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Men’s Basketball hosts Charleston for Senior Day on Saturday

(Courtesy photo/Tribe Athletics)
(Courtesy photo/Tribe Athletics)

WILLIAMSBURG — The William & Mary men’s basketball team wraps up the regular season with Senior Day on Saturday, Feb. 24, hosting CAA regular season champion Charleston. The contest is slated for a 2 p.m., tip-off and will be streamed for FREE in HD online at Tribe Athletics TV via Stretch Internet. The game pits the league’s top scoring offense in W&M at 84.6 points per game against the CAA’s top scoring defense in Charleston at 67.1 points per game.

Prior to tip-off, W&M will honor its eight-member senior class of Grant Gittins, Connor BurchfieldDavid CohnJamison GloverCole HarrisonTommy PapasAmir Shafi and Oliver Tot for their contribution to the program. Fans are asked to arrive early with the Senior Day ceremony beginning at approximately 1:40 p.m.

Tribe fans can also catch the men’s basketball action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley and Charlie Woollum 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.

With March approaching, get prepared for the CAA Tournament in Charleston by visiting TribeAthletics.com/MarchOnTribe. 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).
 

  Game Day Information – Game 29 vs. Charleston
When:   Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 2 PM
Where:   Williamsburg, Va. | Campus Map | Visit Campus
Venue:   Kaplan Arena Seating Chart
Video:    Tribe Athletics TV
Multimedia:   Video | Live Stats | Listen Online
Tickets:   Information | Buy Online | Promotions
Game Notes:   William & Mary | Charleston
Season Stats:   William & Mary | Charleston CAA
Highlights:   UNCW Highlights | NU Highlights | Hofstra Highlights
W&M CAA Tournament Info:   TribeAthletics.com/MarchOnTribe
Tribe Athletics Social Media:   Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
W&M MBB Social Media:   Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Snap Chat: @TribeMensHoops
Hashtags:   #RisingTribe | #CAAHoops

W&M News and Notes

• With its win over UNCW, the Tribe secured no worse than a fourth-place finish in the CAA standings. It is the program’s fifth-straight top-four finish in the league. W&M can secure the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, March 3-6, with a victory over Charleston and a Towson win at current No. 3 Hofstra on Saturday.
 
• The Tribe’s senior class is 74-49 over its four years, including a 43-29 CAA record. They are the only class in the CAA with double-digit league victories and top-four finishes each of the last four years. The Class of 2018 is tied with 2017 as the winningest class in terms of CAA wins and ranks second in overall victories for a Tribe class since freshman became eligible in 1972, behind the Class of 2017’s 77 wins. 
 
• W&M won its 10th CAA game on Thursday night, marking the fifth consecutive season with double-digit CAA wins. The Tribe became the sixth CAA program on the eighth occasion to produce five-straight seasons of 10 or more league wins. It marks the first time in school history that the Tribe has won double-digit league games in five-straight years. W&M owns seven seasons with 10 or more CAA wins under head coach Tony Shaver after producing just one prior to his arrival in Williamsburg.
 
• The Tribe is the best shooting team in the country, as the only program to rank among the top 10 nationally at all three levels. W&M leads the country in 3-point percentage (43.3) and free throw shooting (80.5), while ranking sixth in field goal percentage (50.9). No team in NCAA history has shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line in the same season, and only three have shot 50-40-75 since 1993
 
• Senior guard David Cohn established Tribe school record in assists for both a single season and a career. His 184 assists in 2017-18 surpassed Scott Coval’s 1985 record of 168. Cohn also topped Coval for W&M’s career assists mark with 467 in just three years. He leads the CAA and ranks 13th nationally at 6.6 assists per game. He is only four assists away from 500 in his collegiate career. 
 
• Over the last nine games, sophomore Justin Pierce is averaging 21.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.6 percent from the floor and 49 percent from 3. He poured in a career-high 33 points, the second most by a Tribe sophomore in school history, vs. Delaware on Feb. 10. He posted a 30-point, 12-rebound double-double vs. Elon on Feb. 1. Pierce ranks among the CAA leaders in nine different categories. He is fourth in the league and 52nd nationally in rebounding (8.8).
 
• The Tribe set a single-season school-record for 3-pointers, pushing its 2017-18 total to 305 with 13 vs. UNCW. The total surpassed the previous mark of 295 held by the 2009-10 team and ranks fifth in CAA history. The Green and Gold ranks eighth nationally at 10.9 3-pointers made per game and is 13th in total triples made.
 
• For the sixth-straight season and 10th time in the last 11 years, the Tribe topped the 400-assist mark. W&M has 498 assists in 2017-18 and is only two way from its third-straight 500-assist campaign. The Tribe’s assists total ranks 12th nationally and fourth in school history. W&M is ninth nationally at 17.8 assists per game, which would top last year’s school record mark of 17.5.
 
• According to advanced statistical website KenPom.com, the Tribe ranks second nationally in effective field goal percentage (59.1) and 38th in adjusted offensive efficiency  (115.6). W&M has been in the top 60 in adjusted offensive efficiency each of the previous four seasons with a high of No. 31 in 2015. W&M has ranked among the top 25 in effective field goal percentage each of the last six seasons, including as high as No. 6 in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
 
• Senior Connor Burchfield is the top 3-point shooter in country both this season and over his career. He currently leads the nation at 51.3 percent from long range, while ranking 49th in 3-pointers made (2.9). Burchfield is the active NCAA Division I career leader at 50.3 percent from 3-point range. His 171 career 3-pointers rank eighth in Tribe history, while his 81 triples this season are fifth in program lore.
 
• Sophomore Nathan Knight, who was named to the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch list given annually to the nation’s top Division I mid-major player, is just one blocked shot away from becoming the first player in W&M history to record 100 career blocked shots in his first two seasons. Knight’s 58 blocked shots in 2017-18 rank fifth in program history, and he is second in the CAA and 39th nationally at 2.1 per game. He would be the sixth player in Tribe lore with 100 career rejections. 
 
• Senior guard David Cohn is closing in on 1,000 points in his collegiate career. He is just 16 points shy of the milestone with 984 career points. Cohn tallied 120 points in his freshman season at Colorado State, before transferring to W&M where he has tallied 864 points in his three seasons. He currently ranks 19th in the CAA at 13.4 points per game in 2017-18, including a 15.3 scoring clip in CAA play.
 
• W&M is averaging 84.6 points per game, which leads the CAA and ranks 12th nationally. The scoring average would be program record and the highest in the CAA since 1996 (Mason at 90.6).

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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