With five entertaining and interesting games in the Colonial Athletic Association Saturday, there is only one way to recap the action: CAA superlatives. If you haven’t read an edition of the superlatives yet, your world is about to be made.
The Northeastern Huskies have been winning most of their CAA games this season with terrific outside shooting. But, on Saturday night, the Huskies used tremendous defense to defeat the visiting Drexel Dragons. Specifically, Northeastern limited Frantz Massenat and Damion Lee to just 5-22 combined shooting from the field for just 17 points. The dynamic duo had been averaging 32.8 points per game this season. Stopping those two scorers is pretty impressive.
Biggest Statement Game
Usually these superlatives are awarded to teams. However, this superlative goes to none other than standout out Georgia State Panthers freshman guard R.J. Hunter. Hunter scored a career-high 38 points and also contributed five rebounds, two steals and two blocks Saturday against the Old Dominion Monarchs. Hunter’s 38 points was the most of any player in the CAA this season and his 10 three-pointers also tied a CAA record. Hunter was listed as the top performer in all of college basketball Saturday on ESPN.com and, if he hadn’t already, broke into the national spotlight.
Best Revenge Game
Saturday, the William & Mary Tribe avenged their 70-59 loss to the Hofstra Pride on Jan. 12. Behind Marcus Thornton, Tim Rusthoven, Kyle Gaillard and Brandon Britt, the Tribe returned the favor and smacked the Pride down in Virginia with a 72-59 victory in which they once led by as many as 16 points. The win also put W&M a half game ahead of Hofstra in the CAA standings.
Biggest Bounce-Back Victory
After losing two-straight games to Northeastern and Drexel, George Mason earned a huge bounce-back victory over the streaking James Madison Dukes on Saturday. Entering the contest, JMU had won four-straight games and looked poised to make a run at the No. 1 seed in the CAA tournament. But, the Patriots were able to end their losing streak and get back on track. They’re now tied with the Dukes for third in the conference.
A constant theme in the Association this season has been teams not giving complete efforts through the entire length of games. Saturday, the Delaware Blue Hens did just that in their lopsided win over the UNCW Seahawks. The Blue Hens led significantly throughout the entire game and also had four players score nine points or more, highlighted by Devon Saddler and Jamelle Hagins chipping in 21 and 20 points, respectively. If that isn’t a complete victory, what is? Delaware also moved into sole possession of second place in the conference with the win.