BOSTON – With four very action-packed Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball games Wednesday night, there was plenty of news and storylines. With all of that action, there is only one way to recap everything that in the Association: CAA Superlatives. Without further ado…
Most Impressive Win
When the Northeastern Huskies travelled a few hours south to Hempstead, N.Y. to take on Hofstra, the first place team in the CAA left Boston without their only big men from the bench, Dinko Marshavelski and Zach Stahl, who were sidelined with undisclosed lower body injuries. However, even down two crucial players and down 10 points on the road in the second half, the Huskies were still able to put together a 13-1 run and win 62-57. This team just continues to handle adversity impressively.
Biggest Statement Win
The Towson Tigers have put together an incredible season in coach Pat Skerry’s second year at the helm of the program. Winning at Oregon State was a huge victory for the Tigers earlier in the year, which truly got Towson back on the college basketball map. But, the Tigers’ 20-point victory over then-second place Delaware Wednesday night was by far their biggest statement victory for this program and most likely in the conference this year.
Most Momentum-Changing Win
Before Wednesday night, the UNCW Seahawks were losers of three-straight games, and looked to be in position to lose their fourth-straight when the red-hot Georgia State Panthers and R.J. Hunter came to Wilmington, N.C. However, the Seahawks buckled down and secured a big victory over the Panthers to stop the negative momentum they were unfortunately riding.
Best Guard Play
One of the biggest re-occurring themes this season in the CAA has been the league’s incredible overall guard play. The team that truly has embraced that this year has been the James Madison Dukes. Whether it’s been blossoming senior point guard Devon Moore, freshman standouts Charles Cooke, Andre Nation and Ron Curry, or the true anomaly that is A.J. Davis, the Dukes always have at least three or four guards who perform at a high level game in and game out. Wednesday, it was the same story as Davis, Moore and Nation were all double-figure scorers. The overall team effort propelled the Dukes back into second place in the conference.