RICHMOND, Va. - For the fourth time since joining the Colonial Athletic Association, the William and Mary men's basketball team had two players named all-conference at the league's annual awards banquet on Friday night as sophomore Marcus Thornton and junior Tim Rusthoven were chosen among the top players in the CAA. Along with the two All-CAA honorees, the Tribe once again led the CAA in All-Academic Team selections with eight players earning the distinction along with three of the Tribe's five starters.
Rusthoven received the first CAA honor of his career with a spot on the third team. He was one of only three players in the CAA to rank among the top 11 in the league in both scoring (14.4) and rebounding (7.2), joining CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon of Towson and First-Team All-CAA choice Keith Rendleman of UNCW. One of the most efficient players in the CAA, Rusthoven scored in double figures on 25 occasions in 2012-13, including five 20-plus point games, and added five double-doubles. He recorded a career-high 25 points at Northeastern on Jan. 23, while pulling down the most rebounds for a Tribe player since 1997 with 16 against Hofstra on Feb. 2.
Howard and Pavloff both earned the All-Academic Team distinction for the third straight season. A former walk-on, Howard was awarded a scholarship prior to his senior campaign and was named a team captain. A double major in English and marketing, he made his second career start on Senior Night vs. James Madison and scored on a driving lay-up. Pavloff, a finance major, served as a team captain in 2013 as well. He appeared in eight games for the Tribe this season, including his first career start against James Madison on Senior Night.
The Tribe faces James Madison for a third time this season in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CAA Championship, presented by Jani-King, on Saturday, March 9. Game time is slated for 8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum. The contest will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus,