CAA Men's Basketball Weekly Honors - Dec. 23
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ron Curry • James Madison
So., G, 6-4, 190 - Pennsauken, N.J./Paul VI
Curry averaged 21.0 ppg and shot nearly 70% from the floor in JMU’s 1-1 week. The sophomore guard poured in a career-high 23 points in a loss at UNCG and followed with a team-best 19 points in a victory over Hampton. The two games were the two highest-scoring contests of his career. Curry shot 13-of-19 (68.4%) from the floor, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, and made 10-of-13 (76.9%) at the free throw line. He also added five rebounds and three assists for the week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Omar Prewitt • William & Mary
Fr., G/F, 6-6, 180 - Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery Co.
Prewitt scored a team-high 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds blocked a shot and made a steal in 20 minutes of action as William & Mary rolled past Goucher 94-60 last Friday. The freshman wing was 8-of-12 from the floor and reached the 20-point mark for the third time in five games.
CAA RANKED 14TH IN LATEST RPI RATINGS: The CAA is ranked 14th among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences according to the latest RPI ratings released by Collegiate Basketball News (rpiratings.com) on Dec. 23. Drexel is the highest ranked CAA team at #63, followed by Delaware at #120 and UNCW at #154. Three CAA teams have non-conference schedule strengths rated among the top 80 in the nation - Northeastern (31), College of Charleston (54) and UNCW (77). A complete listing can be found on Page 5 of the release.
LIGHT WEEK OF ACTION: There are only six games on this week’s schedule as CAA teams take a break for the Christmas holiday. Hofstra visits Siena tonight and then there are no contests until the weekend. On Saturday, Hofstra entertains George Washington and UNCW visits in-state foe UNC Asheville. Sunday’s slate includes Drexel hosting Buffalo, College of Charleston facing city rival The Citadel and William & Mary taking on West Virginia in Charleston, W.Va.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Along with the efforts put forth by weekly honorees Ron Curry of JMU and Omar Prewitt of William & Mary, several other CAA players had noteworthy performances last week. Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon averaged 20.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg in two games last week, highlighted by a 29-point, 12-rebound effort at North Dakota State. Delaware junior guard Jarvis Threatt averaged 17.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 4.7 apg over three games. He had a season-best 29 points, five rebounds and four assists in an overtime victory over Bryant. Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton posted his ninth double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Huskies overcame a 20-point deficit to beat Milwaukee. College of Charleston senior forward Willis Hall averaged 14.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg in the Cougars’ 1-1 week.
TOWSON TOUGH AT HOME: Towson is a perfect 7-0 at home this season and its 11-game home court winning streak is tied for the 21st-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.
THORNTON EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK: William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton has scored double figures in 42 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.
NU’S EATHERTON LEADS NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton is tied for the national lead in double-doubles with nine according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Dec. 23. Eatherton is also 15th in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and 29th in FG percentage (59.2%). In other categories, Delaware junior Jarvis Threatt ranks 28th in Division I in assists (5.8 apg) and 27th in steals (2.3 spg), while Blue Hens’ junior Kyle Anderson is 17th in 3-pointers per game (3.3) and 8th in 3-point FG% (51.3%). Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon is 4th in double-doubles (7) and 11th in rebounding (10.4 rpg). W&M’s Marcus Thornton is 42nd in 3-pointers per game (2.9) and 55th in scoring (19.3 ppg) while Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw is 38th in scoring (19.9 ppg). In FG percentage, W&M’s Tim Rusthoven is 34th at 58.1% with UNCW’s Cedrick Williams is 45th (57.4%).
DELAWARE TOPS CENTURY MARK IN WIN OVER BRYANT: Delaware outlasted Bryant 108-107 at Madison Square Garden last Saturday. It was the 7th-most points in Blue Hens’ history and most since 2001. UD had three players score 23 or more points in a game for the first time ever as Jarvis Threatt had 29, Davon Usher had 25 and Devon Saddler had 23. UD has scored 80 or more points eight times this season and leads the league in scoring offense with 82.1 ppg.
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 19.9 ppg. Delaware’s Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State) ranks fourth in the CAA in scoring (17.8 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (6.6 rpg). Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (St. Francis Pa.) is among the league’s top 10 in scoring (17.0 ppg/7th), rebounding (10.1 rpg/2nd) and FG percentage (59.2%/1st). UNCW’s Ben Eblen (Alabama) is fourth in the CAA in assists (3.6 apg) and second in assist/TO ratio.
For more CAA news and notes, check out the Men's Basketball Notebook on HoopScoop or click on the PDF in the box to the right for the full release.