A-10 Men's Basketball Notebook, Nov. 22, 2009

This is the Atlantic 10 Conference's men's basketball notebook for the week ending Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. Awards this week go to Duquesne's Damian Saunders, Xavier's Jordan Crawford, Saint Joseph's Carl Jones and George Washington's Lasan Kromah.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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

Saunders scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds on Nov. 17 as Duquesne edged Iowa, 52-50, for the program's first-ever win at Big Ten venue...added six steals, three blocks and a pair of assists...made 7-of-10 shots from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc...named the A-10 Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and third time in his career.

Jordan Crawford - Xavier
Sophomore, Guard, 6-4, 195 lbs.
Detroit, Mich./Hargrave (Va.) Academy

Crawford averaged 25 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 69 percent (20-for-29) from the field in a pair of victories...added eight assists and four steals...knocked down 8-of-11 shots from beyond the arc...scored 24 points in Xavier's 101-57 win versus Bowling Green on Nov. 17...poured in a career-high 26 points on Nov. 21 as the Musketeers' 105-65 victory over Sacred Heart...had zero turnovers in 52 minutes of action.

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK

Carl Jones - Saint Joseph's
Freshman, Guard, 6-0, 160 lbs.
Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights HS

Jones averaged 17 points and 3.5 rebounds in leading Saint Joseph's to a pair of victories...scored a game-high 18 points in 25 minutes of action on Nov. 17 in the Hawks' 69-67 win over Holy Cross...scored 16 points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range on Nov. 20 as SJU edged Boston College, 84-80, in the opening round of the Paradise Jam...committed just two turnovers in 50 minutes of action.

Lasan Kromah -George Washington
Freshman, Guard, 6-5, 195 lbs.
Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt HS

Kromah averaged 15.3 points and made 10-of-19 shots from beyond the arc in leading GW to three victories on the week...knocked down six consecutive three pointers and scored a team-high 21 points on Nov. 21 in the Colonials' 94-51 win over UMBC...also amassed seven steals in three wins.


Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Notebook
November 22, 2009

WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

  • Charlotte junior forward Shamari Spears averaged 21.5 points and five rebounds over two contests
  • Sophomore swingman Chris Johnson of Dayton averaged 16 points and six rebounds against nationally-ranked Georgia Tech and Villanova
  • Junior swingman Bill Clark scored a game-high 20 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer in Duquesne's 52-50 win at Iowa.
  • Fordham freshman forward Chris Gaston averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds in three games and registered a pair of double-double efforts
  • Senior guard Rodney Green averaged 22 points and eight rebounds over two games, which included a career-high 10-rebound performance in La Salle's 84-70 win over Davidson on Nov. 20.
  • UMass junior guard Anthony Gurley scored 21 points on Nov. 21 in the Minutemen's 94-68 win over Arkansas-Fort Smith
  • Sophomore guard Jamal Wilson scored a career-best 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting on Nov. 18 in Rhode Island's 78-57 victory at Brown
  • Richmond junior guard Kevin Anderson scored 23 points at William &Mary on Nov. 19
  • Sophomore forward Andrew Nicholson of St. Bonaventure averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds and added six blocks in a pair of games on the week
  • Saint Joseph's senior guard Garrett Williamson averaged 12.5 points in a pair of wins, including an 18-point effort in the Hawks' 84-80 victory over Boston College on Nov. 20
  • Sophomore guard Kwamain Mitchell scored 20 points, while freshman guard Christian Salecich chipped in 13 points as Saint Louis turned aside Nebraska on Nov. 18, 69-55
  • Sophomore guard Juan Fernandez of Temple scored a career-high 20 points on Nov. 21 in the Owls' 73-69 win over Siena

COMING OUT SWINGING

Numerous A-10 freshmen have already made an immediate impact in the early part of the 2009-10 season. Below is a look at just some of the notable contributions by first-year players:

  • Ogo Adegboye, St. Bonaventure - The freshman guard has been a spark plug off the bench, averaging 5.5 points in 22.7 minutes per game.
  • Shamarr Bowden / Chris Braswell, Charlotte - Bowden scored 21 points in just 11 minutes on Nov. 13 in the 49ers' season-opening win over UNC Asheville. Braswell (8.7 rpg.) leads the team in rebounding thru three games.
  • Chris Gaston, Fordham - Gaston has recorded three double-doubles in the Rams' first four games. The freshman forward led Fordham in points (22) and rebounds (13) in Fordham's 76-66 win versus Sacred Heart on Nov. 17.
  • Carl Jones, Saint Joseph's - The freshman guard has solidified the Hawks' point guard position in the early going as he scored a team-high 18 points in a win versus Holy Cross and added 16 points in an 84-80 victory over Boston College.
  • Lasan Kromah / David Pellom, George Washington - Kromah nailed six three-pointers in the opening half and finished with 21 points in the Colonials' 94-51 home victory over UMBC on Nov. 21. Pellom pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds in the contest.
  • Mark Lyons, Xavier - The lightning-quick guard has scored in double figures in each of the Musketeers' first three games.
  • Aaric Murray, La Salle - Murray became the program's first freshman since 1976 to register a double-double in his debut as he scored 16 points and added 11 boards on Nov. 14 in the Explorers' 83-80 win over Hampton.
  • Christian Salecich, Saint Louis - The Australian guard has shown deep range thus far, draining three field goals from beyond the arc in the Billikens' 69-55 win over Nebraska on Nov. 18.

SHOT CLOCK SNIPPETS

  • Xavier head coach Chris Mack's 3-0 is the best start for a first-year head coach at XU since his former mentor, Skip Prosser, began the 1994-95 season at 3-0. The last Xavier coach to win more than three straight to start his career was Pete Gillen, who began the 1985-86 season at 5-0.
  • St. Bonaventure earned a 66-40 home win versus Binghamton on Nov. 20, the fewest points allowed by the Bonnies since 1995 when it limited Appalachian State to 32 points.
  • Senior Garrett Williamson scored 10 points in the final minutes of the game as Saint Joseph's upended Boston College, 84-80, in the opening round of the Paradise Jam on Nov. 20.
  • Duquesne's 52-50 win at Iowa on Nov. 17 marked the Dukes' first-ever win over a Big Ten program since an 85-83 victory over Illinois on Dec. 28. 1973. In addition, it was the program's first win at a Big Ten venue in 10 tries.
  • Saint Louis has held 28 of its 65 opponents to less than 60 points under head coach Rick Majerus, including Nebraska on Nov. 18 in the Billikens' 69-55 victory.
  • George Washington earned its second consecutive road victory on Nov. 17 as the Colonials turned aside Boston University, 69-59. GW has now won back-to-back road contests for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.
  • As a result of its 63-59 win over #21/#19 Georgia Tech on Nov. 19 in the opening round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Dayton improved to 20-1 over its last 21 contests in games decided by five points or less.

WRIGHT STUFF

No. 18/21 Dayton enters the 2009-10 campaign ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 1967. UD edged #21/#19 Georgia Tech, 63-59, on Nov. 19 and is 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.

ELITE TERRITORY

Senior guard Ricky Harris scored 18 points in Massachusetts' 94-68 win over Arkansas-Fort Smith on Nov. 21 and moved into 11th place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,406 points. On Nov. 18, Harris scored 26 points on Nov. 18 to move past Julius Erving (1,370) and Marcus Camby (1,387). Harris has knocked down 200 three-point field goals since the start of the 2007-08 season.

GLASS CLEANER

Temple junior forward Lavoy Allen pulled down 14 rebounds in the Owls' 46-45 loss at #19/#20 Georgetown on Nov. 17, his 20th performance with double-digit rebounds since the start of the 2008-09 season.

HIGH FIVE

Xavier had at least four players score in double figures in each of its first three contests this season. Sophomore guard Jordan Crawford, who sat out last season after transferring from Indiana, led the Musketeers with a career-high 26 points in a 105-65 win over Sacred Heart on Nov. 21.

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 20th career 20-point outing and third of the season on Nov. 20 with 21 points in the Explorers' 84-70 win over Davidson in the second round of the Charleston Classic.

START ME UP

Dayton senior Kurt Huelsman has started every game in his career, a span of 104 consecutive starts. That marks the longest active streak in the Atlantic 10. Nate Green holds the all-time program record with 133 games played and Mark Ashman holds the UD record for starts with 119.

HECK OF A HALF

George Washington's 59 first-half points in its 94-51 home win over UMBC on Nov. 21 fell just five points shy of the Smith Center record for points in a half by the Colonials. GW amassed 64 points in the second half against Morgan State in 1984. GW's 3-0 start is its best in three years when they began the 2006-07 season with a 4-0 start en route to a 23-9 final mark and NCAA Tournament appearance.

SOPHMORIC RISE

Rhode Island guard Jamal Wilson, who totaled 13 points all of last season, opened the 2009-10 campaign with 14 points in the Rams' 78-57 win over Brown on Nov. 18. Sophomore forward Orion Outerbridge, who played sparingly in eight contests as a freshman, scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the opener.

BOARD WORK

Junior Damian Saunders grabbed 19 rebounds in Duquesne's 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.

HOME COOKING

Xavier boasts a record of 123-17 (.878) at Cintas Center, its on-campus home arena, and has a 12-game home winning streak.

FEARLESS FRESHMAN

Center 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. 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.

MORE TV TIME FOR THE A-10 IN 2010

The league's television schedule for the upcoming season consists of 135 televised contests representing 208 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 19 percent increase in the total number of television appearances from last season; greater distribution in A-10 media markets; ESPN will televise 34 men's games on its three networks as part of its college basketball package representing 43 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.

OUCH DEPARTMENT

Duquesne sophomore guard Melquan Bolding has been diagnosed with a fractured right wrist and will undergo surgery on Nov. 17 to have a screw inserted to stabilize the fracture. He is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Bolding was injured on a hard foul in the Dukes' 85-62 win over Nicholls State on Nov. 13 in which he scored a game-high 25 points.

FLYING HIGH

Dayton opened the 2009-10 season with a 90-80 win over Creighton. The Flyers did not reach the 90-point mark in regulation all of last season.

CRAWLING PAST THE CENTURY MARK

Richmond earned a 103-59 win over VMI on Nov. 16, the Spiders' first 100-point outing since 1996.

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