scored 24 at #3 Louisville and W&M’s Marcus Thornton contributed 23 points as the Tribe topped Liberty.
THORNTON EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has scored double figures in 35 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to his freshman year. He reached double digits in all 30 contests in 2012-13 and is leading the CAA in scoring so far this season with 20.7 ppg.
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