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Loyola, Boston U Meet in BracketBuster Battle Sunday

Posted on 19 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Boston University Terriers
Date Sunday, February 19, 2012
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV | Radio Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Boston University leads, 1-0
Last Meeting Boston U. 71, Loyola 51 – Dec. 27, 1996, in Tampa, Fla.

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland wraps up its home regular-season schedule on Sunday, February 19, 2012, when it hosts Boston University in the Sears’ Bracketbuster event. Tip-off is schedule for 12 noon.

The Greyhounds will honor senior student manager Kevin Farrell and senior players J’hared Hall and Shane Walker in a ceremony following the game.

Bracketbuster History

Loyola is participating in the Bracketbuster event for the seventh-straight season, and it has a 4-2 record in its previous five games.

The Greyhounds have Bracketbuster wins over High Point (2006), Tennessee State (2007), UC-Davis (2008) and Towson (2011) and losses to Drexel (2009) and New Hampshire (2010).

Series History

Loyola and Boston University will meet for just the second time on the hardwood. The Terriers won the first meeting, 71-51, in the first round of the Sports Foundation Classic on December 27, 1996, in Tampa, Fla.

Jason Rowe led the Greyhounds with 16 points and seven assists in the game, and Erik Cooper scored a career-high 15. Tunji Awojobi finished with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Terriers.

The Greyhounds have played two teams from Boston University’s America East Conference this season, defeating UMBC and New Hampshire on the road.

Free Webstreaming

Fans who can’t make it to the game on Thursday have multiple options for catching the action from Reitz Arena. In addition to live stats and internet audio, all non-televised home contests, will be broadcast free of charge on Hounds Unleashed, the broadcast arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. The games will be available on computers and most smart phone devices.

Wrapping Up Non-Conference Play

Sunday’s game will be Loyola’s final non-conference test of the 2011-2012 season, a slate the Greyhounds have gone 7-3 during thus far.

Loyola’s seven non-conference wins are one short of the school Division I record victories out of regular-season non-conference action

Skip Prosser’s 1993-1994 team went 8-4 out of the league before going just 6-8 in MAAC play. That team, however, went on to win three-straight games at the MAAC Championships and advance to the school’s first, and only, NCAA Tournament.

Telling Stats

Loyola’s two most recent games underscored the importance for the Greyhounds of capitalizing on a few areas of the box score.

Six of Loyola’s seven losses have now come when scoring fewer transition points – and the seventh loss was in a game that the teams tied in the category – than its opponents.

The Greyhounds also dropped to 2-5 this year in the seven games they have shot fewer free throws than their opponents, compared to 15-2 when shooting more.

Loyola is also 4-7 when its opponents have a better field-goal percentage, compared to 15-0 when the Greyhounds shoot at a better clip.

Getting Up Shots

Loyola had its shot opportunities against Marist on Wednesday night, taking a season-high 64 shots. The Greyhounds, however, shot just 31.3-percent from the field, making only 20.

Still Crashing The Offensive Boards

The Greyhounds corrected one problem from Sunday’s loss to Fairfield in which they had just 10 offensive rebounds in 36 opportunities. They pulled down 18 against the Red Foxes, their most since grabbing 22 on January 29 at Canisius. Shane Walker led the way with six, while Justin Drummond and Jordan Latham each had three.

Loyola leads the MAAC in offensive rebounding as a team, averaging 13.9, almost a full rebound more per game that second-place Canisius (13.0).

Despite the team ranking, no Greyhounds player is higher than sixth in the conference in offensive rebounds per game. Erik Etherly is sixth with 2.5, while Drummond is 13th with 2.2, and Walker is 15th with 2.0. No other team in the MAAC has more than two players in the top 15.

Last Time Out

Loyola took a two-point lead with 7:22 left in Wednesday night’s game at Marist, but the Red Foxes scored 18 of the next 19 points to go up 66-50 with 1:39 remaining.

Shane Walker posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Dylon Cormier added 11 points.

Balance Abound

Loyola enters last eight days of its regular season as one of only two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams (Rider) to boast four players with double-figure scoring averages.

The Greyhounds are the only team with four players who have averages of 10.0 points per game or greater – Dylon Cormier (13.8), Erik Etherly (13.3), Robert Olson (11.5) and Justin Drummond (11.1).

Leading The Charge

Erik Etherly and Robert Olson have been the Greyhounds’ two most consistent scorers since the calendar flipped to 2012, averaging a combined 29.3 points per game since January 5, a span of 13 games.

Etherly has scored four more points than Olson during those 13 games, 178-174 and averages 14.8 points to Olson’s 14.5.

Combined, the duo is shooting 50.2-percent from the field (120-of-239).

Etherly also leads Loyola with a 7.7 rebounds per game mark during the last 13 games, while Olson is third on the team, averaging 4.2.

Tops In Conference Play, Too

Robert Olson and Erik Etherly have also paced the Greyhounds in their 16 MAAC games thus far as the top two scorers. Etherly again is slightly ahead of Olson, scoring-wise, tallying 216 (13.5 per game) points to Olson’s 212 (13.3).

Etherly has averaged 7.3 rebounds in 6 conference games, and Olson is third on the team with an average of 4.3.

MAAC Honors

Erik Etherly was named MAAC Player of the Week Monday for the second time this season. He averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds against Iona and Fairfield.

Tying School Marks

Friday night’s win over Iona improved Loyola’s record to 19-5 overall and 12-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season.

The Greyhounds’ 19 wins tie the 2007-2008 team’s school Division I record for most victories, and the 12 wins also tie the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 squads for most wins in the league.

Loyola’s 19 wins are also tied for fourth-most all-time in school history.

Reitz Was Rockin’

The Greyhounds’ games in Reitz Arena against Rider and Iona were both been sellout crowds of 2,100. It marked the first time since Reitz opened in December 1984 that the gym has had back-to-back sellout crowds.

The crowd on February 3 against Rider was the building’s first sellout since November 14, 2008, against Mount St. Mary’s.

Offensive Onslaught

Loyola turned in season highs in points (87), field goals made (32) and field goals attempted (63) at home against Iona.

The Greyhounds’ 47 points in the first half were also the most they’ve scored in the first 20 minutes this season and were tied for the most in either half, matching the 47 scored on November 14 against Coppin State in the second half.

Eight Field Goals For Three

Three Greyhounds knocked down eight or more field goals versus the Gaels. Erik Etherly was 9-of-12 from the field, Justin Drummond 8-of-12, and Dylon Cormier 8-of-16.

It was the first time in the eight-year tenure of Jimmy Patsos as head coach that three or more players have made eight or more baskets in the same game.

Etherly, Cormier Top 20

For the second time this year, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier both topped the 20-point mark. The duo also accomplished the feat on November 17 at UMBC when Etherly scored a career-best 27, and Cormier finished with 20.

Against Iona, Etherly and Cormier’s combined 44 points were just over half of the Greyhounds’ 87.

Drummond Raises Efficiency

Justin Drummond had his best shooting night of the season versus Iona, making 8-of-12 shots (.667). Drummond, who shot .446 as a freshman last year, has seen his field-goal percentage dip to .387 this year.

His previous best outing of the season came on December 28 at Bucknell when he was 5-of-8 (.625) from the floor.

Defensive Presence

Jordan Latham did not play in the Greyhounds’ first meeting with Iona, an 11-point setback, but the sophomore forward made his presence known last Friday night.

He came off the bench and played 14 minutes and had four blocked shots. Three of his blocks were not just redirects, but true swats of the ball. Each of his blocked shots came against different Iona players and in different situations. Twice, Latham swatted shots by driving guards, and he twice denied post players.

The four blocks were a career-high for Latham.

R.J.’s Assists Equal Success

R.J. Williams recorded five assists in the win over Iona, the fourth time this year he’s dished out five or more. The Greyhounds are 7-0 this season in games that Williams has four or more helpers.

As a team, the Greyhounds are 4-0 this year when recorded 15 or more assists, like they did Friday night.

Etherly’s Last Twelve

Erik Etherly continued his solid play of late with 22 points against Iona and 17 versus Fairfield last weekend. The game against the Stags marked the seventh straight game Etherly has scored 15 or more, helping him to a 12-game scoring average of 15.1 points, best on the team during that stretch.

Etherly also has averaged 7.6 rebounds, just above his season average, during the stretch that dates back to the Greyhounds’ first meeting with Canisius on January 7.

During the stretch, Etherly has scored in double figures 10 times – he finished with nine at Iona – and he has scored 15 or more eight times.

Fastest To 19

Loyola’s win over Iona was the Greyhounds’ 19th of the season, marking their fastest path to 19 victories since joining Division I for the 1981-1982 season. The Greyhounds’ arrival at 19 wins after just 24 games came by a wide margin over the previous best.

The 2007-2008 squad, set the previous standard, reaching 19 wins in 30 games, six more than this year’s team.

Good MAAC Start

With wins in 12 of its first 16 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games this season, Loyola is off to its best start in league play since joining the league in 1989-1990. The Greyhounds’ previous best start as 11-5 in 2007-2008.

Six Under Sixty

For the first time in its NCAA Division I history (since 1981-1982), Loyola held six consecutive opponents to fewer than 60 points.

During the span, all Loyola victories, the Greyhounds have held Siena, Saint Peter’s (twice), Niagara, Canisius and Rider to an average of 53.2 points per game.

The Greyhounds previously had held three teams to sub-60 performances just once since joining Division I, and that came during 1981-1982, their first season at this level.

The last time a Loyola team held six-straight teams under 60, regardless of division, came in January-February 1977 when it held six teams in a row – Southampton, Saint Peter’s, Randolph-Macon, Mount St. Mary’s, Baltimore and Philadelphia Textile – to 59 or fewer. The Greyhounds, however, were just 3-3 in that stretch.

During The Six

Loyola’s success during the last six games is reflected in several statistics. Opponents are shooting .387, .046 lower than the season average of .433. Also, Loyola held foes to .241 from 3-point range, more than 10 points lower than the season mark of .350.

Following the Greyhounds’ game at Iona on January 15, Loyola was ranked 265th in field-goal percentage defense (.449), 325th in 3-point defense (.389), and 163rd in scoring defense (66.2).

The last six games have moved the Greyhounds to 193rd in field goal percentage defense (.443), 215th in 3-point defense (.350) and 71st in scoring defense (62.8).

Olson’s January, Continued

After a stretch of not scoring in double figures for the last three games of December and the first two in January, Robert Olson was the Greyhounds’ leading scorer during the first month of the new calendar year, averaging 13.8.

In Loyola’s last 12 games, a stretch in which the Greyhounds are 9-3, Olson has averaged a team-best 14.2 points per game, second-most on the team.

Overall this season, Olson is shooting 44.3-percent from 3-point range, and his 54 threes made this season are 14th in school single-season history. His 3-point field goal percentage currently stands third in school single-season history.

Olson has made 126 threes in his career, good for sixth-best all-time at Loyola, passing Gerald Brown (2006-2008) in the game against Fairfield.

Something Had To Give

Entering last Friday night’s game against Rider, Loyola had held four consecutive opponents to 57 or fewer points, while the Broncs were averaging 87.5 points in their previous three games.

Loyola’s defense prevailed in the contest, holding Rider to 12 points in the first half and just 46 overall. It was the Broncs’ lowest scoring game since February 2008 when Fairfield held them to 40.

Almost 20 Years

Rider’s 46 points were the fewest Loyola has allowed since the Greyhounds defeated Niagara, 68-45, on February 21, 1992, a stretch of 521 games.

Loyola has now held opponents to 49 or fewer points eight times since joining NCAA Division I in 1981-1982. The Greyhounds did it twice each in 1981-1982, 1984-1985 and 1991-1992 and once in 1983-1984.

Bracketbuster Opponent Named

Loyola learned Monday that it will host Boston University of the America East Conference in its sixth appearance in the Sears’ Bracketbuster Event. The Greyhounds and Terriers will play Sunday, February 19, at 12 noon in Reitz Arena.

Tied For Third In Road Wins

As of the beginning of the week, Loyola’s 10 road wins had them tied for third in all of NCAA Division I for victories away from its home court.

Cleveland State and Wagner lead the way with 11 while Loyola is tied with Harvard, Murray State, Iona and Robert Morris.

Walker Moves Into Second

Shane Walker blocked two Fairfield shots in the first three minutes of the game, and he then swatted a Maurice Barrow layup with 13:58 on the clock, tying him for second all-time at Loyola in blocked shots.

With five blocks against Canisius, Walker now has 124 blocks in his career and is all alone in second place. Brian Carroll (1997-2001) holds the school record with 213.

Thievery

Loyola caused 20 Siena turnovers, and the Greyhounds were credited with 19 steals. R.J. Williams led the way with a career-high five, while Erik Etherly, Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.

The 19 steals are the second-most in school history, one more than the Greyhounds posted in a November 29, 1997, game at Kent State. It is also the most Loyola has recorded against a Division I opponent. The school single-game record of 20 came on February 28, 1996, when the team closed the regular-season against St. Mary’s (Md.).

Running Away

Runs have been a big part of the Greyhounds’ success this year. Here is a look at some runs of note:

Opponent Run Start Finish
Coppin State 10-1, 4:26 31-32, 1:36 (1) 41-33, 17:11 (2)
at UMBC 16-4, 8:08 35-31, 19:16 (2) 51-34, 11:08 (2)
FGCU 22-5, 6:53 15-16, 8:08 (1) 37-21, 1:11 (1)
Marist 9-0, 1:50 47-48, 11:16 (2) 56-48, 9:26 (2)
Marist 15-3, 5:47 61-57, 6:03 (2) 76-60, :16 (2)
at Siena 13-0; 4:27 0-2, 19:28 (1) 13-2; 15:35 (1)
at The Mount 9-0, 1:55 24-26, 1:59 (1) 33-26, :04 (1)
Canisius 18-4, 10:14 57-53, 10:14 (2) 75-57, 2:11 (2)
at Fairfield 36-21, 16:42 30-45, 16:42 (2) 66-63, Final
Siena 22-2, 7:36 40-47, 10:35 (2) 62-49, 2:49 (2)
Saint Peter’s 20-5, 8:13 15-20, 8:55 (1) 35-25, :48 (1)
at Niagara 15-2, 5:42 44-46, 7:48 (2) 59-48, 1:58 (2)
at Canisius 24-2, 12:04 16-22, 8:02 (1) 40-24, 15:58 (2)
Rider 18-0, 8:06 6-5, 16:50 (1) 24-5, 8:55 (2)
Iona 36-17, 12:50 11-10, 13:40 (1) 47-28, 00:50 (1)

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 117 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

Two Of A Kind

Although unofficial, research shows that Jimmy Patsos is one of only two coaches in the last 20 years to take a team that won just one game the year prior to his arrival.

Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.

Men’s & Women’s Coaches With 100

Loyola University Maryland is one of just 26 mid-major schools that has men’s and women’s basketball coaches with 100 or more victories at their current school after Greyhound women’s coach Joe Logan got his 100th on December 18 in a win at George Washington.

Loyola is the only school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to have accomplished the feat, and it is one of only five institutions at which the coaches have both won 100 or more games in 10 or fewer seasons.

Getting To The Line

As a team, Loyola went to the free-throw line 46 times at UMBC, making 31. The 46 attempts are the sixth-most all-time and most since the 2004-2005 squad attempted 53 on December 5, 2004, against Niagara.

Loyola’s 31 free throws made rank 11th on the school single-game chart and were the most since making 32 on January 14, 2009, versus NJIT.

Although his shot was not falling at UMBC, Dylon Cormier still found ways to be productive on the offensive end of the floor. The sophomore guard was just 2-of-9 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 15, and finished with 20 points.

Cormier’s 15 free throws made are tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history, matching the total made by Mike Powell at Saint Peter’s on December 6, 1997, and Donovan Thomas against Marist on February 23, 2003. The 15 makes were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney set the school record with 18 on January 14, 2009, against NJIT. His 17 attempts rank tied for sixth all-time.

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

What’s Next

Loyola hits the road for its final two games of the 2011-2012 regular-season. The Greyhounds will play at Rider on Friday, February 24, in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Loyola then wraps up the regular-season at Manhattan on Sunday, February 26.

 

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Bassett, Ranagan, Grimm, Sawyer Amongst Locals on Tewaaraton Watch List

Posted on 16 February 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the college lacrosse season is just getting under way across the country, The Tewaaraton Award is pleased to announce the 2012 Men’s and Women’s Watch Lists. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award.

This year’s list has 64 schools represented, which is a record high. “We are particularly excited with the number of schools represented in this year’s Watch List, which is a strong indication of the growth of the sport and the excitement that the Award creates throughout the lacrosse world” said Jeff Harvey, Chairman of the Tewaaraton Award.

The Selection Committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed each year by the Tewaaraton Award. “Our selection committees have a passion for this Award and these Watch List players should know that this is a distinction that only the best coaches could provide,” said Sarah Aschenbach, Executive Director of the Tewaaraton Award.

The Selection Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. In late April, both lists will be narrowed to 25 and these men and women will earn the distinction of Tewaaarton Nominees. In mid-May, the 5 Finalists in each category will be announced. These finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which will take place on May 31st, at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

For information on the Award and to purchase tickets to the event, go to www.tewaaraton.com.

About The Tewaaraton Award

The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 with the inaugural presentation taking place at The University Club of Washington DC in June of 2001. The Tewaaraton Trophy symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora. To honor the heritage of the sport, the Award presents two annual scholarships to students of American Indian decent. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation’s top male and female collegiate lacrosse players and is endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse.

About The University Club of the City of Washington, DC

Established in 1904 during the tenure of William Howard Taft, the Club’s first President and later the President of the United States, the membership is a diverse mix of professional, business and government leaders. The Club’s mission is to provide members and their families: congenial social gatherings, good fellowship, excellent dining, guest rooms, athletics, a rich variety of cultural, international and educational programs activities, and other services to enhance health, wellness, intellectual growth and fitness within the Club’s superbly maintained and expanded historic Clubhouse.

Men’s 2012 Watch List

Sean Aaron, Goalie – Union College
Brent Adams, Midfield – Fairfield University
Andrew Barton, Midfield – Providence College
Pierce Bassett, Goalie – Johns Hopkins University
Peter Baum, Midfield – Colgate University
Carter Bender, Attack – University of Hartford
Anthony Biscardi, Midfield – University of Massachusetts
Ian Braddish, Midfield – Hofstra University
Sam Bradman, Midfield – Salisbury University
Colin Briggs, Midfield – University of Virginia
Fergus Campbell, Goalie – Dartmouth College
Charlie Cipriano, Goalie – Fairfield University
Travis Comeau, Attack – Georgetown University
CJ Costabile, Long Stick Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Cunningham, Attack – Villanova University
Bobby Dattilo, Midfield/Face Off – Hobart College
Nikk Davis, Midfield – United States Naval Academy
Tim Desko, Attack – Syracuse University
Daniel DiMaria, Defense/LSM – Harvard University
Billy Eisenreich, Attack – Bucknell University
Dante Fantoni, Attack – Lehigh University
Kyle Feeney, Goalie – Bucknell University
Tyler Fiorito, Goalie – Princeton University
Nick Galasso, Attack – University of North Carolina
Matt Gibson, Attack – Yale University
Rob Grimm, Attack – University of Maryland Baltimore County
Tim Henderson, Defense – United States Military Academy
Curtis Holmes, Midfield – University of Maryland
Shayne Jackson, Attack – Limestone College
Sam Jones, Attack – United States Naval Academy
Grant Kaleikau, Attack – University of Delaware
Austin Kaut, Goalie – Penn State University
Jeff Keating, Attack – Roanoke College
Micah Keller, Attack – Hampden-Sydney College
John Kemp, Goalie – University of Notre Dame
Roy Lang, Midfield – Cornell University
Chris LaPierre, Midfield – University of Virginia
Joe Lisicky, Defense – Lynchburg College
Jeffrey Lowman, Goalie – St. John’s University
Matt Mackrides, Attack – Penn State University
Greg Mahony, Midfield – Yale University
Mark Manos, Goalie – Drexel University
JoJo Marasco, Midfield/Attack – Syracuse University
Kiel Matisz, Midfield – Robert Morris University
Mark Matthews, Attack – University of Denver
Joel Matthews, Attack – University of Detroit Mercy
Jack McBride, Attack/Midfield – University of North Carolina
Kevin McCormick, Midfield – Tufts University
Brian Megill, Defense – Syracuse University
Bryan Neufeld, Attack – Siena College
Chris Nourse, Defense – Georgetown University
Robert Pannell, Attack – Cornell University
Mason Poli, Defense – Bryant University
John Ranagan, Midfield – Johns Hopkins University
Joe Resetarits, Attack – University at Albany
Connor Rice, Attack – Marist College
Jack Rice, Attack – Villanova University
Stephen Robarge, Midfield/Face Off – Virginia Military Institute
Dan Savage, Midfield – University of Pennsylvania
Michael Sawyer, Attack – Loyola University
Rob Schlesinger, Midfield – Brown University
Tom Schreiber, Midfield – Princeton University
Logan Schuss, Attack – Ohio State University
Steve Serling, Midfield – Hofstra University
Ryan Snyder, Face Off – Lehigh University
Steele Stanwick, Attack – University of Virginia
Garrett Thul, Attack – United States Military Academy
Jeff Tundo, Attack – Stony Brook University
Justin Turri, Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Vaughan, Midfield – Harvard University
Joe Vitale, Midfield – Adelphi University
Ben Waldron, Long Stick Midfield – Binghamton University
Chad Wiedmaier, Defense – Princeton University

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Towson Visits Northeastern Tuesday Night on WNST

Posted on 14 February 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: After a tough two-point home loss to James Madison, Towson will look to rebound on the road Tuesday as the Tigers travel to Northeastern. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from Matthews Arena and can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

AMONG THE CAA’S BEST ON THE GLASS: After owning an impressive 49-19 rebounding advantage against James Madison on Saturday, Towson now ranks third in the CAA with a +1.6 rebounding margin per game. The Tigers have outrebounded eight of their last nine opponents, a span that includes games against Drexel, VCU (twice), George Mason and Old Dominion (the top four teams in the conference). On the offensive glass, Towson has been even more impressive. The Tigers average 13.5 offensive rebounds per game and grab 38.7 percent of their missed shots. Both of those numbers rank second among CAA teams.

IMPROVING FROM THE LINE: Towson shot 19-for-25 from the free throw line against James Madison on Saturday. The 76 percent shooting clip is the best of the season from the line for the Tigers. Senior Robert Nwankwo has been perhaps the most-improved Tiger from the charity stripe. The forward has made 12 of his last 18 attempts after starting the year shooting just 47.4 percent from the line. Nwankwo leads Towson with 85 made free throws.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: After a hot start in CAA play, Northeastern has dropped four straight and six of its last eight. The Huskies, who topped Towson, 57-48, on January 2, has an 11-14 overall record and a 7-8 mark in league games. The Huskies are led by Jonathan Lee, who averages 14.2 points per game. In addition to Lee, who ranks ninth in the CAA in scoring, Northeastern has seen stellar play from rookie Quincy Ford. The freshman averages 11.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He exploded for 21 points in Northeastern’s last game, a road loss against William & Mary.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite outrebounding James Madison by a remarkable 49-19 margin and rallying from an 18-point deficit, Towson dropped a 58-56 Colonial Athletic Association battle to JMU on Saturday. Senior Robert Nwankwo posted his 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Nwankwo’s prior season best in rebounds was 14 at UMass. Sophomore forward Marcus Damas scored in double digits for the 18th time this season. He finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Damas, who is among the CAA leaders in three-pointers made, shot three of eight from beyond the arc.

UP NEXT: Towson will play in its BracketBuster game on Saturday, Feb. 18 at New Hampshire. The game is slated to tip at 3 p.m. from Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham, N.H.

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Towson Lax Opens Season Saturday at Jacksonville on WNST

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2012 Towson University Men’s Lacrosse

Game Notes: Game #1 at Jacksonville

Feb. 11, 2012 | 1 p.m. | Jacksonville, Fla.

TOWSON OPENS SHAWN NADELEN ERA AT JACKSONVILLE SATURDAY

Tigers and Dolphins Meet for First Time Ever in Men’s Lacrosse

Opening Face-Off
Opening their 54th season of college lacrosse, the Tigers will travel to Jacksonville University on Saturday afternoon to face the Dolphins in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Opening face-off from D.B. Milne Field is set for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on TowsonTigers.com and joined in progress on WNST-AM 1570 after the Tiger men’s basketball game against James Madison concludes.

Nadelen to Make Debut as Tigers’ Head Coach
After spending seven years as an assistant coach, including the last two seasons as the associate head coach, Coach Shawn Nadelen will make his head coaching debut when the Tigers travel to Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon. A 2001 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Nadelen was named as the seventh head coach in the 54-year history of Towson men’s lacrosse on May 31. He replaces Tony Seaman, who posted a 99-93 record in 13 years with the Tigers.

A Quick Look Back at Last Year
The Tigers posted a 3-10 record last year and missed the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for just the second time since joining the league in 2002. Five of the Tigers’ losses were by a one-goal margin and two of the Tigers’ three wins occurred at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Junior attackman Matt Hughes was the Tigers’ leading scorer with 18 goals and 6 assists while defenseman Marc Ingerman was a second-team All-CAA selection. 

Scouting the Dolphins
Entering their third season as a Division I program, the Dolphins posted a 5-10 record last year, including a 3-3 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Led by TJ Kenary, the Dolphins advanced to the MAAC semi-finals for the first time in program history before losing to Siena. Kenary scored 21 goals with 7 assists while goalkeeper Peter DeLuca posted an 11.60 goals against average while stopping 50.8 per cent of the shots he faced. Coach Guy Van Arsdale is in his first season at Jacksonville.

Nice to Meet You
The Tigers and the Dolphins will be facing each other for the first time in men’s lacrosse when the two teams meet on Saturday afternoon. Jacksonville is one of two teams that the Tigers will be playing against for the first time; Towson will host Mercer on Mar. 21 at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

For Openers
The Tigers will be playing in the 54th season opener when they visit the Dolphins on Saturday afternoon. However, the Tigers will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak in season openers after losing a 10-6 decision against Johns Hopkins last year at Unitas Stadium. The Tigers enter the 2012 season with a 23-30 all-time record in season openers.   

For Openers, Part II
Towson first-year Coach Shawn Nadelen is looking to become the fifth coach in the program’s history to open his head coaching tenure with a victory. Of the previous six coaches at Towson, only Bob Melville and Ross Sachs have lost their first game as the Tigers’ coach.    

Nadelen Among Nation’s Youngest Division I Head Coaches
Towson Coach Shawn Nadelen begins his head coaching tenure as one of the youngest head coaches in Division I men’s lacrosse. Nadelen, who will turn 33 on Apr. 16, is one of 12 coaches who are under the age of 40 years old. Marist College Coach Keegan Wilkinson is the youngest head coach in the nation at 27 years old while Robert Morris first-year Coach Andrew McMinn is 29 years old.    

Boys of Winter
Saturday’s game between the Tigers and the Dolphins will mark the earliest start to a season in the 54-year history of the Towson men’s lacrosse program. The previous record for the earliest start in school history occurred last year when the Tigers hosted Johns Hopkins on Feb. 19. It is also the earliest start in the brief history of the Dolphins’ program.   North Caro

Heading Down South
Saturday’s game between the Tigers and the Dolphins will mark the furthest south that Towson has ever traveled for a men’s lacrosse game. Prior to Saturday, the Tigers’ southern-most travel was to North Carolina for games against Duke, N.C. State and North Carolina. The Tigers will fly a total of 735 miles to Jacksonville for the game on Saturday.      

A Friend Turned Foe
When the Tigers open the season on Saturday afternoon, they will be playing against a former Tiger midfielder as Brock Armour, ‘10 is a member of the Jacksonville coaching staff. A four-year letter winner for the Tigers from 2007-10, Armour played in 52 career games and scored 15 goals with 19 assists. As a senior, he played in all 15 games and tallied four goals with 10 assists. Armour, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is in his first season as a member of the Dolphins’ coaching staff.   

Pack Your Bags
The Tigers will open the season by playing their first three games away from Johnny Unitas® Stadium. It is the first time since the 1994 season that the Tigers have played three straight true road games to open the season (Towson played three games away from home in 2005, but one of them was a neutral site game against Air Force that was played at the University of Denver). In 1994, the Tigers opened the season with three straight road wins at Villanova, Maryland and Penn State.

Close Calls
Of the Tigers’ 13 games last season, 10 of them were decided by four goals or less. In addition, the Tigers played in six one-goal games and lost five of those six contests. Since the start of the 2010 season, the Tigers have played in 22 games that have been decided by four goals or less, including 11 one-goal games.

A Little Something Extra
Senior midfielder Michael Brashears ranked second on the Tigers last year with three extra-man goals, including a pair of extra-man goals against Drexel on Apr. 23 at Vidas Field. In fact, all seven of Brashears’ career goals have been scored in extra-man situations. He scored four extra-man goals as a sophomore, including a pair of extra-man goals against Drexel.

Hughes is Huge for Tigers Away from Home
Junior attackman Matt Hughes enjoyed playing away from Unitas Stadium last year, scoring 11 of his team-high 18 goals in the Tigers’ six road games. He posted a pair of three-goal efforts against Mount St. Mary’s on Mar. 5 and at Navy on Mar. 15. Hughes also had two goals with an assist at Delaware on Mar. 26 before a two-goal performance against Penn State on Apr. 16. It was a large contrast to Hughes’ freshman season when he tallied 11 of his 13 goals at home.

Iacona, Kenyon Named as Tigers’ Team Captains
Senior midfielder Carl Iacona and senior defenseman John Kenyon were named as the Tigers’ 2012 team captains prior to the team’s scrimmage against Albany on Feb. 4 by a vote of the team. Iacona is a two-year letter winner who has played in all 28 games for the Tigers since transferring from St. John’s University after his freshman season. He has scored 14 goals with seven assists in the last two years. Meanwhile, Kenyon is a three-year letter winner who ranked second on the team with 38 ground balls last year. He has played in 42 career games and has 50 ground balls.

Up Next for the Tigers
The Tigers will continue their season-opening three-game road trip next Friday when they travel to second-ranked Johns Hopkins for a 5 p.m. match-up against the Blue Jays. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.com in addition to airing on WNST-AM 1570. It will mark the 40th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series that Johns Hopkins leads by a 36-3 margin. The Blue Jays earned a 10-6 victory last year at Unitas Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

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Towson Visits VCU Wednesday Night on WNST

Posted on 08 February 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Wednesday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Greg Burton handling the play-by-play duties and Rodney Ashby providing analysis. The CAA clash can also be heard live on WNST with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling all the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers will take on a VCU squad that has won nine straight games and sits atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings. By the end of Wednesday night, Towson will have played each of the top four teams in the league standings twice.

MR. DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Towson senior forward Robert Nwankwo has registered double-doubles in six of his last eight games and now has 10 on the year. Nwankwo’s 10 double-doubles ranks fourth in the CAA and 25th in the nation.

MARVELOUS MARCUS: Sophomore forward Marcus Damas has been playing his best basketball as of late. Damas, who ranks in the Top 20 in the CAA in scoring, rebounding, three-point field goal percentage and minutes played, is averaging 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in his last three games. He’s the only Towson player to score over 20 points in a game this season with his 25-point effort against George Mason in December and his career-high 26-point game against Drexel this past Saturday.

KRIS ASSIST: Tiger freshman Kris Walden dished out a season-high 10 assists against Drexel on Saturday and the point guard now ranks fifth in the CAA averaging 3.6 assists per game. Walden averaged 9.0 points, 8.0 assists and 2.5 steals in a pair of games last week. The freshman also ranks 13th in the league in steals and seventh in minutes played.

SCOUTING THE RAMS: VCU has won nine straight games, including a 67-42 win over the Tigers in the Towson Center just two weeks ago. Senior Bradford Burgess leads the Rams in scoring at 12.2 points per game. Junior guard Darius Theus leads the league dishing out 4.8 assists per game while freshman guard Briante Weber paces the conference in steals with 2.4 per contest. VCU boasts the second ranked scoring offense in the league (67.7 ppg) and the third best scoring defense (59.0 ppg allowed). The Rams also lead the CAA with 9.9 steals per game.

OFFENSIVE GLASS: Wednesday’s game will matchup two of the top three offensive rebounding teams in the CAA. VCU averaged 13.2 offensive boards per game which is good enough for second in the league. Towson is just behind in third with 13.0 offensive rebounds per game and the Tigers rank second in the CAA grabbing 37.2 percent of their offensive misses. Towson is one of just two teams in the conference (Georgia State) to have three individuals rank in the Top 20 in the league in rebounding (Nwankwo, Damas, Gumbs).

LAST TIME OUT: Led by sophomore Marcus Damas, who scored a career-high 26 points, Towson flirted with a remarkable upset before Drexel escaped the Towson Center with a 65-57 victory on Saturday night. Damas hit a season-high six three-pointers on 11 attempts and his 26 points were the most scored by a Tiger this season. Towson shot 40 percent from beyond the arc against a Drexel defense that entered the game as the nation’s top three-point field goal percentage defense (25.3 percent). The Dragons had also won 17 straight rebounding battles until the Tigers controlled the glass, 34-30, tonight. Despite Towson’s efficiency from beyond the arc and on the glass, Drexel won its 11th consecutive game.

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Towson Battles First Place Drexel Saturday on WNST

Posted on 03 February 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Ted Sarandis handling the play-by-play duties and Charlie Woollum providing analysis. The contest can also be heard live on WNST-AM (1570) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers are set to host CAA-leading Drexel Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Towson Center Arena. Towson will be looking to win its second straight game at home after upending UNCW last Saturday, 66-61. Saturday’s game is being sponsored by Under Armour, the official outfiter of Towson athletics. The game is also a Pink Out to raise breast cancer awareness.

SERIES HISTORY: Towson knocked Drexel out of the 2009 CAA Tournament, but since then, the Dragons have rattled off six straight wins over the Tigers. Drexel owns a 45-13 all-time record against Towson, incluidng a 19-4 mark on the road. The Tigers and Dragons will be meeting for the 58th time tonight. Towson has only played Loyola (70) and Delaware (66) more often in its history.

SCOUTING THE DRAGONS: After dropping its first two CAA games of the year, preseason CAA favorite Drexel (18-5, 10-2 CAA) has won 10 straight and is part of a four-way tie atop the league standings. Sophomore Frantz Massenat leads the Dragons with 12.5 points per game and his 3.8 assists per game ranks third in the CAA. Drexel boasts the top defense in the CAA, allowing just 54.3 points per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Hofstra scoring duo Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester combined for 47 points to lead the Pride past Towson, 74-49, at the Mack Sports Complex Wednesday evening. The Tigers were led by sophomore Erique Gumbs, who posted 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Senior Robert Nwankwo scored nine points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds and freshman Kris Walden tallied 10 points to go along with a game-high tying six assists.

FRESHMEN IMPACT: Towson freshmen Deon Jones and Kris Walden have been two of the most impactful freshmen not only on the team, but in the CAA. Both have started every game this season and average over 31 minutes per game. Jones is seventh among all CAA freshmen in scoring (7.4 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (4.5 rpg). Jones tied his season-high with 15 points against UNCW last Saturday. Walden leads all CAA freshmen and ranks seventh overall in the CAA with 3.3 assists per game. Walden dished out a season-high eight assists against Coppin State and had seven dimes at Georgia State. As the only point guard on the team, Walden is seventh in the CAA averaging 33.9 minutes per game.

RELYING ON ROB: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo has posted a double-double in five of his last seven games. The senior ranks in the Top 10 in the CAA in blocks (3rd), double-doubles (4th), rebounds (4th) and field goal percentage (10th). He is also quickly moving up in the Towson career record books. Nwankwo is currently fifth all-time in Towson history with 697 career rebounds. He’s 91 boards behind Lawrence Hamm for fourth place. The senior forward has 208 career blocks, the third most all-time in Tiger basketball history. He only trails John James (229) and Pat McKinley (244).

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Towson Tries to Make It Back to Back Wednesday Night at Hofstra

Posted on 01 February 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since March 2010 as the Tigers travel to New York to take on Hofstra. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex and the game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

FAMILIAR FOE: Towson and Hofstra will be meeting for the 55th time Wednesday evening. The Tigers have only played Loyola (70), Delaware (66) and Drexel (58) more often in their history.

STREAK BUSTERS: Towson broke it’s NCAA record 41-game losing streak this past weekend against UNCW, but the Tigers have other steaks they are still attempting to bust. A win against Hofstra would mark the first time Towson has won two straight since topping Delaware on Feb. 27, 2010 and then defeating UNCW in the CAA Tournament on March 5. The Tigers last conference road win occurred on Feb. 24, 2010 at William & Mary.

WHERE ROB RANKS: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo is ranked both nationally and in the CAA in a number of categories. His career numbers are also climbing up latter’s in both Towson history and in the conference. After Nwankwo’s 12 points, 11 rebound, 3 blocked shots performance in the win over UNCW, the senior is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Those numbers rank him 17th nationally in blocks and 46th in the country in rebounding. In the CAA, Nwankwo places third in blocks, fourth in rebounding, ninth in field goal percentage (45.4), 21st in scoring and second in offensive rebounding. The forwards nine double-double’s this year ranks fourth in the CAA and 29th nationally. His 11 10-plus double digit rebounding efforts is the third most of any CAA player. In his career, Nwankwo’s 689 rebounds is the third most among all active league players.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots as the Tigers snapped their NCAA record 41-game losing streak with a 66-61 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNC Wilmington at the Towson Center on Saturday afternoon. One of four Tigers to score in double figures, Nwankwo preserved the win with two seconds remaining when he blocked a three-point field goal attempt by freshman guard Adam Smith. Towson freshman Deon Jones grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He sealed the victory by connecting on two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining. The victory was the first career win at Towson for Coach Pat Skerry. En route to scoring a season high 66 points, the Tigers were led by Marcus Damas, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. Jones matched his career high with 15 points while making five of seven shots from the floor. Sophomore Erique Gumbs shot 5-for-10 from the field and scored 11 points with eight rebounds. Led by Nwankwo, the Tigers outrebounded UNCW by a 41-29 margin, the fifth straight game in which the Tigers outrebounded their opponents.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE: Hofstra (7-16, 1-10 CAA) has lost three straight games and nine of its last 10 overall. The Pride boast the CAA’s leading scorer in Mike Moore, who enters Wednesday’s game averaging 19.3 points per game. Hofstra is one of just three schools in the conference to have two players that rank in the Top 10 in the scoring race. Nathaniel Lester is ninth in the league scoring 13.8 points per game.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: College Lacrosse scrimmage-Penn State @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 1pm Homewood Field); Mount St. Mary’s @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Stadium); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Isaac Chilemba vs. Edison Miranda (Friday 10pm from Las Vegas live on ESPN2), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio (Saturday 10pm from San Antonio live on HBO); Women’s College Basketball: Boston College @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Monday 7pm from Atlanta live on Comcast SportsNet); Soccer-MISL Norfolk SharX @ Baltimore Blast (Wednesday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Eastern Tech (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Patapsco (Friday 7pm); Pro Wrestling: Ring of Honor (Saturday 7pm Du Burns Arena)

10. Lacuna Coil (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Sebastian Bach (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Third Eye Blind (Monday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); Dierks Bentley (Sunday 3:30pm Recher Theatre); Rise Against (Sunday 7pm Patriot Center); Augustana (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club); Marc Broussard (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Yardbirds (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere)

If Jimi Haha is reading this, can you please leave me two for Saturday night? Thanks…

Third Eye Blind had way more good songs than you realize they did…

I heard a guy on 98 Rock say the other day “if you need your face rocked clean off, Rise Against is the way to go.” He might have been right…

Here’s Bone Thugs n Phil Collins. Not only did this happen, but I really enjoyed it.

9. Demetri Martin (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Carrie Fisher “Wishful Drinking” (Tuesday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center-Hippodrome); Chocolate Affair (Thursday 6pm Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel)

Carrie Fisher is coming to town. This is a fantastic time to remind everyone that Adrianne Curry once dressed up as Princess Leia…

I would follow this up with another thought, but clearly my brain is no longer in operation.

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Towson Hosts UNC Wilmington Saturday in CAA Clash

Posted on 28 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Gerry Sandusky handling the play-by-play duties and Vince Angotti providing analysis.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers welcome UNC Wilmington to the Towson Center Arena today for a CAA clash. The Seahawks have dropped five of  their last six games after starting 3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Tigers are coming off a 67-42 loss at home to VCU and will be playing their fourth game in eight days. Towson and UNCW are two of the best squads in the CAA in offensive rebounding. The Tigers average 13.0 offensive rebounds per game and rank second in the league by grabbing 36.9 percent of their offensive misses. The Seahawks corral 34.7 percent of their missed shots, a number that ranks fifth in the conference. Saturday’s game is being sponsored by the University Store.

THIEVERY:
The Tigers had a season-high 13 steals against VCU on Wednesday. It was the second time this season Towson had double figures in steals. Freshman point guard Kris Walden led Towson with a season-high four steals while senior Robert Nwankwo and freshman Deon Jones each had three thefts.

DOMINATING THE BOARDS: Towson won the rebounding battle against VCU, 40-35, Wednesday night. It was the fourth straight game in which the Tigers outrebounded their opponent. Towson’s opposition in that stretch included George Mason, VCU and Old Dominion, all of which are in the top-four of the CAA standings. The Tigers are one of just three CAA teams (Drexel, Georgia State) to have three players rank in the Top 20 in the league in rebounding. Senior Robert Nwankwo and sophomores Marcus Damas and Erique Gumbs are each in the Top 20. Nwankwo ranks fourth in the league at 8.9 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson was upended by VCU on Wednesday, 67-42. Forward Robert Nwankwo continued his stellar play for the Tigers as the senior recorded his eighth double-double of the season and his fourth in the last five games. Nwankwo scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Freshman Deon Jones just missed his second double-double of the year, tallying nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS: UNC Wilmington is coming off back-to-back losses against two of the top teams in the CAA. After topping William & Mary on the road, the Seahawks fell at George Mason, 67-61, Monday before getting beat at home by Old Dominion, 53-48, on Wednesday. Junior Keith Rendleman leads the league in rebounding with 11.0 boards a game and his 15.2 points a contest ranks seventh. Freshman Adam Smith is sixth in the CAA with 15.5 points per game.

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Towson Hosts 2011 Final Four Participant VCU Wednesday on WNST

Posted on 25 January 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson and Virginia Commonwealth will both be playing their third game in five days tonight. The Tigers, coming off a pair of competitive games at CAA-leading George Mason Saturday and at Delaware Monday, are still seeking their first victory of the season. The Rams finished fourth in the CAA a year ago, but were one of three league schools to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Once there, VCU went on a remarkable run all the way to the Final Four. This season, the Rams are off to a 16-5 record with a 7-2 mark in league play. The Tigers and Rams will meet again in just two weeks in Richmond.

CRASHING THE BOARDS: Towson has outrebounded its opponents in three consecutive games, including matchups against Old Dominion and George Mason, which both rank in the Top 5 of the CAA in rebounding margin. Towson has been especially aggressive on the offensive glass, corralling 37.0 percent of its offensive misses, a mark that ranks second in the league. The Tigers are one of just three CAA teams (Drexel, Georgia State) to have three players rank in the Top 20 in the league in rebounding. Senior Robert Nwankwo and sophomores Marcus Damas and Erique Gumbs are each in the Top 20 with Nwankwo ranking fourth in the league at 8.7 rebounds per game. Early in the season, Towson outrebounded Kansas, which is ranked No. 5 in the latest national polls.

DOUBLE FIGURE DAMAS: Sophomore forward Marcus Damas has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 14 games and ranks in the Top 20 in the CAA in both scoring and rebounding. Damas tallied 19 points at George Mason Saturday and posted a game-high 16 points at Delaware Monday to lead the Tigers in scoring in both contests.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson trailed by just two at halftime, but Delaware outscored the Tigers 38-21 in the second half to capture a 62-43 CAA victory Monday evening at the Bob Carpenter Center. Senior Robert Nwankwo was just one point shy of his fourth consecutive double-double as the forward scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Nwankwo also blocked two shots to become just the third player in Towson history to block 200 career shots.

SCOUTING THE RAMS: Virginia Commonwealth has won five straight games since dropping back-to-back league contests against Georgia State and Drexel earlier this month. The Rams are led by senior Bradford Burgess and sophomore Juvonte Reddic. Burgess leads VCU in scoring with 13.0 points per game while Reddic averages 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. The Rams are among the leaders in the CAA in both scoring offense (67.7 ppg) and scoring defense (59.0 ppg).

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