If you haven’t read an edition of Jake Fischer’s CAA Nightly Superlatives, then you’ve clearly been missing out. In unique fashion, the Rant Sports CAA Basketball Columnist recaps the action of CAA hoops from that night by awarding a superlative for each game. Without further ado, here are Wednesday night’s CAA superlatives:
Best Morale Victory
Usually a double-overtime contest would be deserving of “Most Thrilling”, but the William & Mary Tribe’s outstanding comeback effort against the Northeastern Huskies (12-7, 7-0) unfortunately fell short for head coach Tony Shaver. Down by 15 at the half, Marcus Thornton, Tim Rusthoven and Brandon Britt helped lead the Tribe (7-11, 1-6) back into the contest and forced a 68-68 at the end of regulation. But, for a team that has now lost eight-straight games and hasn’t won since December 8, going to double overtime with the top team in the conference is definitely a morale victory.
When the Delaware Blue Hens (8-11, 3-3) came to town, the James Madison Dukes (10-10, 4-3) were presented with a big opportunity. Win, and return to .500 overall and 4-3 in conference. Lose, and fall below .500 in both categories. Not only did JMU beat Delaware, but they whooped them handily by 16 points. The Dukes now also find themselves half a game ahead of the Blue Hens in the standings of a conference that will certainly come down to the wire.
Most Crucial Road Win
Amidst all the hype Northeastern has received for their undefeated start, the George Mason Patriots (12-7, 5-2) have been somewhat forgotten about. But now, following a 10-point victory on the road over sudden conference contender, Towson (10-11, 5-3), Mason has now forced their way into second-place in the conference and now await a date with the Huskies on Sunday. The victory over the Tigers will certainly be a confidence boost for a team that must capture another huge road victory before the week is over as well.
Best Momentum Boost
The Georgia State Panthers’ 18-point demolition of the UNCW Seahawks (7-11, 2-4) further continued head coach Ron Hunter and company’s hot streak. The Panthers (10-11, 5-3) are now riding a four-game winning streak and needed to muster up as much momentum as they could get before leaving for a tough two-game that takes them to Drexel and Northeastern in their next two contests.
The Drexel Dragons (7-11, 3-3) secure a much-needed victory over the Hofstra Pride (5-14, 2-4) Wednesday night. And, considering they wouldn’t have won without Frantz Massenat’s ridiculous half-court heave (shown below), you can tell just how dangerously close the Dragons were to fading into CAA obscurity. If they dropped the game, Drexel would have fallen to 6-12 overall and just 2-4 in the CAA.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.