W&M Basketball Update: First 7 Games

The boys are back. And they’re hungry. [photo via tribeathletics.com]
Your William & Mary Tribe is now seven games into the season (can you believe it?). Performing very well up to this point, the Green and Gold currently sport an impressive 5-2 record. Before the season began, Head Coach Tony Shaver stated that this is the best shooting team he has ever coached. But after a season opening loss to High Point, we began to doubt that statement. Boy were we wrong. W&M has been on an absolute tear recently, ripping off four wins in a row, while averaging a truly INSANE 101 points per game over that stretch. Below, we break down several key stats at the seven-game mark of the season. Roll Tribe roll.

Current Record: 5-2 (4-0 Home, 1-2 Away)

With the team’s 114-104 win over Marshall, W&M extended its home-court non-conference winning streak to 22 games. Since the 2014-2015 season, W&M boasts an unbelievable 41-6 (.872%) record at home. That has to be one of the best home records in all of the NCAA over the past four years. However, the Tribe’s away record is another story; W&M has not had a winning record on the road since 2013. If the team can put it all together this year, both at home and on the road, Shaver and the boys will wreak havoc in this year’s CAA.

Oliver Tot Half Court Buzzer Beater

To set the stage: W&M had just come off its second win of the season, and was looking to right the ship. Next up, was in-state rival ODU. The two teams stood toe-to-toe throughout the game, trading punch after punch. But after ODU hit a tip-in layup with less than 2 seconds remaining, the Monarchs looked all but destined for a 77-76 win. W&M’s Oliver Tot had other plans. With 1.5 seconds remaining, the ball was inbounded to Tot at mid-court, as he promptly took one dribble before throwing up a miracle heave that actually swished into the net as time expired, propelling the Tribe to a thrilling 79-77 comeback victory. The play was later featured on SportsCenter that same night as well as the following morning, ultimately finishing as the #2-ranked play on SC’s Top 10. If you haven’t seen the tape, or even if you have seen it a thousand times and want to see it again, check it out below. Wow.

Tribe has scored 100 points in 3 of last 4 games

William & Mary has now scored 100 points in three of its last four games, including 103 vs. Shenandoah, 114 vs. Marshall, and 108 vs. Savannah State. The 108 points against Savannah State were the most William & Mary has scored in an away game in program history. In the contest against Marshall, W&M scored the second most points in team history with 114. Over the past 4 games, W&M has averaged an incredible 101 points per contest; if the Tribe can keep shooting like this, it truly can play with any team in the land. And we’re excited to see them do it.

William & Mary has 5 players averaging double digits

Nathan Knight: 19.3 points/game, 8.9 rebounds/game, 3.3 blocks/game, 3 double-doubles

Nathan Knight has been an absolute monster this season. In just 7 games, Knight has 3 double-doubles. He has also scored over 30 points in 2 games, continually stuffing the stat sheets. Not only is he currently the leading scorer on the team, he also ranks 2nd in rebounds, 1st in steals, 1st in blocks, and 4th in assists. Let’s not forget, he’s a big man that can also shoot AND make threes. When was the last time W&M had a guy 6’10” that could do that? Yeah, we thought so. This sophomore can play….speaking of sophomores:

Justin Pierce: 15.4 points/game, 9.6 rebounds/game, 3.1 assists/game, 3 double-doubles

Pierce has arguably been the best all-around player on the team so far this season. He is second on the team in points, and has scored in double digits every game this season. He has also been very good at rebounding the ball. In fact, Pierce had seventeen rebounds last game against Savannah State. We can’t remember the last time a W&M player had 17 rebounds, especially a 6’7″ player. Pierce is also second on the team with 3.1 assists/game, and has proven himself to be a shifty player with great ability to finish around the rim.

Matt Milon: 14 points/game, .565 FG PCT, .548 3-point PCT,

Sharpshooter Matt Milon has been absolutely deadly from the 3, as advertised. The Boston College transfer ranks third on the team in points per game, and is second in both FG percentage and 3-point percentage. Milon has been a consistent threat, boasting an incredible ability to shoot the ball. He also seems to be getting better each week, which is truly a scary thought. We are excited to see what Milon does for the team the rest of the season.

Connor Burchfield: 13.9 points/game, .571 FG PCT, .574 3-point PCT

You know this by now, but Connor Burchfield is an absolute shooting machine. He is one of the best shooters in the country, and actually has a higher percentage shooting from 3-point land (.574) than he does from the field (.571). Are you kidding me? Since being inserted into the starting lineup two games ago, Burchfield has finished with 30 points and 27 points in back-to-back games. He currently ranks 6th in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage. Need we say any more? Stay hot Connor Burchfield.

Senior Connor Burchfield has been a revelation this year, finishing with 57 points over the last two games alone. [photo via tribeathletics.com]
David Cohn: 10.9 points/game, 7.6 assists/game, 3.7 rebounds/game.

David Cohn is the definition of a point guard. He commands the offense, and it runs through him — the way it should be. After a slow start to the season, Cohn has been on fire as of late. In the past 3 games, all Tribe wins, Cohn is averaging 17.3 points and 11 assists/game (that’s a double double, by the way). For his efforts, Cohn was named CAA Player of the Week a week ago. He continues to provide a spark to this Tribe offense, while adding the ability to really score the ball this year, making him that much more dangerous.

Next up for the Tribe

george mason @ George Mason, 12/6, 7 PM

Ohio-State-buckeyes-logo @ Ohio State, 12/9, 12 PM

milligin  vs. Milligan, 12/17, 2 PM

TCU  @ #23 TCU, 12/22, 9 PM

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