A-10 Notebook - Nov. 23

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Nov. 23, 2008

A-10 Notebook

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jimmy Baron - Rhode Island
Senior, Guard, 6-3, 195 lbs.
East Greenwich, R.I./Bishop Hendricken HS

Baron averaged 18.7 points and drained 13 field goals from beyond the arc over three games...tied his career high with eight three-pointers and scored a team-high 24 points in Rhode Island's 82-79 loss at #8/#5 Duke on Nov. 16...marked the most three-pointers by an opposing player in Cameron Indoor Stadium history...scored 15 points in just 20 minutes of action on Nov. 20 in the Rams' 85-62 win at Monmouth...had 17 points and three steals as URI downed Virginia Commonwealth on Nov. 22, 92-86...earns his second career A-10 Player of the Week honor (Dec. 10, 2006)...his 259 career three-pointers are tops among active A-10 players.

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Eric Evans - Duquesne
Freshman, Guard, 5-11, 195 lbs.
Detroit, Mich./Northwestern HS
Evans scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in Duquesne's 83-72 victory at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 20...added a rebound, an assist and a steal.

Andrew Nicholson - St. Bonaventure
Freshman, Forward, 6-9, 230 lbs.
Mississaugua, Ontario/Father Michael Goetz Secondary HS

Nicholson averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and three blocks over two games...made 12of-20 shots from the field...had 13 points, five blocks and three rebounds on Nov. 17 in St. Bonaventure's 77-54 win at Marist...scored 14 points and grabbed six boards in the Bonnies' 85-81 setback versus Delaware on Nov. 21.

HONOR ROLL: Junior guard Ian Andersen of Charlotte drained a career-high seven three-pointers en route to scoring a career-best 21 points versus Clemson on Nov. 22...Dayton sophomore forward Chris Wright averaged 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in leading the Flyers to a pair of victories...senior guard Aaron Jackson scored 20 points and swiped a career-best seven steals on Nov. 20 in Duquesne's 83-72 win at Saint Francis (Pa.)...George Washington junior forward Damian Hollis averaged 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and three blocks over two games, while freshman guard Tony Taylor scored 13 points at Auburn on Nov. 22...junior guard Rodney Green of La Salle averaged 17.7 points over three contests...Massachusetts senior forward Tony Gaffney scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds at Memphis on Nov. 17...junior guard David Gonzalvez scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting on Nov. 18 in Richmond's 76-71 loss at Syracuse...St. Bonaventure junior guard Jonathan Hall averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and four assists while shooting 59 percent (17-for-29) from the floor in a pair of games...senior forward Ahmad Nivins scored 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and hauled in 12 rebounds at Holy Cross on Nov. 16...senior guard Kevin Lisch averaged 18.5 points over two contests, while freshman forward Brian Conklin scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Saint Louis edged Boston College on Nov. 22, 53-50...Temple senior guard Dionte Christmas registered his second double-double of the season and sixth of his career with 29 points and 13 boards on Nov. 21 as the Owls turned aside Lafayette, 71-55...junior forward Derrick Brown averaged 15.3 points, seven rebounds and 2.7 assists in leading Xavier to victories over Toldeo (81-65), Missouri (75-71) and Virginia Tech (63-62, OT).

STREAK BUSTERS: Xavier edged Virginia Tech, 63-62, in overtime on Nov. 21 in the second round of the O'Reilly AutoParts Puerto Rico Tip-Off. It marked the first loss this season by a team from the ACC, which opened the year with a 29-0 record versus non-conference foes. Saint Louis then edged Boston College on Nov. 22, 53-50, giving the ACC its only two non-league losses thru Nov. 22.

CENTURY CLUB: Dayton head coach Brian Gregory won the 100th game of his coaching career (all at UD) just two games into his sixth season as a result of the Flyers' 62-42 victory over Delaware State on Nov. 19. Only Dayton coaching icons Tom Blackburn and Don Donoher reached 100 wins quicker at Dayton. Fifth-year Xavier head coach Sean Miller (96 victories) is also closing in on the 100-win milestone.

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). Christmas is poised to become the first three-time scoring champion in Conference history. The Philadelphia, Pa., native is averaging a league-best 23.8 ppg. ths season. In addition, with eight career A-10 Player of the Week honors, Christmas trails only Xavier's David West (14), Jameer Nelson of Saint Joseph's (13) and Massachusetts' Marcus Camby (nine) for the most in league history.

STEALING THE SHOW: Senior guard Aaron Jackson registered a career-high seven steals in Duquesne's 83-72 win at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 20. The seven steals were the most by a Duquesne player since Reggie Jackson had seven at Saint Louis on Jan. 6, 2007.

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 15-18 shots from the field through the Hawks' first two contests.

FAST START: Ramone Moore became the first Temple freshman to score double-figures in each of his first three collegiate games since Mardy Collins started his career by scoring in double figures in his first four Owl contests in 2003-04. Moore accomplished his feat coming off the bench while Collins started every game his freshman season. He is just the third freshman to accomplish the feat at Temple - and the first to do it as a reserve - joining Collins and Mark Macon (1987-88), who opened his career with 23 straight double-figure games.

GLASS CLEANERS: Jamel McLean is making his presence known on the boards in his first season at Xavier after sitting out last season upon transferring from Tulsa. The 6-8 sophomore forward is averaging 6.5 rebounds in just 17.8 minutes through the Musketeers' first four games. McLean grabbed 10 boards on Nov. 17 versus Toledo and pulled down nine in 18 minutes of action on Nov. 20 in Xavier's 75-71 win over Missouri. The Hampton, Va., native averaged 4.8 rpg. in 2006-07 at Tulsa. After battling a severely sprained ankle in the preseason, dynamic junior forward Derrick Brown has scored at least 14 points and pulled down six or more rebounds in each of the Musketeers' last three victories.

WRIGHT STUFF: Chris Wright looks to lead Dayton back to the postseason and continue his progression as a dynamic all-around player. The sophomore forward, a preseason All-Conference second-team selection, played in 15 games and led the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg.), and field goal percentage (.602) while averaging 10.4 points a year ago. The Flyers certainly missed the presence of Wright after he broke his ankle midway through the season. UD was 13-1 before his injury and 9-9 afterwards. The Trotwood, Ohio, native opened the 2008-09 campaign with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and knocked down a pair of three-pointers in Dayton's 52-49 win versus Wofford on Nov. 16. Wright sank just one field goal from beyond the arc in 15 games last season. He added 18 points and seven boards in the Flyers' 62-42 victory over Delaware State on Nov. 19.

EXPLORING NEW HEIGHTS: La Salle's Rodney Green scored 25 points versus Connecticut and poured in 22 against Southern Mississippi in the Explorers' first two games at the Paradise Jam, one shy of his three total 20-point outings a year ago. The junior guard is averaging a team-high 17.0 ppg., up from 13.4 ppg. a year ago.

STREAKIN: Dayton junior Kurt Huelsman has started every game of his collegiate career, a span of 67 consecutive contests thru games of Nov. 22, while Rhode Island's Kahiem Seawright boasts the longest active streak of consecutive starts in the A-10 at 69 games.

Name - Consec. Starts
Kahiem Seawright, URI - 69
Kurt Huelsman, UD - 67
Jimmy Baron, URI - 62
Ahmad Nivins, SJU - 58
Yves Mekongo Mbala, LAS - 43
Derrick Brown, XU - 41

X-CELLENT: Xavier's 4-0 start is its best-ever under fifth-year head coach Sean Miller. It is the Musketeers' best start since opening the 2000-01 campaign at 4-0.

PASSING THE ROCK: Senior guard Chris Lowe of Massachusetts led the A-10 and ranked 13th nationally in assists (6.2 apg.) a year ago. The Mount Vernon, N.Y., native registered at least ten assists on six different occasions. By comparison, no other player in the Conference dished out ten or more assists in more than one game in 2007-08. Lowe, who also paced the A-10 in assists in 2006 (4.9 apg.), seeks to become the first player in league history to lead the Conference in assists three times. Carl Smith (UM - 1984, 86), Shandue McNeill (SBU - 1995, 97) and Jameer Nelson (SJU - 2001, 02) are the only other players to twice lead the A-10 in assists.

TAKE FIVE: Junior guard Chris Matthews knocked down five three-pointers en route to scoring a game-high 21 points in St. Bonaventure's 77-54 win at Marist on Nov. 17. It marked the second consecutive game that the Washington State transfer sank five field goals from beyond the arc. Matthews has scored at least 18 points in each of the Bonnies first three contests.

WET BEHIND THE EARS: Duquesne and Saint Louis will be among the youngest teams in the nation in 2008-09. Duquesne has eight scholarship freshmen and four sophomores on the 15-man roster. Three-year starter Aaron Jackson - the Dukes' lone senior - is also the team's only scholarship upperclassman. Saint Louis is the only other NCAA Division I school with eight scholarship freshmen and no school has more scholarship underclassmen than Duquesne's 11. In addition, Duquesne is tied with The Citadel, High Point and Saint Peter's for the most scholarship underclassmen in the country with 11.

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