There’s only one way to justly recap what may have been the most entertaining and action-packed night of Colonial Athletic Association basketball this season: CAA Superlatives! If you’re not familiar with these superlatives, the “awards” are just a simple technique used to recap the results of the multiple games that occurred in the conference on a particular night. Now, without further ado…
Entering Wednesday night’s contest, the Towson Tigers had lost three-straight conference games after jumping out to a 5-1 record in the CAA. Dropping a fourth-straight to the last place Old Dominion Monarchs might have started the beginning of the end to an incredible season for the Tigers. But, where there’s a Jerrelle Benimon, there’s a way. The junior forward’s 21 points and 17 rebounds, his Division I-leading 15th double-double of the season, led his team to tough road victory. While Towson is ineligible for the CAA tournament this year, finishing above .500 and near the top of the conference standings will be great momentum for the program moving forward.
Speaking of momentum, the Delaware Blue Hens picked up the most momentum building win on Wednesday night. After starting off just 3-3 in conference play and found themselves on a three-game losing streak, Delaware looked to be truly digressing from their hot start in the CAA. But now, after beating Drexel on the road and having complete control over a suddenly hot William & Mary team that took Northeastern to double-overtime last Wednesday, head coach Monte Ross can stop shaking his head. The Blue Hens’ mini-winning streak is only at two games, but now Delaware finds themselves suddenly back tied for third place in the conference standings and just 2.5 games out of first place.
Most Entertaining, Biggest Upset, Most Surprising
Don’t call Northeastern’s 8-0 jump out of the gates a fluke just yet. The Huskies still have a dynamic offense even thought it went cold Wednesday night in the second half against Georgia State. The defining stat in this game? Northeastern scored 49 points in a very entertaining first half but scored just 27 points in the second. Credit Ron Hunter and Georgia State’s incredible effort following intermission. The Panther’s, who were an 8-point underdog, raced out to a 24-2 run to start off the second period. While GSU’s victory is the most surprising of the evening, it wasn’t necessarily that big of a surprise. The Panthers have won five of their last six CAA contests, with three of those victories coming on the road. Oh, and R.J. Hunter doesn’t play anything like a freshman.
Can’t get enough CAAhoops? Stay tuned for Hofstra at James Madison and Drexel at George Mason Thursday night, both at 7PM.