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Men's Basketball Hosts CAA Leader Northeastern on Monday
Updated: Thursday 02/10/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball team will kick off a four games in an eight-day period when it hosts CAA-leading Northeastern on Monday, Feb. 11. The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off at Kaplan Arena. During the four games in eight days, the Tribe will play three contests at home with its lone road trip to Old Dominion on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Tribe fans can catch the action of the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Bill McDonald and Charlie Woollum 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 on line at TribeAthletics.com. The Tribe Athletics TV video feed can be purchased at the home for W&M sports as well.

  Game Day Information  -  Game 23 vs. Northeastern
When:     Monday, Feb. 11, 2012, 7 PM
 Where:    Williamsburg, Va.  |  Campus Map  |  Visiting Williamsburg
Venue:    Kaplan Arena  |  Seating Chart
Broadcast:    Watch Online  |  Listen Online  | Live Stats
Tickets:    TribeAthletics.com  |  Buy Online
Game Notes:  William and Mary  |  Northeastern CAA
Season Stats:  William and Mary  |  Northeastern  |  CAA
Highlights: 
Tribe at James Madison (Feb. 6)  |  Tribe vs. Hofstra (Feb. 2)
Blogs:  
CAA Hoops Scoop  |  CAAHoops.com

News and Notes

- Northeastern leads the all-time series at 7-6.  In total, seven of the 13 all-time meetings between the programs have been decided by five points or less, including their double OT meeting earlier this season in Boston.

- As of Feb. 7, the Tribe ranks 26th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.294), 82nd in field goal percentage (.453) and 88th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1).

- Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton recorded his ninth 20-point performance of the season at James Madison, marking the most for a Tribe players since Adam Hess had 15 in 2003-04.

- Junior forward Tim Rusthoven registered a double-double in four of the last seven games, averaging 18 points and 9.5 rebounds per game over the stretch.

- As of Feb. 8, the Tribe leads the CAA in field goal percentage (.453) and defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.294), while ranking second in 3-pointers made per game (6.8), assists (13.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1).

Scouting Northeastern
Northeastern enters the contest with the Tribe atop the CAA standing at 11-1 to go along with a 16-8 overall ledger. The Huskies are coming off a 79-74 victory at Old Dominion in overtime on Saturday.

NU is the top offensive team in the CAA, leading the league in scoring (69.4 points per game), 3-point percentage (36.8), assists (14.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1), while they also rank second in field goal percentage (44.9), free throw percentage (75.4), steals (7.7) and turnover margin (+1.88). The Huskies have been even better in league play, averaging nearly 72 points per game. Northeastern is 24th nationally in free throw percentage and 59th in the country in 3-point percentage.

Senior guards Joel Smith and Jonathan Lee lead the way for the Huskies. Smith ranks sixth in the CAA at 17 points per game and is among the top shooters in the league. He leads the CAA in free throw percentage at 86.5, while ranking second in 3-pointers made per game (2.5) and 3-point percentage (41.8).  Lee, who was a preseason first-team All-CAA selection and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, missed the opening nine games of the season due to injury, but has returned to average 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Sophomores Quincy Ford and Reggie Spencer are the top frontcourt players for NU. Ford averages 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while Spencer ranks second in the CAA in field goal percentage at nearly 54 percent to go along with 10.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

The all-time series between W&M and NU has been tightly contested with the Huskies holding a 7-6 advantage. In fact, seven of the 13 meetings have been decided by five points or less. Earlier this season, W&M rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to force overtime at Northeastern. Behind a career-high 29 points from Joel Smith, NU was able to hold off the Tribe, 95-91, in double OT, despite a career-high 25 points with 11 rebounds from Tim Rusthoven and 23 points from Marcus Thornton.

Hot Shooting
In each of the last two games, the Green and Gold has eclipsed the 50-percent mark from the floor against both Hofstra and James Madison. During the stretch, the Tribe is shooting 54.9 percent (50-of-91) from the floor. W&M shot a season-high 56.8 percent (25-of-44) in the win over Hofstra, before hitting on 53.2 percent (25-of-47) at James Madison. It marked the first time since the 2010-11 season that W&M produced back-to-back games of 50 percent or better from the floor. The last time the Green and Gold produced three straight contests of 50 percent or better shooting from the floor came in January of 2010.

Increased 3-Point Production
The Tribe has increased it 3-point production recently, including one of the top 3-point performances in school history at James Madison on Feb. 6. Over the last three games, W&M is hitting 9.7 3-pointers per game, shooting 39.2 percent (29-of-74) over the stretch. The Tribe hit 14 3-pointers at JMU, marking the fifth-best single-game total in school history. The Green and Gold's 51.9 percent (14-of-27) effort from 3-point range was the best since hitting on 53.8 percent (7-of-13) against James Madison during the 2011 CAA Tournament.

Passing Big Man
Junior forward Tim Rusthoven is among the top passing bigmen in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Winfield, Ill., native currently averages two assists per game with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.3. He is one of only two CAA post players averaging two assists per game and the only forward in the league with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio. The only other post player in the CAA averaging at least two assists per game is Jerrelle Benimon of Towson at 2.6 per contest.

Thornton on Single-Season 3-pointers Made List
With his five 3-pointers at James Madison, sophomore guard Marcus Thornton pushed his season total to 63. The total is also among the top 10 in school history, moving into a tie for ninth with Matt Verkey, who hit 63 during the 1994 season. Here is the single-season 3-pointers made list:

1. David Schneider 99 2010
2. Greg Burzell 75 1988
3. David Schneider 73 2009
3. Nathan Mann 73 2008
5. Quinn McDowell 70 2011
6. Adam Hess 68 2003
7. Randy Bracy 65 1998
8. David Schneider 64 2008
9. Marcus Thornton 63 2013
9. Matt Verkey 63 1994











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