CAA Men’s Basketball Championship presented by Jersey Mike’s Tips Off with first round Saturday, quarterfinals Sunday

RICHMOND, Va. (March 5, 2022) – William & Mary and Northeastern will announce the Colonial Athletic Association’s return to the nation’s capital on Saturday when the Tribe and the Huskies face off in the first round game of the 2022 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship Presented by Jersey Mike’s.

W&M and Northeastern will play Saturday’s only game after a regular season split between the teams. The Tribe were victorious, 71-70, on New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg with a frantic comeback in the dying seconds to improve W&M at the time to 2-0 in the league. The Huskies responded with a historic defensive performance in Boston last week, allowing the fewest runs by a CAA team in 10 seasons and the fewest by a Northeast team since 1963. The Northeast is 3- 1 over William & Mary in the Championship following a 63-47 quarter-final win last year.

William & Mary received the majority of their scoring this season from freshmen and sophomores, led offensively by Ben Wight. Jahmil Telfort leads five Huskies with double-digit averages this season, with one of them – Chris Doherty – national top 30 ranking in many rebound categories. The tribe and the Huskies give a call at 5 p.m. on FloHoops.

The winner of Saturday’s contest will move on to Sunday to face No. 1 seed Towson Sunday at noon on FloHoops. The Huskies hold a regular-season win over the Tigers with a 58-53 decision in Boston on Feb. 5 to earn a split season; Towson won a regular-season sweep from William & Mary. Towson is 2-2 against Northeastern in the championship, with the latest meeting going the way of the Huskies in the 2020 quarterfinals, while the Tigers are 1-2 against the Tribe after a W&M win in the quarterfinals of final 2018.

Towson’s rise to the top of CAA was led by first-team All-CAA selections Cam Holden and Nicholas Timberlakewho helped the Tigers to 24 wins on Sunday – one shy of the program’s Division I single-season record.

Delaware and Drexel will meet in Game 2 on Sunday (2:30 p.m., FloHoops) after a split between the teams in the regular season tied for fourth at 10-8 in the CAA standings. The Blue Hens resisted a return offer from the Dragons in Philadelphia in January before Drexel took the win in Newark in February. Delaware is 3-0 against Drexel in the championship, as the teams meet Sunday in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

James Nelson leads four Blue Hens in double figures this season with 14.0 points per game, while CAA Rookie of the Year Jyare Davis has averaged 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds in his last 10 games. Drexel’s Camren Wynter earned All-CAA First-Team honors and cracked the top 10 in CAA history for assists and Amari Williams won Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Elon takes on UNCW to start Sunday’s evening session (6 p.m., FloHoops) in a clash of teams that parted ways during the regular season. The Phoenix ended the Seahawks’ 12-game winning streak with a 78-65 win to open in February after UNCW won seven points in January. The teams have met once before in the playoffs with UNCW winning the first round in 2019.

UNCW, led by CAA Coach of the Year Takayo Siddlewon a co-regular season championship at 15-3, becoming the first 2 seed with more than 15 wins since VCU won the championship in 2012. Jaylen Sims earned a spot on the All-CAA First Team with 15.8 points per game, while Darius Burford and Hunter McIntosh won All-CAA selections for Elon. McIntosh was named CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year for his efforts on and off the court.

Sunday’s action ends with Hofstra facing Charleston (8:30 p.m., FloHoops) in a rematch of a game Hofstra won 89-84 on Monday night. Both meetings between Pride and Cougars were decided by five points or less with CAA Player of the Year Aaron Estrad scoring 30 and 28 for Hofstra in both encounters. Hofstra and Charleston will meet for the first time in the CAA Championship.

Estrada led CAA with 18.5 points per game in the regular season and 22.2 in the conference to help Hofstra to 21 wins for the freshman head coach. Fast Claxton. Zach cooks added Sixth Man of the Year honors for the Pride, which includes five players averaging 11+ points. All-CAA selection John Meeks led four Cougars in double digits this season, while Reyne Smith ranks third nationally among freshmen in three points made.

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