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Towson looks for fifth straight win Wednesday at James Madison

Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SEEKS FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN ON WEDNESDAY AT JAMES MADISON
Tigers would match largest single-season win total in program history at Division I level with victory

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Towson men’s basketball team will seek to match its longest win streak of the season on Wednesdaywhen the Tigers travel to James Madison to conclude a three-game road swing.

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) battle, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (20-9, 11-3 CAA) has won four straight games and eight of its last nine after picking up road wins at Northeastern (79-70) and Hofstra (83-77) last week. With their next win, the Tigers will match a school record for most wins at the Division I level.

Towson enters this week just a game behind Delaware for first-place in the CAA standings. The Blue Hens travel to UNC Wilmingtonon Wednesday before closing the regular season at College of Charleston on Saturday. The Tigers will return home to SECU Arena, where they are 14-1 this season, to wrap up their regular season against William & Mary on Saturday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon earned his third CAA Player of the Week award on Monday after averaging 18.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 63.3 percent from the floor in Towson’s three wins last week. The All-American candidate leads the NCAA with 18 double-doubles and ranks third in rebounding by averaging 11.4 boards a game.

James Madison (11-17, 6-8 CAA) has won two straight games and three of its last four. The Dukes haven’t played in a week since handing Drexel a dramatic 63-61 overtime defeat. JMU is led by sophomore Andre Nation, who averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

The Dukes lead the all-time series with Towson, 27-12, but the Tigers have won two of the last three meetings, including an 80-71 victory inside SECU Arena earlier this month. Senior Rafriel Guthrie led the Tigers with 17 points in that win.

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Towson looks for third straight win Tuesday against James Madison

Posted on 04 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS DEFENDING CAA CHAMPION JAMES MADISON ON TUESDAY
Tigers seeking third straight win and 15th victory of the season

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its third straight win on Tuesday when the Tigers host defending Colonial Athletic Association Champion James Madison inside SECU Arena at 7 p.m.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken 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.

A victory on Tuesday would give Towson (14-8, 5-2 CAA) its fourth winning streak of three or more games this season. The Tigers have won 15 of their last 16 home games and are 11-1 inside SECU Arena, including a 75-73 victory over Drexel on Saturday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon, who enters the week tied for the national lead in double-doubles (14) and is fourth in the country in rebounding (11.3 rpg), paced the Tigers with 25 points and eight rebounds against the Dragons. Classmate Rafriel Guthrie scored in double figures for the fifth straight game on Saturday, posting 18 points.

Towson, which enters the week in second-place in the CAA standings, owns its best record after 22 games since also starting the 1995-96 season 14-8. The Tigers have not won 14 games this early in a season since 1977-78.

James Madison (8-14, 3-5 CAA), which won the 2013 CAA Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament, has won two of its last three games. The Dukes are led by sophomore guard Andre Nation, who averages 16.6 points and 5.7 rebounds. JMU is allowing just 67.5 points per game, second best in the CAA.

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UMBC hits road to face Duquesne Wednesday night

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC opens a four-game road swing at Duquesne on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The Retrievers will not return home until Dec. 30 when they complete a home-and-home series with Navy. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC snapped a three-game slide with a 64-59 victory over UMES on Monday at the RAC Arena. Four Retrievers scored in double figures and the squad hit 16-of-23 shots from the floor in the second half to rally from a four-point halftime deficit. All three of UMBC’s wins have occured when the team trailed at intermission. Freshman post David Kadiri led UMBC witih 21 points in just 24 minutes vs. the Hawks. Classmate Rodney Elliott, a combo-guard, added 10 and leads the Retrievers at 13.0 points per game.

 

DUKE UPDATE:  The Dukes come into the game with a 2-3 overall record, and a 2-1 record at home. They also have a 1-1 record against America East opponents,with a setbck versus UNH (84-81) and a victory over Albany (70-59). Senior forward Ovie Soko leads the Dukes in points per game with 18.0 and rebounds per game with 10.2 on the season. Soko contributed 23 points and 13 rebounds in the win versusAlbany. Junior guard Tra’Vaughn White comes into the game averaging 14.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Derrick Colter comes in leading the Dukes in assists with 14 and 3-point field goals made with 10. He contributed 23 points in the team’s opener against Abilene Christian.

 

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC finishes its busy week, travelling to back to Pennsylvania for a Dec. 7 contest at Lehigh.

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Towson wraps regular season Saturday at James Madison

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 7 TIGERS HOST JAMES MADISON IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

Tigers To Honor 19 Seniors In Pre-Game Ceremonies

TOWSON, Md. –  Closing out the regular season against Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison University, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will try to improve their resume for the NCAA FCS playoffs when they host the Dukes on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m.

The Tigers, who are 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the CAA, have been ranked in the NCAA FCS for most of the season. They should be part of the playoff field but a win over James Madison could earn them a top eight seed.

The game will be televised on NBC SportsNet with Todd Harris and Anthony Herron calling the action.

“We don’t talk about the playoffs in the locker room, says Ambrose, who has guided the Tigers to their third consecutive winning season. “That’s a wasted conversation. We just focus on the next play and the next game. If we win, all of those things will take care of themselves.”

The Dukes, who have gone to the NCAA playoffs five times since 2004, bring a 6-5 overall record and a 3-4 CAA mark to Unitas Stadium for the 25th meeting between the schools.

James Madison holds an 18-5-1 series lead over Towson and has won the last eight meetings in a row. However, the last two games have been very close. In 2010, the Dukes escaped Unitas Stadium with a 17-13 victory. Last year, JMU had to come from behind to edge Towson in the final minute, 13-10.

“We see the bigger picture but we have to focus on the things that make us who we are,” adds Ambrose. “We still have a home game against a tough opponent and it is Senior Day for a group of seniors that helped lay the foundation for success long after this season and we need to celebrate them in the right way.”

The Tigers will be honoring a class that went from rags-to-riches over the last four seasons. When the seniors were freshmen in 2010, they had to endure a 1-10 season. However, they have led Towson to a 25-9 record over the last three seasons.

On Saturday, the Tigers will be honoring quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.), linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), guard Anthony Davis (Clover Hill H.S./Midlothian, Va.), linebacker Anthony DiSanzo (Don Bosco Prep/Fair Lawn, N.J.), kicker Drew Evangelista (Cedar Grove H.S./Cedar Grove, N.J.), tight end Will Fleming (Archbishop Hoban H.S./Akron, Ohio), defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), linebacker Monte Gaddis (Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio),  tackleRandall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), guard Charles Johnson (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), wide receiverLeon Kinnard (Loyola H.S./Reisterstown, Md.), cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.), cornerback Ryan Mays (Franklin H.S./Reisterstown, Md.), tight end James Oboh (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.), running back Sterlin Phifer (Landstown H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.), tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), linebacker Eric Schuster (Reservoir H.S./Laurel, Md.), center Doug Shaw (Loyola H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and kicker D.J. Soven (Cypress Bay H.S./Weston, Fla.).

In that group of 19 seniors, 10 of them are Maryland natives.

In addition, the senior class includes two All-Americans (Pike and Love) and five players who have earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors.

Saturday’s game will be an important one for Pike, the Tigers’ 6-5, 298-pound tackle. On the Tigers’ first offensive play, he will set a school record by playing in the 46th game of his college career. Not only has he played in 46 games, he has also started every one of them.

The Tigers are coming off an impressive 15-9 victory at No. 16 William & Mary last week. Despite being held to their lowest offensive totals in 18 games, the Tigers pulled out the win by shutting out the Tribe in the second half.

In Saturday’s game, junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) will lead the Tiger ground game against the top run defense in the CAA. James Madison is allowing only 97.5 rushing yards per game and has given up only eight rushing touchdowns.

West leads NCAA FCS with 1,765 rushing yards on 279 carries, an average of 160.5 rushing yards per game. He also leads the nation with 28 touchdowns on the season.

Freshman Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) has also been a major part of the Tigers’ success on the ground. He has rushed for 411 yards on 64 carries with five touchdowns. He is averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

The Tigers, who top the CAA in scoring with a school record 418 points, also lead the CAA with 2,711 rushing yards and 5,237 yards of total offense. They have scored 57 touchdowns this season, matching the school record set in 2011.

Clark leads the Tiger defense with 99 tackles in 11 games. He has 4.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for lost yardage. Clark has forced four fumbles and recovered three fumbles. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, he was the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond.

Gaddis is tied for second on the team with 77 tackles in 11 games. He has two interceptions and one recovered fumble.

The Tigers, who have won 13 of their last 15 games dating back to last season, will learn their NCAA FCS post-season fate on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. The team will gather at PAWS in the University Union to watch the selection show. Towson football fans are invited to join the team at PAWS.

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Towson seeks 5th straight win at JMU Tuesday

Posted on 12 February 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SEEKS FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN TUESDAY AT JAMES MADISON
Game To Be Televised on Comcast SportsNet

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its longest winning streak since 2000 when the Tigers travel to James Madison on Tuesday night to take on the Dukes at 7 p.m.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with John Castleberry and Charlie Woolum calling the action. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (14-12, 9-4 CAA) won its fourth straight game with a 90-82 overtime victory at Georgia State on Saturday.

Junior guard/forward Rafriel Guthrie came off the bench to score a career-high 23 points and dish out a career-best six assists in the win.

The Tigers have boasted two four-game winning streaks this year but haven’t owed a five-game streak since the 2000-01 season.

James Madison (14-12, 8-5 CAA) will be looking to avenge its worse loss ever to Towson, a 73-47 setback to the Tigers on January 19 in Maryland.

The Dukes have won five of seven since that loss and are currently fourth-place in the CAA standings, just a game behind the second-place Tigers.

Senior forward Rayshawn Goins leads the Dukes in both scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg), while senior guard Devon Moore leads the CAA by averaging 4.5 assists per game.

In the first meeting between the squads, Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon led five Tigers in double figures with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Towson outscored James Madison, 42-19, in the second half.

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Towson looks to continue hot CAA start Saturday against JMU

Posted on 18 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS JAMES MADISON ON SATURDAY AT NOON
Tigers Seeking Sixth Win in last Seven Games


TOWSON, Md. - Winners of five of its last six games, Towson returns home on Saturday afternoon to take on the James Madison Dukes at 12 noon.

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

The Tigers (9-9, 4-1 CAA) will be looking to improve their record to above .500 this late in the season for the first time since they started the 1999-2000 campaign with a 10-9 mark.

Towson is coming off its fourth straight road win on Wednesday night at Delaware. Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon led four Tigers in double figures with 19 points to go along with 13 rebounds and a career-high tying five assists.

Benimon, who is tied for the NCAA-lead in double-doubles with 12, has posted a double-double in four straight games. The last Tiger to do it in five straight games was Brian “Gumby” Matthews in 1977.

James Madison has won two of its last three games and enters Saturday with a 9-9 overall record and a 3-2 mark in CAA play. Rayshawn Goins paces the Dukes by averaging 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Towson has dropped four straight in the series against James Madison, including a pair of matchups at home.

Saturday’s game will be the first of three straight at home for the Tigers, who also host Georgia State on Monday and George Mason on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. with the contest against the Patriots to air live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).

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Towson jumps back into CAA play Saturday at James Madison

Posted on 05 October 2012 by WNST Staff

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Returning to Colonial Athletic Association action, No. 12 Towson (2-2, 1-0) will face one of the top challengers for the CAA championship when the Tigers visit No. 5 James Madison University (3-1, 1-0) at Bridgeforth Stadium on Saturday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m.

The Towson-JMU game will be televised on NBC Sports Network with veteran sportscaster Randy Moss handling the play-by-play while former pro football standout Anthony Herron is the color analyst. Carolyn Manno will be the sideline reporter. This will be the second Towson game that will be televised by NBC Sports Network. The network also aired the Tigers’ win over William & Mary last month.

The game will also be aired on the Tigers’ web site, www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas and Ron Meehan calling the action. The Tigers’ internet broadcast also features a one-hour pre-game show.

The Tigers, who are coming off a 38-22 loss at No. 3 Louisiana State, will be facing the JMU for the 24th time. The Dukes lead the series by a 17-5-1 margin and have won seven consecutive games against Towson. Since the two schools became conference rivals in 2004, JMU has won all seven meetings.

When Towson won the 2011 CAA championship, the Tigers and the Dukes did not face each other. However, both teams advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs.

In games played in Harrisonburg, the Dukes have a 10-1 record against the Tigers. Towson’s only win at JMU was a 10-3 victory in 1983 when the Tigers closed out a 10-1 regular season and earned their first berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. JMU has won seven games in a row against Towson in Harrisonburg.

“After playing LSU, I feel like we are jumping from the frying pan into the fire,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “JMU is one of the best teams in FCS football and it is going to be quite a challenge to play them down there. Every week in the CAA is like this. It is ridiculous how good this league is. Everyone has talent. Everyone is well-coached. That is just how it is every week.”

Towson and James Madison come into this week’s game as two of the top defensive teams in the FCS football. Allowing 288.50 yards per game, the Tigers rank fifth while the Dukes are sixth at 291.75 total yards per contest.

Junior linebacker Telvion Clark, a transfer from Virginia Tech, leads the Tigers with 28 tackles, a mark that places him 11th in the CAA. Senior safety Jordan Dangerfield is second on the team with 27 tackles. In Towson’s upset bid at LSU, Dangerfield made seven tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

Sophomore running back Terrance West, (below), the tenth-leading rusher in school history, leads the Tiger offense. In four games, he has rushed for 330 yards and scored a team high seven touchdowns. In 15 career

games, he has scored 36 rushing touchdowns, setting a school record.

Playing before an announced crowd of more than 92,000, the Tigers were very competitive against LSU. Their 22 points were the most any team had scored against LSU’s highly-touted defense since Oregon scored 27 points in the 2011 season opener against the Bayou Bengals. Towson ran 73 offensive plays while LSU had 61 plays. Led by senior quarterback Grant Enders, Towson rushed for 188 yards while LSU ran for 158 yards. Enders ran for a career high a game high 86 yards on 12 carries at LSU.

At LSU, Towson controlled the clock with 34:42 of possession. Towson owned a 9-7 lead in the second quarter at LSU.

Towson’s game at James Madison is the first of seven consecutive CAA games for the Tigers. Dating back to last season, the Tigers have won eight of their last nine CAA games. The 2011 CAA champions were undefeated in CAA road games last year, posting wins at Old Dominion, William & Mary, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

After their visit to James Madison, the Tigers return to Unitas Stadium for back-to-back home games against Maine and Old Dominion. On Oct. 27, the Tigers visit Villanova. After a Nov. 3 trip to Delaware, the Tigers host Rhode Island in their final home game on Nov. 10. Towson concludes the regular season at New Hampshire on Nov. 17.

TIGER TALES:  Senior wide receiver Tom Ryan needs only eight more receptions to become the 20th player in the history of the Tiger football program with 100 career catches … He enters Saturday’s game with 92 receptions for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns.

For the fourth time in five games, Towson’s game will be televised … The season opener at Kent State was carried on Comcast-Plus while the Tigers’ home opener against William & Mary on Sept. 15 was also televised by the NBC Sports Network … Three of the Tigers’ games have been scheduled to be aired on the NBC Sports Network … In addition to the James Madison, Towson’s contest at Delaware will be on the NBC Sports Network … Last week, ESPNU televised Towson’s game at Louisiana State.

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