A-10 Men's Basketball Notebook, Nov. 15, 2009

Atlantic 10 Conference
Posted Nov 15, 2009


This is the initial Atlantic 10 Conference's men's basketball notebook for the 2009-10 season. Awards this week go to Duquesne's Damian Saunders, Dayton's Chris Wright, Charlotte's Shamarr Bowden and La Salle's Aaric Murray.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Damian Saunders - Duquesne
Junior, Forward, 6-7, 210 lbs.
Waterbury, Conn./Notre Dame (Mass.) Prep

Saunders scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds on Nov. 13 as Duquesne turned aside visiting Nicholls State, 85-62...added five assists, four steals and a block...12 of his rebounds came in the second half as the Dukes erased a five-point deficit...named the A-10 Player of the Week for the second time in his career.

Chris Wright - Dayton
Junior, Forward, 6-8, 226 lbs.
Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison HS

Wright scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and added eight rebounds as Dayton earned a 90-80 win over visiting Creighton on Nov. 14...shot 9-for-12 from the field...made both of his three-point attempts...added two blocks...tabbed the A-10 Player of the Week for the second time.

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK

Shamarr Bowden -Charlotte
Freshman, Guard, 6-3, 185 lbs.
Greensboro, N.C./Miller School

Bowden came off the bench to score a team-high 21 points in just 11 minutes of action on Nov. 13 as Charlotte earned an 86-70 home victory over UNC Asheville...shot 6-of-11 from beyond the arc...scored 12 points in a span of 67 seconds.

Aaric Murray - La Salle
Freshman, Center, 6-10, 245 lbs.
Philadelphia, Pa./Glen Mills HS

Murray scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as La Salle edged Hampton on Nov. 14, 83-80...connected on 7-of-14 shots...had seven offensive rebounds...became the first La Salle freshman to record a double-double in his collegiate debut since Michael Brooks on Nov. 29, 1976 versus Widener.


WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

  • Charlotte senior center Phil Jones established career highs in points (16)?and rebounds (12) in the 49ers' 86-70 victory over UNC Asheville
  • Sophomore forward Chris Johnson scored 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as Dayton earned a 90-80 win versus Creighton on Nov. 14
  • Duquesne sophomore guard Melquan Bolding poured in 25 points on Nov. 13 as the Dukes turned aside Nicholls State, 85-62
  • Sophomore guard Jio Fontan scored a game-high 25 points in Fordham's 76-73 loss to Maine on Nov. 13
  • La Salle senior guard Rodney Green scored 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting and added seven boards in the Explorers' 83-80 home win over Hampton on Nov. 14
  • Senior guard Ricky Harris scored 15 points on Nov. 13 in Massachusetts' 84-67 road loss to Central Florida
  • Richmond junior guard Kevin Anderson scored 16 points in the Spiders' 65-53 home win over Lehigh on Nov. 13
  • Senior guard Jonathan Hall scored a team-high 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting on Nov. 13 as St. Bonaventure downed Cleveland State, 72-62
  • Saint Joseph's senior guard Darrin Govens scored seven of his 22 points in overtime as the Hawks edged Drexel on Nov. 13, 77-67 (OT)
  • Sophomore forward Willie Reed scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on Nov. 14 as Saint Louis turned aside Southeast Missouri State, 59-41
  • Temple senior guard Ryan Brooks scored a career-best 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting and added nine rebounds as the Owls earned a 76-56 road win at Delaware on Nov. 14
  • Freshman guard Mark Lyons scored 12 points and dished out three assists on Nov. 13 in Xavier's 83-57 victory over Youngstown State.

OPENING WEEK BY THE NUMBERS

1 - Chris Mack recorded his first win as a head coach on Nov. 13 as Xavier downed Youngstown State, 83-57. The former XU captain served as an assistant coach for the Musketeers for the past five seasons.

8 - Points needed by UMass senior guard Ricky Harris to tie Julius Erving (1,370) for 13th place on the school's all-time scoring list.

19 - Rebounds grabbed by Duquesne's Damian Saunders in its 85-62 win over Nicholls State on Nov. 13, the most by a Duquesne player since Simon Ogunlesi pulled down 20 boards versus Hampton on Feb. 10, 2000.

21 - Dayton tied a program record with its 21st consecutive home victory on Nov. 14 in its 90-80 victory over Creighton.

77 - First half shooting percentage by St. Bonaventure (17-for-22) in its 72-62 win over Cleveland State on Nov. 13.

90 - Points scored by UD in its win over Creighton on Nov. 14. The Flyers did not reach the 90-point mark in regulation all of last season.

200 - Bobby Lutz earned his program-high 200th victory as head coach of the 49ers on Nov. 13 as Charlotte turned aside UNC Asheville, 86-70.

956 - Winning percentage of Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus in season-opening contests (22-1) after the Billikens downed Southeast Missouri State, 59-41, on Nov. 14.

1976 - Aaric Murray scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in La Salle's 83-80 win over Hampton on Nov. 14 to become the program's first freshman to record a double-double in his collegiate debut since Michael Brooks on Nov. 29, 1976.

NEW BEGINNING

Saint Joseph's edged Drexel in overtime on Nov. 13, 77-67, in the inaugural game in the Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena. The Arena is the result of a 16-month expansion and renovation of the previous on-campus home, Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, which served as the Hawks' homecourt for 59 years. Hagan Arena provides a number of fan-friendly renovations as well as an increase of 1,000 seats, bringing the capacity to 4,200. Among the renovations are: new upper level concourse with concession stands and restrooms; premium seating courtside and behind press row; air conditioning; new scoreboard and corner graphics boards; and a new sound system. A new fan entrance was also added on 54th Street. The opening of Hagan Arena completes a comprehensive expansion and renovation project that included the building of the 20,000-square foot Ramsay Basketball Center, named for Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay.

WRIGHT STUFF

No. 21/22 Dayton enters the 2009-10 campaign ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 1967. UD opened its season with a 90-80 win over Creighton to improve to 42-10 with junior Chris Wright in the lineup, including an unblemished 29-0 mark at UD Arena. The 6-8 forward led UD in both scoring (13.3 ppg.) and rebounding (6.6 rpg.) last season and has been tabbed a candidate for both the John R. Wooden and Naismith awards. Wright scored 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting in his season debut.

HOME SWEET HOME

Duquesne has compiled an impressive 79-15 record in season-opening games, including a 75-4 mark when opening the season at home after registering an 85-62 home win over Nicholls State on Nov. 13.

JUST THE TWO OF US

After joining Ahmad Smith (2004-05) as the lone players in program history to lead St. Bonaventure in scoring, rebounding and assists in the same season, guard Jonathan Hall scored 20 points - his third career 20-point outing - in the Bonnies' 72-62 win over Cleveland State on Nov. 13.

EXPLORING NEW HEIGHTS

Rodney Green of La Salle registered 14 performances of 20 or more points last season, which placed him in a tie for third in the Conference. Green notched his 18th career 20-point outing on Nov. 14 with 23 points in the Explorers 83-80 win over Hampton. The senior guard also knocked down a career-best four three-pointers.

MORE TV TIME FOR THE A-10 IN 2010

The league's television schedule for the upcoming season consists of 133 televised contests representing 206 appearances, including the title game of the 2010 Men's Basketball Championship on Mar. 14 at 1:00pm on CBS Sports for the first time in league history. Among the highlights for this season's television schedule: 73 A-10 matchups will air on television this season, an increase of 25 percent from a year ago; an 18 percent increase in the total number of television appearances from last season; greater distribution in A-10 media markets; ESPN will televise 32 men's games on its three networks as part of its college basketball package representing 41 appearances; 10 games will be carried nationally on CBS College Sports Network, including the semifinals of the 2010 A-10 Championship; and 32 league contests will be part of CBS College Sports Network's syndication package, including the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship.

SOPHOMORE SENSATIONS

The 2009-10 season could be a coming out party of sorts for several sophomores in the league who made significant contributions as freshmen. Reigning A-10 Rookie of the Year Andrew Nicholson (12.5 ppg.) of St. Bonaventure led all freshmen nationally in both blocked shots (81) and field goal percentage (.602); Dayton's Chris Johnson (6.3 ppg.) finished second on the team in rebounding (5.2 rpg.); Duquesne's Melquan Bolding (9.9 ppg.) recorded a pair of 20-point games in the A-10 Championship to become the first freshman since 2005 to be named to the All-Championship team, while teammate Eric Evans (9.8 ppg.) sank 39 field goals from beyond the arc; Jio Fontan (15.3 ppg.) of Fordham ranked fourth in the Conference in assists (4.71 apg.); George Washington's Tony Taylor (6.6 ppg.) dished out a team-leading 79 assists; Kwamain Mitchell (11.0 ppg.) led Saint Louis with 113 assists; Temple's Juan Fernandez (5.5 ppg.) finished fourth on the team in assists (63) despite missing the Owls' first 11 games; and Xavier received key contributions from Kenny Frease (5.4 ppg., team-high 43 blocks), Terrell Holloway (5.5 ppg.) and Brad Redford (5.1 ppg.), who led the A-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.465).


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