On Wednesday night, there were eight Colonial Athletic Association teams in action as four CAA games began at 7PM all along the Atlantic coast. With all four contests in the books, it’s time to recap the night’s action with some superlatives.
Most-Needed Win- UNCW vs. Old Dominion.
When the UNCW Seahawks hosted the Old Dominion Monarchs Wednesday, head coach Buzz Peterson and company truly couldn’t afford to fall to the struggling Monarchs. Now, after securing 65-60 victory over ODU (2-15 0-5), UNCW (7-10, 2-3) remains in the thick of competing for the regular season conference title despite being three games below .500 overall on the season—something absolutely crucial when trying to salvage the last season of Keith Rendleman’s career.
Most Entertaining- Northeastern vs Hofstra
While the Northeastern Huskies’ lead over the Hofstra Pride was usually hovering around 8-12 points throughout the majority of the contest. However, behind David Imes 5-6 three-point shooting and other contributions, the Pride were able to continue to make runs and compete. At some points in the game, it felt like a 20-point Northeastern lead, yet the Huskies only led by five or six points. And, as the game wound down to it’s final moments, the entire audience in Matthews Arena was on their feet when Matt Grogan and Stevie Mejia launched three-pointers that could have tied up the contest at 63.
Biggest Upset- Georgia State vs. William & Mary
Even at home, the Georgia State Panthers were not expected to beat the William & Mary Tribe on Wednesday. The Tribe are a very talented team, with an extremely solid starting lineup and, considering R.J. Hunter isn’t at full-strength, the Panthers are not the most complete team in the CAA. The Panthers found themselves down 14 points in the first half, but were still able to win by 16 points. Not only was this an upset, by the way they were able to come back made this an even bigger triumph.
Most Surprising- Towson at Delaware
The Delaware Blue Hens entered their home contest against the Towson Tigers having won five-straight games and undefeated in the CAA play. All looked to be going as planed for head coach Monte Ross and company, as the Blue Hens led 61-55 with 3:40 left, but the Tigers closed the game out 14-5 in the remainder of the game. Not only did Towson go into arguably the best team in the CAA’s house and win, but they also came from behind late and put away Delaware with relative ease. If that’s not surprising, what is?
No CAA teams will be in action until Saturday afternoon when 10 of the conference’s 11 teams will be competing.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.