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CAA Men's Basketball Report | Jan. 24, 2022

CAA Men's Basketball Report | Jan. 24, 2022

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

Jan 24, 2022 by FloHoops Staff
CAA Men's Basketball Report | Jan. 24, 2022

SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

Monday, January 17

Hofstra 71, Drexel 68 *

Delaware 82, Northeastern 76 (OT) *

UNCW 86, Charleston 78 *

Towson 91, William & Mary 69 *

Elon 90, James Madison 67 *

Thursday, January 20

UNCW 71, James Madison 70 *

Towson 74, Charleston 67 *

Delaware 84, William & Mary 74 *

Drexel 77, Elon 49 *

Saturday, January 22

Hofstra 72, Northeastern 50 *

Delaware 80, Elon 77 *

UNCW 81, Towson 77 (OT) *

William & Mary 83, Drexel 75 *

James Madison 95, Charleston 94 *

Monday, January 24

UNCW at Northeastern * (NESN+/FloHoops).............................. 7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, January 25

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

Thursday, January 27

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 29

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

Elon at William & Mary * (YurView VA/FloHoops)...................... 4 p.m.

Delaware at James Madison * (NBCSW/FloHoops)................... 4 p.m.

Northeastern at Charleston * (FloHoops)..................................... 4 p.m.

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

WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dylan Painter, Delaware

Graduate Student | Forward | Hershey, Pa. / Hershey
Painter averaged 16.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks on 63% from the field during a 3-0 week for Delaware. The forward from Pennsylvania opened the week by contributing 20 points and nine rebounds last Monday in an overtime win at Northeastern to wrap up a five-game road stretch to begin CAA play. Painter followed it with 11 rebounds and six blocks – matching the top mark by a CAA player this season – in a win over William & Mary on Thursday before a 23-point, 12-rebound double-double in Saturday’s victory over Elon.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Shykeim Phillips, UNCW

Junior | Guard | Winterville, N.C. / South Central

Phillips averaged 17.3 points on 53.7% shooting as UNCW won three road games in six days to remain unbeaten in the CAA. The guard from North Carolina scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in Monday’s win at Charleston, added 14 points in Thursday’s 71-70 win at James Madison, and tallied 18 points with five rebounds in Saturday’s overtime victory at Towson. Phillips shot 50% or better in all three contests.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Reyne Smith, Charleston

Freshman | Guard | Ulverstone, Australia / Australian Institute of Sport

Smith wins his league-leading fifth Rookie of the Week honor after knocking down 11 three-pointers over three games and averaging 14.0 points per game. The guard from Australia was 5-of-8 from distance in a 17-point showing against UNCW on Monday and scored 21 points while matching his career high with six made threes on Saturday at James Madison. Smith went 7-for-7 from the free throw line during the week.

NEWS AND NOTES

PARADISE BY THE BACKBOARD LIGHT

UNCW’s Jaylen Sims preserved the Seahawks’ undefeated start to CAA play with a buzzer-beating three-pointer Thursday night to complete a Seahawks comeback from 13 points down. The shot earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10. 

The Seahawks would earn another road victory Saturday afternoon with an 81-77 overtime win at Towson. UNCW has won its first five CAA games for the first time since 2016-17, when the Seahawks opened their conference schedule 9-0 and would finish the regular season 15-3 on their way to a second-straight CAA title.

5 OUT OF 7 AIN’T BAD

Delaware and Towson have matched UNCW’s five wins through Saturday’s games and stand tied for second at 5-2. The Blue Hens went 3-0 last week with victories in their first two home CAA games after opening conference play with five straight road games. The Tigers went 2-1 with wins over William & Mary and Charleston before an overtime setback in Saturday’s battle for first place.

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (AND EVERY NIGHT)

22 of 31 games so far in CAA play have been decided by single digits, 14 by four points or less, and five by a one-point difference. The CAA ranks third among all conferences with 38.7% (12 of 31) games with a margin of less than four points or overtime.

LUCKY NUMBER NINE?

The last remaining unbeaten team in the CAA standings is UNCW, which improved to 5-0 with three road wins over the last week. The Seahawks were picked ninth in the CAA preseason poll - the same spot occupied the previous October by 2021 regular season champion James Madison. UNCW has won seven straight games overall dating back to December 15.

AARON’S PARTY

Hofstra’s Aaron Estrada has risen to the ranks of the CAA’s leading scorer during a remarkable offensive stretch. Estrada has scored 20 or more points in five of six conference games, highlighted by a 30-point effort in a win over Delaware. Estrada leads the CAA with 22.8 points per game in conference contests.

FRIENDLY COMPETITION

Reyne Smith won his fifth CAA Rookie of the Week honor Monday, as he and Ben Burnham have combined to give Charleston eight of 11 honors this season. Smith has made 50 three-pointers in his freshman campaign, good for fourth among all D1 rookies. Smith leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (12.5 ppg) and added CBS Freshman of the Week honors earlier this season.

NOTHING BUT NET

Towson leads CAA teams in the NET rankings at 90, while Hofstra is second at 98 and Delaware third at 133. 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. Elon (25) and Hofstra (34) played two of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation this winter, per the NET rankings.

DOUBLY RELIABLE

Towson’s Cam Holden recorded his CAA-leading eighth double-double of the year in last Monday’s win over Hofstra. Holden ranks 16th in the nation in the category.

Drexel’s James Butler and Delaware’s Dylan Painter are tied for second in the CAA with six double-doubles each, while Northeastern’s Chris Doherty and Elon’s Michael Graham each have four. 

SUPER TUESDAY

Three CAA teams earned resume-building wins on December 7, as conference members collected victories over teams from the ACC, The American, and the A10. James Madison knocked off Virginia in a CBS Sports Network game in Harrisonburg, while Northeastern came back for a home win over UMass and Charleston notched a road victory at Tulane.

MEET ME TONIGHT IN ATLANTIC CITY

The CAA went 7-4 against the Atlantic 10 in the regular season with wins by five different CAA teams: Delaware and Northeastern each recorded two, while Drexel, Hofstra, and James Madison each earned one.

TEAM NOTES

Charleston (9-8, 1-4)

• Dimitrius Underwood is 13th nationally in steals per game ... Underwood’s 2.8 steals per game lead CAA players in conference games.

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

•   John Meeks ranks third in the CAA with 19.2 points per game against league teams.

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

Delaware (14-6, 5-2)

•   Dylan Painter’s 9.4 rebounds per game in CAA games lead all conference players.

• Ryan Allen has risen to ninth in CAA history with 288 made three-pointers ... 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 (8-8, 3-3)

•   James Butler is 10 rebounds away from 15th in CAA history ... His 942 boards are the second-most by a Drexel player in the program’s time in the conference.

•   Camren Wynter leads the CAA with 5.3 assists per game in conference contests.

•   Wynter stands at 518 career assists, placing him 12 shy of UNCW’s John Goldsberry (530) for 10th in CAA history.

•   Amari Williams leads the CAA with 3.2 blocks per game in conference games.

Elon (5-15, 2-5)

• Hunter McIntosh’s 23 made threes are the most of any player in CAA games.

•   Michael Graham is second in field goal percentage and third in blocks in CAA contests.

•   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.

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

Hofstra (12-7, 4-2)

•   Jalen Ray’s 276 career three-pointers are two shy of William & Mary’s David Schneider for 10th in CAA history.

•   Aaron Estrada’s eight games of 20+ points lead the league ... Estrada leads the CAA with 22.8 points per game against league foes.

•   The Pride is fifth nationally in free throw percentage (80.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.59).

•   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 (12-5, 3-3)

•   JMU’s 23-point comeback against William & Mary was tied for the largest in Division I this season and widest margin overcome in recorded program history.

•   Vado Morse ranks second in the CAA with 22.2 points per game against league competition.

•   JMU’s 10.2 steals per game rank eighth in the nation.

•   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 (11-5, 5-0)

•   UNCW’s eight-game winning streak is its longest since a stretch of nine straight to open CAA play in 2016-17.

•   Jaylen Sims’ buzzer-beating three to win at James Madison was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter on Thursday night.

•   UNCW’s five CAA wins have been by an average of 4.4 points per game with all five decided by eight points or less.

•   The Seahawks are 8-2 when holding their opponent to 70 points or less. 

Northeastern (6-12, 0-7)

•   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 leads the CAA with 9.2 rebounds per game and is fifth nationally in offensive rebounding (3.76).

•   Doherty’s is one of five CAA players with 4+ double-doubles this season.

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

Towson (14-6, 5-2)

•   Towson is tied for second nationally with six road wins this season ... The only team with seven is Navy, which Towson defeated by 17 for one of its six road victories.

•   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 206 spots above its final 2020-21 ranking in KenPom.

William & Mary (4-15, 3-3)

•   Ben Wight and Brandon Carroll both contributed double-doubles to Saturday’s win at Drexel.

•   Julian Lewis and Langdon Hatton earned the Tribe two of the first four CAA Rookie of the Week awards of conference play.

•   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.