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Benimon named CAA Player of the Year for second straight season

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Benimon named CAA Player of the Year for second straight season

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON REPEATS AS CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Damas, Guthrie and Parker-Rivera also honored at 2014 CAA Awards Banquet

BALTIMORE, Md. – Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in voting by the league’s head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media. The announcement was made Thursday night at the league’s pre-tournament awards banquet in Baltimore, Md.

Also receiving top honors were Delaware’s Monte’ Ross as the CAA Coach of the Year, William and Mary freshman guard/forward Omar Prewitt as the CAA Rookie of the Year and Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. William and Mary senior forward Tim Rusthoven was the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Benimon becomes the eighth player in conference history to receive CAA Player of the Year honors in multiple years. The senior forward has recorded a nation’s-best 20 double-doubles in 31 games and he also leads Division I in rebounding with 11.7 per contest. Benimon, who ranked fourth in the league in scoring with 18.9 points per game, reached double figures in 28 of 31 outings and tallied 20 or more points 17 times.

Benimon, who was also selected to the CAA All-Defensive team for the second straight year, broke his own Towson single-season record with 363 rebounds, which was the fourth-most in a season in CAA history and the most by any CAA player other than Navy All-American David Robinson. Showing his all-around game, Benimon was also third in the conference in assists (3.7 apg), fourth in field goal percentage (52.8%) and fifth in blocked shots (1.3 bpg).

Joining Benimon on the All-CAA first team were Drexel senior guard Frantz Massenat, Delaware senior guardDevon Saddler, William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton and Delaware senior guard Davon Usher.

Earning second-team All-CAA honors were Northeastern’s Eatherton (15.5 ppg/10.1 rpg), Drexel graduate student guard Chris Fouch (17.9 ppg/3.2 rpg), College of Charleston senior forward Willis Hall (12.2 ppg/9.0 rpg), William & Mary’s Rusthoven (12.2 ppg/4.9 rpg) and Hofstra graduate student guard/forward Zeke Upshaw (19.6 ppg/4.2 rpg).

Named to the All-CAA third team were Delaware senior forward Carl Baptiste (10.9 ppg/8.3 rpg), James Madison sophomore guard Charles Cooke (14.3 ppg/5.0 rpg), Towson senior forward Marcus Damas (11.4 ppg/5.3 rpg), Towson senior forward/guard Rafriel Guthrie (12.0 ppg/2.9 rpg), James Madison sophomore guardAndre Nation (15.2 ppg/5.3 rpg) and Hofstra graduate student guard Dion Nesmith (13.2 ppg/4.3 apg).

Damas is second on the team in both rebounding and three-pointers made, and ranks third in scoring, assists and blocks. The senior ranks Top 20 in the CAA in scoring, rebounding, blocks, free throw percentage and free throw percentage. Damas became Towson’s 23rd player to reach the 1,000-point scoring plateau on January 27. He enters this weekend’s CAA Tournament having scored 1,094 points.

Guthrie ranks second on the team and 14th in the CAA in scoring. The senior has been on a tear in the second half of the season, scoring in double figures in 12 of his last 14 games. Since being inserted into the starting lineup on February 15, the Tigers are 6-0. Guthrie scored a season-high 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting in Towson’s win at Northeastern on February 20.

Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera was also honored on Thursday night as the forward was named to the CAA All-Academic Team.

Towson is set to open CAA Tournament play on Saturday night as the second-seeded Tigers will host seventh-seeded James Madison at 6 p.m. inside Baltimore Arena. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

2013-14 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS

 

First Team All-CAA                                   Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                      Sr.          F               6-8           245        Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Frantz Massenat, Drexel                          Sr.          G              6-4           190        Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Devon Saddler, Delaware                        Sr.          G              6-2           210        Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary        Jr.           G              6-4           185        Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

Davon Usher, Delaware                          Sr.          G              6-6           200        South Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor

 

Second Team All-CAA                             Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Scott Eatherton, Northeastern              Jr.           F               6-8           219        Hershey, Pa./Hershey

Chris Fouch, Drexel                                   Gr.          G              6-2           185        Bronx, N.Y./Rice

Willis Hall, College of Charleston          Sr.          F               6-6           235        Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary            Sr.          F               6-9           235        Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

Zeke Upshaw, Hofstra                             Gr.          G/F          6-6           215        Chicago, Ill./University

 

Third Team All-CAA                                 Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Carl Baptiste, Delaware                           Sr.          F               6-9           260        Pittstown, N.J./N. Hunterdon

Charles Cooke, James Madison             So.         G              6-6           200        Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Marcus Damas, Towson                          Sr.          F               6-7           210        Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore

Rafriel Guthrie, Towson                          Sr.          F/G          6-3           210        Washington, D.C./Cardozo

Andre Nation, James Madison               So.         G              6-5           200        Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian

Dion Nesmith, Hofstra                             Gr.          G              6-0           200        Union, N.J./Union

 

2013-14 CAA Player of the Year – Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

2013-14 CAA Coach of the Year – Monte’ Ross, Delaware

2013-14 CAA Rookie of the Year – Omar Prewitt, William & Mary

2013-14 CAA Defensive Player of the Year – Scott Eatherton, Northeastern

2013-14 Dean Ehlers Leadership Award – Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary

 

CAA All-Rookie Team                              Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Canyon Barry, Coll. of Charleston         Fr.          G              6-6           195        Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain

Omar Prewitt, William & Mary               Fr.          G/F          6-6           180        Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County

Jamall Robinson, Hofstra                        Fr.          G/F          6-5           210        Cheltenham, Md./Paul VI

Rodney Williams, Drexel                         Fr.          F               6-7           220        Richmond, Va./St. Christopher’s

T.J. Williams, Northeastern                    Fr.          G              6-3           190        Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville

 

CAA All-Defensive Team                        Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Adjehi Baru, Coll. of Charleston             Jr.           F               6-9           225        Abidjan, Ivory Coast/The Steward School                                        

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                      Sr.          F               6-8           245        Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Scott Eatherton, Northeastern              Jr.           F               6-8           219        Hershey, Pa./Hershey

Davon Usher, Delaware                          Sr.          G              6-6           200        South Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor

David Walker, Northeastern                   So.         G              6-6           176        Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls

 

CAA All-Academic Team                        Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Kyle Anderson, Delaware                        Jr.           G              6-3           200        Newark, Ill./Newark

Canyon Barry, Coll. of Charleston         Fr.          G              6-6           195        Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain

Brandon Britt, William & Mary               Sr.          G              6-2           200        Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian

Kyle Gaillard, William & Mary                 Sr.          F               6-8           220        Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg

Willis Hall, College of Charleston          Sr.          F               6-6           235        Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian

Tanner Milson, UNCW                             Sr.          G              6-2           190        Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill

Dion Nesmith, Hofstra                             Gr.          G              6-0           200        Union, N.J./Union

Timajh Parker-Rivera, Towson               So.         F               6-7           215        Milford, Conn./St. Joseph

Shane Reybold, UNCW                            Sr.          F               6-8           238        Laurel, Md./Reservoir      

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary            Sr.          F               6-9           235        Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

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Towson F Benimon picks up another weekly CAA honor

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON REPEATS AS CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 24.5 points and 16 rebounds in Towson’s 2-0 week

RICHMOND Va. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It’s the second straight CAA weekly award for Benimon, who has garnered the honor four times this season and eight times in the last two years.

Benimon averaged 24.5 points and 16.0 rebounds in Towson’s 2-0 week. The senior forward now has an NCAA-best 20 double-doubles after tallying 28 points and 16 rebounds in a 69-66 win at James Madison and following with 21 points and 16 boards in a 70-68 triumph over William & Mary.

For the week, Benimon shot 54.8 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from three-point range, and 81.3 percent from the free throw line.

Second-seeded Towson (22-9, 13-3 CAA) will take on seventh-seeded James Madison on Saturday in the CAA Championship quarterfinal round. The game, set to tip at 6 p.m. from Baltimore Arena, can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

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Towson welcomes William & Mary Saturday for regular season finale

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO HOST WILLIAM & MARY IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
Tigers to honor record-setting senior class pre-game

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will complete its inaugural season inside SECU Arena and look to make history by becoming the all-time winningest Division I Tiger team when William & Mary comes to town on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The battle between two of the top three teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Rob Carlin and John Feinstein on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Before the game, the four Tiger seniors will be honored. Rafriel GuthrieMike BurwellMarcus Damas and Jerrelle Benimon have turned Towson’s program around, leading the Tigers to 39 wins in the last two seasons.

Saturday’s game will also be a ‘Blackout’ as all fans are encouraged to wear black Tiger gear to the game.

Towson, which has won five straight games and nine of its last 10, is 14-1 at home this season. The Tigers are coming off a 69-66 win at James Madison on Wednesday.

Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 19th double-double with 28 points and 16 rebounds in the win over the Dukes. The victory clinched at least a second-place finish in the CAA for the Tigers. Towson will need a win and a Delaware loss on Saturday to claim a share of the league title.

William & Mary (18-10, 10-5 CAA) has won three of its last four games since falling to the Tigers on their home floor on February 15. The Tribe are locked into the No. 3 seed for the upcoming CAA Tournament. Tribe junior Marcus Thornton ranks fifth in the CAA averaging 18.8 points per game.

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Towson looks for fifth straight win Wednesday at James Madison

Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SEEKS FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN ON WEDNESDAY AT JAMES MADISON
Tigers would match largest single-season win total in program history at Division I level with victory

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Towson men’s basketball team will seek to match its longest win streak of the season on Wednesdaywhen the Tigers travel to James Madison to conclude a three-game road swing.

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) battle, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (20-9, 11-3 CAA) has won four straight games and eight of its last nine after picking up road wins at Northeastern (79-70) and Hofstra (83-77) last week. With their next win, the Tigers will match a school record for most wins at the Division I level.

Towson enters this week just a game behind Delaware for first-place in the CAA standings. The Blue Hens travel to UNC Wilmingtonon Wednesday before closing the regular season at College of Charleston on Saturday. The Tigers will return home to SECU Arena, where they are 14-1 this season, to wrap up their regular season against William & Mary on Saturday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon earned his third CAA Player of the Week award on Monday after averaging 18.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 63.3 percent from the floor in Towson’s three wins last week. The All-American candidate leads the NCAA with 18 double-doubles and ranks third in rebounding by averaging 11.4 boards a game.

James Madison (11-17, 6-8 CAA) has won two straight games and three of its last four. The Dukes haven’t played in a week since handing Drexel a dramatic 63-61 overtime defeat. JMU is led by sophomore Andre Nation, who averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

The Dukes lead the all-time series with Towson, 27-12, but the Tigers have won two of the last three meetings, including an 80-71 victory inside SECU Arena earlier this month. Senior Rafriel Guthrie led the Tigers with 17 points in that win.

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Towson F Benimon picks up weekly CAA honor

Posted on 24 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 18.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in Towson’s 3-0 week

RICHMOND Va. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It’s the third CAA weekly award that Benimon has received this season and seventh in the last two years.

Benimon averaged 18.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 63.3 percent from the floor in Towson’s 3-0 week.

The senior had a game-high 25 points, a season-high tying 18 rebounds and five assists as the Tigers ended Delaware’s 13-game winning streak with a 78-63 victory last Monday. He was just the fifth Division I player to have at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a game this season.

Benimon also contributed a team-high 22 points in an 83-77 triumph at Hofstra on Saturday. That performance marked the senior’s 15th20-point game of the season.

Benimon shared the award with Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw, who averaged 29.5 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Pride last week.

Towson (20-9, 11-3 CAA) wraps up a three-game road trip on Wednesday at James Madison when the Tigers take on the Dukes at 7 p.m.

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Towson continues road trip Saturday at Hofstra

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON CONTINUES ROAD TRIP ON SATURDAY AT HOFSTRA
Tigers seeking fourth straight win and 20th victory of the season

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its fourth straight win and 20th victory of the season on Saturday when the Tigers travel to Hofstra.

The game, set to tip at 4 p.m., can be heard on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis and Spiro Morekas on the call.

Towson (19-9, 10-3 Colonial Athletic Association) is coming of a 79-70 win at Northeastern on Thursday. The Tigers have their most wins in a season since the 1993-94 team went 21-9.

Senior Rafriel Guthrie led the Tigers against the Huskies with a season-high 21 points. Guthrie is now tied with classmate Marcus Damas for second on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon still leads the team in scoring (18.4 ppg), rebounding (11.6 rpg), assists (4.0 apg) and blocks (1.4 bpg). The forward leads the NCAA with 18 double-doubles and ranks third in the country in rebounds per game.

Hofstra (8-20, 4-9 CAA) is coming off a highly-competitive 81-77 loss to CAA-leading Delaware on Wednesday evening. The Pride led 41-32 at halftime, but Delaware battled back and eventually captured the four-point victory. Hofstra got a pair of outstanding efforts as graduate forward Zeke Upshaw led the squad with 26 points, while graduate guard Dion Nesmith added 22 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Upshaw, who ranks third in the conference in scoring, is averaging 18.9 points per game and has drained a team-high 72 three-pointers.

Hofstra is 36-22 all-time against Towson in a series that dates back to the 1982-83 campaign. The Tigers have won three straight in the series.

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Towson hits road for three game trip starting Thursday at Northeastern

Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON BEGINS THREE-GAME ROAD TRIP AT NORTHEASTERN ON THURSDAY
Tigers seeking third straight win

BOSTON, Mass. – The Towson men’s basketball team is set to begin a three-game road swing on Thursday at Northeastern. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) battle, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet (CSN-MA+, CSN-P, CSN-NE).

Josh Maurer and Blaine Taylor will be on the television call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (18-9, 9-3 CAA) is coming off a big 78-63 win over first-place Delaware on Monday night. Tiger senior Jerrelle Benimon registered his NCAA-leading 18th double-double with 25 points and a season-high tying 18 rebounds in the win.

The victory over the Blue Hens, which snapped their 13-game winning streak, improved Towson’s home record to 14-1. The Tigers only loss inside SECU Arena came against Northeastern, a 57-54 setback on January 22.

The Huskies enter Thursday’s game with a 9-18 overall record and a 6-7 mark in league play. Northeastern picked up a 60-44 win at College of Charleston on Saturday. Junior forward Scott Eatherton paces the Huskies in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg). Eatherton has 17 double-doubles on the year, trailing only Benimon for the national lead in that category.

Northeastern leads the all-time series with Towson, 16-11. The Tigers have not beaten the Huskies in the regular season since January 2, 2008, a span of six games. Towson did defeat Northeastern in the 2009 CAA Tournament, a 58-54 win that sent the Tigers to the semifinals.

Northeastern is the only CAA team that Towson hasn’t defeated this season.

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Towson hosts Delaware Monday for showdown of top CAA teams

Posted on 16 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE CAA SQUARE OFF ON MONDAY AS TOWON HOSTS DELAWARE
Tigers looking to give Blue Hens first CAA loss when the squads meet inside SECU Arena

TOWSON, Md. - The top two teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) are set to meet on Monday night as Towson hosts rival Delaware inside SECU Arena at 7 p.m.

The game can be seen live nationally on the NBC Sports Network with Mike Corey and Ron Thompson on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Delaware, which has won 13 straight games, is 19-7 overall and first-place in the CAA with a perfect 11-0 league record. Towson (17-9, 8-3 CAA) took control of second-place in the conference standings with an 85-70 win at William & Mary on Saturday.

The Blue Hens and the Tigers met earlier this season in Newark, Del. with UD pulling out an 83-76 win on its home floor.

Tiger senior Jerrelle Benimon scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the first meeting between the squads. Benimon is currently tied for first in the nation in rebounds per game (11.6) and double-doubles (17).

Benimon was aided by the stellar play of classmate Mike Burwell in Towson’s win at William & Mary on Saturday. Burwell hit five three-pointers en route to scoring a career-high 23 points. The guard has scored in double figures in four of his last six games.

Delaware’s last loss came against St. Bonaventure on December 30. The Blue Hens boast the CAA’s top scoring offense at 80.3 points per game, led by senior Devon Saddler, who averages 20.4 points per game. Classmate Davon Usher averages 19.4 points per game overall and is leading the CAA by averaging 22.6 points per game in league contests.

Monday will be the 72nd all-time meeting between Towson and Delaware. The Blue Hens will pass Loyola as the Tigers most commonly played opponent of all-time. Delaware leads the all-time series 42-29 but Towson has won two of the last three meetings.

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Towson makes key CAA trip to William & Mary Saturday

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO WILLIAM & MARY ON SATURDAY FOR SECOND-PLACE SHOWDOWN
Tigers and Tribe both 7-3 in the CAA

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Towson men’s basketball team will visit William & Mary for a battle of second-place teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Saturday. The game, set to tip at 4 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

Joe Beninati and John Feinstein will be on the television call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (16-9, 7-3 CAA) will be looking to get back on a winning track as the Tigers fell at UNC Wilmington, 66-53, on Monday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 16th double-double against the Seahawks with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Benimon is just eight points shy of becoming the 24th Towson men’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points in a Tiger uniform.

Benimon would join teammate Marcus Damas as the second Tiger to reach the scoring plateau this season. Benimon and Damas would be just the third Tiger duo to reach 1,000 career points in the same season. They’d become the seventh teammates to play together on the same team with each scoring 1,000 career points.

William & Mary (15-8, 7-3 CAA) has won three straight games and five of its last six. Junior Marcus Thornton leads the CAA in scoring at 20.0 points per game. The Tribe average 72.9 points per game which ranks second in the CAA. W&M shoots 47.2 percent from the field, which leads the league.

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Towson looks for fifth straight win Monday at UNC Wilmington

Posted on 09 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO UNC WILMINGTON ON MONDAY SEEKING FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN
Tigers enter the week in second-place in the CAA

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play its first road game in over two weeks on Monday as the Tigers travel to UNC Wilmington to take on the Seahawks at 7 p.m. inside Trask Coliseum.

Towson (16-8, 7-2 Colonial Athletic Association) has won four straight games and nine of its last 11 contests, including a thrilling 68-61 overtime victory against College of Charleston on Saturday.

The Tigers downed the Seahawks, 60-53, when the squads met inside SECU Arena on January 11. Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon led the Tigers with 20 points and 17 rebounds in the first meeting.

UNC Wilmington (6-19, 0-10 CAA) is still searching for its first league win despite numerous close calls. Eight of UNCW’s 10 league losses have come by single digits or in overtime.

Junior forward Cedrick Williams leads the Seahawks in both scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). Guard Ben Eblen ranks seventh in the CAA by dishing out 2.9 assists per game. Senior guard Chris Dixon led the Seahawks with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting in the meeting between Towson and UNCW earlier this season.

Towson is 4-0 against UNC Wilmington under head coach Pat Skerry.

Fans can listen to Monday’s game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Damon Lewis on the call.

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