CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Honors - Nov. 25
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Scott Eatherton • Northeastern
Jr., F, 6-8, 219 - Hershey, Pa./Hershey/St. Francis (Pa.)
Eatherton averaged 18.3 points and 12.0 rebounds while shooting 64.5% from the floor as Northeastern placed fourth at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The junior forward posted double-doubles in all three games, tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of a 63-56 win over Georgetown, 22 points and 11 rebounds versus Charlotte and 21 points and 15 boards in a narrow 62-60 setback to Florida State. He also contributed five blocks, four assists and two steals. Eatherton earned All-Tournament honors and became just the ninth player in tournament history to average a double-double in the event.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Omar Prewitt • William & Mary
Fr., G/F, 6-6, 180 - Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County
Prewitt averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in William & Mary’s 1-1 week, which included a 72-62 road win at Rutgers. The freshman guard had nine points, four rebounds and two blocks in the victory over the Scarlet Knights and nearly posted his first double-double with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in a loss to High Point. For the season, Prewitt ranks 14th in the CAA in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and 15th in scoring (13.0 ppg).
DREXEL ADVANCES TO NIT SEMIFINALS: Drexel defeated Elon 71-64 and host Rutgers 70-59 last week to advance to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. The Dragons will face 4th-ranked Arizona at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and then will meet either #6 Duke or Alabama on Friday, November 29. Sophomore Tavon Allen scored a career-high 21 points to lead four Dragons in double figures against Rutgers, while Chris Fouch tallied a team-high 22 points against Elon. It’s the fourth time since 2005 that a CAA team has reached the NIT semifinals. Drexel reached the final four in 2005, VCU made it in 2010 and Delaware advanced to the semifinals last season.
NORTHEASTERN KNOCKS OFF GEORGETOWN: Northeastern upset Georgetown 63-56 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last Thursday. The Huskies erased a 14-point second-half deficit by going on a 14-0 run to tie the game and then ended the contest on a 12-2 run. Junior Reggie Spencer tied a career-high with 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Scott Eatherton posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. The Huskies finished fourth in the tournament after narrow losses to Charlotte (86-77) and Florida State (62-60). Eatherton was named to the All-Tournament team after becoming the 9th player in tournament history to average a double-double (18.5 ppg/12.0 rpg).
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Along with the performances turned in by Drexel and Northeastern, there were several other outstanding individual efforts last week. William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 28 points and tied a career high with six rebounds in the Tribe’s 72-62 road victory over Rutgers. Delaware senior Davon Usher hit 5-of-10 threes and tallied a team-best 27 points in the Blue Hens’ narrow 84-80 loss at Villanova. Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw averaged 24.5 ppg in three Hall of Fame Tip-Off games, including a career-high 37 points in an overtime loss to Richmond and 25 points in a championship game setback to Belmont. The Pride’s Dion Nesmith netted 27 points in a win over Hartford. Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon posted his third double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against #2 Kansas. CofC junior guard Anthony Stitt poured in a season-high 21 points as the Cougars rolled past Furman 89-55. UNCW guard Addison Spruill averaged 18.0 ppg in three games last week, including 24 points in a win at Liberty.
TRANSFERS MAKE AN IMPACT: Several transfers have made a big impact in the CAA. Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks third in the CAA in scoring (18.4 ppg) and seventh in rebounding (7.8 rpg). Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw (Illinois State) is 2nd the CAA in scoring with 20.0 ppg, while the Pride’s Dion Nesmith (Monmouth) is 12th (13.5 ppg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 10 in scoring (16.2 ppg/7th), rebounding (11.0 rpg/2nd) and FG percentage (61.9%/1st).
BENIMON NAMED TO NAISMITH WATCH LIST: Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon, the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, is one of 50 players on the Watch List for the Naismith Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top collegiate performer. Benimon averaged 17.1 ppg and 11.2 rpg last season and is averaging 18.2 ppg and a league-best 11.4 rpg so far this season.
NU’S EATHERTON LEADS NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton is tied for the national lead in double-doubles with five according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Nov. 25. Eatherton is also 23rd in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and 45th in FG percentage (61.9%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranks 13th in Division I in steals (3.2 spg) and 17th in assists (6.4 apg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson is 17th in 3-pointers per game (3.6) and 43rd in 3-point FG% (48.6%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon ranks 18th in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 38th in scoring (21.6 ppg).
COFC FACES CHALLENGING SLATE IN ANAHEIM: College of Charleston heads to Anaheim, Calif. over Thanksgiving for The Wooden Legacy tournament. The Cougars open with 2013 NCAA Tournament participant San Diego State on Thursday and will meet either 20th-ranked Creighton or Pac-12 member Arizona State in the second round. Also in the field are defending ACC champ Miami, 2013 NCAA Elite 8 member Marquette, George Washington and Cal State Fullerton.
FANTASTIC FRESHMEN: Four freshmen are among the top 30 in the CAA in scoring. CofC’s Canyon Barry ranks eighth (15.4 ppg), W&M’s Omar Prewitt is 15th (13.0 ppg), CofC’s Joe Chealey is 24th (10.4 ppg) and Hofstra’s Jamall Robinson is 29th (9.0 ppg).
THORNTON EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has scored double figures in 37 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to his freshman year. He reached double digits in all 30 contests in 2012-13 and he leads the CAA in scoring so far this season with 21.6 ppg.
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