CAA Hoops Weekend Wrap: Suspended Coaches & Another JMU Loss
BREAKING: JMU coach Louis Rowe has suspended assistants Mike Deane and David Kontaxis for two games.
— Josh Walfish (@Josh_DNRSports) January 27, 2017
If you haven’t been paying attention to JMU (and odds are you haven’t), let us bring you up to speed. JMU lost a lot of games in the OOC/pre-season part of the season, going 2-11. Then the Dukes somehow got off to a perfect 3-0 start in CAA play, making some fans think the pre-season didn’t matter and this team was ready to compete. Since that time JMU has gone 1-6. And they lost Yohanny Dalembert for the season due to an undisclosed injury. Oh, and to top it off, assistant coaches Mike Deane and David Kontaxis were both suspended two games.
Neither Rowe nor the school have explained why Deane and Kontaxis were suspended. All that was said was that the suspensions weren’t related to NCAA or legal issues. The pair apparently ran afoul of some sort of team rule or standard. You might recall that Deane was Matt Brady’s top assistant prior to him moving on. It struck a lot of folks, including us, as odd that Rowe kept him on staff. Well, this just makes the entire situation weirder.
Meanwhile, the Dukes actually had another game over the weekend. They lost. To Delaware, the worst team in the CAA. The game wasn’t broadcast, which might have been a blessing in disguise. After a solid shooting performance in Thursday’s loss to UNCW, the Dukes shot only 34% overall and 25% from long range. There’s no real point to dig into this. Delaware was 1-8 in CAA play heading into the game. It’s clear JMU isn’t really in the mix for the CAA title. But Delaware? No team should lose to Delaware. We’re trying to be optimistic and focus on the long term, but fear the highpoint of this season might have been Thursday night when the Dukes went into halftime down only 3 to UNCW.
W&M 96 – UNCW 78
Goodness. Just when folks across the country started to take notice of UNCW and it’s undefeated CAA record, the Tribe stepped up and ruined everything. In all seriousness, this was a heck of a statement win for the Tribe. There’s a lot of talent down in Williamsburg and until this game, Shaver’s crew had failed to meet expectations. But they absolutely crushed the cream of the CAA crop on Saturday. Omar Prewitt and Daniel Dixon scored 28 and 27 points respectively. Devontae Cacok did what he does in the loss, scoring 21 and pulling down 16 boards.
CofC 90 – Drexel 76
The Cougars are 8-2 in CAA play and not going anywhere. They went on the road to Drexel and shot lights out from the stripe, knocking down 30 of 31 attempts. They also shot an impressive 51% from the floor. Freshman Grant Riller dropped 30 points in the win. Along with Joe Chealey and Jarrell Brantley, he forms a heck of a 3 headed scoring monster for CofC. They could make some noise come CAA tourney time. Drexel on the other hand, is struggling. The loss dropped them to 2-7.
Elon 84 – Hofstra 70
We still can’t believe Elon is in the CAA. Yes, we realize we say that constantly and swear we’ll stop whenever the addition makes sense to us. Which is to say, we’ll never stop. Anyway, the Phoenix won again thanks to Tyler Seibring and Brian Dawkins. The pair scored 23 and 22 points respectively. Our misgivings and lack of respect for Elon aside, Seibring is a nice ballplayer. No clue how he ended up at Elon. And Hofstra? Well, let’s just say this isn’t what the school had in mind when it decided to drop football and focus on hoops. The Pride is 10-13 overall and 2-8 in CAA play. There’s always next year.
Northeastern 69 (nice) – Towson State 62
This was a win Northeastern sorely needed after dropping four straight heading into the game. On the other end of the spectrum, the loss snapped Towson’s 5 game winning streak. Neither team is a realistic threat to win it all in Charleston, but we wouldn’t be shocked to see either squad knock out a contender. The Huskies put together a 15-5 second half run. It ended up being enough to overcome their 25% shooting from downtown.