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Local prospects Fair, Usher, Smith headed to NBA Summer League

Posted on 28 June 2014 by WNST Staff

After no local college or high school player was selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, a few have received another opportunity to pursue a possible NBA future.

Former City College standout CJ Fair will get his chance with the Dallas Mavericks in the Summer League. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the former Syracuse star’s camp believed the Mavs would draft him in the second round but traded away their picks earlier in the week to re-acquire center Tyson Chandler.

Former Walbrook star Roscoe Smith has found a Summer League spot with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to SNY.tv. Smith finished his college career at UNLV after winning a national championship at UConn.

Davon Usher will get his opportunity with the Golden State Warriors in Summer League play according to the Bay Area News Group. Usher had a stellar career at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor High School before playing collegiately at Delaware.

The Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets will both give former Towson University forward Jerrelle Benimon a chance to participate in Summer League play. Benimon was a two-time CAA Player of the Year after transferring to Towson from Georgetown.

To this point, there is nothing known about the chances of former Aberdeen star Devon Saddler (Delaware) or former Patterson star Aquille Carr (NBA D-League Delaware 87′ers) getting an opportunity to play in Summer League.

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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 hosts Delaware Monday for showdown of top CAA teams

Posted on 16 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE CAA SQUARE OFF ON MONDAY AS TOWON HOSTS DELAWARE
Tigers looking to give Blue Hens first CAA loss when the squads meet inside SECU Arena

TOWSON, Md. - The top two teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) are set to meet on Monday night as Towson hosts rival Delaware inside SECU Arena at 7 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.

Delaware, which has won 13 straight games, is 19-7 overall and first-place in the CAA with a perfect 11-0 league record. Towson (17-9, 8-3 CAA) took control of second-place in the conference standings with an 85-70 win at William & Mary on Saturday.

The Blue Hens and the Tigers met earlier this season in Newark, Del. with UD pulling out an 83-76 win on its home floor.

Tiger senior Jerrelle Benimon scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the first meeting between the squads. Benimon is currently tied for first in the nation in rebounds per game (11.6) and double-doubles (17).

Benimon was aided by the stellar play of classmate Mike Burwell in Towson’s win at William & Mary on Saturday. Burwell hit five three-pointers en route to scoring a career-high 23 points. The guard has scored in double figures in four of his last six games.

Delaware’s last loss came against St. Bonaventure on December 30. The Blue Hens boast the CAA’s top scoring offense at 80.3 points per game, led by senior Devon Saddler, who averages 20.4 points per game. Classmate Davon Usher averages 19.4 points per game overall and is leading the CAA by averaging 22.6 points per game in league contests.

Monday will be the 72nd all-time meeting between Towson and Delaware. The Blue Hens will pass Loyola as the Tigers most commonly played opponent of all-time. Delaware leads the all-time series 42-29 but Towson has won two of the last three meetings.

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Towson pays visit to rival Delaware Saturday

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO DELAWARE ON SATURDAY FOR MATCH-UP OF TOP TWO CAA TEAMS
Tigers looking to win fourth straight road game

NEWARK, Del. – The Towson men’s basketball team will visit first-place Delaware on Saturday in a game that can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

Al Koken and John Feinstein will be on the television call, with the game scheduled to tip at 12:00 p.m. inside the Bob Carpenter Center.

Towson (12-7, 3-1 CAA) will be seeking its fourth straight road win and third straight victory over Delaware.

The Tigers are coming off a 57-54 loss to Northeastern on Wednesday. The loss snapped Towson’s five-game winning streak overall and 13-game home court winning streak.

Senior forward Marcus Damas led the Tigers with 21 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including a season-high five three-pointers. Damas has scored 20 or more points in two of his last three games.

Delaware (13-7, 5-0) is coming off an impressive 90-77 win at Drexel. The Blue Hens have won seven straight games overall and five straight at home. Senior guard Devon Saddler leads UD by averaging 21.8 points per game.

Delaware boasts the top scoring offense in the CAA as the Blue Hens average 81.1 points per game. UD also leads the league in free throw percentage (71.5) and three-point field goal percentage defense (30.7).

Saturday’s game will be the 71st all-time meeting between rivals, tying Delaware with Loyola as the Tigers most commonly played opponent all-time.

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Towson looks to extend road win streak Wednesday at red hot Delaware

Posted on 15 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO RIVAL DELAWARE ON WEDNESDAY SEEKING FOURTH STRAIGHT ROAD WIN
Tigers Hoping To Halt Delaware’s Five-Game Win Streak

NEWARK, Del. - After having its four-game win streak snapped on Saturday, the Towson men’s basketball team will look to get back on track as the Tigers travel to rival Delaware on Wednesday night.

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

Towson (8-9, 3-1 CAA) and Delaware (8-8, 3-0 CAA) will be meeting for the 69th time on Wednesday. The Tigers have only played Loyola (71) more often in their history.

Towson is coming off a 70-59 loss at home to CAA-leading Northeastern on Saturday. Junior Jerrelle Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 11th double-double in the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

After averaging 12.5 points and 3.0 assists per game last week, Tiger freshman Jerome Hairston was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Week on Monday. It was the second time this season that Hairston has garnered the weekly award.

Delaware is riding a season-high five game win streak and is one of only two undefeated teams in the CAA. The Blue Hens have won 10 consecutive CAA regular season games dating back to last season.

UD is led by high-scoring guard Devon Saddler and Jamelle Hagins, one of the top big men in the CAA. Saddler leads the league in scoring at 20.6 points per game and Hagins leads the country in rebounding with 11.9 boards a game.

Towson will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak to Delaware, including three losses last season.

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