JMU roundup: Curry, Dalembert among CAA honorees

RICHMOND — A pair of James Madison University men’s basketball players were honored among the league’s elite Thursday night as junior guard Ron Curry and sophomore forward Yohanny Dalembert were named to All-Colonial Athletic Association teams for the first time in their respective careers in a vote by the conference’s head coaches and media relations directors, as well as members of the media.

Curry was recognized on the All-CAA Second Team while Dalembert was a member of both the All-CAA Third Team and All-Defensive Team.

Curry, who was the sixth-highest vote getter on the ballot, earned second-team status after averaging a team-best 13.8 points, ranking ninth in the CAA, and 4.4 assists per game, third most in the conference, in his 31 starts this season. He also ranked fourth in both 3-point percentage (.421) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9) and 10th in treys made (1.8). His 3-point percentage was 185 points higher than his sophomore season total (.236).

During conference play, Curry was one of the league’s best, ranking third in scoring with 16.7 points per contest, while placing third in the assist category (4.2). He also led the CAA in 3-point percentage, with a 46.5 percent success rate, after knocking down 2.2 triples per league game to rank fifth. He also rounded out the top 10 in field goal percentage at 43.3 percent.

Curry produced 22 double-figure scoring games during the regular season, including nine 20-point performances. The junior converted at least three treys on eight occasions, including a career-high five threes in four separate games. He was named CAA Player of the Week three times this year and was named ECAC South Player of the Week once.

Dalembert finished his sophomore season as one of the most improved players in the CAA, averaging 11.6 points per game and ranking eighth in the league with 5.9 rebounds per game after starting all 31 contests. He led all CAA players by shooting 59.1 percent from the floor, while also ranking fourth with 1.2 blocks per game.

During conference play, he ranked 16th in the CAA with 12.7 points per game and was eighth on the glass, with 6.0 boards per outing. He ranked first in field goal percentage during the 18-game CAA slate at 60.3 percent and was the leading shot blocker, with 1.3 swats per contest.

Dalembert scored in double figures 20 times this year, which included a string of seven in a row to conclude the regular season. He tallied at least 20 points twice and posted a pair of double-doubles. Dalembert, who was JMU’s first player named to the CAA All-Defensive Team in two decades (1995), had two or more blocks in 12 separate games, including a trio of three-block performances.

Also earning CAA laurels Thursday was redshirt sophomore Dimitrije Cabarkapa, who was tabbed to the CAA All-Academic Team. Cabarkapa, a kinesiology major, holds a 3.325 grade-point and was JMU’s nominee for the Dean Ehler’s Leadership Award. He is a two-time recipient of the JMU Athletics Director Scholar Athlete award and one-time winner of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Achievement Award.

William & Mary took home two major awards as Marcus Thornton was named CAA Player of the Year while Terry Tarpey was voted Defensive Player of the Year. Elon’s Elijah Bryant was honored as Rookie of the Year and UNCW’s Kevin Keatts was tabbed Coach of the Year.

JMU earned a share of the CAA regular-season title for the first time in 15 years and seventh time in program history after tying UNCW, Northeastern and William & Mary at 12-6 atop the conference standings.

The fourth-seeded Dukes open play at the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when they face No. 5 Hofstra at Royal Farms Arena


HARRISONBURG — The James Madison softball team has cancelled all four games scheduled for Friday due to winter weather.

The JMU Dukes Invitational will now run on Saturday and Sunday from Veterans Memorial park with no changes to either schedule on each of those days.

Joining JMU at this year’s event are Maryland, Rhode Island, St. John’s and Stony Brook. Admission is free for all eight games this weekend