WWAY’s Thursday night sports – March 6

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Submitted: Fri, 03/07/2014 - 4:37am
Updated: Fri, 03/07/2014 - 5:10am

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High School Basketball State Playoffs

Boys 1-A Regionals

East Carteret 82
Plymouth 63

Wallace-Rose Hill 73
Trask 69 ** Click video icon to see our game highlights & postgame

Titans finish the season at 24-6
Walker Imwalle led the Bulldogs with 20 points
Rasheed Brown led the Titans with 30 points, 10-18 fg, 9-10 ft
Bulldogs will face East Carteret on Saturday in the 1-A East Finals


ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Greensboro, NC

Syracuse 63
Clemson 53

Florida State 72
Miami 67

Georgia Tech 77
Virginia 76

North Carolina 69
Wake Forest 65

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 7
Game 8: NC State vs Syracuse – Noon
Game 9: Notre Dame vs Florida State – 2 p.m.
Game 10: Duke vs Georgia Tech – 6 p.m.
Game 11: Maryland vs North Carolina – 8 p.m.


BALTIMORE, MD (CAA) – Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in voting by the league’s head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media. The announcement was made Thursday night at the league’s pre-tournament awards banquet in Baltimore, Md.

Also receiving top honors were Delaware’s Monte’ Ross as the CAA Coach of the Year, William and Mary freshman guard/forward Omar Prewitt as the CAA Rookie of the Year and Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. William and Mary senior forward Tim Rusthoven was the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Benimon becomes the eighth player in conference history to receive CAA Player of the Year honors in multiple years. The senior forward has recorded a nation’s-best 20 double-doubles in 31 games and he also leads Division I in rebounding with 11.7 per contest. Benimon, who ranked fourth in the league in scoring with 18.9 points per game, reached double figures in 28 of 31 outings and tallied 20 or more points 17 times. He broke his own Towson season record with 363 rebounds, which was the fourth-most in a season in CAA history and the most by any CAA player other than Navy All-American David Robinson. Showing his all-around game, Benimon was also third in the conference in assists (3.7 apg), fourth in field goal percentage (52.8%) and fifth in blocked shots (1.3 bpg).

Ross guided Delaware its first CAA regular-season championship with a 14-2 mark. The Blue Hens reeled off 13 straight victories between January 1 and mid-February, and matched the best start in conference history with an 11-0 record. Delaware’s 22 overall victories are tied for the fourth-highest total in school history and it’s the most for the Blue Hens in more than a decade. He is first Delaware coach to be honored as CAA Coach of the Year.

Prewitt is just the third William & Mary player to receive Rookie of the Year honors and the first since 2004. The freshman guard/forward led all CAA rookies in scoring with 11.8 points per game and tallied double figures 19 of the Tribe’s 29 contests. He was also second among all conference freshmen in rebounding with 4.7 per game. Prewitt ranked among the top 15 in the league in assists (1.9 apg/15th), free throw percentage (77.2%/4th), 3-point FG percentage (37.6%/7th) and 3-pointers per game (1.6/13th).

Eatherton is the second Northeastern player, and first since 2006, to garner CAA Defensive Player of the Year accolades. The junior forward led the league with 54 blocked shots and had 16 games with two or more rejections. Eatherton was also second in the CAA and 14th in the nation in rebounding with 10.1 per contest. He grabbed double-digit caroms in 19 of his 30 contests.

Rusthoven is the third William & Mary player in the past five years to receive the Ehlers Award, which is presented annually to the men’s basketball student-athlete who “embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with his academic athletic achievement.” Rusthoven ranked among the top 20 in the CAA in scoring (12.2 ppg/12th), rebounding (4.9 rpg/17th), field goal percentage (57.7%/1st) and blocked shots (21/11th). Earlier this year, he was one of 75 Division I men’s basketball players nominated for the NABC Good Works Team, which honors student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the great good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

Joining Towson’s Benimon on the All-CAA first team were Drexel senior guard Frantz Massenat, Delaware senior guard Devon Saddler, William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton and Delaware senior guard Davon Usher.

Massenat received first-team honors for the second time after leading the conference in assists (4.8 apg) and ranking seventh in scoring (17.4 ppg). He also topped the conference and was among the best in Division I in assist/turnover ratio. Massenat ranks sixth on Drexel’s career scoring list with 1,627 points and his 546 career assists rank third all-time at Drexel and ninth in CAA history.

Saddler is a member of the All-CAA first team for the second year in a row. The senior guard led the nation and ranked 22nd in the nation in scoring with 20.2 ppg and was fourth in the league in assists (3.4 apg). Saddler is Delaware’s all-time leading scorer with 2,154 points and ranks seventh on the CAA’s career scoring chart. He scored double figures in 23 of his 24 games this season.

Thornton moves up to the first team after receiving second-team accolades last year. The junior guard was fifth in the CAA in scoring with 18.6 ppg and seventh in assists with 2.8 apg. He scored double digits in 26 of 29 contests. Thornton leads the CAA and ranks 25th nationally with 85 three-pointers. He’s among the CAA’s top 10 in field goal, free throw and 3-point percentage.

Usher earned a spot on the All-CAA first team in his first season at Delaware. The senior guard ranked third in the league in scoring with 19.4 ppg, which included 20 straight games in double figures to end the regular season. He also excelled in other phases of the game, leading the conference in steals (1.8 spg), ranking fourth in 3-pointers (74) and 11th in rebounding (6.0 rpg).

Earning second-team All-CAA honors were Northeastern’s Eatherton (15.5 ppg/10.1 rpg), Drexel graduate student guard Chris Fouch (17.9 ppg/3.2 rpg), College of Charleston senior forward Willis Hall (12.2 ppg/9.0 rpg), William & Mary’s Rusthoven (12.2 ppg/4.9 rpg) and Hofstra graduate student guard/forward Zeke Upshaw (19.6 ppg/4.2 rpg).

Named to the All-CAA third team were Delaware senior forward Carl Baptiste (10.9 ppg/8.3 rpg), James Madison sophomore guard Charles Cooke (14.3 ppg/5.0 rpg), Towson senior forward Marcus Damas (11.4 ppg/5.3 rpg), Towson senior forward/guard Rafriel Guthrie (12.0 ppg/2.9 rpg), James Madison sophomore guard Andre Nation (15.2 ppg/5.3 rpg) and Hofstra graduate student guard Dion Nesmith (13.2 ppg/4.3 apg).


First Team All-CAA Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson Sr. F 6-8 245 Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Frantz Massenat, Drexel Sr. G 6-4 190 Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Devon Saddler, Delaware Sr. G 6-2 210 Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary Jr. G 6-4 185 Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

Davon Usher, Delaware Sr. G 6-6 200 South Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor


Second Team All-CAA Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

Scott Eatherton, Northeastern Jr. F 6-8 219 Hershey, Pa./Hershey

Chris Fouch, Drexel Gr. G 6-2 185 Bronx, N.Y./Rice

Willis Hall, College of Charleston Sr. F 6-6 235 Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary Sr. F 6-9 235 Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

Zeke Upshaw, Hofstra Gr. G/F 6-6 215 Chicago, Ill./University


Third Team All-CAA Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

Carl Baptiste, Delaware Sr. F 6-9 260 Pittstown, N.J./N. Hunterdon

Charles Cooke, James Madison So. G 6-6 200 Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Marcus Damas, Towson Sr. F 6-7 210 Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore

Rafriel Guthrie, Towson Sr. F/G 6-3 210 Washington, D.C./Cardozo

Andre Nation, James Madison So. G 6-5 200 Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian

Dion Nesmith, Hofstra Gr. G 6-0 200 Union, N.J./Union


2013-14 CAA Player of the Year – Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

2013-14 CAA Coach of the Year – Monte’ Ross, Delaware

2013-14 CAA Rookie of the Year – Omar Prewitt, William & Mary

2013-14 CAA Defensive Player of the Year – Scott Eatherton, Northeastern

2013-14 Dean Ehlers Leadership Award – Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary


CAA All-Rookie Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

Canyon Barry, Coll. of Charleston Fr. G 6-6 195 Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain

Omar Prewitt, William & Mary Fr. G/F 6-6 180 Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County

Jamall Robinson, Hofstra Fr. G/F 6-5 210 Cheltenham, Md./Paul VI

Rodney Williams, Drexel Fr. F 6-7 220 Richmond, Va./St. Christopher’s

T.J. Williams, Northeastern Fr. G 6-3 190 Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville


CAA All-Defensive Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

Adjehi Baru, Coll. of Charleston Jr. F 6-9 225 Abidjan, Ivory Coast/The Steward School

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson Sr. F 6-8 245 Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Scott Eatherton, Northeastern Jr. F 6-8 219 Hershey, Pa./Hershey

Davon Usher, Delaware Sr. G 6-6 200 South Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor

David Walker, Northeastern So. G 6-6 176 Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls


CAA All-Academic Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

Kyle Anderson, Delaware Jr. G 6-3 200 Newark, Ill./Newark

Canyon Barry, Coll. of Charleston Fr. G 6-6 195 Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain

Brandon Britt, William & Mary Sr. G 6-2 200 Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian

Kyle Gaillard, William & Mary Sr. F 6-8 220 Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg

Willis Hall, College of Charleston Sr. F 6-6 235 Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian

Tanner Milson, UNCW Sr. G 6-2 190 Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill

Dion Nesmith, Hofstra Gr. G 6-0 200 Union, N.J./Union

Timajh Parker-Rivera, Towson So. F 6-7 215 Milford, Conn./St. Joseph

Shane Reybold, UNCW Sr. F 6-8 238 Laurel, Md./Reservoir

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary Sr. F 6-9 235 Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy


ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Greensboro, NC

Syracuse 63
Clemson 53

Florida State 72
Miami 67

Georgia Tech 77
Virginia 76

North Carolina
Wake Forest

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 7
Game 8: NC State vs Syracuse – Noon
Game 9: Notre Dame vs Florida State – 2 p.m.
Game 10: Duke vs Game 6 winner – 6 p.m.
Game 11: Maryland vs Game 7 winner – 8 p.m.


BALTIMORE, MD (UNCW) — UNCW returns to the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship this season following a one-year hiatus due to APR sanctions. The Seahawks enter this week’s event as the No. 9 seed after losing their final regular season game, 70-57, to top-seeded Delaware on Feb. 26, 2013 in Wilmington.

POST-SEASON HISTORY: UNCW is seeking its fifth berth to the NCAA Tournament following a Cinderella run to the Big Dance in 1999-2000, a national splash in the 2001-02 NCAA’s, a near-upset of Maryland in the first round of the 2002-03 NCAA Tourney and a heartbreaking loss to George Washington in the 2005-06 event. The Seahawks have reached the post-season six times: NIT (1998), NCAA (2000), NIT (2001), NCAA (2002), NCAA (2003), NCAA (2006).

2013 CAA TOURNAMENT: The Seahawks did not compete in the 2013 CAA Championship due to APR sanctions. It marked the first time the Seahawks, a charter member of the league, had not competed in the season-ending tournament.

CAA HONOREES: Senior guard Tanner Milson and senior forward Shane Reybold were honored for their work in the classroom at Thursday night’s post-season championship banquet. The pair was named to the CAA’s All-Academic Team, joining eight other players on the list.

LAST CAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: In their last appearance in the CAA Tournament, the Seahawks went 1-1 in the 2012 CAA Championship. UNCW defeated James Madison, 70-59, in a first-round matchup before falling, 59-47, to top-seeded Drexel.

CAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: UNCW is making its 29th appearance in the CAA’s post-season gala. Overall, the Seahawks have lost in the first round four times, been eliminated in the quarterfinals five times, advanced to the semifinals 18 times and reached the championship nine times.

TOURNAMENT SITES: UNCW has played a CAA Tournament game at four different venues through the years. The Seahawks stand 0-1 at William and Mary Hall, 1-0 at Trask Coliseum, 0-1 at the Patriot Center, 5-3 at the Hampton Coliseum and 26-19 at the Richmond Coliseum. Here’s a look at the results by site.

SO LONG OLD FRIEND: In 23 visits to the cavernous Richmond Coliseum for the CAA Tournament, the Seahawks compiled a 26-19 mark. UNCW advanced to the semifinals 13 times and reached the championship game seven times at the arena.

NO. 9 SEED…AGAIN: UNCW is the No. 9 seed for the third time in its last four appearances The Seahawks have been the No. 1 seed five times (1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006). Here’s a look at UNCW’s seedings by year:

ALL-TOURNAMENT PICKS: The Seahawks have featured 25 All-Tournament selections and four Tournament MVP’s through the years at the CAA Championship. Brett Blizzard was named CAA Tournament MVP three times and All-CAA Tournament four times.

COACHES IN THE CAA TOURNEY: Brad Brownell registered an .818 winning percentage in 11 CAA Tournament games to lead UNCW’s eight coaches who have directed teams in the event.

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY: The Seahawks, predicted to finish eighth in the CAA’s preseason, wound up ninth in the CAA standings behind first-round opponent Hofstra. UNCW has won or tied outright five regular season championships. UNCW tied for the league title in 1997 and 1998, won back-to-back regular season crowns in 2002 and 2003, and tied again in 2006.

LAST CAA TOURNAMENT PLAYER: UNCW did not compete in last year’s CAA Tournament due to APR sanctions. In their last appearance in the event in 2012, the ninth-seeded Seahawks split a pair of games against No. 8 James Madison and No. 1 Drexel. UNCW topped JMU, 70-59, in a first-round game on March 2, 2012, before being eliminated by the top-seeded Dragons, 59-47, on March 3, 2012.

LAST REGULAR SEASON GAME: In its last appearance before the CAA Tournament, UNCW dropped its home finale, 70-57, to CAA frontrunner Delaware on Feb. 26 at Trask Coliseum. The Blue Hens trailed by nine points with 15:55 remaining, but rallied down the stretch behind junior guard Jarvis Threatt to survive an upset. All five UD starters reached double figures, topped by Threatt’s game-high 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor.

STARTING LINEUPS: Coach Buzz Peterson used his 16th different starting lineup of the year in the regular season finale when he started five seniors. All 14 players on the active roster opened at least one game during the course of the campaign.

OFFENSIVELY CHALLENGED: UNCW has scored 584 points over the last 10 games for an average of 58.4 ppg. The Seahawks rank last in the CAA in scoring offense, last in scoring margin, last in field goal percentage and last in three-point field goal percentage.

BACKYARD BULLY: Since returning to the lineup 10 games ago in UNCW’s matchup at Delaware on Feb. 1, senior forward Shane Reybold, who lives just minutes from Baltimore Arena, has averaged 7.3 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 22.3 minutes per game. In that span, he has made 30-of-58 field goals for 51.7 percent from the floor and contributed a team-high 12 blocks. He missed six games and the Seahawks were outrebounded by a 3.3 rpg margin.

HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Free Video: CAA.tv : Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.


Note: Kadeem Allen, mentioned below, played at Laney & graduated from New Hanover.

WICHITA, KS (HUTCH) -– The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team unleashed its best defensive effort at the most crucial of the season on Thursday in the Region VI Tournament semifinals at Charles Koch Arena.

Playing each other in the postseason for the first time since the 1997 Region VI championship game on the very same floor, the Blue Dragons held archrival Butler to the lowest point total they have surrendered all season and held the Grizzlies to just 34.4 percent from the field in the second half to advance to the Region VI semifinals with a 71-61 victory.

Hutchinson (25-7) advances to the Region VI semifinals at 5 p.m. on Friday in the first of two men’s semifinal games. The Blue Dragons will take on non-Jayhawk Conference opponent Northwest Kansas Tech, which defeated top-seeded Independence 97-92 in triple overtime on Thursday.

Tied at 34-all at halftime – the first half featured 13 lead changes and six ties – the Blue Dragons scored the first six and 12 of the first 14 points of the second half. From there, the Blue Dragons rode the wave of their sharpest defensive effort of the season.

HCC held Butler to just 11 of 32 shooting in the second half, just two buckets from 3-point range in outscoring the Grizzles 37-27 in the final 20 minutes, the 27 points were the fewest allowed by the Blue Dragons this season. For the game, HCC held Butler to 39.3 percent (24 of 61), just 5 of 21 from 3-point range and 8 of 12 from the foul line.

Hutchinson held an opponent to less than 70 points for the first time since Independence on Dec. 17, a span of 19 games.

A pair of Blue Dragons had double-doubles to lead the Blue Dragons into their 37th Region VI semifinal appearance.

All-American Kadeem Allen had his eighth double-double of the season and ninth of his career with 21 points and 10 assists. Allen had 13 first-half points, but seven second half assists. Allen also had six rebounds and two steals.

Allen moved into third place on Hutchinson’s career scoring list with 1,397 points. He is also No. 3 on the Blue Dragon single-season scoring list with 826 points. He moved into second place on the career assists list with 313 assists.

Sophomore Darrick Wood became the sixth Blue Dragon this season with a double-double, posting the first of his career with 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Wood had eight points and six rebounds in the Dragon second-half surge.

Freshman DeShawn Freeman had 16 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists in a stellar defensive effort. Sophomore Coreantae DeBerry finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Blue Dragons shot 48.3 percent from the field (28 of 58), including 5 of 12 from 3-point range and 10 of 16 from the free-throw line. Hutchinson out-rebounded Butler 41-31. The Blue Dragons tied a season high with 10 blocked shots. HCC turned the ball over 16 times.

Sean Goodwin led the Grizzlies (22-10) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Shomari Triggs had 14 points on 6 of 18 shooting. Bakari Triggs had 12 points on 5 of 12 shootings.

Butler did have three early 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the game. The third of those from Bakari Triggs gave the Grizzlies their largest lead of the opening half at 23-19 with 10:10 to play. The Dragons went through a stretch of only two baskets over a 5-minute stretch, but recovered with a Freeman free throw and late a dunk and took a 24-23 lead on a Wood bucket with 6:21 remaining in the first half.

The lead changed hands four more times in the first half. The Dragons shot 48.0 percent to Butler’s 44.8 in the first 20 minutes. The game was tied 34-34 at intermission.

A Nathan Jackson jumper and back-to-back Wood layups boosted the Blue Dragons to their largest lead of the game at 40-34 with 17:51 to play. A Goodwin basket stopped the run, but the Dragons got a Freeman layup, Wood jumper and dunks by DeBerry and Freeman to cap a 12-2 run to start the first half and build a 48-36 lead with 15:04 to play. Two Wood free throws bumped the margin to 52-40 with 11:45 remaining in the half.

The Grizzlies made their run with eight unanswered points, getting a 3-pointer by Dominique O’Conner to pull within 52-46 with 9:34 to go. Allen answered that run with a jumper in the lane, but Trent Richardson dropped a 3-pointer to help Butler close to within 54-49 with 8:48 to play.

Still leading 58-53 with 6:33 to play, the Blue Dragons closed the game with a defensive flourish, holding the Grizzlies to 4 of 13 shooting down the stretch. Back-to-back dunks by Freeman and DeBerry capped the victory as HCC took the season series with the Grizzlies 2-1.

GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons are 122-43 all-time in Region competition, going 11-3 vs. Butler. … This was all-time victory No. 1,653for HCC. … Head coach Steve Eck won his 134th game at Hutchinson, three wins shy of Dave Farrar for fifth place on the coaching wins list. … The Blue Dragons are 118-63 all-time vs. Butler. … Kadeem Allen had his ninth career double-double. … The Blue Dragons are 16-3 when out-rebounding an opponent. … This was Kadeem Allen’s fourth 10-assist game of his career. … Sophomore Tafari Whittingham returned after missing 12 games because of injury. … Nathan Jackson tied his career high with three blocked shots.

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