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W&M Men’s Basketball continues road swing at Delaware Friday night

Off to a 2-0 CAA start, the William & Mary men's basketball team continues its three-game road trip at Delaware on Friday, Jan. 5. (Courtesy photo/Tribe Athletics)
Off to a 2-0 CAA start, the William & Mary men’s basketball team continues its three-game road trip at Delaware on Friday, Jan. 5. (Courtesy photo/Tribe Athletics)

Off to a 2-0 CAA start, the William & Mary men’s basketball team continues its three-game road trip at Delaware on Friday, Jan. 5. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., from the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del.

The game will be streamed online via Blue Hens All-Access at BlueHens.com. Tribe fans can catch the men’s basketball action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM and 107.9 Bach FM are the flagship stations of the Tribe Radio Network and the audio is also available over the Web at TribeAthletics.com.

Catch up with the Tribe through social media. Fans can keep up with W&M men’s basketball by following the program on social media as well. Be sure to check out the Tribe on Twitter (@WMTribeMBB)Facebook (WMTribeMBB)Instagram (WMTribeMBB) and Snapchat (TribeMensHoops).

W&M News and Notes

– With its road win at JMU on Tuesday, the Tribe started 2-0 in CAA play for the seventh time in program history and third time under head coach Tony Shaver. It is the program’s first 2-0 league start since winning the regular season crown in 2014-15. The Tribe has started 3-0 in the CAA on two occasions with the most recent coming in 1997-98.

– While Delaware leads the all-time series between the programs at 24-12, the Tribe has won each of the last four meetings. During the four-game win streak over the Blue Hens, the Green and Gold is averaging 87.8 points per game with an average margin of victory at 21.5 points.

– Sophomore Nathan Knight became the third member of the Tribe to earn CAA Player of the Week honors on Jan. 2. He joined seniors Connor Burchfield (Dec. 4) and David Cohn (No. 27) in taking home the accolade. Knight produced his third 30-point, 10-rebound double-double with 31 and 11 in the win over Hofstra to go along with eight blocked shots. His block with three seconds remaining preserved the W&M win. It marks the first time in program history that three different players have earned conference player of the week honors. Knight ranks second in the CAA and 52nd nationally at 19.5 points per game.

– The Green and Gold is the best shooting team in the country, ranking among the top five at all three levels. W&M leads the country at 46.2 percent from 3-point range, while coming in second in free throw percentage (80.6) and third in field goal percentage (51.7). W&M is the only team in the country to rank among the top 20 in all three shooting categories.

– The Tribe is averaging 87 points per game, which leads the CAA and ranks 14th nationally. The scoring average would be the highest in the CAA since 1996 (Mason at 90.6). W&M owns a school-record four 100-point games in 2017-18, including a school-record 126 vs. Milligan. The Tribe scored the most points on the road in program history with 108 at Savannah State.

– Nathan Knight blocked a career-high eight shots vs. Hofstra, just missing a triple-double. The eight rejections are the most in the CAA and eighth highest total in the country this season as well as the fourth-best mark in W&M history. His 80 career blocked shots rank 10th in program history. He leads the CAA and ranks 17th nationally in blocks per game (2.9).

– Senior David Cohn, who scored a career-high 26 points vs. Hofstra, recorded his 400th career assist at James Madison and ranks 23rd among active Division I players with 404. His 375 assists at W&M are second in program history, and he is 35 assists shy of the school record. Cohn leads the CAA and ranks 12th nationally at 7.1 assists per game.

– According to the website KenPom.com, W&M ranked among the top 25 nationally in effective field goal percentage each of the last six seasons, including 2017-18. W&M is currently eighth at 59 percent and finished as high as No. 6 in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.

– Over the last 10 games, senior Connor Burchfield is shooting 63.5 percent (40-of-63) from 3-point range. On the year, he leads the CAA in 3-point percentage (57.1) and 3-pointers made (3.4), while ranking second and 15th nationally. Burchfield, who tied the CAA record with 10 trey vs. Marshall, is the active NCAA leader, all Divisions, in 3-point percentage (51.7).

– Along with Burchfield, sophomore Matt Milon ranks No. 7 nationally in 3-point percentage (52.0). The Tribe duo is the only teammates in the country among the top 10 in 3-point shooting. Milon, who recorded his first career double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds at JMU, is second in the CAA in both 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made (3.0).

– W&M leads the CAA and ranks sixth nationally in 3-pointers made (11.5). The Tribe owns six games of 15 or more 3-pointers this season, a total that represents 40 percent of the program’s all-time total. W&M hit a school-record 20 3-pointers in a win over Shenandoah.

– According to KenPom.com, the Tribe ranks 48th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency at 111.6, which leads the CAA. The Green and Gold has ranked in the top 60 each of the previous four seasons, including a high of No. 31 in 2015 (113.9). W&M led the CAA in five of the last six campaigns, including 2017-18.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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