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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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Towson looks for fourth straight win Saturday against Charleston

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS CAA NEWCOMER COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ON SATURDAY
Tigers seeking season sweep of the Cougars and fourth straight win overall

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will seek its fourth straight win on Saturday when the Tigers host Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) newcomer College of Charleston inside SECU Arena at 2 p.m.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Brent Harris and Glenn Consor 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.

Towson (15-8, 6-2 CAA) already defeated College of Charleston (12-12, 4-5 CAA) earlier this season, picking up a 72-57 road win on January 19. Senior Jerrelle Benimon led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Tigers committed a season-low five turnovers.

Towson, which owns its best record after 23 games since 1993-94, will look to continue its recent home dominance. The Tigers have won 16 of their last 17 home games and are 12-1 inside SECU Arena this season.

Benimon leads a balanced Towson attack which ranks among the top three in the CAA in both scoring offense (73.0 ppg) and scoring defense (68.2 ppg). The All-American candidate is tied for first in the nation in double-doubles (15) and is tied for second in the country in rebounds per game (11.5).

Senior Rafriel Guthrie has picked up his play of late, coming off the bench to score in double figures in each of the last six games. He’s averaging 14.5 points per game during that stretch and is getting to the free throw line an average of 8.3 times per game in his last three contests.

College of Charleston has dropped three of its last four games, including a tough 67-64 defeat at CAA-leading Delaware on Wednesday in which they had a 20-point lead in the second half. Senior Willis Hall leads the Cougars in both scoring (12.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.3 rpg). CofC leads the CAA in scoring defense, allowing just 62.8 points per game.

Towson will be supporting breast cancer awareness on Saturday by wearing pink gear. The cause hits home for Tiger senior Marcus Damas, as his mother is a breast cancer survivor. Fans are encouraged to also support the cause and to help raise awareness by wearing pink to the game.

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Towson looks for third straight win Tuesday against James Madison

Posted on 04 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS DEFENDING CAA CHAMPION JAMES MADISON ON TUESDAY
Tigers seeking third straight win and 15th victory of the season

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its third straight win on Tuesday when the Tigers host defending Colonial Athletic Association Champion James Madison inside SECU Arena at 7 p.m.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken and Glenn Consor 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.

A victory on Tuesday would give Towson (14-8, 5-2 CAA) its fourth winning streak of three or more games this season. The Tigers have won 15 of their last 16 home games and are 11-1 inside SECU Arena, including a 75-73 victory over Drexel on Saturday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon, who enters the week tied for the national lead in double-doubles (14) and is fourth in the country in rebounding (11.3 rpg), paced the Tigers with 25 points and eight rebounds against the Dragons. Classmate Rafriel Guthrie scored in double figures for the fifth straight game on Saturday, posting 18 points.

Towson, which enters the week in second-place in the CAA standings, owns its best record after 22 games since also starting the 1995-96 season 14-8. The Tigers have not won 14 games this early in a season since 1977-78.

James Madison (8-14, 3-5 CAA), which won the 2013 CAA Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament, has won two of its last three games. The Dukes are led by sophomore guard Andre Nation, who averages 16.6 points and 5.7 rebounds. JMU is allowing just 67.5 points per game, second best in the CAA.

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Towson returns home Monday to face Hofstra

Posted on 26 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RETURN HOME MONDAY TO FACE HOFSTRA
Towson football team to be honored at halftime

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team is set to host Hofstra in a battle between teams tied for second-place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Monday night at SECU Arena.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken 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.

Towson (12-8, 3-2 CAA) has dropped back-to-back games after winning a season-high five straight games from December 30 to January 19. The Tigers are coming off an 83-76 loss at first-place Delaware on Saturday.

Towson will look to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season as the Tigers return to SECU Arena, where they are 9-1.

Despite their recent struggles, the Tigers still own their best record after 20 games since 1995-96.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his 13th double-double of the year against the Blue Hens with 29 points and 16 rebounds. The forward, who has 10 games with 20 or more points this season, is averaging 22 points and 13.5 rebounds in his last eight contests.

Senior Marcus Damas could make history on Monday as the forward is just 13 points shy of becoming just the 23rd player in a Towson uniform to score 1,000 points in his career. Damas has scored in double figures in three of his last four games, including a pair of 20-point performances against Drexel and Northeastern.

Hofstra (7-13, 3-2 CAA) has won three of its last five games, but is coming off a 70-57 loss against Northeastern on Saturday. The Pride are led by Zeke Upshaw, who is tied for second in the CAA in scoring at 18.8 points per game.

Monday will be the 58th all-time meeting between the rivals. Hofstra, which is Towson’s fourth most commonly played opponent all-time, owns a 36-21 edge over the Tigers in the series. However, Towson has won the last two meetings, including a 67-64 victory last March in the final men’s basketball game ever played in the Towson Center.

Monday will also be a special night inside SECU Arena as the NCAA FCS runner-up Towson football team will be honored for their record-setting season at halftime.

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Towson Has A Chance To Bounce Back Against Delaware

Posted on 24 January 2014 by Robert Canady

One advantage teams in college basketball have over their football brethren is the number of games in a season.  A football team has 12 maybe 13 games, and a slip-up in one or two games or even one or two half’s, can cost the team a chance at the postseason.   In basketball with 31 games and 16 to 18 conference games, one or two losses certainly don’t spell the end of your season.

Jerrelle Benimon had his streak of eight straight double/doubles snapped against Northeastern

 

Towson’s men’s basketball team can look at this fact and it might take the sting out of Wednesday night’s 57-54 home loss at the buzzer to Northeastern University, even if just for a day.  That’s another good thing about the basketball season, in most cases you get to lace them up two or three nights later as opposed to having to chew on the loss for an entire week.

Towson will do just that as they travel up I-95 tonight in preparation for a showdown with the Colonial Athletic Associations (CAA) first place University of Delaware on Saturday at 12:00 in the Bob Carpenter Center.   Delaware is 5-0 in the CAA and has won seven straight games overall.   The high scoring Blue Hens will present a formidable challenge for Towson which is currently ranked second in scoring defense in the CAA.

The Blue Hens feature five players averaging in double figures, led by Player Of The Year candidate senior guard Devon Sadler (Aberdeen HS), averaging almost 22 points per game, in the 13 games he has played since serving a suspension at the beginning of the season for violation of team rules.   Supporting Sadler is Baltimore product Devon Usher (Digital Harbor HS)who transferred over the summer from Mississippi Valley State, where he led the South West Athletic Conference in scoring at 18.8 points per game last year.

If the Tigers are to stop or at least slow down the Blue Hens, it will take a better defensive effort than they showed during the first half of the Northeastern game.   Tiger coach Pat Skerry felt he was to blame saying after the game, “We weren’t ready to play, and that’s on me. I have to do a better job of coaching.”  Ready or not the Tigers didn’t seem to offer any resistance, allowing Huskie leading scorer Scott Eatherton to score 15 points in the first half.  An  increased defensive effort held Eatherton to four second half points, however the damage had been done.

In Delaware, the Tigers will find a team that likes to play an up tempo game and run the floor every chance they get.  This will be a welcome change of pace for Towson, as their first four games of the CAA season have been against teams that have played a deliberate style, many times working the shot clock under 10 seconds before taking a shot.

While the Blue Hens sit at the top of the CAA in points scored with 81.1 points per game, the Tigers have to be licking their lips at the fact that Delaware gives up a league high 77.8 points per game on the other end.

 

Senior Marcus Damas has provided a constant 3-point threat by hitting over 42% of his attempts.

With a win in Newark  the Tigers would close the gap with Delaware, by moving to 4-1 in the conference standings, and the Blue Hens would drop to 5-1, making the final five weeks of the season very exciting.

The next week for the Tigers will give them several chances to put some distance between them and the loss to Northeastern, as they will play three games in the next five days.   After the game against Delaware, the Tigers return home Monday to host Hofstra (3-1) and then travel to UNC Wilmington (0-6) Wednesday night.

The four games in eight days, basically equates to a third of a football season, in just one week, and depending on the Tigers fare, it could be a blessing or a curse.

 

 

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Towson tries to improve to 4-0 in CAA play Wednesday against Northeastern

Posted on 21 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS NORTHEASTERN ON WEDNESDAY LOOKING TO EXTEND WINNING STREAKS
Tigers have won six straight overall and 14 straight at home

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be looking to win its sixth straight game overall and 14th straight at home when the Tigers host 2012-13 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season champion Northeastern on Wednesday night at SECU Arena.

Audio and video of the game, which is set to tip at 7 p.m., will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) withSpiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (12-6, 3-0 CAA) is riding its longest winning streak since also winning five straight in 2000. The Tigers have not won six consecutive games since 1994 when they won seven in a row late in the season.

Towson is a perfect 9-0 inside SECU Arena this year and its 13-game home court winning streak is tied for the 12th-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.

The Tigers are coming off a pair of impressive CAA road wins last week, topping Drexel (80-68) and league newcomer College of Charleston (72-57). Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the two wins to garner his second CAA Player of the Week honor.

Towson has really stepped up its efforts on the defensive side of the court since the start of conference play, holding league foes to just 59.3 points per game.

Northeastern (5-14, 2-3 CAA) enters Wednesday’s game having lost six of its last eight games. However, the Huskies have seen 12 of their 14 losses come by single digits and they defeated Georgetown (63-56) earlier this season.

Junior Scott Eatherton, who leads the nation in double-doubles, paces Northeastern in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg).

The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Tigers, 15-11, and have won five straight. Towson has not defeated Northeastern at home since 2008.

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Towson F Benimon named CAA Player of the Week

Posted on 20 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists 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.

Benimon averaged 24.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in leading Towson to CAA road victories at Drexel (80-68) and College of Charleston (72-57) last week. He contributed team-highs of 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists at DU and followed with 21 points and 11 boards at CofC.

Benimon, who shot 55 percent from the floor for the week, has recorded double-doubles in nine straight contests and has topped the 20-point mark in six consecutive games.

Towson (12-6, 3-0 CAA) returns to SECU Arena on Wednesday to face Northeastern at 7 p.m. The Tigers have won 13 straight home games, the 12th longest current home court winning streak in the country.

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Towson visits College of Charleston Sunday for nationally televised contest

Posted on 18 January 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its fifth straight win overall and third straight victory away from home as the Tigers travel to College of Charleston on Sunday for a nationally televised game on the NBC Sports Network.

Mike Corey and Ron Thompson will be on the television call, with the game scheduled to tip at 3:30 p.m. inside TD Arena.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (11-6, 2-0 CAA) will be looking to start 3-0 in league play for the second straight year. The Tigers, which have won 10 of their last 11 CAA games dating back to last year, are coming off an 80-68 win at Drexel on Tuesday.

Senior forward Marcus Damas netted a career-high tying 26 points against the Dragons while classmate Jerrelle Benimon posted his eighth straight double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds. The duo combined to shoot 18-for-24 (75%) from the floor in the win.

College of Charleston (10-8, 2-1), in its first year in the CAA, has won five of its last six games. The Cougars are coming off a 58-49 win at Northeastern on Monday.Willis Hall leads Charleston in both scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg). The Cougars lead the CAA in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score just 62.0 points per game.

Charleston leads the all-time series, 2-1, including a 75-58 win on its home floor in Towson’s season opener last year.

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Towson looks for fourth straight win Tuesday at Drexel

Posted on 13 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS SEEK FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN TUESDAY AT DREXEL
Game televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its fourth straight win on Tuesday as the Tigers travel to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Drexel.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with Al Koken and Glenn Consor 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.

Towson (10-6, 1-0 CAA) will be looking to start 2-0 in league play for the second straight year. The Tigers have won nine of their last 10 CAA games dating back to last year and have won two straight against the Dragons, including a 69-66 win at the Daskalakis Athletic Center last season.

Towson is coming off a 60-53 win at home against UNC Wilmington on Saturday. It was the Tigers 13th straight victory at home.

Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon recorded his seventh straight double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds against the Seahawks. He was joined in double figures by sophomore Four McGlynn, who hit three three-pointers and tallied 11 points in the win.

Drexel (9-6, 1-1 CAA) has dropped four of its last six games since starting the year 7-2. However, the Dragons are coming off a thrilling 93-88 double overtime win against Northeastern on Saturday.

The backcourt duo of Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat averages a combined 33.5 points to lead the Dragons.

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