A-10 Notebook - Mar. 1

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March 1, 2009

A-10 Notebook

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Damian Hollis - George Washington
Junior, Forward, 6-8, 205 lbs.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./J.P. Taravella HS

Hollis averaged 18.3 points and 12.3 rebounds while shooting 59.2 percent (16-for-27) from the field over three games...scored 15 points and grabbed eight boards on Feb. 22 in the Colonials' 71-53 loss at Xavier...poured in a game-high 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as GW edged Charlotte in overtime on Feb. 25, 92-88...scored 15 points and added a career-high 16 boards on Feb. 28 in the Colonials' 66-57 win at Richmond...earns his first career A-10 Player of the Week honor.

Aaron Jackson - Duquesne
Senior, Guard, 6-4, 185 lbs.
Hartford, Conn./Worcester (Mass.) Acad.

Jackson earns his fourth A-10 Performer of the Week honor of the season and sixth of his career after averaging 21 points and 8.5 assists on 17-of-27 shooting in a pair of road victories over La Salle (79-68) and UMass (94-77)...scored 25 points and dished out eight assists versus the Explorers on Feb. 22...had 17 points and nine assists on Feb. 25 in the Dukes' first win in Amherst since 1989...added eight rebounds and two steals on the week.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Eric Evans - Duquesne
Freshman, Guard, 5-11, 195 lbs.
Detroit, Mich./Northwestern HS

Evans averaged 12.5 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 5-for-8 from beyond the arc in a pair of victories...scored 11 points and recorded two steals in Duquesne's 79-68 win at La Salle on Feb. 22...scored 14 points on Feb. 25 in the Dukes' 94-77 victory at UMass...tabbed the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth time.

SHOT CLOCK SNIPPETS...
• Junior Ryan Brooks of Temple and Dayton's Chris Wright became the 54th and 55th different A-10 players to score 20 or more points in a game this season in the Flyers' 70-65 win over TU on Feb. 28.

• Duquesne's eight road victories are its highest total since the 1970-71 team went 8-2 on the road. The last time the Dukes won nine road contests was in 1951-52.

• Dayton's 24 wins are its most regular-season victories since the 1953-54 team won 24 games. The Flyers have never amassed 25 regular-season victories.

• XU junior Derrick Brown became the 46th member of program's 1,000-point club on Feb. 26 in the Musketeers' 68-54 win at Saint Joseph's. Senior B.J. Raymond enters Xavier's Mar. 5 home contest versus Dayton just six points shy of reaching the 1,000-point milestone.

HONOR ROLL: Charlotte junior guard DiJuan Harris averaged 14.5 points and 10.5 assists in a pair of contests on the week...junior guard Marcus Johnson averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds over two games...Fordham sophomore guard Mike Moore averaged 22.5 points over in a pair of contests...George Washington freshman guard Tony Taylor dished out a season-high nine assists in the Colonials' 92-88 (OT) win versus Charlotte on Feb. 25...junior guard Rodney Green scored 22 points off the bench on Feb. 26 in La Salle's 70-63 victory over Temple...Massachusetts senior guard Chris Lowe averaged 12.5 points and nine assists in a pair of contests...senior forward Kahiem Seawright scored 19 points and pulled down five rebounds on Feb. 25 in Rhode Island's 93-91 (OT) win over Dayton...St. Bonaventure junior guard Jonathan Hall averaged 20 points and seven rebounds over two contests, including a career-high 31-point effort on Feb. 25 in the Bonnies' 72-55 victory over Saint Louis...senior forward Ahmad Nivins of Saint Joseph's averaged 22.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 13-for-21 from the field in a pair of games...Xavier freshman guard Brad Redford averaged 10 points in just 16 minutes of action while draining 6-of-8 field goals from beyond the arc.

ELITE DEFENDER: With 107 blocks and 51 steals this season, UMass senior Tony Gaffney is the first player since Shelden Williams (Duke, 2005-06) to register 100 blocks and 50 steals in a season.

AND ONE: Duquesne senior guard Aaron Jackson has converted all 16 of his conventional three-point play opportunities this season and owns a streak of 24 straight entering the Dukes' Mar. 1 contest versus Rhode Island. He also ranks third in program history in assists with 460.

POINTS PARADE: Richmond has scored 70 points in 17 games this season, the most 70-point games for the Spiders since the 1993-94 team had 19 70-point games. UR is averaging 69.9 points per game and seeks to become the first Richmond team to average over 70 points per game since Dick Tarrant's 1992-93 team averaged 72.9 points per game.

LOFTY STATUS: Seniors Kevin Lisch of Saint Louis and Rhode Island's Jimmy Baron and junior Yves Mekongo Mbala of La Salle have been named to the 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Men's Basketball Academic All-America Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Baron and Mekongo Mbala earned second-team distinction, while Lisch garnered third-team honors. In addition, the A-10 led all Conferences with three players selected.

POINT PRESENCE: Vying to become the first player in A-10 annals to lead the assists three times, UMass senior guard Chris Lowe is just seventh player in league history and first at UMass with 1,000 career points and 600 career assists. Lowe's 651 assists rank first in team annals.

HOME SUPREMACY: Xavier will enter its Mar. 5 contest versus Dayton at Cintas Center riding a 23-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.

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 and school-record 11 times this year.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Rhode Island senior Jimmy Baron ranks first in program history and second in A-10 annals with 337 career three-pointers. He boasts 19 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. Jimmy Baron, URI (2006-09) - 337
3. Monty Mack, Massachusetts (1998-01) - 331

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 178-of-279 shots through the Hawks' first 27 contests and leads the league with 18 double-doubles. Nivins has scored in double figures in 84 of his 120 career games and has reached double figures in rebounds 31 times, including 18 times this season, which is tops in the league. He also boasts 28 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 22 points in La Salle's 70-63 win at Temple on Feb. 26. It marked the junior guard's 11th 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 16.9 ppg., up from 13.4 ppg. a year ago.

DAYTON BY NUMBERS: Dayton is 10-1 this season in games decided by five points or less, good for tops in the nation. UD is 37-7 with sophomore forward Chris Wright in the lineup, 8-2 this season versus teams in the top 100 of the RPI thru games of Feb. 28 and 20-2 when outrebounding its opponent. Finally, the Flyers are 17-0 when holding the lead with five minutes remaining in the game, while its 19-game home-winning streak is tops in the A-10.

DANDY ANDY: St. Bonaventure freshman forward Andrew Nicholson leads all freshmen nationally in blocked shots (78) and field goal percentage (.612) entering the Bonnies' Mar. 1 contest at Saint Joseph's. 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.

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