It marks the first CAA Player of the Week award for the W&M program since the 2009-10 season and the third weekly league award for Thornton after he was named the CAA Rookie of the Week twice during his freshman season. The last Tribe player to win CAA Player of the Week honor was Quinn McDowell on Dec. 28, 2009. Thornton shared the weekly accolades with George Mason's Bryon Allen, who helped the Patriots to a 63-59 win over Virginia.
Against the Pirates, Thornton was 7-of-11 from the field, including a career-best 6-of-9 from 3-point range. The six treys tied for the ninth-most in a single game in W&M history. The Preseason All-CAA selection hit five of his six treys in the second half against Hampton and scored 11 points as part of a 23-4 second-half run that broke open the game. Thornton added two assists and a career-high two blocked shots.
Thornton and the Tribe will look for its first 2-0 start to a season since 2004-05 when they travel to Liberty tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and will also be available over the Internet on ESPN3. Tribe fans can follow the action on 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 also be heard on TribeAthletics.com.