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Towson returns home for first time in three weeks Monday against New Hampshire

Posted on 29 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will return home on Monday to take on New Hampshire at 7:30 p.m. inside SECU Arena.

The Tigers, who have not played at home since December 10, will be seeking their 12th straight home win.

Audio and video of the game will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (7-6) has dropped four of its last five games after starting the year 6-2. The Tigers are coming off a 90-82 loss at North Dakota State on December 21.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted a game-high 29 points to go along with 12 rebounds in Towson’s loss to the Bison. Benimon has posted a double-double in each of his last four games and his seven total double-doubles ranks fourth in the nation.

The Tigers currently rank eighth in the nation in rebounding and 12th in blocks.

New Hampshire (2-9) won its first two games of the year, including an 84-81 win at Duquesne, before dropping nine straight. The Wildcats are coming off a 62-45 setback at Rhode Island on December 22.

Senior center Chris Pelcher leads UNH in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg). The Wildcats lead the America East in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 66.4 points per game.

Towson has won nine of the 14 meetings between the programs, including posting a 5-1 mark at home. New Hampshire snapped a four-game losing streak to the Tigers when the squads met last in 2012.

Since Towson has won 11 straight home games, fans can get 11 percent off their ticket purchases by entering the promo code ’11wins’. Click here to access the offer online. The discount is also available over the phone by calling 1-855-TU-TIGER (1-855-888-4437).

The SECU UStore will also be open during the game against New Hampshire. With the university being closed during the holidays, this is the only place for fans to get their official apparel and spirit items!

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Towson opens road trip Wednesday at Oregon State

Posted on 17 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON BEGINS ROAD TRIP AT OREGON STATE ON WEDNESDAY
Tigers seek second straight win over the Beavers at Gil Coliseum

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Towson men’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday as the Tigers travel to the west coast to take on Pac-12 foe Oregon State.

The game, set to tip at 10 p.m. EST, can be seen live on the Pac-12 Network with JB Long and Lamar Hurd on the call.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Zach Maskavich calling the action.

Towson (7-4) will be seeking its first road win of the year as the Tigers make their second trip in two years to Oregon State. Towson is coming off a 102-72 win over Central Penn on December 10 for its 11th straight home win, a streak that ranks as the 18th longest in Division I men’s basketball.

Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon recorded the first triple-double in school history to lead the Tigers past the Knights. Benimon posted 17 points, 18 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists in the win.

Benimon was also a major factor in Towson’s 67-66 overtime win at Oregon State last year as the forward tallied 20 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Tigers to their first win over a BCS school since 1995.

Oregon State (5-2) is led by the dynamic scoring duo of Roberto Nelson (24.7 ppg) and Devon Collier (22.7 ppg). The Beavers have won five of their last six games, including a 90-83 win at Maryland on November 17. Oregon State is 4-1 at home this season and its only loss at Gill Coliseum came in a game that Collier did not play.

The Tigers and Beavers have split the only two meetings between the squads with each team winning on the other’s home court.

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Towson faces The Citadel Friday in Battle 4 Atlantis event

Posted on 28 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO HOST BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS MAINLAND TOURNAMENT
SECU Arena to hold four-team tournament November 29-30

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team is set to welcome The Citadel, Abilene Christian and West Alabama to SECU Arena for the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament, which will run November 29-30.

The Tigers will take on The Citadel on Friday at 5 p.m. and then host Abilene Christian on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Audio and video of the games involving Towson will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Also on Friday, Abilene Christian will battle West Alabama at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, The Citadel will take on West Alabama in the final game of the tournament. Both of the games not involving Towson will be live streamed on TowsonTigers.com.

Towson (4-2) is coming off a 75-60 home win over UMBC on Tuesday. Senior Marcus Damas led the Tigers with a season-high 22 points and seven rebounds.

The Tigers have won eight straight home games dating back to last season and are a perfect 4-0 inside their new home, SECU Arena.

The Citadel (3-4) dropped back-to-back road games against Tennessee (86-60) and Wake Forest (82-54) before picking up a home win over Montreat College (109-64) on Monday. The Bulldogs are led by Matt Van Scyoc, who averages 18 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Abilene Christian (2-6) had its two-game winning streak snapped with a 93-65 setback at Xavier on Monday. Junior guards Harrison Hawkins and LaDarrien Williams each averaged over 11 points per game for the Wildcats.

West Alabama is a Division II school that competes in the Gulf South Conference. The Tigers are 1-1 on the year and have also played exhibition games at UTEP (L, 67-46) and Southern Cal (L, 73-57).

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Towson looks to continue recent home dominance Tuesday against UMBC

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will look to remain perfect at home this season as the Tigers host local rival UMBC at SECU Arena on Tuesday night.

The game will be part of a doubleheader as the Towson women’s basketball team will host the Retrievers at 5 p.m. The men’s game is set to tip at 7:30 p.m.

Audio and video of the game will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

The Tigers are coming off an 88-58 setback at No. 2 Kansas on Friday. Towson struggled to make shots in the first half, shooting just 20.7 percent from the field. The Tigers bounced back though in the second half, outscoring the Jayhawks 42-39 while shooting 51.6 percent.

Towson has not lost at home since Jan. 23, 2013. The Tigers ended the 2012-13 season by winning their last four home games and are 3-0 inside SECU Arena this season.

The Tigers are led by Naismith Trophy Watch List selection Jerrelle Benimon. The senior forward ranks Top 20 in the nation in both rebounding (11.4 rpg/18th) and double-doubles (3/14th).

UMBC (2-4) has dropped two straight games, including a 73-58 loss at Navy on Saturday. The Retrievers, who have already played four overtime games this season, are led in scoring by freshman guard Rodney Elliott (14.3 ppg). 

Towson leads the all-time series against UMBC, 34-20, but the Retrievers have won each of the last two meetings. Fourteen games between the squads have been decided by five or fewer points, including each of the last two meetings and three of the last four.

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Towson F Benimon named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

JERRELLE BENIMON NAMED TO NAISMITH TROPHY WATCH LIST
The senior forward averages 17.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the 3-1 Tigers

TOWSON, Md. – The Atlanta Tip-Off Club has named Towson University forward Jerrelle Benimon to the 50-person preseason watch list for the 2013-14 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T.

The 50-player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2013-2014 college basketball season. The Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded during the Final Four.

Being named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List is the latest in a long line of preseason acclaim for the Tiger senior. In addition to being named the Preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year, Benimon was also selected as a Lou Henson Preseason All-American and is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.

Benimon, the nation’s leading returning rebounder, averaged 17.1 points and 11.2 rebounds last season to lead Towson to an 18-13 record. He tied for second in the country with 20 double-doubles in 31 games and ranked third in the nation in rebounds per game.

Through four games of his senior season, Benimon is averaging 17.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. The forward scored a career-high 32 points in Towson’s win over Temple on November 14 and has scored in double figures in three straight games going into Friday’s matchup against No. 2/3 Kansas.

Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List – Men’s Top 50

NAME                                   CLASS                   POSITION              SCHOOL                               CONFERENCE
Jordan Adams                   So.                         G                            UCLA                                    Pac-12
Kyle Anderson                   So.                         G-F                        UCLA                                    Pac-12
Isaiah Austin                      So.                         C                            Baylor                                  Big 12
Jerrelle Benimon               Sr.                         F                            Towson                                CAA
Jahii Carson                       So.                         G                            Arizona State                     Pac-12
Semaj Christon                  So.                         G                            Xavier                                  Big East
Aaron Craft                        Sr.                         G                            Ohio State                          Big Ten
Sam Dekker                        So.                         F                            Wisconsin                           Big Ten
Spencer Dinwiddie            Jr.                          G                            Colorado                             Pac-12
Cleanthony Early               Sr.                         F                            Wichita State                     Missouri Valley
Perry Ellis                            So.                         F                            Kansas                                Big 12
C.J. Fair                               Sr.                         F                            Syracuse                             ACC
Yogi Ferrell                         So.                         G                            Indiana                                Big Ten
Aaron Gordon                    Fr.                          F                            Arizona                               Pac-12
Treveon Graham                Jr.                          G                            VCU                                      Atlantic 10
Jerian Grant                       Sr.                         G                            Notre Dame                        ACC
Montrezl Harrell                So.                         F                            Louisville                            American Athletic
Gary Harris                         So.                         G                            Michigan State                  Big Ten
Joe Harris                           Sr.                         G                            Virginia                                ACC
Andrew Harrison               Fr.                          G                            Kentucky                             SEC
Tyler Haws                          Jr.                          G                            BYU                                      West Coast
Marshall Henderson         Sr.                         G                            Ole Miss                                             SEC
Rodney Hood                      So.                         F                            Duke                                    ACC
Joe Jackson                       Sr.                         G                            Memphis                             American Athletic
Cory Jefferson                   Sr.                         F                            Baylor                                  Big 12
Sean Kilpatrick                  Sr.                         G                            Cincinnati                           American Athletic
Alex Kirk                              Jr.                          C                            New Mexico                        Mountain West
Doug McDermott               Sr.                         F                            Creighton                            Big East
Mitch McGary                     So.                         F                            Michigan                             Big Ten
Jordan McRae                    Sr.                         G                            Tennessee                          SEC
James Michael McAdoo   Jr.                          F                            North Carolina                   ACC
Shabazz Napier                 Sr.                         G                            UConn                                  American Athletic
Johnny O’Bryant III            Jr.                          F                            LSU                                      SEC
Kevin Pangos                     Jr.                          G                            Gonzaga                             West Coast
Jabari Parker                     Fr.                          F                            Duke                                    ACC
Adreian Payne                   Sr.                         C                            Michigan State                  Big Ten
Julius Randle                     Fr.                          F                            Kentucky                             SEC
Juvonte Reddic                  Sr.                         F                            VCU                                      Atlantic 10
Glenn Robinson III             So.                         F                            Michigan                             Big Ten
LaQuinton Ross                 Jr.                          F                            Ohio State                          Big Ten
Wayne Selden, Jr.              Fr.                          G                            Kansas                                Big 12
Marcus Smart                    So.                         G                            Oklahoma State                 Big 12
Russ Smith                         Sr.                         G                            Louisville                            American Athletic
Jarnell Stokes                    Jr.                          F                            Tennessee                          SEC
Rasheed Sulaimon            So.                         G                            Duke                                    ACC
Noah Vonleh                       Fr.                          F                            Indiana                                Big Ten
Andrew Wiggins                 Fr.                          G                            Kansas                                Big 12
Kendall Williams                Sr.                         G                            New Mexico                        Mountain West
Chaz Williams                     Sr.                         G                            UMass                                 Atlantic 10
James Young                     Fr.                          G                            Kentucky                             SEC

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Towson faces stiff test at Number 2 Kansas Friday

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO NO. 2/3 KANSAS ON FRIDAY
Tigers take on Jayhawks at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN3

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Towson men’s basketball team will continue one of the toughest parts of its schedule on Friday as the Tigers travel to historic Allen Fieldhouse to take on No. 2/3 Kansas at 8:00 p.m.

The game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Dave Armstrong and Chris Piper on the call.

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

Towson, which will be making its second trip to Allen Fieldhouse in the last three years, hasn’t faced an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 since falling 77-68 to No. 1 Oklahoma in the 1990 NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers (3-1) are coming off their first loss of the season, a 78-44 setback at Villanova on Sunday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon, the current Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, has scored in double figures in three straight games. The forward has averaged 21.3 points and shot 46.3 percent from the field during the three-game stretch.

Senior Mike Burwell is shooting 4-for-6 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc over the last three games. He’s also grabbed seven or more rebounds in three of the first four games this season. Freshman John Davis was a bright spot for the Tigers at Villanova, tallying a season-high nine points on 4-for-5 shooting to go along with eight rebounds.

Kansas (3-0), which averages 86.7 points per game, is coming off an 86-66 home win over Iona on Tuesday. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore Perry Ellis, who averages 19.0 points per game and has scored 20 or more in each of the last two games.

Kansas is the second winningest program in NCAA Division I history with 2,104 wins and the Jayhawks have won 65 straight games against non-conference foes in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Towson F Benimon named CAA Player of the Week

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

JERRELLE BENIMON NAMED CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 21.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in Towson’s 2-1 week

RICHMOND Va. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday.

Benimon averaged 21.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Towson’s 2-1 week. The senior forward scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 75-69 victory over Temple, tallied 21 points, 14 boards and a career-high six assists in a 95-75 win over Morgan State and had a team-best 11 points in a loss at Villanova.

For the week Benimon shot 46.3 percent from the floor and was 26-of-31 (83.9 percent) from the free throw line.

The CAA Rookie of the Week award was shared by Canyon Barry of the College of Charleston and Omar Prewitt of William & Mary.

The Tigers return to action on November 22 at No. 2 Kansas. The game, set to tip at 8 p.m., can be seen on ESPN3.

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Towson looks to stay undefeated Sunday at Villanova

Posted on 16 November 2013 by WNST Staff

UNDEFEATED TOWSON TRAVELS TO VILLANOVA ON SUNDAY

Tigers take on Wildcats at 5:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Towson men’s basketball team will play its third game in six days as the undefeated Tigers travel to BIG EAST foe Villanova on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

The game can be seen live nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Mike Corey and Stu Jackson 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 (3-0) has won its first three games to start a season for the first time since 1972. The Tigers are coming off a 75-69 win over Temple on Thursday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon guided Towson past the Owls with a career-high 32 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Senior Marcus Damas, who is the only Tiger to score in double figures in each game this season, posted 16 points and 10 rebounds against Temple for his first double-double since Nov. 26, 2011.

Villanova (2-0) is coming off a convincing 90-59 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday. Junior JayVaughn Pinkston leads the Wildcats in scoring at 21.5 points per game. Senior James Bell is averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

The Wildcats are shooting 51.3 percent from the field this season while holding their opponents to just 34.3 percent.

Villanova has won all four meetings between the squads, but the teams have not played since 2008.

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Benimon’s massive night leads Towson to upset of Temple

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Benimon’s massive night leads Towson to upset of Temple

Posted on 14 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BENIMON SCORES CAREER-HIGH 32 TO LEAD TIGERS PAST TEMPLE, 75-69
Towson improves to 3-0 for the first time since 1972


TOWSON, Md. - Senior Jerrelle Benimon scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Towson (3-0) to a 75-69 come-from-behind win over Temple (1-2) before more than 3,500 fans at SECU Arena on Thursday night.

With the win, the Tigers started the season with a 3-0 record for the first time since 1972.

Benimon posted the third 30-plus point scoring game of his career, with two of the three coming against Temple. Senior Marcus Damas joined him in double figures with 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double since Nov. 26, 2011.

Trailing by 53-45 with 11 minutes remaining, the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to take a 57-56 lead at the 7:01 mark on a steal and breakaway layup by Damas.

With 4:32 remaining, sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera grabbed a rebound, scored on a putback, was fouled and hit a free throw to give the Tigers a 62-60 lead which they never relinquished. A jumper by senior Rafriel Guthrie and rebound layup by Benimon with 3:04 remaining gave Towson its largest lead of the game at 66-60.

With 1:13 to play, Quenton DeCosey nailed a three-point jumper for Temple, cutting the lead to 68-65.

Damas made one of two free throws with 24 seconds remaining to give Towson a 69-65 lead. Anthony Lee made a pair of free throws for Temple to cut the lead to 69-67.

After Four McGlynn made two free throws to give Towson a 71-67 advantage, Lee scored on a tip-in with 14 seconds remaining to pull the Owls to within 71-69.

Benimon was fouled almost immediately and he made two free throws for a 73-69 advantage. With five seconds remaining, Guthrie made a pair of free throws to clinch the 75-69 victory.

Benimon, who scored 21 points in the second half, made 11 of 24 shots from the floor and eight of 10 free throws. Towson owned a 47-37 rebounding advantage with senior Mike Burwell grabbing eight and freshman Walter Foster corralling seven.

The Tigers also forced 16 turnovers while only committing seven.

Lee led Temple with 20 points and nine rebounds.

The Tigers return to action on Sunday at Villanova. The game can be seen live on FoxSports1 at 5 p.m.

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Towson faces tough test against Temple Thursday night

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON CONCLUDES HOMESTAND AGAINST TEMPLE ON THURSDAY
Tigers take on Owls at 7:30 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will look to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 1972 as the Tigers host Temple at SECU Arena on Thursday at 7:30 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.

Towson (2-0) has won its first two games to start a season for the first time since 2006. With a 72-45 victory over Navy last Friday and a 95-75 win against Morgan State on Tuesday, the Tigers have defeated both of their first two opponents by at least 20 points for the first time since 1972.

Towson’s combined 167 points scored through two games are the most to begin a year since the 1991-92 season, when the Tigers scored a total of 171 points against Colorado and North Carolina.

Senior Rafriel Guthrie leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging 18 points per game off the bench. Preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon is averaging 13.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. The forward also leads Towson with 10 assists, including a career-high six dimes against Morgan State.

Temple has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three years. The Owls reached the third round last year before falling to the East Region’s top-seeded Indiana Hoosiers.

The Owls (1-1) opened their 2013-14 campaign with a 78-73 win at Penn before falling to Kent State, 81-77, in their home opener on Monday. Junior guard Will Cummings paces Temple with 17.5 points per game, while junior forward Anthony Lee averages a double-double with 14 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.

Temple has won all three meetings between the squads, including a 72-61 victory at the Liacouras Center last season. Benimon tallied 30 points on 14-for-22 shooting and grabbed 18 rebounds against the Owls in the loss. Temple has won the only meeting between the teams at Towson, a 75-70 victory over the Tigers in 2006.

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