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Towson Battles First Place Drexel Saturday on WNST

Posted on 03 February 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Ted Sarandis handling the play-by-play duties and Charlie Woollum providing analysis. The contest can also be heard live on WNST-AM (1570) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers are set to host CAA-leading Drexel Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Towson Center Arena. Towson will be looking to win its second straight game at home after upending UNCW last Saturday, 66-61. Saturday’s game is being sponsored by Under Armour, the official outfiter of Towson athletics. The game is also a Pink Out to raise breast cancer awareness.

SERIES HISTORY: Towson knocked Drexel out of the 2009 CAA Tournament, but since then, the Dragons have rattled off six straight wins over the Tigers. Drexel owns a 45-13 all-time record against Towson, incluidng a 19-4 mark on the road. The Tigers and Dragons will be meeting for the 58th time tonight. Towson has only played Loyola (70) and Delaware (66) more often in its history.

SCOUTING THE DRAGONS: After dropping its first two CAA games of the year, preseason CAA favorite Drexel (18-5, 10-2 CAA) has won 10 straight and is part of a four-way tie atop the league standings. Sophomore Frantz Massenat leads the Dragons with 12.5 points per game and his 3.8 assists per game ranks third in the CAA. Drexel boasts the top defense in the CAA, allowing just 54.3 points per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Hofstra scoring duo Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester combined for 47 points to lead the Pride past Towson, 74-49, at the Mack Sports Complex Wednesday evening. The Tigers were led by sophomore Erique Gumbs, who posted 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Senior Robert Nwankwo scored nine points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds and freshman Kris Walden tallied 10 points to go along with a game-high tying six assists.

FRESHMEN IMPACT: Towson freshmen Deon Jones and Kris Walden have been two of the most impactful freshmen not only on the team, but in the CAA. Both have started every game this season and average over 31 minutes per game. Jones is seventh among all CAA freshmen in scoring (7.4 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (4.5 rpg). Jones tied his season-high with 15 points against UNCW last Saturday. Walden leads all CAA freshmen and ranks seventh overall in the CAA with 3.3 assists per game. Walden dished out a season-high eight assists against Coppin State and had seven dimes at Georgia State. As the only point guard on the team, Walden is seventh in the CAA averaging 33.9 minutes per game.

RELYING ON ROB: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo has posted a double-double in five of his last seven games. The senior ranks in the Top 10 in the CAA in blocks (3rd), double-doubles (4th), rebounds (4th) and field goal percentage (10th). He is also quickly moving up in the Towson career record books. Nwankwo is currently fifth all-time in Towson history with 697 career rebounds. He’s 91 boards behind Lawrence Hamm for fourth place. The senior forward has 208 career blocks, the third most all-time in Tiger basketball history. He only trails John James (229) and Pat McKinley (244).

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Towson Tries to Make It Back to Back Wednesday Night at Hofstra

Posted on 01 February 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since March 2010 as the Tigers travel to New York to take on Hofstra. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex and the game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

FAMILIAR FOE: Towson and Hofstra will be meeting for the 55th time Wednesday evening. The Tigers have only played Loyola (70), Delaware (66) and Drexel (58) more often in their history.

STREAK BUSTERS: Towson broke it’s NCAA record 41-game losing streak this past weekend against UNCW, but the Tigers have other steaks they are still attempting to bust. A win against Hofstra would mark the first time Towson has won two straight since topping Delaware on Feb. 27, 2010 and then defeating UNCW in the CAA Tournament on March 5. The Tigers last conference road win occurred on Feb. 24, 2010 at William & Mary.

WHERE ROB RANKS: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo is ranked both nationally and in the CAA in a number of categories. His career numbers are also climbing up latter’s in both Towson history and in the conference. After Nwankwo’s 12 points, 11 rebound, 3 blocked shots performance in the win over UNCW, the senior is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Those numbers rank him 17th nationally in blocks and 46th in the country in rebounding. In the CAA, Nwankwo places third in blocks, fourth in rebounding, ninth in field goal percentage (45.4), 21st in scoring and second in offensive rebounding. The forwards nine double-double’s this year ranks fourth in the CAA and 29th nationally. His 11 10-plus double digit rebounding efforts is the third most of any CAA player. In his career, Nwankwo’s 689 rebounds is the third most among all active league players.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots as the Tigers snapped their NCAA record 41-game losing streak with a 66-61 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNC Wilmington at the Towson Center on Saturday afternoon. One of four Tigers to score in double figures, Nwankwo preserved the win with two seconds remaining when he blocked a three-point field goal attempt by freshman guard Adam Smith. Towson freshman Deon Jones grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He sealed the victory by connecting on two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining. The victory was the first career win at Towson for Coach Pat Skerry. En route to scoring a season high 66 points, the Tigers were led by Marcus Damas, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. Jones matched his career high with 15 points while making five of seven shots from the floor. Sophomore Erique Gumbs shot 5-for-10 from the field and scored 11 points with eight rebounds. Led by Nwankwo, the Tigers outrebounded UNCW by a 41-29 margin, the fifth straight game in which the Tigers outrebounded their opponents.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE: Hofstra (7-16, 1-10 CAA) has lost three straight games and nine of its last 10 overall. The Pride boast the CAA’s leading scorer in Mike Moore, who enters Wednesday’s game averaging 19.3 points per game. Hofstra is one of just three schools in the conference to have two players that rank in the Top 10 in the scoring race. Nathaniel Lester is ninth in the league scoring 13.8 points per game.

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Towson Squares Off With Old Dominion Again Wednesday on WNST

Posted on 18 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Wednesday’s gams can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: For the second time in 12 days, Towson and Old Dominion will square off on the hardwood. The Tigers will be looking to avenge their loss in Norfolk as the squad’s battle at the Towson Center at 7 p.m.

BLOCK PARTY: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo ranks third in the CAA and 28th nationally with 2.5 blocks per game. The forward blocked a season-high six shots at Georgia State on Saturday and as a team, Towson blocked 10 shots, the second most by any CAA team in a game this season.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has limited four of its last six opponents to 60 points or less. During that stretch, the Tigers held No. 15 Virginia to 57 points on Dec. 30.

DOUBLE FIGURE DAMAS: Sophomore forward Marcus Damas has scored in double figures in nine of his last 12 games and ranks in the Top 20 in the CAA in both scoring and rebounding.

SCOUTING THE MONARCHS: Old Dominion is currently tied atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a 10-8 overall record and a 5-1 mark in league games. Current CAA Player of the Week and preseason player of the year selection Kent Bazemore, leads the Monarchs averaging 14.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The senior tallied a career-high 27 points at Delaware last Wednesday. Senior Chris Cooper leads the CAA with 10 double-double’s. Senior Trian Iliadis tallied a team-high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting to lead the Monarchs to a 69-61 victory against Hofstra this past Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Robert Nwankwo exploded for 17 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and four steals, but it wasn’t enough as Georgia State held off Towson, 57-42, at the GSU Sports Arena last Saturday. The double-double for Nwankwo was his fifth of the season and 14th of his career. The senior also passed former Tiger Junior Hairston for sixth all-time at Towson with 630 career rebounds. The Tigers shot just 25.0 percent from the floor in the game, its second worst shooting performance of the season. Despite the poor shooting, Towson was only outscored 24-22 in the tightly contested second half. Freshman point guard Kris Walden, who leads all CAA rookies in assists per game, dished out seven dimes in the loss.

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Towson Tries to Avoid Record 35th Straight Loss Saturday Night on WNST

Posted on 07 January 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson’s schedule gets no easier this weekend as the Tigers travel to two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Old Dominion Saturday. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from Norfolk, Va.. The game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has held three consecutive opponents to 60 points or less. The three-game span included a 57-50 setback on the road at No. 23 Virginia last week.

TOUGH TO SCORE: In two of its last three games, Towson has faced teams ranked in the Top 20 nationally in scoring defense. Virginia ranks second in the nation, giving up 50.3 points per game while Drexel leads the CAA and is 18th nationally, allowing 55.4 points a contest.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson struggled to score from the opening tip in a 60-27 loss at Drexel, the CAA’s top defensive team. Tiger sophomore Marcus Damas led the squad with six points and swatted a career-high three shots in the loss. Preseason First Team All-CAA selection Samme Givens led the Dragons with 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Towson stepped up its defensive effort early and held the Dragons without a field goal for 6:42 midway though the first half. Drexel used a 17-0 run to open the second half though to pull away.

SCOUTING OLD DOMINION: The Monarchs are led by Preseason CAA Player of the Year Kent Bazemore. The senior, who was the league’s defensive player of the year in 2010-11, averages 13.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. The Monarchs started conference play with wins over Northeastern and James Madison before falling at home to George Mason on Thursday. Senior forward Chris Cooper averages a double-double with 10.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The Monarchs, always known for stellar rebounding, hold a +5.1 rebounding margin per game this season. Old Dominion has won back-to-back CAA Championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in four of the last seven years.

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Towson Women Hit WNST Airwaves Sunday Afternoon

Posted on 06 January 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The Tiger women’s basketball game at Drexel on Sunday, Jan. 8 at Drexel will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570.

Spiro Morekas and Zach Maskavich will be handling the call for Sunday’s broadcast.

The Tigers enter Sunday’s contest with a 10-3 overall record and a 1-1 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play. Krystal Parnell leads the team as she is averaging 12.6 points per game with 48 assists. Nyree Williams leads Towson on the boards as she is pulling down 9.8 rebounds per game.

Drexel comes into the game with a 5-7 record and 1-1 in CAA play. The Dragons have lost four straight following a 76-65 setback at Hofstra on Thursday night.

Sunday’s game is the first of four broadcasts on WNST for the Tigers this season. The Tigers’ game against UNC Wilmington on Jan. 29 along with Towson’s game against Georgia State on Sunday, Feb. 5.

The Tigers’ four-game WNST schedule will conclude on Feb. 26 when they host Drexel in the final home game of the regular season.

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Towson Tries Again to Snap Streak Wednesday at Drexel on WNST

Posted on 04 January 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson will play its first CAA road game Wednesday against CAA Preseason favorite Drexel after hosting George Mason and Northeastern in the Tigers’ first two league games. The game, set to tip from the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia at 7 p.m., can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

ROAD WARRIORS: Starting Wednesday, Towson will play three of its next four games on the road.The last time the Tigers were on the road, they played perhaps their best game of the season at No. 23 Virginia. Towson led by as many as eight and the Cavaliers could never extend their advantage to double digits in the game.

FAMILIAR FOE: Towson and Drexel played three times last year and the Dragons eliminated the Tigers from the CAA Tournament with a 75-69 opening round victory. Drexel has won five straight in the series and Towson has not won in Philadelphia since Jan. 12, 2002.

DEFENSE & REBOUNDING: Tiger head coach Pat Skerry has preached defense and rebounding to his players since the start of preseason and lately they have been getting the message. Towson has held three straight opponents to 65 points or fewer and consecutive foes to less than 60 points, including No. 23 Virginia. The Tigers rank sixth in the CAA in both rebounding margin (+1.6) and blocked shots (3.7 bpg). Towson has corralled 39.6 percent of its offensive misses this season, a mark that leads the CAA. Both Robert Nwankwo and Marcus Damas rank in the Top 15 in the CAA in rebounding.

LEADING FRESHMAN: Towson point guard Kris Walden leads all CAA freshmen and ranks ninth in the league in assists per game. Walden is averaging 3.1 dimes per contest.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite a career-high 14 points from sophomore Erique Gumbs, Northeastern pulled out a 57-48 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Towson Monday night. Gumbs, who made five of nine shots from the floor, added six rebounds and two blocked shots to his impressive stat line. Tiger sophomore Marcus Damas added 14 points for his seventh double figure scoring effort in the last eight games. Freshman Jervon Pressley scored a career-high 11 points and had six rebounds in the loss.

Towson outrebounded Northeastern, 36-28, but the Huskies took advantage of 19 Tiger turnovers that they turned into 28 points.

SCOUTING THE DRAGONS: Drexel (8-5, 0-2 CAA) had a six-game winning streak snapped Monday at Georgia State. The Dragons are a perfect 4-0 at home this season, winning by an average of 9.5 points per game. Preseason All-CAA First Team selection Samme Givens leads Drexel in both scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). Chris Fouch led Drexel with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting at Georgia State Monday.

The Dragons and Tigers have just one common opponent thus far in the season. Drexel lost to Virginia in the Paradise Jam, 49-35, while Towson lost at Virginia, 57-50 just last week.

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Towson Hosts Vermont Friday Night on WNST

Posted on 23 December 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team is set to play its final non-conference home game of the 2011-12 season against Vermont Friday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action from the Towson Center Arena.

TIGER UPDATE: Towson will play its final non-conference home game of the 2011-12 season tonight against Vermont. The Tigers are led by senior Robert Nwankwo, who averages 12.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Tonight’s game will complete a stretch where Towson played five of six at home. Fans should be on the lookout for a special visitor at tonight’s game as Santa Claus will be in attendance!

LAST TIME OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo fell just short of his fifth double-double of the season with a career-high tying 19 points and nine rebounds, but his performance wasn’t enough as Manhattan overcame an early nine-point deficit to top Towson, 81-62, Tuesday evening in the Towson Center. Towson scored a season-high 62 points and won the rebounding battle (33-25) for the sixth time this season. The Tigers also shot a season-high 75.8 percent (25-for-33) from the free throw line, but were hurt severely by 23 turnovers that led to 28 Manhattan points. Nwankwo recorded a season-high eight field goals on just 11 attempts while also blocking three shots and swiping a pair of steals. Freshman Jervon Pressley returned from a one-game absence to score a season-high nine points and classmate Kris Walden netted seven points and turned the ball over just once.

SERIES HISTORY: Towson and Vermont have played 16 times on the hardwood with both squads winning eight times. The Catamounts won the last meeting between the teams, 59-57, at home on Nov. 24, 2007.

SCOUTING VERMONT: The Catamounts, who are playing their second straight road game  tonight, come in with a 5-7 record. Vermont topped Fairleigh Dickinson, 71-53, on Wednesday to snap a five-game losing streak. Four McGlynn leads the Catamounts in scoring at 11.5 points per game while coming off the bench. Vermont is paced on the boards by Brian Voelkel, who averages 8.0 rebounds per game. The Catamounts defeated CAA opponent Old Dominion, 65-63, in Norfolk on November 23.

REBOUNDING WITH THE BEST: Towson out-rebounded Manhattan by a 33-25 margin Tuesday evening. The Tigers have won the rebounding battle in six of 11 games this season and lead the CAA by corralling 40.7 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities.

WHAT’S ON TAP?: Towson returns to the road Friday, Dec. 30 at ACC foe Virginia. The Cavaliers are currently ranked No. 24 in the nation and boast a 10-1 record. The Tigers will then resume CAA play on January 2 against Northeastern at the Towson Center. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

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Towson Hosts Manhattan Tuesday Night on WNST

Posted on 19 December 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play its final two non-conference home games of the 2011-12 season this week, starting with a match-up against Manhattan Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action from the Towson Center Arena.


Towson is set to play its final two non-conference home games of the 2011-12 season this week against Manhattan tonight and Vermont on Friday evening. The Tigers are coming off a pair of extremely close losses last week to cross-town rivals UMBC and Coppin State.

Towson held Coppin State to just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor, but turnovers and poor free throw shooting hurt the Tigers in a 71-57 loss to the Eagles Wednesday evening. Towson tied a season-high by making eight from beyond the arc, but couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers and nine of 24 shooting from the foul line (37.5 percent). Sophomore Marcus Damas led the Tigers with 16 points and shot 4-for-5 from three-point range. Senior Robert Nwankwo chipped in 15 points while shooting 6-for-8 from the field. Freshman Kris Walden dished out a season-high eight assists, but also turned the ball over nine times.

The Jaspers have won four straight and are undefeated in the month of December. Manhattan is coming off a wire-to-wire 68-59 victory Dec. 10. Junior George Beamon led the Jaspers in scoring for the seventh time this season finishing with 14 points to go along with eight rebounds. Beamon had scored in double figures in 25 straight contests. Manhattan has already exceeded its win total (6) from the 2010-11 season.

Towson and Manhattan have only met once on the hardwood with the Jaspers prevailing at home, 78-62, on Feb. 20, 2010.

In just 10 games this season, Towson has played five teams either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. According to the Pomeroy Ratings, the Tigers have played the second toughest schedule in the CAA thus far.

Following tonight’s game, the Tigers will prepare to host Vermont on Friday. The contest against the Catamounts, which will be the final non-conference home game on the 2010-11 season, is set to tip at 7 p.m. Between Christmas and the start of the New Year, Towson will travel south to take on the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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Towson Visits Coppin Wednesday Night on WNST

Posted on 13 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Tigers Travel To Cross-Town Rival Coppin State Wednesday

Towson has won four straight verse the Eagles

TOWSON, Md. – After a three-game homestand, Towson returns to the road Wednesday, but only for a short trip to cross-town rival Coppin State. The Tigers will be looking for their first win of the season as the Eagles welcome them for a 7:30 p.m. tip at the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore.

The game can be heard locally on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (0-9) has won four straight verse Coppin State, including an 89-74 home victory over the Eagles a year ago. Senior Robert Nwankwo has been outstanding in five games away from the Towson Center this season, averaging a double-double with 14.8 points and 10.2 rebounds.

Coppin State (3-5) has played the nation’s toughest non-conference schedule thus far according to the Pomeroy Ratings. The Eagles have played road contests against Oklahoma, UConn, Purdue and Illinois.

The Eagles are led by senior Tony Gallo’s 18.1 points and 4.3 assists per game. The point guard has drilled 24 three-point field goals on the year, including four in Sunday’s loss to Illinois.

Towson leads the all-time series with Coppin State, 6-3, and both squads have won once in the two games played in Baltimore.


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: High School Basketball-Bel Air @ Perry Hall (Wednesday 6:30pm), St. Frances @ John Carroll (Wednesday 7pm); Mixed Martial Arts: Strikeforce-Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal (Saturday 10pm from San Diego live on Showtime)

10. Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Bret Michaels (Wednesday 7pm & 10pm Rams Head on Stage); Pietasters (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Virginia Coalition (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Devo (Thursday 8pm State Theatre), Phil Vassar (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Chris Isaak (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Anthony Hamilton “Back to Love” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I am not a Lyle Lovett fan, but I am a human being. Because I am a human being, I am ABSOLUTELY a fan of this tune. One of the happiest days in my life may have been the day I walked off a hangover into the DC Farmers’ Market and saw a folk band playing the song. If it hadn’t been in DC it would have been the HAPPIEST…

Is there any chance I could go see Bret Michaels and skip everything besides this?

I saw the Pietasters most recently at Artscape this summer. They were fantastic. They always are.

Virginia Coalition is ABSOLUTELY the best band you’re not listening to. Unless you’re not listening to U2. There aren’t people that don’t listen to U2, are there?

9. Glenn Clark’s Christmas Party (Saturday 8pm undisclosed location in Monkton); “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” & “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol out in theaters (Friday); Christian Finnegan (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv)

This is how last year’s Christmas party ended…

That’s my girlfriend cleaning up vomit. The vomit happened to be on the ceiling. It is what it is.

Oh…and last year’s party also involved the following….

Ours were of course much manlier than this, but you get the point. This is not to be missed…like…say…ever.

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