A-10 Notebook - Feb. 15

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Feb. 15, 2009

A-10 Notebook

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lamont Mack - Charlotte
Senior, Forward, 6-7, 230 lbs.
Chicago, Ill./Angelina CC

Mack averaged 19.67 ppg. and 4.3 rpg. in leading Charlotte to a pair of wins over three games...scored a game-high 23 points and added five boards on Feb. 8 in the 49ers' 79-66 win over Dayton...had 16 points on Feb. 11 in Charlotte's 69-61 loss at Saint Louis...scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds as the 49ers turned aside GW on Feb. 11, 69-51...all five of his 20-point performances this season have come in A-10 play...earns his first career A-10 Player of the Week honor.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kwamain Mitchell - Saint Louis
Freshman, Guard, 5-10, 165 lbs.
Whitefish Bay, Wis./Dominican HS

Mitchell averaged 18 points, 6.3 rebounds and four assists over three contests...shot 50 percent (16-of-32) from the field on the week...scored a season-high 23 points and added eight rebounds in the Billikens' 85-72 (3OT) win at Richmond on Feb. 8...had 14 points, six boards and five assists on Feb. 11 as Saint Louis turned aside Charlotte, 69-61...led SLU with 17 points in its 69-61 loss at Rhode Island on Feb. 14.

HONOR ROLL: Dayton sophomore forward Chris Wright averaged 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds over three contests, while freshman swingman Chris Johnson averaged seven points and five boards...sophomore guard Mike Moore of Fordham averaged 22.5 points and 9.5 boards in a pair of games...La Salle junior Rodney Green averaged 17 points and seven rebounds in leading the Explorers to wins over GW and Saint Joseph's...senior forward Tony Gaffney of UMass averaged 16 points and 11.3 rebounds over three games, including scoring a career-best 21 points at St. Bonaventure on Feb. 14...Rhode Island senior guard Jimmy Baron averaged 17.3 points while shooting 19-of-30 from the field over three games...sophomore guard Kevin Anderson matched his career high with 24 points on Feb. 14 in Richmond's 69-63 loss at Dayton...St. Bonaventure freshman forward Andrew Nicholson averaged 14.5 points and eight rebounds in a pair of games...senior guard Kevin Lisch averaged 19.3 points and 6.3 rebounds over three games...Temple senior guard Dionte Christmas averaged 19 points and eight rebounds in a pair of wins...freshman guard Brian Redford scored a season-high 15 points on Feb. 14 in Xavier's 88-53 win over Fordham.

SHOT CLOCK SNIPPETS...

• With 94 blocks and 44 steals entering the team's Feb. 18 contest versus URI, UMass senior Tony Gaffney is vying to become the first player nationally since Shelden Williams (Duke, 2005-06) to register 100 blocks and 50 steals in a season.

• The Atlantic 10 is the eighth-ranked conference in the RPI by collegerpi.com thru games of Feb. 13.

• Dayton is 16-0 this season when holding the lead with five minutes remaining in the game, while its 18-game home-winning streak is tops in the A-10.

• Richmond edged Duquesne on Feb. 11, 71-67, to improve to 12-0 versus the Dukes since the Spiders joined the A-10 in 2001-02. Prior to joining the Conference, UR was 0-8 all-time versus Duquesne.

DAYTON BY NUMBERS: Dayton is 9-0 this season in games decided by five points or less, good for tops in the nation. UD is 37-5 with sophomore forward Chris Wright in the lineup, 7-1 this season versus teams in the top 100 of the RPI thru games of Feb. 14 and 19-0 when outrebounding its opponent.

AND ONE: Duquesne senior guard Aaron Jackson has converted all 14 of his conventional three-point play opportunities this season and owns a streak of 22 straight entering the Dukes' Feb. 15 contest versus Temple.

PASSING FANCY: Charlotte junior guard DiJuan Harris registered a career-best 15 assists on Feb. 14 in the 49ers' 69-51 win over GW. The last A-10 player to record 15 or more assists in a game was La Salle's Julian Blanks versus Rhode Island on Feb. 6, 2001. Harris has dished out 10 or more assists a league-best eight times this season.

POINT PRESENCE: Massachusetts senior guard Chris Lowe scored his 1,000th career point on Feb. 4 in the Minutemen's 71-64 win over Richmond. Vying to become the first player in A-10 annals to lead the assists three times, he is just seventh player in league history and first at UMass with 1,000 career points and 600 career assists. Lowe's 628 career assists stand second to Carl Smith (633) in program annals.

HOME SUPREMACY: Xavier will enter its Feb. 22 contest versus George Washington at Cintas Center riding a 22-game home-winning streak in A-10 play. Temple holds the record with 34 consecutive home wins in Conference play (Dec. 10, 1987 - Feb. 19, 1991), while UMass won 24 straight home league contests from Jan. 15, 1992, to Feb. 14, 1995. Meanwhile, Dayton is undefeated (14-0) at home this season and boasts a 16-game home winning streak, the longest active streak in the Conference and tops in program history.

20-20 VISION: Xavier has reached the 20-win mark for the fourth consecutive season and 12th time in the last 13 years, while Dayton has recorded its seventh 20-win campaign over the last 10 years.

SHINING BRIGHT: Former A-10 standouts and Associated Press National Players of the Year Jameer Nelson of Saint Joseph's and Xavier's David West have been named to the NBA All-Star team. The contest will be held Feb. 15 in Phoenix. It marks Nelson's first All-Star selection, while West earns his second straight honor. West earned A-10 and AP Player of the honors in 2003 and is league's all-time leading rebounder (1,309). Nelson was tabbed the 2004 A-10 and AP Player of the Year and led SJU to the Elite Eight.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Rhode Island senior Jimmy Baron ranks first in program history and third in A-10 annals with 326 career three-pointers. Baron boasts 17 career performances with at least five field goals from beyond the arc and nailed eight three's at Duke on Nov. 16, the most by an opposing player in the history of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Below is a look at the Conference's all-time leaders:

1. Darnell Harris, La Salle (2005-08) - 342
2. Monty Mack, Massachusetts (1998-01) - 331
3. Jimmy Baron, URI (2006-09) - 326

STRAIGHT SHOOTER: Saint Joseph's senior forward Ahmad Nivins seeks to join former George Washington standout Alexander Koul (1995-97) as the only players in A-10 history to lead the league in field goal percentage three consecutive years. Nivins shot .647 (165-of-255) from the field a year ago. The Jersey City, N.J., native has made 157-of-244 shots through the Hawks' first 24 contests and leads the league with 16 double-doubles. Nivins has scored in double figures in 81 of his 117 career games and has reached double figures in rebounds 29 times, including 16 times this season, which is tops in the league. He also boasts 26 career double-doubles, while his five A-10 Player of the Week honors this season are tied with former TU standout Mardy Collins for the fourth-highest single-season total in league annals.

SELECT COMPANY: Temple senior guard Dionte Christmas averaged a league-best 19.7 points last season to become just the third player in Conference history to lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring in successive years. The two other players to hold that distinction are John Battle of Rutgers (1984-85) and St. Bonaventure's Earl Belcher (1980-81). With 10 career A-10 Player of the Week honors, Christmas trails only Xavier's David West (14) and Jameer Nelson of Saint Joseph's (13) for the most honors in league history.

EXPLORING NEW HEIGHTS: Rodney Green scored 20 points in La Salle's 75-68 win over Saint Joseph's on Feb. 14. It marked the junior guard's 10th 20-point performance of the season. By comparison, the Philadelphia, Pa., native scored 20 or more points just three times all of last season. Green is averaging 17.0 ppg., up from 13.4 ppg. a year ago.

DANDY ANDY: St. Bonaventure freshman forward Andrew Nicholson leads all freshmen nationally in blocked shots (77) and field goal percentage (.621) entering the Bonnies' Feb. 14 versus Massachusetts. Named the A-10 Rookie of the Week a program-record six times, Nicholson's nine blocks at Bucknell on Dec. 30 mark the highest single-game total in Division I this season. UMass forward Tony Gaffney also registered nine blocks on Dec. 6 versus Boston College.

RETURN TO SENDER: Dayton tied a program record with nine blocked shots in its 71-58 win over #14/#14 Xavier on Feb. 11. Chris Wright led UD with three blocks in the game.

SOPHOMORE DISTINCTION: Rhode Island sophomore guard Marquis Jones is the first Rhode Island sophomore since Howard Smith (2000-01) to register at least 100 assists in a season. Jones leads the Rams in assists with 108, good for fifth in the A-10. Smith had 105 helpers in his second season.

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