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Towson RB Victor honored by CAA

Posted on 23 September 2013 by WNST Staff

DARIUS VICTOR HONORED AS CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Freshman Running Back Scored Two Touchdowns In College Debut

RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman running back Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week for his performance in the undefeated Tigers’ 35-17 victory over North Carolina Central, it has been announced by CAA officials.

Victor is the first Tiger to be named as the CAA Rookie of the Week since fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was honored in November, 2012.

With reserve running back Sterlin Phifer (Landstown H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) sidelined due to an injury, Victor made his debut against the Eagles.

He rushed for 53 yards on five carries and scored the first two touchdowns of his career.

Victor, the leading rusher in the state of Maryland as a senior at Northwestern High School, entered the North Carolina Central game early in the third quarter. On his first carry, he ran for 15 yards to the Eagles’ 31-yard. Two plays later, he carried the ball to the four-yard line. On the next play, he ran to the left and scored his first collegiate touchdown to extend Towson’s lead to 28-10.

In the final minutes of the game, the Tigers took over on downs at the Eagles’ 19-yard line. After rushing for nine yards on first down, he burst up the middle to score on a 10-yard run. That gave the Tigers a 35-17 lead with 1:35remaining.

For the Tigers, the win over North Carolina Central was their eighth victory in a row. Towson has the second-longest winning streak in FCS football.

Towson opens its Colonial Athletic Association schedule on Saturday, September 28 when the Tigers travel to Stony Brook for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff.

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Towson G Hairston honored again by CAA

Posted on 04 March 2013 by WNST Staff

HAIRSTON EARNS FIFTH CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARD

The Freshman Averaged 13 Points & 4.5 Assists in Towson’s 2-0 Week

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University freshman Jerome Hairston was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It marks the fifth time this season that the guard has garnered the weekly award.

Hairston averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in Towson’s 2-0 week. The freshman guard scored a team-high 17 points, dished out four assists and swiped three steals in a 67-64 win over Hofstra and had nine points and a season-high tying five assists in an 85-81 overtime victory at George Mason.

Hairston ended his rookie campaign averaging 9.9 points per game, third on the team and second in the CAA among freshmen. The freshman led Towson with 35 steals and was second on the squad with 77 assists.

Hairston played in all 31 games as a freshman, starting 30 at the point guard spot. His 29.2 minutes per game was third-best on the team.

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Towson F Hairston honored by CAA again

Posted on 25 February 2013 by WNST Staff

HAIRSTON NAMED CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK FOR THE FOURTH TIME

Freshman Scored a Career-High 20 Points in Towson’s Win Over Drexel on Saturday

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University freshman Jerome Hairston was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Co-Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It marks the fourth time this season that the guard has garnered the weekly award.

Hairston scored a career-high 20 points and swiped three steals in Towson’s 72-71 victory over Drexel on Saturday. The freshman guard made a steal with less than 10 seconds to play, was fouled and made a free throw for the game-winning point.

Hairston finished the game 7-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.

Hairston and the second-place Tigers are next in action on Tuesday at George Mason. The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

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Towson’s Hairston honored again by CAA

Posted on 11 February 2013 by WNST Staff

HAIRSTON GARNERS THIRD CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARD

The Freshman Averaged 17.3 Points Per Game in Towson’s 3-0 Week

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University freshman Jerome Hairston was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It marks the third time this season that the guard has garnered the weekly award.

Hairston averaged a team-high 17.3 points to lead Towson (14-12, 9-4 CAA) to a 3-0 week. The guard scored a career-high 18 points in an 81-68 victory over UNCW to start the week. He then posted 17 points, three assists and two steals in an 85-65 win over Delaware in a midweek game. Hairston concluded the week by making a career-high five three-pointers on just six attempts en route to scoring 17 points in a 90-82 overtime win at Georgia State.

For the week, Hairston shot 45 percent from the floor, 44 percent from three and 80 percent from the free throw line.
Hairston and the second-place Tigers are next in action on Tuesday at James Madison. The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

 

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Towson Guard Hairston honored by CAA

Posted on 14 January 2013 by WNST Staff

HAIRSTON NAMED COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Freshman Guard Collects Second Weekly CAA Award

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University freshman Jerome Hairston was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It marks the second time this season that the guard has garnered the weekly award.

Hairston averaged 12.5 points and 3.0 assists in Towson’s 1-1 week. He had 13 points and four assists in Towson’s 99-86 double-overtime win over William & Mary. The rookie scored the Tigers’ first five points in the second overtime.

Hairston then followed that up with 12 points in a 70-59 setback to CAA-leading Northeastern on Saturday. It marked the third straight game in which Hairston scored in double figures.

For the week, Hairston shot 9-for-16 (56.3%) from the floor, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Hairston and the Tigers travel to Newark, Del. on Wednesday to take on Blue Hens, who are off to a 3-0 start in CAA play. Tip time from the Bob Carpenter Center is set for 7 p.m.

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Towson opens CAA play Wednesday at UNC Wilmington

Posted on 01 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Fresh off one of the biggest road wins in program history, the Towson men’s basketball team is now set to begin Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play Wednesday at UNC Wilmington.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Damon Lewis calling the action.

The Tigers (5-8) will be led by current CAA Player of the Week Jerrelle Benimon and Current CAA Rookie of the Week Jerome Hairston, who both played a major role in leading Towson from down 19 in the second half at Oregon State to an overtime victory on the Beavers’ home court this past Saturday.

Benimon became the first Division I player to record 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in a game this season as the junior tallied a game-high 20 points and career-high 21 rebounds against Oregon State.

Hairston was stellar in the second half, netting nine points during the Tiger run which would force overtime. The freshman also grabbed five rebounds and handed out a game-high tying three assists in the win.

UNC Wilmington (5-7) has dropped three of its last four games, including a 72-60 road setback to Campbell on Saturday.

The Seahawks are led by one of the top big men in the league, Keith Rendleman. The senior is averaging 16.2 points and 9.7 rebounds to pace UNCW in each category.

UNC Wilmington leads the all-time series against Towson, 16-10, but the Tigers topped the Seahawks on their home floor last year for their lone win of the season.

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Towson’s Benimon, Hairston honored by CAA

Posted on 31 December 2012 by WNST Staff

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jerrelle Benimon • Towson
Jr., F, 6-8, 245 – Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Benimon scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds in Towson’s 67-66 overtime victory at Oregon State on Saturday. It was the eighth double-double of the year for Benimon, who became the first Division I player with 20+ points and 20+ rebounds in a game this season. The junior forward was 8-of-16 from the floor and played all 45 minutes.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jerome Hairston • Towson
Fr., G, 6-3, 190 – Cheyenne, Wyo./Christ School

Hairston contributed nine points, five rebounds and three assists in Towson’s 67-66 overtime win at Oregon State. The freshman point guard played a career-high 36 minutes and committed only one turnover. All nine of Hairston’s points came in the second half as the Tigers rallied from a 19-point deficit.

CONFERENCE NOTES:

Towson Upsets Oregon State: Towson overcame a 19-point deficit with 16:06 remaining and defeated Oregon State 67-66 in overtime on Saturday. Junior Marcus Damas nailed a game-winning jumper with 0.8 seconds left in the extra session as the Tigers earned their first win over a team from a BCS conference since beating Louisville on Jan. 30, 1995 in the Towson Center. Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon led Towson with 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, becoming the first Division I player to post 20+ points and 20+ rebounds in a game this season.

Conference Play Resumes On Wednesday: Conference play resumes in the CAA this week with nine games on the slate. On Wednesday, Old Dominion hosts James Madison, Drexel travels to Georgia State and UNCW entertains Towson. On Thursday, Northeastern meets George Mason in a game televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. There are five games on Saturday, with Delaware at Old Dominion and George Mason at William & Mary televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as CSS. William & Mary topped ODU 71-62 in the only December conference game on Dec. 1. Hofstra will be the final team to start CAA play on Jan. 7.

Drexel Closes In On Consecutive CAA Wins Record: Drexel enters its conference opener at Georgia State on Wednesday having won 16 consecutive CAA games. The streak is the third-longest in league history, trailing only George Mason (18 from Jan. 12, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012) and Richmond (17 from Feb. 1988-Feb. 1989). It was the Dragons who ended George Mason’s streak last season with a 60-53 victory in Philadelphia.

Three CAA Players Among Cousy Award Candidates: Drexel’s Frantz Massenat, James Madison’s Devon Moore and Georgia State’s Devonta White are among 85 candidates for the Bob Cousy Award, which is presented to the nation’s top collegiate point guard. The list of candidates will be trimmed to 20 in early January and the winner will be announced at the Final Four.

Doubling Up: Delaware senior Jamelle Hagins and Towson junior Jerrelle Benimon are among the nation’s leaders with eight double-doubles. Seven other CAA players have multiple double-doubles: UNCW’s Keith Rendleman (5), ODU’s DeShawn Painter (4), Towson’s Bilal Dixon (2), Northeastern’s Quincy Ford (2), JMU’s Rayshawn Goins (2), Northeastern’s Reggie Spencer (2) and UNCW’s Cedrick Williams (2). All 11 teams have had at least one player post a double-double this season.

Down To The Wire: Of the 131 non-conference games involving CAA teams this season, 57 of them (43.5%) have been decided by six points or less and 11 have gone to overtime. Nine of George Mason’s 12 games have had margins of five points or less. Towson has had seven games with margins of six points or less, Delaware has had five and Drexel has had four. Northeastern has had five games decided by three points or less. Georgia State has won three games by two points or less and dropped its last four by a total of 12 points and James Madison has been involved in three one-point decisions and a two-point contest.

UD’s Saddler, Hagins Moving Up Career Lists: Delaware guard Devon Saddler has the second-most career points (1,252) of any junior in Division I, trailing only Creighton’s Doug McDermott. Saddler, who is averaging a league-best 19.8 ppg this season, has also moved up to 15th on UD’s all-time scoring list. Blue Hens’ forward Jamelle Hagins has 871 career rebounds and is just 46 shy of UD’s all-time record. He ranks 7th in CAA history with 240 career blocked shots.

Youth Movement: There are just eight seniors among the top 30 scorers in the CAA through games of Dec. 30 and Northeastern’s Joel Smith and UNCW’s Keith Rendleman are the only seniors among the top 10. The top 30 also includes 12 juniors, six sophomores and four freshmen.

Freshmen Among Steals Leaders: JMU guard Andre Nation ranks second in the CAA with 2.0 steals per game and is among five freshmen among the league’s top 15 in steals. GSU’s R.J. Hunter is 4th (1.9 spg), ODU’s Keenan Palmore is tied for 6th (1.8 spg), Northeastern’s David Walker is 12th (1.5 spg) and Towson’s Jerome Hairston is 14th (1.5 spg).

Delaware

• Have been off since an 83-60 win over Penn on Dec. 21. UD hosts Rider on Monday.

• Senior Jamelle Hagins had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Penn win. Hagins, who has a league-high 8 double-doubles this season, leads the CAA in rebounding (12.2 rpg) and ranks 2nd in FG% (57.4%) and blocks (2.3 bpg).

• Junior Devon Saddler, who leads the CAA in scoring with 19.8 ppg, contributed 12 points vs. Penn. Saddler has scored double digits in 18 straight games and has topped the 12-point mark in every game this season.

• Freshman Terrell Rogers scored 12 points vs. Penn while fellow rookie Marvin King-Davis tallied a career-high eight points.

• Sophomore Jarvis Threatt contributed a season-high 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists vs. Penn. Threatt is averaging 16.5 ppg over his past two contests.

Drexel

• Have been off since defeating Davidson 69-58 on Dec. 22 for their first home win of the year. Drexel hosts St. Joseph’s on Monday.

• Sophomore Damion Lee led Drexel in scoring for the 5th straight game with 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. Davidson. Lee has scored 15 or more points in each of his last eight games and ranks second in the CAA in scoring with 18.6 ppg.

• Junior Frantz Massenat contributed 14 points and six assists in the Davidson win. Massenat is 2nd in the CAA in assists (4.5 apg) and has scored double digits in seven of his last eight games.

• Senior Daryl McCoy grabbed 9 rebounds vs. Davidson and went over 700 rebounds (702) for his career. He ranks 12th all-time in rebounds at Drexel.

• Drexel outrebounded the Wildcats 40-14. The Dragons had more offensive rebounds (19) than Davidson had total caroms.

George Mason

• Fell 61-57 at South Florida on Saturday. All of five of the Patriots’ losses have been by seven points or less.

• Junior Sherrod Wright scored a team-high 22 points at USF. He has scored 20+ points in 4 straight games, becoming the first Mason player to do so since Jason Miskiri in January, 1999.

• Wright has been Mason’s top scorer in 10 of 12 games and ranks among the CAA’s top 5 in scoring, FG% and 3-point FG%.

• Sophomore Corey Edwards is averaging 10.0 ppg and 2.5 spg over his past two games

• Mason is 18-2 at home under coach Paul Hewitt, including 3-1 this season.

• Mason tops the CAA in scoring defense (61.1 ppg) and ranks 3rd in FG% defense (39.8%).

• Sophomore Erik Copes contributed seven points, six rebounds and two blocks at USF.

Georgia State

• Lost 68-64 in overtime at Ga. Southern on Saturday. The Panthers have dropped four straight games by a total of 12 points.

• Guard R.J. Hunter, who leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg), had 14 points and 3 steals at Ga. Southern. He’s scored double figures 10 times and has five 20-point outings.

• Junior guard Devonta White aIso scored 14 points at Ga. Southern. He’s reached double digits in 12 of 13 games. White leads the CAA in steals and ranks 8th in assists.

• Junior Manny Atkins had 11 points and 8 rebounds at Ga. Southern , which was his 9th straight game scoring in double figures. Atkins leads GSU in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and is 2nd in the CAA in 3-pt FG% (42.3%).

• GSU has 109 steals in 13 games after ranking 4th nationally (9.3 spg) last year.

• Senior James Vincent had 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks at Ga. Southern. He leads the CAA with 2.5 bpg.

Hofstra

• Have been off since falling 83-62 to Tulane in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 22. Will try to stop a 7-game slide at Florida Atlantic on New Year’s Day.

• Sophomore guard Taran Buie scored a team-high 15 points vs. Tulane. The Penn State transfer has tallied double figures in seven straight games and nine of his last 10 contests. He’s 9th in the CAA in scoring.

• Senior Stevie Mejia contributed nine points, eight rebounds and six assists vs. Tulane. Mejia ranks 3rd in the CAA with 4.2 apg and has also scored double digits six times.

• Freshman Jordan Allen scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-6 FG shooting vs. Wright State and followed with eight points vs. Tulane.

• Senior Matt Grogan tied his career-high with seven points vs. Tulane and freshman Adam Savion established a new career-high with six points.

James Madison

• Have been off since defeating San Jose St. 77-68 and San Diego 62-59 in the Vegas Holiday Hoops event on Dec. 22-23. JMU has won five of its last six games after starting with a 1-5 mark.

• JMU shot 78.3% from the floor in the second half vs. SJSU, including a perfect 7-of-7 from 3-point range. The Dukes are among the top three in the CAA in scoring offense, FG percentage and 3-point FG percentage.

• Senior Devon Moore contributed 12 points and seven assists vs. SJSU and 13 second-half points vs. San Diego. Moore is averaging 16.5 ppg over the last four games and leads the CAA in assists (4.6 apg).

• Senior Rayshawn Goins had 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds at SJSU and scored a team-high 15 points vs. San Diego.

• Senior A.J. Davis scored a team-high 18 points in 22 minutes off the bench vs. SJSU and followed with 11 points and a season-high four steals in the San Diego win.

UNCW

• Suffered a 72-60 setback at Campbell on Saturday. UNCW is 5-0 at home, but 0-7 on the road this season.

• Senior Keith Rendleman posted his 5th double-double with team-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds at Campbell. It was the 9th time he’s led UNCW in scoring. Rendleman ranks among the CAA’s top 6 in scoring, rebounding and FG percentage.

• Freshman Craig Ponder added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists at Campbell. Ponder is averaging 15.5 ppg over his last 2 games.

• Guard Tyree Graham scored eight points in 14 minutes off the bench at Campbell. It was his most points since netting 12 in the season opener vs. UNC Asheville.

• Sophomore Freddie Jackson has made three or more steals four times and ranks 8th in the CAA with 1.7 spg.

• Sophomore Cedrick Williams has grabbed 10+ rebounds three times this season.

Northeastern

• Fell 83-63 at UAB on Saturday. It was the Huskies’ first loss in a true road game this season.

• Sophomore Quincy Ford posted his 2nd double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds at UAB. He’s scored double figures in 9 games and ranks among the top 20 in the CAA in scoring and rebounding.

• Senior Jonathan Lee added 11 points and 3 steals at UAB. Lee has scored double digits in all 3 games and is averaging 15.0 ppg since returning from a preseason foot injury.

• Sophomore Reggie Spencer chipped in 13 points at UAB, which was his 9th game in double figures this season. He leads the CAA in FG percentage (58.5%).

• Senior Joel Smith was held to 4 points at UAB, ending a streak of 9 straight games in double figures. Smith ranks 5th in the CAA in scoring (16.7 ppg) and leads the league with 32 three-pointers.

Old Dominion

• Fell 55-54 to Fairfield on Saturday. It was ODU’s seventh loss in eight home games.

• Senior DeShawn Painter had team-highs of 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks vs. Fairfield. It was his fourth double-double of the season. Painter is averaging 16.2 ppg and 8.8 rpg over his last five games.

• Sophomore Richard Ross scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting vs. Fairfield. He also had 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

• ODU has outrebounded 11 of its 13 opponents and was even on the glass in the other 2 games. The Monarchs lead the CAA in rebound margin (+6.7 rpg).

• Junior Donte Hill has scored double figures eight times this year. Hill is also 5th in the CAA in steals (1.8 spg).

• ODU shot 46.7% from the floor vs. Fairfield, including 52.4% in the first half.

Towson

• Rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to upset Oregon State 67-66 in overtime on Saturday. It was the Tigers’ first win over a team from a BCS conference since 1995.

• Junior Jerrelle Benimon posted his eighth double-double in the past 11 games with 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds at OSU. It was Benimon’s fifth game with 16+ rebounds and fourth game with 20+ points.

• Junior Marcus Damas added 16 points at OSU, including the game-winning shot with 0.8 seconds left in OT. It was his fifth double-digit effort of the season.

• The Tigers committed only eight turnovers at OSU – its 2nd-lowest total of the year.

• The Tigers are outrebounding opponents by 6.2 rpg and have beaten 11 of their last 12 opponents on the glass.

• Rafriel Guthrie had eight points and a career-high tying six rebounds at OSU.

William & Mary

• Lost 73-66 at Purdue on Saturday, ending a four-game winning streak.

• Sophomore Marcus Thornton had a team-high 21 points and a career-high six assists at Purdue. Thornton has tallied double digits in 13 straight games and ranks 3rd in the CAA in scoring (18.3 ppg) and 2nd in 3-pointers per game (2.5).

• Junior Kyle Gaillard added 12 points at Purdue. He’s averaging 12.2 ppg and shooting 73.7% over the last six games.

• Junior Tim Rusthoven had 16 points and a team-high 7 rebounds at Purdue. He’s scored double figures in 9 of 11 games and has grabbed 7 or more boards eight times.

• W&M shot 49.1% from the floor against Purdue’s 30th-ranked defense, which was the best by any opponent vs. PU this year.

• Junior guard Brandon Britt chipped in 11 points at Purdue, which was his eighth double-digit effort of the season.

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Towson FB Holder named CAA Rookie of the Week

Posted on 05 November 2012 by WNST Staff

EMMANUEL HOLDER NAMED AS CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Fullback Scored First Two Collegiate Touchdowns In Win At Delaware
RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week ending Nov. 3, it has been announced by CAA officials.

Holder was honored for his role in Towson’s 34-27 overtime victory at Delaware on Saturday afternoon.

In the win at Delaware, Holder caught three passes for 36 yards and scored the first two touchdowns of his college career.

Holder, who had caught only two passes for 21 yards in the Tigers’ first eight games, gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead in the second quarter at Delaware when he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) on a fourth-and-one play. He caught a swing pass on the left side and followed a block by junior tight end James Oboh (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.) to score the first touchdown of his career.

With 44 seconds remaining in regulation, Holder caught a two-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal, giving the Tigers a 27-24 lead. After the Blue Hens sent the game into overtime, Towson pulled out a 34-27 victory.

“I am so happy for Emmanuel,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “Playing in this league as a first-year freshman is a challenge in itself. But one can’t help but smile for him to have such an impact in such an important game. I feel very good about our future at the fullback position.”

Holder is the first Tiger football player to be named as the CAA Rookie of the Week this season. Last year, Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was honored four times while cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) picked up the award once.

Ranked 17th in NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers put their two-game winning streak on the line on Saturday, Nov. 10 when they host the University of Rhode Island at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Towson has a 5-4 overall record and is tied for fourth in the CAA with a 4-2 record.
 
– TowsonTigers.com –

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