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#WNSTSweet16 looks into “must” events for Baltimore sports fans

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#WNSTSweet16 looks into “must” events for Baltimore sports fans

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already nine lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re officially into Week 10 on the #WNSTSweet16 and this one is going to require you to think a little bit.

Nestor Aparicio is back from vacation and back in charge of the Sweet 16 this week. This week’s topic actually stems from a conversation Drew Forrester and I had a few years back when someone called in and asked “what does it take to be a Baltimore sports expert?”

Drew and I came up with our own ideas. Who are the people you need to know? What history must you be aware of? But another question we found ourselves asking was “what events must you have attended?”

With that in mind, this week’s WNST Sweet 16 topic is “The Sweet 16 Events a Baltimore Sports Fan Must Attend”.

I was reminded of the topic in reading Drew’s list here last week. You see, there’s absolutely no doubt that Morgan State/Coppin State basketball would be damn close to the top of my list. As Drew was telling the story of Reggie Holmes’ Senior Night against the Eagles, he referred to it as one of the greatest events he’s ever attended in sports and I couldn’t have agreed more. There’s something special about Morgan/Coppin that’s uniquely Baltimore and every Charm City sports fan needs to experience it at least once.

We’re in the middle of a recent addition as far as Baltimore sports events are concerned, and the CAA Tournament may already be moving up the list for many fans.

I’m glad I’m not in charge of this list-because while I’ll imagine most of you are probably thinking about events like Orioles Opening Day or Ravens/Steelers, there is no doubt that Army/Navy (which returns to Baltimore this fall at M&T Bank Stadium) would easily take the top spot on my list.

The neat part about this list to me will be to see which unique events different sports fans include. Some folks might find the Preakness infield to be a “must”, while others might be more inclined to say Maryland Million Day is better. The annual Calvert Hall/Loyola “Turkey Bowl” football game is a logical choice to make the list, but what about the Maryvale/Mercy girls’ basketball game? And while I love Army/Navy, maybe others think Towson/Delaware is the most important college football game in the area.

We haven’t even mentioned lacrosse yet. Or soccer. Or boxing. Or MMA. Or Pro Wrestling. Or any litany of other sports whose events are unique/special to those of us in Baltimore.

Perhaps I could best paint the picture for this topic by asking “if you had a friend who was moving to Baltimore and you had 12 months to indoctrinate them to the sports scene, which events would you see to it they be a part of?” It’s certainly a broader topic than some of the others we’ve tackled this year, which should make for a fascinating list.

And be specific! If you think it’s important to sit in a certain section at a Ravens or O’s game, say where. If you think it’s important to see UMBC play a specific opponent-tell us which one.

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Nestor via nasty@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Nestor will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew & Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Drew will then re-visit the list with me at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

What are the events a Baltimore Sports fan MUST attend? Let your voice be heard!

-G

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Towson Advances To Semifinal In CAA Tournament

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Robert Canady

Playing in front of a decidly hometown crowd, Towson’s basketball team defeated James Madison University 80-71 on Saturday night at Baltimore Arena.  It was exactly the type of advantage that Towson had hoped to have  with the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament being held in Baltimore for the first time in its history.

That atmosphere was noticed by the players, “I fed off the atmopshere, obviously we had a great  crowd and that helped,” said Four McGlynn the sophomore guard who led all scorers with 21 points.  Head Coach Pat Skerry felt McGlynn was a key coming into the game.  ”He was a guy we were going to count on.  He has NCAA postseason and conference championship experiencce.  His postseason experience really showed through tonight,” Skerry said.

 

That postseasonn experience also showed itself from the free throw line where McGlynn was 6-6 during the last 1:07 of a game that featured 97 free throw attempts by both teams.   Towson set a CAA Tournament single game record  in both free throws attempted (61) and made (39).  McGlynn helped the Tigers get ahead by double digits early when he made two three-pointers in the first ten minutes of the game, he wouuld end the night making four of five long range attempts.

Leading by as many as 13 in the first half, JMU used a 7-1 run over the last 3:59 of the half, Towson’s last field goal came on a Marcus Damas steal and dunk at the 4:40 mark.

The teams traded three pointers to begin the second half.  From there the rest of the second half became a march to the free throw line for both teams.  Towson took 42 trips to the charity stripe and converted 27 of them.  The Dukes made the most of their turn by making 22 of 28 free throws in the final stanza.

Jerrelle Benimon who took home the CAA Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year Thursday night, recorded career highs with 21 free throws attempted and 12 made.   When asked if all the fouls called made it hard to get in a good offensive flow, Benimon replied, “Well I couldn’t get a rhythm going from the free throw line either, so I guess it didn’t make a difference.”

With all the trips to the free throw line, the Tigers were able stem any serious run by the Dukes.  The closest JMU would get in the second half was six points on a couple occasions, the last coming  with just :59 to play.  However, Towson made it’s last eight free throws to close it out.  In fact the last 17 points for the Tigers came via free throws.

When the Tigers were able to get a shot off without being fouled, they did remarkably well shooting 58% from the field and 62% on threes in the second half.   For the game, Towson hit on 57% (9-17) of it’s thres.

As for the pressure of playing their first postseason game since arriving at Towson, and having it in your backyard with high expectations, Skerry said “The kids handled it incredibly well, probably a lot better than I did.  We had an unbelievable turnout of Towson people here tonight and I would believe it would be even larger tomorrow.”

Tomorrow means today, as Towson will play in the CAA semifinals for the first time since 2009, when it faces William and Mary for the third time in just about three weeks.  ”This was a big game, we hadn’t played in this (the tournament) we had to get the first win.  I would anticipate we’ll play much better on both ends of the floor tomorrow,” Skerry said.

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Towson faces James Madison in CAA Tournament quarterfinals Saturday

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO FACE JAMES MADISON IN CAA QUARTERFINALS ON SATURDAY
Tigers seek to reach CAA semifinals for first time since 2009

BALTIMORE, Md. - The second-seeded Towson men’s basketball team will face seventh-seeded James Madison in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Baltimore Arena.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken 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 (22-9, 13-3 CAA) swept a pair of meetings against James Madison (11-19, 6-10 CAA) this season, topping the Dukes 80-71 inside SECU Arena on February 4 and pulling out a 69-66 decision on the road just 10 days ago.

The Tigers have posted their most wins in a season at the Division I level and most overall since the 1977-78 team went 26-4 while in Division II. The No. 2 seed is Towson’s highest seed in a conference tournament since the Tigers were the top seed in the 1994 Big South Conference Tournament.

Towson enters the CAA Tournament having won six straight games, its longest winning streak under head coach Pat Skerry. It is the longest winning streak for the Tigers as a CAA program and longest overall winning streak since winning seven straight during the 1993-94 season.

The Tigers are led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation in rebounding (11.7 rpg) and double-doubles (20). The senior also paces Towson in scoring at 18.9 points per game and has dished out a team-high 115 assists.

Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie also earned CAA accolades this season. Both were named to the all-conference third team. Guthrie ranks second on the team in scoring and 14th in the CAA at 12.0 points per game. Damas averages 11.4 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

James Madison is the defending CAA champion. After winning three of four games late in the season, the Dukes dropped their final two games to fall to the No. 7 seed. Sophomore Andre Nation leads the squad by averaging 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Towson is 4-2 in its last six CAA Tournament opening games, but this is the first of those that will be in the quarterfinal round. The Tigers have only advanced to the semifinals once (2009) since joining the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season.

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CAA Tournament Tips Off Tonight In Baltimore

Posted on 07 March 2014 by Robert Canady

After having to miss last year’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament due to low APR scores under a previous administration, the Towson University basketball team will finally get to take the floor in postseason action this weekend.

First Mariner Arena Will Host the CAA Tournament For Three Years Beginning Tonight.

The Tigers finished the season with a Division 1 school record 22-9 (13-3 CAA) campaign.  That was good enough for second place in the league and the No. 2 seed in the tournament which begins tonight at First Mariner Arena in downtown Baltimore.

James Madison University the defending CAA champions will be the Tigers opponent  in the first round game played at 6:00 PM tomorrow night, as the third game in the four game slate.  The Dukes lost a lot of players from that Championship team, but bring in a very talented young group, that played the Tigers tough in the two conference games this year, before ultimately losing both contests.

Below is a look at the matchups for the first round game tonight and the quarterfinal matchups that take place tomorrow, the teams CAA record is in parenthesis.

First Round:  #8 Hofstra  9-22 (5-11) vs. #9 UNCW 9-22 (3-13) Friday night at 7:00 PM

Hofstra swept the regular season series between the two teams, winning 69-64 in Wilmington, and 61-52 at home.   The Pride are led by graduate student transfer Zeke Upshaw who was selected to the All CAA 2nd team at last night’s awards banquet.  He was second in the league in scoring at 19.6 points per game.

UNCW, lost its first 10 conference games before finally breaking through with a surprise win against Towson in Wilmington on February 10th.  The Seahawks started using a five man substitution plan during that game.  In doing so they finished the last six games of the season with a 3-3 record.  Junior Cedric Williams is the leading scorer for UNCW putting in 11 points per game.

Quarterfinals

Saturday 12:00 PM #1 Delaware 22-9 (14-2) vs. Hofstra/UNCW winner 

The Blue Hens come into the tournament off the most successful regular season ever for a Delaware basketball team.  As a result Head Coach Monte Ross was voted CAA Coach Of The Year.  Delaware started the conference season 11-0 before losing to Towson 78-63 at SECU Arena in February.   Devon Saddler  a senior leads a dynamic scoring attack  with 20.2 points per game.  Baltimore native Davon Usher a graduate student transfer from Mississippi Valley State added 19.4 points per game, good enough for third in the CAA.   Jarvis Threatt missed six games due to a suspension which did not allow him to qualify for league leaders but he averaged 17.9 points a game.

In addition  junior Kyle Anderson  (11.1) and  senior Carl Baptiste (10.9) gave the Blue Hens five players scoring in double figures.

Devon Saddler A First Team All CAA Selection-courtsey of CollegeChalkTalk

Saturday 2:30 PM #4 Drexel 16-13 (8-8) vs. #5 Northeastern  10-20 (7-9)

Drexel battled injuries all season long, at one point having four starters miss multiple games.  The biggest injury came in the pre-season when junior guard Damion Lee a pre-season favorite to be 1st team all CAA tore an ACL that would cause him to miss the entire year.

Despite the injuries, the Dragons predicted to finish second in the CAA polls were able to secure a No. 4 seed.   Drexel  is led by first team All CAA guard Frantz Massenat a senior who led the team in scoring (17.4) and the CAA in assist with 4.8 assist per game.

Northeastern features all CAA Defensive Player of the Year Scott Eatherton, who battled the Tigers Jerrelle Benimon most of the year for the nations lead in double/doubles before finishing second to Benimon in that category with 18. Eatherton put up 15.5 points and grabbed 10.1 rebounds per game for the Huskies.

The two teams split the season series.

Saturday 6:00 PM #2 Towson 22-9 (13-3) vs. #7 James Madison 11-19 (6-10)

We’ve already talked about the matchup earlier, so I’ll just add some of the awards the Tigers picked up at the dinner last night.

Jerrelle Benimon: CAA Player of the Year, First Team ALL CAA, All CAA Defensive Team

Marcus Damas: All CAA Third Team

Rafriel Guthrie: All CAA Third Team

Timajh Parker-Rivera: CAA All Academic Team, CAA Dean Ehlers Leadership Award

Coach Pat Skerry was also one of only three coaches that received votes for Coach of the Year,  along with Tony Shaver of William & Mary and Ross.

Jerrelle Benimon Voted CAA Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, led the nation in rebounding and double/doubles.

Saturday 8:30 PM #3 William & Mary 18-11 (10-6) vs. #6 College of Charleston 14-17 (6-10)

The Tribe spent a good part of the year either tied or just one game behind Towson for second place in the CAA before going 3-3 in its final six games.  However, two of those losses came at the hands of Towson. The Tigers defeated the Tribe 85-70 on the 15th of February, and closed out the regular season with a thrilling 70-68 win at SECU last Saturday.

William and Mary is led by First Team All CAA Guard Marcus Thornton, who finished 5th in the CAA with 18.6 points per game, and led all CAA players with 85 three-pointers on the season. The Tribe also feature the Rookie of the Year for the CAA in freshman Omar Prewitt.

College of Charleston is a newcomer to the CAA this year and found  the quality of the teams in the CAA was much deeper than the Southern Conference in which it left after last season.

The Cougars are led by senior Willis Hall (12.2) and they allowed the fewest points scored per game at 62.5 of any team in the conference.

The quarterfinals are sure to produce a lot of what the regular season featured, close games that come down to the last few possessions, and possibly overtimes.  While Delaware and Towson are the decided favorites, and a lot of people would consider a Tigers/Blue Hens finals matchup a marquee event on Monday night, there are seven other teams that feel they are very capable of ruining the hopes of either the No.1 or No. 2 seed.

 

 

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-ACC Tournament: Maryland vs. Georgia Tech/Virginia/Boston College (Friday 8pm from Greensboro, NC live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa (Saturday 3pm from London live on UFC Fight Pass); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Thursday-Monday 2pm from Indian Wells, CA live on Tennis Channel)

10. Jim Breuer (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Amy Schumer (Thursday 8pm Stephens Hall Towson University); Tony Woods (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Saturday Sandy Point State Park); 300: Rise of an Empire“, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” out in theaters (Friday); 12 Years a Slave” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Matthew McConaughey won an Academy Award. Which means we can’t be far from Jim Breuer getting his.

Also Amy Schumer returns to her alma mater. She’s a really polite gal-you should introduce her to your mom.

9. Juicy J (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Stir Fried feat. John Popper/Cara Kelly & The Tall Tale (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Stephen Kellogg (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Schoolboy Q (Friday 8pm & 11pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Vertical Horizon/Tonic/Dishwalla (Wednesday 7:30pm Howard Theatre); Bob Mould (Wednesday 7:30pm 9:30 Club); Bear Hands (Tuesday 8:30pm DC9); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Tuesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Lorde (Friday 8pm Echostage), David Guetta (Saturday & Sunday 9pm Echostage); Moody Blues (Monday 8pm Strathmore); Pharrell Williams “G I R L”, Drive-By Truckers “English Oceans” and Rick Ross “Mastermind” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Have you thought about the fact that John Popper has been in your life for two decades now?

Yes, I still smile when I hear a Vertical Horizon tune. So sue me.

I’ve been playing the Bear Hands tune a lot as a rejoiner on the show recently. You know it from the times you’ve emailed to say “what’s the name of that song?”

J. Roddy is amazing. You should probably already know that.

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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 set for #2 seed in CAA Tournament

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (March 1, 2014) – The pairings are set for the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship, which will be held March 7-10, 2014 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md.

Tournament play opens at 7 p.m. on Friday as #8 Hofstra (9-22, 5-11 in CAA) takes on #9 UNCW (9-22, 3-13 in CAA) in opening round action.

In Saturday’s quarterfinals, top-seeded Delaware (22-9, 14-2 in CAA) meets the Hofstra/UNCW winner at Noon, followed by #4 Drexel (16-13, 8-8 in CAA) against #5 Northeastern (10-20, 7-9 in CAA) at 2:30 p.m. The evening session begins at 6 p.m. with #2 Towson (22-9, 13-3 in CAA) against #7 James Madison (11-19, 6-10 in CAA), and action wraps up at 8:30 p.m. as #3 William & Mary (18-11, 10-6 in CAA) faces #6 College of Charleston (14-17, 6-10 in CAA).

The four winners will advance to Sunday’s semifinals, which are set for 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The CAA championship game will be played at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10.

Tickets are available by logging on to TicketMaster.com, calling the Baltimore Arena box office at (410) 347-2020 or by visiting the box office of any CAA school.

All four quarterfinal games of the championship will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as CSS and SNY. The semifinals and championship game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Friday’s first-round game will be televised online by CAA.TV.

For more information, be sure to check out our championships page.

CAA Men’s Basketball Championship
March 7-10, 2014 – Baltimore Arena – Baltimore, Md.

Friday, March 7

G1 – #8 Hofstra vs. #9 UNCW – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 8

G2 – #1 Delaware vs. Hofstra/UNCW winner – Noon
G3 – #4 Drexel vs. #5 Northeastern – 2:30 p.m.
G4 – #2 Towson vs. #7 James Madison – 6 p.m.

G5 – #3 William & Mary vs. #6 College of Charleston – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 9

G6 – Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3 – 2:30 p.m.
G7 – Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 – 5 p.m.

Monday, March 10
G8 – CAA Championship Game – 7 p.m.

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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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