Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Colonial Notebook

February 25, 2003 Conference Notes No Comments

Colonial Notebook

by Beth Iskoe

They just keep rolling

Virginia Commonwealth (17-7, 12-4) won both contests last week to extend its
winning streak to an incredible eight straight games. In their 93-73 victory
over William and Mary (11-13, 6-9) Wednesday night, the Rams set a school
record by making seventeen three-pointers. They also set a school record and
tied the CAA mark for three-point attempts in a game with 45.

Can’t buy a break

Towson (4-21, 1-15) was unable to stop its longest ever Division I losing
streak. With two more losses this past week, the Tigers have now dropped
eleven straight games. They have not won since their 61-54 home victory
over Hofstra (6-19, 5-11) January 15, their only conference victory of the
season. Towson has two final chances to record another CAA win this week
when it goes on the road in an attempt to sweep Hofstra Wednesday night and
then returns home to host Delaware (13-12, 8-8) Saturday night in its
regular season finale.

Special achievements

UNC Wilmington senior guard Brett Blizzard became the Seahawks’ all-time
leading scorer Wednesday night in his team’s 75-55 win over George Mason
(14-11, 9-7). Blizzard made nine-of-eighteen shots and scored 24 points as
he pushed his career point total to 1,978 points. In doing so, he passed
Brian Rowsom’s mark of 1,974 set in 1987.

During that game, Blizzard also moved into eighth place on the CAA’s
all-time scoring list. After scoring fourteen points Saturday in UNC
Wilmington’s 75-51 win over Towson Saturday afternoon, Blizzard needs only
eight more points to reach 2,000 for his career. He is a big reason the
Seahawks (18-6, 12-3) are still atop the CAA.

Blizzard was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches
All-District 5 First Team. The NABC recognizes the country’s best men’s
college basketball student athletes. He leads the CAA in scoring, steals,
three-point field goal percentage, and three-pointers made.

Four other CAA players joined Blizzard on various NABC teams. Drexel senior
center Robert Battle was named Second Team All-District 5. Battle is
currently fifth in all of Division I in blocks (3.79). He is the Dragons’
leading scorer and rebounder, and has recorded nine double-doubles this

Virginia Commonwealth senior forward Willie Taylor was named Second Team
All-District 4. He is averaging 16.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest and
broke the 1,000 point barrier earlier this season.

Old Dominion senior forward Ricardo Marsh was also named Second Team
All-District 4. Marsh leads his team in scoring (17.7) and rebounding (8.6).

William and Mary junior forward Adam Hess was named to both the NABC
All-District 4 First Team and the Verizon Academic All-District III Men’s
Basketball Team, which is voted on by the College Sports Information
Directors of America. He is second in the CAA in scoring (21.2). He has
scored 30 or more points in a game five times this season. Hess has a 3.52
GPA while majoring in finance, and has been named to the dean’s list. Last
season, Hess was one of five players selected to the CAA’s All-Academic Men’
s Basketball Team and has been nominated for the award again this season.

George Mason senior forward Jon Larranaga was also named to the Verizon
Academic All-District III Men’s Basketball Team. Larranaga has a 3.56 GPA in
his first year of graduate school, where he is working towards a master’s
degree in public administration. He is a three-time award-winner of the CAA
Scholar-Athlete honor and has been named to the George Mason athletic
director’s honor roll six straight semesters. He has made the dean’s list
three times and was named to the 2001-2002 CAA All-Academic Team. Larranaga
is second on the team in scoring, third in rebounding and leads the team in

Road warriors

By virtue of their 62-57 win over Old Dominion Wednesday night and its 78-62
defeat of William and Mary Saturday, Drexel has now won four straight games
on the road. Overall, the Dragons finished their conference road schedule
with a 7-2 record. The two victories give Drexel sole possession of third
place. The Dragons wind up their regular season this week with important
home match-ups against Delaware Wednesday night and George Mason Saturday

The Midas touch

In a 92-81 road victory over Delaware Wednesday night, Hofstra made
ten-of-nineteen three-pointers and shot 54.1 percent from the field
(33-for-61). The Pride was especially on fire in the first half, as they
connected on 62.5 percent of their shots (20-for-32). All five of Hofstra’s
starters scored in double figures. Sophomore forward Kenny Adeleke led the
way with a double-double, as he converted seven-of-eleven shots for twenty
points and grabbed 10 boards.

The “Purple Team” to the rescue

When James Madison (11-15, 7-9) found itself trailing by ten points with
just over eleven minutes remaining in regulation Saturday afternoon at
George Mason, head coach Sherman Dillard knew exactly what to do. He put in
the “Purple Team”, which consists of five reserves that focus on defense.
The strategy worked as the Dukes fought back and ended up with a 57-52


Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Coaching Changes

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 17, 2018

March 17, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, there is one main story to focus on: history being made in Charlotte and its aftermath. But we also talk about tough times for the Pac-12 and a key member school, plus an added challenge ahead at Pittsburgh.

College Basketball Tonight – March 11, 2018

March 12, 2018 by

College Basketball Tonight returns with a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament bracket, and in the second segment Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian joins us.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2018

March 10, 2018 by

As Championship Week nears its climax on the big Saturday, we look at a pair of semifinals and a lot of bubble teams that may be sweating it out on Sunday.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018 by

As Championship Week heats up, we talk about bubble teams who may or may not want to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament, as well as a couple of mid-majors whose conference championship game was played earlier in the week.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we start with floor issues in the Big East and an important NCAA ruling that was upheld. Then we go on to the Big 12, where Wednesday night had a new twist, as well as the ACC and how it shapes up along with no team going undefeated in conference play this year.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.