In a week that didn’t feature too much Colonial Athletic Association basketball due to many schools full immersion in the college phenomenon of “finals week”, there wasn’t room for much interesting and breaking news in the league.
But, of all the players that were in action, two shined above the rest.
First, senior guard Devon Moore of the James Madison Dukes, played the best all-aground game of his career on Sunday. In a tense matchup with UNC Greensboro, Moore, whose team desperately needed a victory on their home court, stepped up and led his team to a solid win. In JMU’s 83-75 triumph over the Spartans, Moore scored a career-high 22 points on 9-15 shooting, collected a season-high 9 rebounds, dished a season-high 7 assists, and swiped 3 steals. Now, with his team standing at 4-6 overall, Moore will most likely need to continue to produce at his consistent rate (averaging 10.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game on the season) if his team wants to extend their current winning ways, as they’ve won three of their last four. With his performance, Moore rightfully earned this week’s CAA Player of the Week honors.
Next, the Old Dominion Monarchs received a terrific performance from freshman guard Aaron Bacote in their contest against Central Florida on Friday. A team that hasn’t had much success at all this season, the Monarchs dropped a close game to the Knights 75-71, but Bacote was a bright spot. The rookie scored a career-high 19 points on 6-8 shooting from beyond the arc with 3 assists. Even though his team hasn’t done much winning, Bacote won this week’s CAA Rookie of the Week for his strong play.
With all 11 CAA men’s basketball teams back in action this week, competition should be steep to rack in this slate’s weekly awards.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.