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Men's Basketball Hosts VMI On Wednesday Night
Updated: Saturday 11/26/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball team returns home to host its third straight Big South opponent in VMI on Wednesday night. Tip-off  is slated for 7 p.m. from Kaplan Arena. Fans can purchase tickets for just $5.

Tribe fans can catch the action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Charlie Woollum and Bill McDonald on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast can be heard over the Web at The HD broadcast of the Tribe-Panther match-up can be purchased via TribeAthletics TV.

  Game Day Information  -  Game 6 vs. VMI
When:      Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 7 PM
 Where:     Williamsburg, Va.  |  Campus Map  |  Visitors Guide
Venue:     Kaplan Arena  |  Seating Chart
Multimedia:     Live Stats  |  Tribe Athletics TV  |  Listen Online
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Game Notes:  
 William and Mary  |  VMI
Season Stats:  
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News and Notes

- The Tribe leads the all-time series with VMI at 76-41, including a 41-11 mark in Williamsburg. The Keydets have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 73-65 win in 2011-12.

- W&M will play its third Big South opponent of the season. It marks the fourth straight year in which the Tribe has played three Big South teams.

- Junior guard Marcus Thornton, who was listed as one of the top players from outside the power conferences according to ESPN’s Jay Bilas in early November, leads the CAA in scoring at 21.6 points per game and has scored in double figures in 37 straight games.

- Freshman Omar Prewitt was named the CAA Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks on Monday. He averaged 10.5 points, six rebounds, two assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game last week. He leads CAA rookies in seven categories.

- According to, W&M ranks 19th nationally in two-point field goal percentage at 57.9 percent and 67th in the country in effective field goal percentage (53.5), as Nov. 25.

- W&M currently leads the CAA in field goal percentage (47.6), assists (14.4) and steals (6.6).

- W&M rallied from a 12-point deficit at Rugters, scoring the first 20 points of the second half on the way to a 72-62 victory. It marked the 14th double-digit comeback victory under head coach Tony Shaver.

Scouting VMI
VMI enters the game with the Tribe as one of the top offenses in the country. The Keydets average 91.5 points per game, which ranks 12th nationally. They lead the nation in 3-pointers attempted (196) and are 10th in 3-pointers made per game (9.8). VMI is 4-2 on the year and are coming off a 112-86 victory over Bridgewater on Nov. 20. The Keydets losses came at Wake Forest (98-71) and at Virginia Tech (105-92).

Defensively, VMI ranks among the national leaders in turnover margin, steals and blocked shots. They are fourth nationally in blocked shots per game (8.3), while ranking fifth in turnover margin (+7.5). The Keydets force opponents into 17.5 turnovers per game, while only turning the ball over on 10 occasions per contest. VMI also averages 11.2 steals per game.

Freshman guard QJ Peterson leads VMI in scoring at 24.2 per game, which ranks 14th nationally. He also ranks fourth in steals per game nationally at 3.5 per contest and leads the country in total steals with 21. Senior forward D.J. Covington adds 17.7 points per game to go along with a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest. He is 13th nationally at 4.2 blocked shots per game. Senior guard Rodney Glasgow rounds out VMI’s double-digit scorers at 15.8 points per game, while leading the team in assists at 4.7 per contest.

W&M leads the all-time series with VMI at 76-41, including a 41-11 mark in Williamsburg. The Keydets though have won the last two meetings, which included a 73-65 victory in Lexington as part of BracketBusters in 2012. W&M and VMI were former rivals in the Southern Conference.

W&M against the Big South
W&M is 99-55 all-time against the current members of the Big South and has played nine of the 12 teams in the conference. The Tribe has played Big South foe VMI the most among league teams with 117 meetings between those programs. W&M is 76-41 all-time against VMI and a combined 23-14 against the rest of the Big South. The Tribe split its first two contests of the year against the Big South, defeating Liberty, 84-72, on Nov. 12, before falling to High Point, 80-69, on Nov. 20. It marks the fourth straight season in which the Tribe has played three games against Big South opponents.

Prewitt Garners Back-to-Back CAA ROW Awards
For the second time in as many weeks, freshman Omar Prewitt was named the CAA Rookie of the Week on Nov. 25. Prewitt averaged 10.5 points, six rebounds, two assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game during the week, which included a victory at Rutgers. Prewitt also received the distinction on Nov. 18 after averaging 14.5 points, six rebounds and 3.5 assists in the Tribe’s two games during that week. He is the first multiple winner of a CAA weekly award this season and became the first Tribe freshman to win two ROW awards since Marcus Thornton in 2011-12. Prewitt just missed his first career double-double against High Point with 12 points and eight rebounds, while also racking up career-highs in steals (3) and assists (4). He also added nine points, four rebounds and two blocked shots at Rutgers. Prewitt earned the first award as he scored a career-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the Tribe’s 84-72 victory over Liberty. He added six rebounds and a team-high four assists against the Flames. At No. 16 Wichita State on Nov. 14, Prewitt finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Elite Scorer Junior Marcus Thornton continues to be one of the top scorers in the country. The 6-4 guard currently leads the CAA at 21.6 points per game, while ranking 38th nationally. In each of the Tribe’s five games this season, Thornton has topped the double-digit mark, including three contests of 20 or more points. He has scored in double digits in each of his last 37 games dating back to his freshman season. Thornton scored in double digits in the final two games of his rookie campaign before scoring 10 or more in each of the Tribe’s 30 games last season. This season, he has scored at least 18 points in each contest.

Double-Digit Comebacks
W&M trailed Rutgers by 12 points with just over three minutes remaining first half on Nov. 23, before rallying to pick up the 10-point victory, 72-62. It marked the 14th time in head coach Tony Shaver’s 11 years at W&M that the Tribe rallied from a double-digit deficit to pick up a win. The Tribe were down 33-24 at the half to Rutgers, but bounced back by scoring the opening 20 points of the second half to outdistance the Scarlet Knights. Here is a look at the W&M double-digit comebacks under Shaver:

UNCW (12/4/03) - trailed 24-11 with 8:59 left 1st half -  won 67-66 in OT
Radford (11/10/04) - trailed 57-47 with 13:05 left - won 81-76
at James Madison (2/11/06) - tailed 61-50 with 9:07 left - won 72-70
Cornell (12/2/06) - trailed 59-46 with 5:00 left - won 73-68 in OT
James Madison (1/9/08) - trailed 54-43 with 8:55 left - won 69-66
at Georgia State (1/12/08) - trailed 48-32 with 15:14 left - won 60-58
Northeastern (1/16/08) - trailed 34-22 at the half - won 55-53
UNCW (2/2/08) - trailed 18-8 with 11:26 left 1st half - won 70-66
Richmond (11/19/09) - trailed 21-8 with 11:01 left 1st half - won 78-71
VCU (12/5/09) - trailed 43-28 with 18:02 left - won 75-74
at George Mason (2/16/10) - trailed 36-25 at the half - won 63-60
vs. JMU (3/6/10) - trailed 44-30 with 15:37 left - won 70-65
at Liberty (11/12/12) - trailed 38-23 at the half - won 71-59
at Rutgers (11/23/13) - trailed 29-17 with 3:01 left 1st half -  won 72-62

Thornton Shoots Free Throws (A lot)
Junior guard Marcus Thornton knocked down 16-of-19 from the free throw line in the Tribe’s win at Rutgers, including a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe in the second half. His single game effort from the foul line ranked among the all-time best in program history. Thornton’s 16 made free throws were the sixth most in W&M history and the most since Mit Winter connected on 17 against James Madison in 2001. His 19 free throw attempts were also the sixth most attempted by a Tribe player in program annals and the most since Kurt Small attempted a school record 24 at The Citadel in 1993. Both numbers also marked the most for a CAA player this season. Thornton currently ranks 12th in the CAA in free throw percentage at 75 percent, while he is 16th in W&M history at 76.8 percent over his three seasons with the Green and Gold.

Rusthoven Closing in on 1,000-500
Senior forward Tim Rusthoven is closing in on a pair of career milestones at W&M. Ruthoven is just 94 point shy of becoming the 36th player in Tribe history with 1,000 career points and just 24 rebounds shy of 500. The 6-9 forward would become the 17th player in W&M history to reach the 1,000-500 mark for points and rebounds and would be just the fourth under Tribe head coach Tony Shaver. Rusthoven would join a list that includes the following players:

Bill Chambers - 1,456 points/ 1, 270 rebounds - 1951-53
Corey Cofield - 1,080 points/ 544 rebounds - 2004-07
Jeff Cohen - 2,003 points/ 1,679 rebounds - 1958-61
Matt Courage - 1,164 points/ 714 rebounds - 1973-77
John Lowenhaupt - 1,866 points /669 rebounds - 1975-78
John Mahoney - 1,446 points /869 rebounds - 1952-55
Jim Moran - 1,324/524 rebounds - 1998-01
Carl Parker - 1,150 /645 rebounds - 1993-96
Ben Pomeroy - 1,085/ 886 rebounds - 1965-67
Kevin Richardson - 1,139/605 rebounds - 1982-85
Thomas Roberts - 1,765/ 655 rebounds - 1990-93
Bob Sherwood - 1,051/ 524 rebounds - 1968-70
Tim Trout - 1,011 points/  595 rebounds - 1985-88
Bev Vaughan - 1,185 points / 642 rebounds- 1958-61
David Schneider - 1,491 points/ 538 rebounds - 2007-10
Quinn McDowell - 1,621 points/ 599 rebounds - 2009-12

Picking up the College Game
Freshman Omar Prewitt has made a seemly seamless transition to the college game and the statistics bear it out. He currently ranks among the CAA leaders in 10 different categories and tops all league rookies in seven. Among league players, Prewitt is fourth in steals (1.6), sixth in 3-pointers made (2.0), eighth in 3-point percentage (.417), 10th in both assists (2.8) and field goal percentage (.467), 12th in blocked shots (0.8), 13th in defensive rebounds (4.4), 14th in offensive rebounding (1.8) and rebounding overall (6.2) and 15th in scoring (13.0). The Mount Sterling, Ky., native leads league rookies in rebounding, field goal percentage, steals, 3-point percentage, 3-pointers made, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds. He is also second among CAA rookies in scoring, assists and blocked shots.

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