Weekend hoops previews: Terps, CAA on Comcast SportsNet

Weekend hoops previews: Terps, CAA on Comcast SportsNet
February 1, 2013, 6:15 pm
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*William & Mary (8-12, 2-7 CAA) vs. Hofstra (5-16, 2-16) -- Saturday, 12 p.m., Comcast SportsNet

Former Bishop McNamara product and leading scorer Marcus Thornton had 22 points against Delaware on Wednesday. Forward Tim Rusthoven added 13 and the duo made 14 of 28 field goal attempts. Everyone else on the Tribe, 8 of 30 in the 66-56 loss, William & Mary's ninth in 10 games. One of those losses came at Hofstra on Jan. 12, 70-59, despite 17 points from Thornton. Since then, the Pride have dropped five straight.

*Maryland (15-6, 3-5 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (10-10, 3-5) -- Saturday, 2 p.m., Comcast SportsNet

Mark Turgeon may believe his program is on schedule , but the Terps are not tracking toward an NCAA Tournament berth after losing three of four games, including Wednesday's 73-71 defeat against Florida State. Fortunately, the Demon Deacons are next on the playing schedule; Maryland has won four straight and 9 of 11 against Wake Forest, which has recently lost four of five. The Terps are 13-1 at the Comcast Center this season and Dez Wells leads the team in scoring in conference games with 12.1 points per game.

*George Mason (12-9, 5-4 CAA) at James Madison (13-10, 7-3) -- Saturday, 4 p.m., Comcast SportsNet

Whatever chance the Patriots had at rallying for the CAA regular season crown essentially disappeared when their 20-point lead vanished against Drexel in Thursday's stunning 58-54 loss. Defensive prowess and rare offensive efficiency spurred George Mason's surge. The complete opposite - plus Drexel Damion Lee's one-man scoring show - erased the entire cushion in the second half. In last month's 68-57 win over the Dukes, the Patriots were in the rallying role at home, outscoring JMU 40-24 in the second half.

*Drexel (9-12, 5-4 CAA) at Northeastern (13-8, 8-1) -- Saturday, 6 p.m., Comcast SportsNet

The matchup pits the preseason favorites against the current conference leaders. The Dragons have won four of five including Thursday's thrilling comeback at George Mason - and thanks to Baltimore native Damion Lee. Coming off a 30-point outing, the wing guard ripped 20 points in the second half against the Patriots including the go-ahead 3-pointer. The Huskies, a double-overtime winner at Drexel last month, dropped their first conference this week against Georgia State.

Other games in the DMV...

*Georgetown (15-4, 5-3 Big East) vs. St. John's (14-7, 6-3) --Saturday, 4 p.m.

The surging Hoyas are 5-1 over their last six games, including Wednesday's 74-52 romp over Seton Hall as they forced the Pirates into 25 turnovers. During that stretch, one that started on Jan. 12 with a 67-51 win at St. John's, Georgetown held each of its opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the field. Otto Porter, who had 19 points and 14 rebounds in the previous meeting against the Red Storm, is averaging 19.3 points over his last six games while shooting 55.7 percent (39 of 60) from the floor. Since losing to the Hoyas, St. John's has won five straight including Wednesday's overtime victory over DePaul.

*George Washington (10-9, 4-2 Atlantic 10) vs. LaSalle (14-6, 4-3) --Saturday, 2 p.m.

Starting four freshman has led to three straight wins for the Colonials, who throttled first-place Charlotte last weekend and now sit one-half game out of first place. The high-IQ backcourt of Joe McDonald and Patricio Garino (16 points, four steals vs. Charlotte) sparks George Washington's passing attack and defensive effort. After winning consecutive games over ranked teams, LaSalle fell to Massachusetts on Wednesday. Guard Ramon Galloway leads four double-digit scorers with 17.1 points per game, third-best in the A-10.

*American (7-14, 2-4 Patriot League) vs. Lafayette (11-12, 4-2) --Saturday, 2 p.m.

*Howard (4-17, 1-6 MEAC) vs. Savannah State (11-9, 5-1) --Saturday 4 p.m.

*Navy (7-15, 1-5 Patriot) at Bucknell (18-4, 5-1) --Saturday, 7 p.m.