The Colonial Athletic Association is once again a log-jammed conference with sports’ most #HotSportsTake word "parity" dripping from the standings. At this point, all we know is that Delaware is the class of this division with its high-powered offense. Unfortunately, this weekend’s conference action was no help in starting to take the figure out which other teams are contenders and pretenders in the CAA. Let’s take a look at the four games from Saturday’s Colonial slate:
Towson 76, Delaware 83
Jerrelle Benimon was displeased with his 4 field goal attempts in Towson’s heart-breaking loss to Northeastern on Wednesday and he took his vengeance out on the Blue Hens. The reigning CAA Player of the Year put up 29 points and 16 rebounds on 9-16 shooting and added 3 blocks. However, Benimon’s performance was in a losing effort as his team had no answer for head coach Monte Ross’ three-headed backcourt monster. Devon Saddler, Jarvis Threatt and Davon Usher all played over 35 minutes each and combined for 60 of Delaware’s 83 points. As long as the Hens can keep scoring at this rate, their defensive issues will continue to not be an issue.
Northeastern 70, Hofstra 57
After stumbling through a difficult non-conference schedule, Northeastern strung together a two-game winning streak this past week with big wins at Towson and at Hofstra on Saturday. For the Huskies, Demetrious Pollard’s 25 points on six three-pointers were enormous to compliment Scott Eatherton’s 18 points and 7 rebounds. Hofstra put in a solid effort, with four players chipping in double-digit scoring performances, but the Pride ultimately suffered at the hands of Northeastern’s best three-point shooting performance of the season, at 52.9 percent.
Charleston 56, James Madison 58
Willis Hall scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebonds and Adjehi Baru posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, but Anthony Stitt’s three-point try at the buzzer beater couldn’t give the Cougars a win in Harrisonburg, Va. Andre Nation paced the Dukes with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and two blocks. Matt Brady’s team was also escaped shooting just 4-6 from the foul line in the game’s final five minutes.
William & Mary 68, Drexel 66
Marcus Thornton’s three-point buzzer-beater gave William & Mary their win over the Dragons at Drexel on Saturday, to cap off his 26-pont performance. Tim Rusthoven added 15 and runaway CAA Rookie of the Year candidate Omar Prewitt chipped in 10 points. Drexel got 31 points from Chris Fouch and 19 points from Frantz Massenat, but Drexel’s bench only contributed 2 points.