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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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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 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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Syracuse @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Georgia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute (Saturday 10:15pm from Montreal live on HBO), Ivan Redkach vs. Tony Luis (Friday 10pm from Memphis live on Showtime); MISL: St. Louis Ambush @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Syracuse Silver Stars (Sunday 1pm from Syracuse, NY live on YouTube)

10. Paul Mooney (Saturday 7:30pm Howard Theatre)l Iliza Shlesinger (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Doug Stanhope (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House); Todd Glass (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Baltimore County); Enough Said“, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler“, “Riddick” and “Carrie” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit“, “The Nut Joband “Ride Along” out in theaters (Friday)

Iliza Schlesinger is both humorous and not safe for work.

I have no interest in seeing Jack Ryan, but I could use some more Keira Knightley in my life.

9. Jay-Z (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Stone Sour/Pop Evil (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Rusted Root (Monday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Big Daddy Kane (Friday 9pm Howard Theatre); Charles Bradley (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Big Head Todd and The Monsters (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Gipsy Kings (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Dangermuffin (Friday 8pm Gypsy Sally’s); Bruce Springsteen “High Hopes”Switchfoot “Fading West” and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Give The People What They Want” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ve seen Jay-Z a few times, probably won’t make down to DC Thursday night. But if he ever toured with The Roots there would not be a price I wouldn’t pay.

Charles Bradley > Charles Barkley > Matt Barkley > My elementary school friend Matt Besche. Actually, strike that. Matt Besche is WAY better than Matt Barkley.

Drew Forrester said the new Springsteen record isn’t a home run. Fair enough. I really like this tune though.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are example number 6,789,403 why Brooklyn is now the capital of the music world.

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Towson picked to win CAA in preseason hoops poll

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Towson, which returns four starters from last year’s 18-13 team, has been picked to win the CAA men’s basketball championship in 2013-14 according to a vote of the league’s coaches, media relations directors and media members. The results of the poll were announced during Tuesday’s CAA Basketball Media Day in Baltimore, Md.

The Tigers were followed in the voting by Drexel, CAA newcomer College of Charleston and Delaware. Picked fifth was William & Mary, followed by Northeastern, James Madison, UNCW and Hofstra.

Towson will try to build off a 2012-13 season in which it posted the biggest turnaround in NCAA history and recorded its most wins (13) and highest finish (tied 2nd) ever in CAA play. Leading the Tigers is senior forward Jerrelle Benimon, who earned CAA Player of the Year and honorable mention All-America accolades after averaging 17.1 points per game and ranking third in the nation in rebounding with 11.2 rpg. He’ll be joined in the frontcourt by senior Marcus Damas, who contributed 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. Returning in the backcourt is sophomore point guard Jerome Hairston (9.8 ppg), along with seniors Mike Burwell (9.0 ppg) and Rafriel Guthrie (8.1 ppg). The Tigers have also added sophomore guard Four McGlynn, who was the America East Rookie of the Year in 2011-12 at Vermont.

Towson’s Benimon was voted as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. He is joined on the preseason All-CAA first team by Drexel’s Damion Lee and Frantz Massenat, Delaware’s Devon Saddler, and William & Mary’s Marcus Thornton.

Voted to the preseason second team were CofC’s Adjehi Baru, Delaware’s Jarvis Threatt, Northeastern’s Quincy Ford, James Madison’s Andre Nation, and William & Mary’s Tim Rusthoven.

Towson’s Damas was named Honorable Mention All-CAA Preseason, along with Chris Fouch of Drexel and Anthony Stitt of College of Charleston.

2013-14 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH 

1. Towson

2. Drexel

3. College of Charleston

4. Delaware

5. William & Mary

6. Northeastern

7. James Madison

8. UNCW

9. Hofstra

2013-14 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS 

First Team                                                        Cl.          Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Hometown/Previous School

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

Damion Lee, Drexel#                                     Jr.           G            6-6         195        Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/St. Thomas More

Frantz Massenat, Drexel#                             Sr.          G            6-4         185        Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic

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

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

 

Second Team                                                  Cl.          Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Hometown/Previous School

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

Quincy Ford, Northeastern^                        Jr.           F/G         6-8         212        St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs

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

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

Jarvis Threatt, Delaware^                             Jr.           G            6-2         170        Richmond, Va./Highland Springs

CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

Honorable Mention: Marcus Damas, Sr., F, Towson; Chris Fouch, Gr., G, Drexel; Anthony Stitt, Jr., G, College of Charleston

*1st team All-CAA in 2012-13

#2nd team All-CAA in 2012-13

^3rd team All-CAA in 2012-13

% CAA All-Rookie in 2012-13

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Towson opens hoops season Friday at Charleston

Posted on 08 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s Basketball Opens 2012-13 Season at College of Charleston

Tigers Travel to Southern Conference Power Friday

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Under the guidance of second-year head coach Pat Skerry, the Towson University men’s basketball team is set to begin the 2012-13 season at the College of Charleston on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The game is being played at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

Although Towson returns just three scholarship players from last year’s team, the new-look Tigers welcome a trio of BIG EAST transfers, a highly-regarded junior college transfer and a nationally recognized freshman class.

Towson will be looking to build on an impressive performance in its exhibition opener against Bloomsburg University on November 1.

All five Tiger starters scored in double figures, led by junior guard Mike Burwell’s 16 points. Classmate Jerrelle Benimon also filled the stat sheet with 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds, guiding Towson to an 87-65 win.

The offensive explosion was a welcome sight as the Tigers averaged just 47.0 points in a pair of exhibition games last season.

The Cougars present a challenge to the Tigers, who will be seeking their first regular season opening victory in four years.

Charleston, which won 19 games last season, was picked to finish second in the south division of the Southern Conference this year. The Cougars’ first year head coach Doug Wojcik spent the last seven seasons as the head coach at Tulsa.

The College of Charleston is led by senior guard Andrew Lawrence, who averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game last season. Lawrence, a member of the Great Britain National Team in the 2012 London Olympics, and junior forward Trent Wiedeman were both named to the 2012 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team.

The Cougars were victorious in their only exhibition game, topping USC Aiken, 68-52, on November 3.

The trip to Charleston will be a familiar one for Skerry, who served as an assistant coach for two seasons at the school under current Marshall head coach Tom Herrion.

The game at Charleston will be the first of 10 straight road games Towson will play to begin the 2012-13 season.

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