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Towson hosts Drexel Saturday in penultimate game at Towson Center

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - ThTowson men’s basketball team will play two of its final three games at home, starting with a matchup against Drexel on Saturday at 12 noon.

The game, which is being sponsored by PNC, can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti callling the action.

Towson (15-13, 10-5 CAA) is coming off a 57-50 win at Hofstra on February 16. The Tigers have won five of their last six games and are currently tied with Delaware for second-place in the league standings.

Drexel (11-16, 7-8 CAA) will be playing its third game in six days on Saturday. The Dragons are coming off a tough 73-71 double overtime loss at Delaware on Thursday.

Sophomore guard Damion Lee leads the Dragons and ranks fourth in the CAA by averaging 17.1 points per game. Junior point guard Frantz Massenat averages 14.1 points and 4.3 assists per game.

Towson will be looking for its first season sweep of Drexel since the 2001-02 season. The Tigers won at Drexel on January 5 behind the 18-point, 16-rebound effort from junior forward Jerrelle Benimon.

The Tigers will be seeking their 16th win of the season, which would be their most since the 1995-96 season.

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Towson looks to extend win streak Saturday at Drexel

Posted on 04 January 2013 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its third straight win on Saturday as the Tigers travel to CAA Preseason favorite Drexel for a 4 p.m. match-up against the Dragons at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

The game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

The last time Towson played three straight road games and won them all was in February of 1993 when the Tigers defeated UNC Asheville, Radford and UMBC in an eight-day span.

The Tigers (6-8, 1-0 CAA) will have the chance to match that feat after winning an overtime thriller at Oregon State last Saturday and starting off conference play with a road win at UNCW on Wednesday. Current CAA Player of the Week Jerrelle Benimon just missed his ninth double-double of the season on Wednesday as the forward finished with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon was also impressive, posting his first double figure scoring game since mid-November with 14 points to go along with eight rebounds in the win over the Seahawks. For only the third time this season, the Tigers had four players in double figures as Mike Burwell (13) and Marcus Damas(11) joined Benimon and Dixon with double-digit points.

Drexel (5-8, 1-0 CAA), which was selected as the preseason favorite in the conference, started the season 2-6 before winning three its last five games. The Dragons opened CAA play on Saturday, defeating Georgia State, 77-60, in Atlanta.

Sophomore guard Damion Lee leads Drexel in scoring at 18.5 points per game while CAA Preseason Player of the Year Frantz Massenat is averaging 13.5 points and 4.4 assists per game.

Towson will be attempting to win its first two league games for the first time since joining the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season. The Tigers will also be looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Dragons and win their first game at Drexel since Jan. 12, 2002.

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Towson hoops picked to finish 10th in CAA

Posted on 17 October 2012 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. (October 16, 2012) – Drexel, which returns all but one player from last year’s 29-7 team, has been picked to win the CAA men’s basketball championship in 2012-13 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 at Champps-Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va.

The Dragons were followed in the voting by Delaware, George Mason, Old Dominion and Northeastern. Picked sixth was James Madison, followed by Hofstra, Georgia State, William & Mary, Towson and UNCW.

Drexel welcomes back four starters from a squad that set a school record for victories (29), captured its first CAA regular-season title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT. Leading the Dragons is junior point guard Frantz Massenat, who earned first-team All-CAA honors in 2012 after scoring a team-high 13.7 points per game and leading the league in assists (4.8 apg). He’ll be joined in the backcourt by 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year Damion Lee (12.0 ppg) and seniors Chris Fouch (10.8 ppg) and Derrick Thomas (8.1 ppg). Drexel also has experience in the post with senior Daryl McCoy (4.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and junior Dartaye Ruffin (5.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg).

Delaware returns four starters from its 18-14 squad that earned a postseason berth for the first time since 2000. The Blue Hens feature one of the league’s top inside-outside combinations in senior forward Jamelle Hagins and junior guard Devon Saddler, who both made the All-CAA second team in 2012. Hagins scored 12.4 ppg and ranked fifth in the nation in rebounding (11.1 rpg) and ninth in blocked shots (3.0 bpg), while Saddler was the CAA’s second-leading scorer with 18.8 ppg. Senior Josh Brinkley (8.7 ppg) is a returning starter at forward and guards Jarvis Threatt (10.7 ppg) and Kyle Anderson (8.9 ppg) are coming off impressive rookie seasons.

Two starters and several key reserves are back at George Mason, which is coming off a 24-9 campaign a year ago. The Patriots’ top returnee is junior guard Sherrod Wright, who contributed 9.6 ppg as the team’s sixth man. Joining him in the backcourt are junior point guard Bryon Allen (7.5 ppg) and three-point shooting threat Vertrail Vaughns (8.8 ppg). Junior Jonathan Arledge (4.3 ppg) and sophomore Erik Copes (3.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg) are expected to challenge for starting roles and Mason should get a boost from the return of junior Johnny Williams, who missed last season due to injury.

Old Dominion will look to extend its streak of eight consecutive postseason appearances. Senior forward Nick Wright (8.4 ppg) and junior guard Donte Hill (7.6 ppg) are returning starters from last year’s 22-14 team. Northeastern will build around a core of four returning starters. Leading the Huskies will be senior guards Jonathan Lee (14.5 ppg) and Joel Smith (12.9 ppg) along with CAA All-Rookie team selection Quincy Ford (11.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg).

Drexel’s Massenat was voted as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. He is joined on the preseason All-CAA first team by Delaware’s Hagins and Saddler, Drexel’s Lee, Northeastern’s Lee and UNCW senior forward Keith Rendleman, who contributed 15.3 ppg and 10.0 rpg last season to earn first-team All-CAA accolades.

Voted to the preseason second team were Northeastern’s Ford, Mason’s Wright, James Madison senior guard A.J. Davis (15.9 ppg), William & Mary sophomore guard Marcus Thornton (11.1 ppg) and Georgia State junior guard Devonta White (12.9 ppg).

2012-13 CAA Men’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
1. Drexel
2. Delaware
3. George Mason
4. Old Dominion
5. Northeastern
6. James Madison
7. Hofstra
8. Georgia State
9. William & Mary
10. Towson
11. UNCW

2012-13 CAA Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Teams

 

First Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Jamelle Hagins, Delaware# Sr. F 6-9 50 Roanoke, Va./William Fleming
Damion Lee, Drexel% So. G 6-6 195 Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/St. Thomas More
Jonathan Lee, Northeastern^ Sr. G 6-2 200 Flint, Mich./Flint Carmen-Ainsworth/Hun School
Frantz Massenat, Drexel* Jr. G 6-4 195 Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic
Keith Rendleman, UNCW* Sr. F 6-8 220 Denver, N.C./East Lincoln
Devon Saddler, Delaware# Jr. G 6-2 205 Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen/Winchendon Prep
Second Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
A.J. Davis, James Madison Sr. G 6-6 210 Columbus, Ohio/Harmony Comm./Wyoming
Quincy Ford, Northeastern% So. F/G 6-8 212 St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs
Marcus Thornton, William & Mary% So. G 6-4 185 Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara
Devonta White, Georgia State Jr. G 5-10 158 Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial
Sherrod Wright, George Mason Jr. G 6-4 196 Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon

CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Frantz Massenat, Drexel

Honorable Mention: Chris Fouch, Sr., G, Drexel; DeShawn Painter, Sr., C, Old Dominion; Joel Smith, Sr., G, Northeastern; Jarvis Threatt, So., G, Delaware; Nick Wright, Sr., F, Old Dominion

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