WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Winner in four of its last five games, the William and Mary men's basketball teams returns from its nearly two-week break for final exams with its final contest before the Christmas Holiday against Goucher on Friday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. from Kaplan Arena, and Santa will be in attendances to visit with children during the evening thanks to Walmart.
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| Game Day Information - Game 10 vs. Goucher
|When:||Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 7 PM|
|Where:||Williamsburg, Va. | Campus Map | Visitors Guide|
|Venue:||Kaplan Arena | Seating Chart|
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News and Notes
- Coming off the final examination break at W&M, the Tribe has won four of its last five games, holding opponents to 67.8 points per game over the stretch, while scoring 75.2 points per game offensively.
- Over the last five games, W&M is averaging 8.4 3-pointers per contest, while shooting 41.2 percent from deep.
- It marks the sixth straight season in which W&M has played a Division III opponent following its two-week final exam break. The Tribe has won its previous five games against Division III opponents by an average of 32.6 points per game. The contest on Friday will mark W&M’s first game against an opponent from the Landmark Conference, which formed in 2006.
- Over the last four games, junior guard Marcus Thornton is shooting 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from 3-point range and hitting nearly four per game (3.8). He is just six points shy of becoming the 26th player in W&M history with 1,100 career points.
- Senior Tim Rusthoven was named a nominee for the NABC Allstate Good Works Team on Dec. 3. He is one of 75 Division I men’s basketball players nationally up for the honor. Rusthoven is only 34 points away from becoming the 36th 1,000-point scorer in W&M history.
- Freshman Omar Prewitt was named the CAA Rookie of the Week in three straight weeks (Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 2). He leads CAA rookies in scoring (14.4) and rebounding (4.8).
- According to KenPom.com, W&M ranks 24th nationally in two-point field goal percentage at 55 percent and 28th in the country in effective field goal percentage (55.3), as of Dec. 17.
Goucher is a Division III program out of Towson, Md., that plays in the Landmark Conference, which formed in 2006. The Gophers enter the contest with the Tribe riding a two-game winning streak and are 4-3 on the season. All four Goucher wins have come at home, including its last two over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 72-65, and Gallaudet, 60-45, on Dec. 7 and 14, respectively. In the exhibition season, Goucher played the Naval Academy, falling 98-47 on Nov. 13.
Leonard Trevino is the only head coach in the history of Goucher College, having started the program in 1990 and racking up 268 victories during his career. As a team, Goucher is one of the top teams in Division III at forcing turnovers, while also limiting their own turnovers. The Gophers lead the Landmark Conference and rank 45th nationally in turnovers margin at +3.7. Goucher also leads the Landmark Conference in steals per game at 8.0, forcing opponents into nearly 20 turnovers per contest. Like the Tribe’s previous two opponents, the Gophers defend the 3-point line, holding foes to 29.8 percent from long range, which ranks second in the Landmark and 71st nationally. Goucher also ranks among the national leaders in free throws shooting, attempting the 41st most (228) in Division III and making the 45th most (155) in the country.
Sophomore guard Julian Livingston is one of two Gopher players averaging in double figures. He ranks eighth in the Landmark Conference at 14.9 points per game. He does most of his damage from 3-point range and the free throw line. He is shooting 47.2 percent from distance and averaging 2.4 3-pointers per game. Livingston is also a strong free throw shooter at 81.8 percent from the charity stripe. In total, seven Goucher players average better than six points per game. Freshman forward Jesse Mondry is second on the team at 10.6 points per game, while senior center Manney Wood averages 4.7 rebounds per game to top the team.
As part in winning four of its last five games, the Tribe demonstrated improved play on the defensive end. Over the stretch, W&M’s defensive numbers improved by nearly 10 points per game in scoring defense, nearly six percent in defensive field goal percentage and 3.1 percent in defensive 3-point percentage. The Tribe has held opponents under 70 points three of its last five contests, while also limiting foes to less than 41 percent shooting from the floor in a trio of games. Over the last five contests, W&M is holding opponents to 67.8 points per game, while limiting foes to 43.6 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. The defensive numbers are a stark contrast to the Tribe’s opening four games of the season in which Tribe opponents averaged 77 points per game, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from 3-point range.
70 Points the Mark
The 70-point mark has been an important one both offensively and defensively this season for W&M. The Tribe is 4-0 in 2013-14 when scoring better than 70 points in a game and a perfect 3-0 when allowing fewer than 70 points defensively. Over head coach Tony Shaver’s 11 seasons, the Tribe is 77-32 (.706) when scoring better than 70 points in a game, including a 10-4 record last season. Under Shaver, W&M is 101-80 (.558) when holding opponent under 70 points, including an 11-7 mark a season ago.
Three 1,000-Point Scorers?
With senior forward Tim Rusthoven closing in on the 1,000-point mark, W&M could have its first trio of 1,000-point scorers on the same roster in 36 years. Junior guard Marcus Thornton joined senior guard Brandon Britt on the list, scoring his 1,000th career point against High Point earlier this season. Britt became the 34th player in program history to accomplish the feat when he reached the milestone last season in the CAA Quarterfinals vs. James Madison. Rusthoven (966) is only 34 points shy of recording 1,000 for his career. It would give the Tribe its first trio of 1,000-point scorers on the same roster since 1976-77. During that campaign, John Lowenhaupt, Ron Satterthwaite and Matt Courage each had already scored over 1,000 points for their careers.
Increased 3-Point Production
In three of the last four games, the Tribe connected on 10 or more 3-pointers, averaging 9.3 per contest over the stretch. During the sequence, W&M is shooting 43.5 percent (37-of-85) from 3-point range. Against Richmond on Dec. 4, who entered the game among the top five nationally in 3-point defense at 22.7 percent, the Tribe canned 10-of-22, shooting 45.5 percent from long distance. Senior Julian Boatner and junior Marcus Thornton have been two of the driving forces behind the Tribe’s increased 3-point production of late. Combined over the last four games, the duo is 24-of-51 (47.1 percent) from beyond the arc. Thornton is averaging 3.8 3-pointers per game and shooting 51.7 percent from long range over the stretch, while Boatner is averaging 2.3 trifectas per game over the last four.
Junior Marcus Thornton continues to be one of the top scorers in the country. The 6-4 guard currently ranks second in the CAA at 19.3 points per game, while ranking 56th nationally, as of Dec. 15. In each of the Tribe’s nine games this season, Thornton has topped the double-digit mark, including four contests of 20 or more points. He has scored in double digits in each of his last 41 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. The 41 straight games with 10 or more points in the longest for a Tribe player since Bob Sherwood scored double-digits in 44 straight games from 1968-70.