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CAA Men's Basketball Report | Jan. 17, 2022

CAA Men's Basketball Report | Jan. 17, 2022

Catch up on the CAA Men's Basketball weekly news, notes, and awards.

Jan 18, 2022 by FloHoops Staff
CAA Men's Basketball Report | Jan. 17, 2022

SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

Tuesday, January 11

Towson 78, Hofstra 66 *

James Madison 89, Northeastern 66 *

Delaware 81, Drexel 77 *

Wednesday, January 12

UNCW 73, Elon 66 *

Saturday, January 15

James Madison 95, William & Mary 91 (OT) *

Hofstra 82, Delaware 77 *

Towson 59, Elon 54 *

Drexel 76, Northeastern 68 * 

Monday, January 17

Drexel at Hofstra * (SNY/FloHoops)............................... 4 p.m.

James Madison at Elon * (FloHoops)............................... 4 p.m.

Delaware at Northeastern * (CBSSN).............................. 7 p.m.

UNCW at Charleston * (FloHoops).................................. 7 p.m.

Towson at William & Mary * (FloHoops)......................... 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 20

UNCW at James Madison * (NBCSW/FloHoops)............. 7 p.m.

Elon at Drexel * (NBCSP+/FloHoops).............................. 7 p.m.

Charleston at Towson * (FloHoops)................................ 7 p.m.

William & Mary at Delaware * (FloHoops)...................... 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 22

Hofstra at Northeastern * (FloHoops).......................... 12 p.m.

Elon at Delaware * (NBCSP/FloHoops)........................... 1 p.m.

UNCW at Towson * (FloHoops)....................................... 2 p.m.

William & Mary at Drexel * (FloHoops)........................... 2 p.m.

Charleston at James Madison * (FloHoops).................... 4 p.m.

WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Charles Falden, James Madison

Graduate Student | Guard | Richmond, Va. / L.C. Bird

Falden helped JMU to a 2-0 week with standout performances in victories over Northeastern and William & Mary. The guard from Richmond was 7-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-4 from three in an 18-point showing Tuesday against the Huskies before collecting 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists in Saturday’s dramatic comeback win in Williamsburg. Falden played 42 of 45 minutes in the Dukes’ 95-91 overtime victory as JMU’s 23-point comeback was the largest in program recorded history and widest margin nationally this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Langdon Hatton, William & Mary

Freshman | Forward | Georgetown, Ind. / North Harrison

Hatton recorded his first career double-double Saturday with a 13-point, 14-rebound effort in William & Mary’s 95-91 overtime setback against James Madison. The forward from Indiana doubled his career-high rebounding total in a 26-minute effort after seeing eight minutes of CAA action entering the weekend. Hatton added two blocks in the game, one off his career-best. Hatton’s 14 rebounds were the most by a W&M freshman since 1998. 

NEWS AND NOTES

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (AND EVERY NIGHT)

13 of 17 games so far in CAA play have been decided by single digits, nine by four points or less, and three by a one-point difference. The CAA ranks third among all conferences with 35.3% (6 of 17) games with a margin of less than four points or overtime.

William & Mary is the first CAA team to win two one-point games to open conference play since the Tribe did it in 2009-10, opening that year’s conference slate with a home win over VCU and road victory at Hofstra before playing two more one-point games to begin the league schedule. The Tribe’s first three CAA games have been decided by a total of six points.

HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE

Despite a 3-1 day for road teams Saturday, home squads are 11-6 in CAA play, a .647 winning percentage that ranks seventh nationally. UNCW and Towson are 2-0 at home in conference games, while Hofstra is 1-0, and Delaware is yet to play a home game.

LUCKY NUMBER NINE?

The last remaining unbeaten team in the CAA standings is UNCW, which was idle Saturday after earning wins over Delaware and Elon to begin its conference schedule.

The Seahawks were picked ninth in the CAA preseason poll - the same spot occupied the previous October by 2021 regular season champion James Madison.

AARON’S PARTY

Hofstra’s Aaron Estrada has risen to the ranks of the CAA’s leading scorer during a remarkable offensive stretch. Estrada’s 30-point effort Saturday was his fourth-straight game of 20+ points to open CAA play, giving the transfer guard a 23.8 points per game average in conference play and 15.8 overall on the season. Estrada has been named CAA Player of the Week three times this season.

FRIENDLY COMPETITION

In a year when minutes for freshmen are limited in many places, Charleston has received key contributions from first-year players. Ben Burnham earned his third Rookie of Week selection Monday after Reyne Smith captured the first four awards to help the Cougars win seven of 10 honors to begin the year. Smith has made 39 three-pointers in his freshman campaign, good for eighth among all D1 rookies. Smith leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (12.2 ppg) and added CBS Freshman of the Week honors earlier this season. 

NOTHING BUT NET

Towson leads CAA teams in the NET rankings at 80, while Hofstra is second at 104 and Delaware third at 127. Charleston holds a Quad 1 win with a victory at Chattanooga and Hofstra added one in its non-conference finale at Monmouth.

Hofstra has played seven total games against Q1 and Q2 with wins at Monmouth and Arkansas. Towson, James Madison, and Drexel have avoided a Q4 loss on their schedules this season.

DOUBLY RELIABLE

Towson’s Cam Holden recorded his CAA-leading seventh double-double of the year in Tuesday’s win over Hofstra. Holden ranks 19th in the nation in the category.

Drexel’s James Butler is second in the league with six, while Delaware’s Dylan Painter earned his fifth on Saturday. Northeastern’s Chris Doherty (4) and Hofstra’s Abayomi Iyiola (3) round out the top five.

IT’S GOOD TO HAVE OPTIONS

Hofstra and James Madison boast five players who have scored at least 20 points in a game this season, while Delaware, Drexel, Elon, and Towson each have four players with a 20-point performance.

Hofstra’s Aaron Estrada leads all CAA players with seven 20-point games this season, while the Pride’s Jalen Ray has contributed six. Towson’s Cam Holden and James Madison’s Vado Morse collected their fourth 20-point performances of the year Saturday.

GET OUT THE VOTE

The CAA has played 109 non-conference games against Division I competition with a challenging slate against both Top 25 and mid-major foes:

12 games against teams ranked or receiving votes in Monday’s AP or coaches Top 25

22 games against teams ranked or receiving votes in last Tuesday’s CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25

James Madison is 19th, while Towson and Hofstra are receiving votes in the most recent Mid-Major Top 25.

TEAM NOTES

Charleston (9-5, 1-1)

• Dimitrius Underwood is 10th nationally in steals per game ... Underwood’s 4.5 steals per game lead CAA players in conference games.

•   The Cougars have won seven Rookie of the Week awards with Reyne Smith collecting four and Ben Burnham earning three.

•   Charleston’s adjusted tempo of 75.5 is the fastest in the nation.

•   The Cougars swept an in-season home-and-home with Tulane and hold a NET Quad 1 win over Chattanooga.

Delaware (11-6, 2-2)

•   Andrew Carr and Dylan Painter are second and third in the CAA in total blocks in conference games.

• Ryan Allen passed David Schneider (William & Mary) and Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra) to improve to ninth in CAA history in made career three-pointers with 279 ... American’s Nathan Smith (293) ranks eighth.

•   Ryan Allen’s 35-point effort in a win over La Salle is the top scoring performance by a CAA player this season.

•   Kevin Anderson reached 1,000 career points against La Salle, becoming the fifth active CAA player to reach 1K with his current team.

Drexel (7-6, 2-1)

•   James Butler has recorded a double-double in six of his last nine games ... Butler’s six double-doubles are tied for the CAA lead.

•   Butler is 13 rebounds away from 15th in CAA history ... His 939 boards are the second-most by a Drexel player in the program’s time in the conference.

•   Camren Wynter leads the CAA with 7.0 assists per game against conference competition along with a 4.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.

•   Wynter stands at 507 career assists, placing him 23 shy of UNCW’s John Goldsberry for 10th in CAA history.

Elon (4-13, 1-3)

•   Darius Burford (23) and Hunter McIntosh (20) provided 20-point efforts to defeat Northeastern in a game Elon never trailed ... Burford earned CAA Player of the Week honors in the first week of conference play.

• Hunter McIntosh’s 14 made threes are the most of any player in CAA games.

•   Michael Graham leads the CAA with 2.5 blocks per game in conference games.

•   Elon played seven high-major opponents in its non-conference schedule and five Quad 1 teams.

Hofstra (10-7, 2-2)

•   Jalen Ray’s 274 career three-pointers are four shy of William & Mary’s David Schneider for 10th in CAA history.

•   Aaron Estrada’s seven games of 20+ points lead the league ... Estrada leads the CAA with 23.8 points per game against league foes.

•   Abayomi Iyiola leads the CAA with 9.8 rebounds per game in conference contests.

•   Hofstra holds a Quad 1 win over Monmouth and a Quad 2 victory against Arkansas ... The Pride has played three ranked opponents this year, taking Houston to overtime and playing a one-possession game at Maryland in addition to its win at Arkansas.

James Madison (11-3, 2-1)

•   JMU’s 23-point comeback Saturday was the largest in Division I this season and widest margin overcome in recorded program history.

•   JMU’s 10.5 steals per game rank seventh in the nation.

•   Vado Morse’s 22.0 points per game in CAA games rank second in the conference.

•   The Dukes’ 135 points against Carlow were the most by a CAA team since George Mason in November 1995 ... James Madison’s 55 made field goals and 39 assists were records for a CAA team.

UNCW (8-5, 2-0)

•   Jaylen Sims ranks third in the CAA with 18.5 points per game against conference competition.

•   UNCW used a late 12-0 run to come back and defeat Elon on Wednesday night, helping the Seahawks remain unbeaten in CAA play.

•   Jaylen Sims sank a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to defeat Delaware in the CAA opener.

•   The Seahawks have limited opponents to 63.2 points per game during their five-game winning streak.

Northeastern (6-10, 0-5)

•   The Huskies hold two of the CAA’s seven wins over the A10 this winter ... The CAA is 7-4 as a conference against the A10.

•   Chris Doherty is second in the CAA with 9.5 rebounds per game and 12th nationally in offensive rebounding (3.69).

•   Northeastern erased a 20-point deficit to defeat Colgate.

•   Nikola Djogo and Chris Doherty both contributed double-doubles to send Northeastern to the Paradise Jam title game against Colorado State.

Towson (12-5, 3-1)

•   Towson’s 12-5 record matches the Tigers’ best 17-game start under Pat Skerry (2017-18).

•   Jason Gibson has matched Towson’s single-game record with eight three-pointers twice this season (Coppin State, Hofstra).

•   Cam Holden is the first Division I player with 20 points, 19 rebounds, and eight assists in a game since Cleveland State’s Norris Cole in 2011.

•   Towson is 198 spots above its final 2020-21 ranking in KenPom. 

William & Mary (3-13, 2-1)

•   William & Mary is the first team to open CAA play with back-to-back one-point wins since the Tribe did it in 2009-10 ... W&M began CAA play 2-0 for the fourth time in five seasons.

•   The Tribe’s first three CAA games have been decided by a total of six points.

•   W&M alum and former CAA Player of the Year Nathan Knight made his first NBA start for Minnesota against Boston, scoring a career-high 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

•   Tyler Rice’s nine assists in the opener at Wake Forest were the most by a CAA freshman over the last two seasons.