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Towson Tries Again to Snap Streak Wednesday at Drexel on WNST

Posted on 04 January 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson will play its first CAA road game Wednesday against CAA Preseason favorite Drexel after hosting George Mason and Northeastern in the Tigers’ first two league games. The game, set to tip from the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia at 7 p.m., can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

ROAD WARRIORS: Starting Wednesday, Towson will play three of its next four games on the road.The last time the Tigers were on the road, they played perhaps their best game of the season at No. 23 Virginia. Towson led by as many as eight and the Cavaliers could never extend their advantage to double digits in the game.

FAMILIAR FOE: Towson and Drexel played three times last year and the Dragons eliminated the Tigers from the CAA Tournament with a 75-69 opening round victory. Drexel has won five straight in the series and Towson has not won in Philadelphia since Jan. 12, 2002.

DEFENSE & REBOUNDING: Tiger head coach Pat Skerry has preached defense and rebounding to his players since the start of preseason and lately they have been getting the message. Towson has held three straight opponents to 65 points or fewer and consecutive foes to less than 60 points, including No. 23 Virginia. The Tigers rank sixth in the CAA in both rebounding margin (+1.6) and blocked shots (3.7 bpg). Towson has corralled 39.6 percent of its offensive misses this season, a mark that leads the CAA. Both Robert Nwankwo and Marcus Damas rank in the Top 15 in the CAA in rebounding.

LEADING FRESHMAN: Towson point guard Kris Walden leads all CAA freshmen and ranks ninth in the league in assists per game. Walden is averaging 3.1 dimes per contest.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite a career-high 14 points from sophomore Erique Gumbs, Northeastern pulled out a 57-48 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Towson Monday night. Gumbs, who made five of nine shots from the floor, added six rebounds and two blocked shots to his impressive stat line. Tiger sophomore Marcus Damas added 14 points for his seventh double figure scoring effort in the last eight games. Freshman Jervon Pressley scored a career-high 11 points and had six rebounds in the loss.

Towson outrebounded Northeastern, 36-28, but the Huskies took advantage of 19 Tiger turnovers that they turned into 28 points.

SCOUTING THE DRAGONS: Drexel (8-5, 0-2 CAA) had a six-game winning streak snapped Monday at Georgia State. The Dragons are a perfect 4-0 at home this season, winning by an average of 9.5 points per game. Preseason All-CAA First Team selection Samme Givens leads Drexel in both scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). Chris Fouch led Drexel with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting at Georgia State Monday.

The Dragons and Tigers have just one common opponent thus far in the season. Drexel lost to Virginia in the Paradise Jam, 49-35, while Towson lost at Virginia, 57-50 just last week.

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Towson Tries To Snap Losing Streak Monday Night on WNST

Posted on 02 January 2012 by WNST Staff

GAME INFO: Towson (0-13) will take on Northeastern (4-7) at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Towson Center Arena. The game can be heard line on WNST-AM with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

BACK INTO CAA PLAY:
Towson returns to Colonial Athletic Association play tonight against Northeastern. The Tigers fell in an early season league game against George Mason, while Northeastern lost to Old Dominion in its only conference tilt.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Tigers have played six of their last eight games at home. After tonight, Towson heads on the road for a pair of league games at preseason favorite Drexel and two-time defending CAA Champion Old Dominion.

HANGING TOUGH: Towson’s seven-point loss at No. 23/24 Virginia on Friday was its second closest margin of defeat this season. The Tigers lost by just four at home against UMBC on Dec. 10.

TOUGHEST NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IN THE CAA: Towson has played six teams either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls in its 13 games. According to the Pomeroy Ratings, the Tigers have played the toughest schedule in the CAA thus far. Towson has played teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big 10 and Pac-12 this season.

SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo is shooting a remarkable 15-for-22 (68.2 percent) from the floor in his last three games. He is among the CAA’s leaders in scoring (11.9 ppg/19th), rebounding (8.5 rpg/4th), field goal percentage (47.7/7th) and blocks (2.2 bpg/3rd). Nwankwo has led Towson in rebounding in all but three games this season.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Northeastern snapped a six-game losing streak with a 53-51 win at Vermont on Friday. Joel Smith connected on a runner from the right wing as timed expired to give the Huskies the dramatic victory. Three of Northeastern’s four wins this season have come on the road. Jonathan Lee leads Northeastern in both scoring (13.5 ppg) and assists (3.7 apg). The Huskies and Tigers have three common opponents thus far in the season. Northeastern fell and UMass and at LaSalle while winning at Vermont. Towson lost to La Salle and Vermont at home and dropped a road matchup against UMass.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson gave No. 23/24 Virginia all that it could handle in a narrow 57-50 defeat in front of 8,751 fans at John Paul Jones Arena Friday evening. The young Tigers led by as many as eight in the first half and the Cavaliers were never able to garner a double digit lead in the game. Freshman point guard Kris Walden played perhaps the best game of his young career, tallying a season-high 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Playing in his first collegiate game in his home state, Walden hit a season-high three from beyond the arc. Sophomore Marcus Damas had 10 of his 13 points in the second half to keep Towson within striking distance late. Towson held two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week Mike Scott to just seven points. The Tigers shot an impressive 56.0 percent in the second half against Virginia, which is the second best team in the country in scoring defense. Towson had just four turnovers in the second half. Senior Robert Nwankwo made his presence felt on the defensive side of the floor, swatting a season-high five shots. The senior currently ranks third in the CAA in blocked shots. The Tigers also controlled the paint, outscoring Virginia 16-8 down low.

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Towson Hosts La Salle Wednesday Night on WNST

Posted on 07 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Tigers Host La Salle in Non-Conference Showdown

La Salle is the Last Team Towson Defeated

TOWSON, Md. – After a brief dip into Colonial Athletic Association play Saturday, the Towson men’s basketball team returns to its challenging non-conference slate of games. The Tigers welcome Atlantic 10 foe La Salle to the Towson Center for a Wednesday showdown against the Explorers at 7 p.m.

Towson (0-7) played its cleanest game of the season Wednesday, but still came up short in a 65-53 loss to CAA power George Mason. Sophomore Marcus Damas hit for a career-high 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting and pulled down five rebounds to pace the Tiger attack.

La Salle enters the game 5-3 overall and riding a three-game winning streak. The Explorers defeated CAA opponent Northeastern 68-51 last Wednesday and topped Bucknell 78-52 on Saturday. La Salle is led by Earl Pettis‘ 14.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

La Salle was the last team Towson defeated. The Tigers upended the Explorers on the road, 93-90, in overtime on December 29, 2010. Josh Brown hit a three-pointer as the regulation buzzer sounded and the Tigers went on for the three-point win in the extra frame.

The squads have met only one other time on the hardwood with La Salle prevailing, 79-78, in 1983.

Wednesday’s contest will be the second of three straight home games for the Tigers.

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CAA Showdown Saturday Night on WNST as Towson Hosts George Mason

Posted on 03 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Tigers Open CAA Play Against George Mason Saturday

Towson Men’s Basketball To Face Fifth Team Ranked Or Receiving Votes In National Polls

TOWSON, Md. – The Tigers are set to open Colonial Athletic Association play Saturday evening against rival George Mason. Tip time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Towson Center and all fans attending the NCAA FCS Football Playoff game at Johnny Unitas® Stadium can attend the Tigers’ men’s basketball game free of charge.

Saturday night’s game can be heard live on AM1570 WNST.net. Coverage begins immediately following the conclusion of the Towson-Lehigh NCAA FCS Playoff game and can be heard here.

Towson (0-6) is coming off an 86-56 setback at UMass on Wednesday evening. Senior Robert Nwankwo posted his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds against the Minutemen.

The Tigers continued to dominate the glass in their last outing, holding a 50-43 rebounding advantage in the loss. Towson has now outrebounded its opponents in all but two games this season.

Including Saturday’s contest, the young Tigers quad will have played five teams ranked or receiving votes in the national polls.

George Mason, which is receiving votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, is riding a three-game winning streak and coming off a 61-57 victory over Bucknell. The Patriots are led by Preseason All-CAA First Team honoree Ryan Pearson. The senior ranked in the top-15 of both scoring and rebounding among league players last season, and is the conference’s fifth highest returning scorer. This season Pearson is averaging 20.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Saturday’s game will be the 38th all-time meeting between Towson and George Mason. The Tigers won six of the first nine meetings between the squads, but have won just two of the last 28. George Mason has never lost to Towson as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. Their last loss to the Tigers was a 78-71 defeat in Towson in 1993.

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Towson To Host Inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness Night Saturday

Posted on 29 November 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball program is set to host its inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness Night Saturday, Dec. 3 as the Tigers take on Colonial Athletic Association rival George Mason at the Towson Center. Tip time for the game has been changed from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. due to the NCAA football playoff games between Towson and Lehigh that is slated to kickoff at 3:30 p.m.

Fans attending the basketball game will receive $3 off their ticket price if they wear anything pink. The men’s basketball team will participate by wearing pink laces, wristbands and warm up shirts.

The Zeta sorority will be selling shirts and accepting donations and pink ribbons will be distributed to all fans.

Pink Paws will also be in attendance, led by senior women’s basketball player Meredith Kennedy.

Tickets can be ordered today by calling the athletics ticket office at: 1-855-TU-Tiger.

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Towson Hoops Picked to Finish 12th in CAA

Posted on 18 October 2011 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Colonial Athletic Association held its annual men’s and women’s basketball media day on Tuesday at Champps-Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va. The gathering of the league’s head coaches and media members also saw the release of the CAA Preseason Polls.

Both Coach Pat Skerry of the men’s basketball team and Coach Joe Mathews of the women’s basketball team conducted numerous interviews with the media in attendance.

On the men’s side, Drexel was picked to finish first in the voting by the league’s coaches. George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth rounded out the top three. The Tigers were picked to finish 12th in the league.

The women’s side saw Delaware, who returns all five starters picked to finish first. VCU and James Madison rounded out the top three selections. The Tigers, who return three starters from a year ago, were picked to finish 11th.

The Tiger men will open the 2011-12 season on Friday, Nov. 11 at Kansas while the Tiger women’s team opens its season on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Western Kentucky.

Note: Delaware G Devon Saddler (Aberdeen) was named to the preseason All-CAA second team.

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Trip to UMBC Highlights Maryland Women’s Basketball Schedule

Posted on 14 September 2011 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Home-and-home match ups with Duke, North Carolina, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia highlight the 2011-12 Maryland women’s basketball schedule, released Tuesday. All five of the aforementioned teams were selected to compete in the postseason in 2011.

The Terrapins will play at least 17 games against opponents that competed in either the NCAA or WNIT postseason tournaments in 2011. Ten of those games will be played in College Park.

Eight of the Terps’ games will be televised, including three on the ESPN family of networks. The other five will be shown on RSN, which consists of several regional cable syndicated networks throughout the ACC footprint, including Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports Net South, and New England Sports Network, reaches approximately 24 million households.

Highlighting the early non-conference schedule will be a matchup with Georgetown, who ended the 2010-11 season ranked 14th, on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at Comcast Center.

Six local opponents are on the Terps’ non-conference slate. Maryland will welcome Loyola, Georgetown and Towson to Comcast Center, and will travel to UMBC, American and George Mason.

In the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Maryland will play host to 2011 postseason team Michigan for a 7 p.m. game on Nov. 30. This will mark the first meeting between the two teams and both are undefeated in the first four years of the Challenge.

The Terps, who went 24-8 and finished fourth in the ACC last year, will play their first five league games against 2011 postseason participants, including three on the road. They will play single-games at home vs. Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Boston College, and single road games at Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina State.

The Terrapins open league play at Florida State on Jan. 2 with a 7 p.m. game, then return home for an 8:30 p.m. televised game vs. Georgia Tech on Jan. 6. Two days later, the Terrapins hit the road against to play at North Carolina at 1 p.m. Continuing its road trip, Maryland will take on Miami, who finished second in the league last year, in Coral Gables on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

Maryland’s last three home games include a Feb. 12 matchup with Miami, which will be shown live on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. A week later, the Terrapins will play host to Duke for a 3 p.m. game on Feb. 19, which will also be shown on ESPN2. The Terps close out their home slate with a Feb. 24 game vs. North Carolina at 8:30 p.m. shown on RSN.

The 2011 ACC Tournament will be held March 1-4 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The ACC Semifinals will be shown on ESPNU and the ACC Championship game will be shown on ESPN2.

Maryland will play host to the 2012 NCAA First and Second Rounds March 17 and 19 at Comcast Center.

The Terps will make their first appearance of the season at Maryland Madness on Oct. 14 at Comcast Center. They will play host to Messiah College for an exhibition on Nov. 1 and Holy Family for an exhibition on Nov. 6. Both exhibition games will be at 7 p.m.

2011-12 Maryland Women’s Basketball Schedule

Day Date  Opponent    Location  Time

Tues. Nov. 1  Messiah College (Exhib.)   COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 6  Holy Family (Exhib.)   COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 11  LOYOLA (Md.)    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 13  GEORGETOWN    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 2 p.m.

Wed. Nov. 16  TOWSON    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 19  UMBC     Baltimore, Md.  7 p.m.

Tues. Nov. 22  SAINT JOSEPH’S    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Florida International Thanksgiving Classic

Fri. Nov. 25   at Florida International   Miami, Fla.  6 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 26  Cal State Bakersfield   Miami, Fla.  2 p.m.

Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Wed. Nov. 30  MICHIGAN    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 4  at American    Washington, D.C.  1 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 8  DELAWARE STATE   COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 11  at George Mason    Fairfax, Va.  2 p.m.

Terrapin Classic

Wed. Dec. 28  LAFAYETTE    COLLEGE PARK, Md. Noon

Thurs. Dec. 29  DELAWARE/ECU    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Mon. Jan. 2  at Florida State*    Tallahassee, Fla.   7 p.m.

Fri. Jan. 6  GEORGIA TECH* (RSN)   COLLEGE PARK, Md.       8:30 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 8  at North Carolina* (RSN)   Chapel Hill, N.C.  1 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 12  at Miami*     Coral Gables, Fla.  7 p.m.

Mon. Jan. 16  VIRGINIA* (RSN)    COLLEGE PARK, Md.       8:30 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 19  WAKE FOREST*    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 22  at Duke* (ESPNU)    Durham, N.C.  3:30 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 26  VIRGINIA TECH*    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Thurs. Feb. 2  BOSTON COLLEGE*    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Mon. Feb. 6  at Georgia Tech* (RSN)   Atlanta, Ga.  7 p.m.

Thurs.  Feb. 9  at Clemson*    Clemson, S.C.  7 p.m.

Sun.  Feb. 12  MIAMI* (ESPN2)    COLLEGE PARK, Md.       2:30 p.m.

Thurs. Feb. 16  at Virginia*     Charlottesville, Va.  7 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 19  DUKE* (ESPN2)    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 3 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 24  NORTH CAROLINA* (RSN)   COLLEGE PARK, Md.      8:30 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 26  at North Carolina State*   Raleigh, N.C.  2 p.m.

*-denotes ACC game | Home games in BOLD CAPS

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Trips to Kansas, Michigan and Visit from Oregon State Highlight Towson Hoops Schedule

Posted on 13 September 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON RELEASES 2011-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Tigers to Face Six NCAA Tournament Teams

TOWSON, Md. – Contests against six teams that reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament highlight the 2011-12 Towson University men’s basketball schedule, it has been announced by Pat Skerry, the Tigers’ first-year coach.

The Tigers will open the 2011-12 season by participating in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. After opening the season at the University of Kansas on Nov. 11, the Tigers will travel to the University of Michigan for a Nov. 14 game against the Wolverines. The Jayhawks advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Southwest Region final last year while Michigan reached the NCAA Tournament third round.

Towson will continue play at the EA Sports Maui Invitational by facing Belmont, a team that played in the NCAA Tournament second round last year, on Nov. 19. The Tigers will play either UNC Greensboro or Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 20.

The Tigers open their home schedule against Oregon State on Nov. 26. That is the start of a stretch of four of five home games. After a visit to the University of Massachusetts on Nov. 30, the Tigers open their Colonial Athletic Association schedule at home against George Mason on Dec. 3, the first of two meetings against the Patriots. The two teams will also face each other at the Patriot Center on Jan. 21.

The Tigers resume their non-conference schedule by hosting La Salle on Dec. 7 and UMBC on Dec. 10 before visiting Coppin State on Dec. 14. They will finish the month of December with games against Manhattan College (Dec. 20), the University of Vermont (Dec. 23) and the University of Virginia (Dec. 30).

“As you can see, we are playing a national schedule against several of the nation’s top programs,” Skerry said. “The players want to play against the best competition much like they have during their entire basketball careers. We look forward to using these games and experiences to prepare us for a very tough CAA.”

The Tigers resume their CAA schedule on Jan. 2 by hosting Northeastern at the Towson Center in the first of two meetings between the two teams. Towson will also play Delaware, Drexel, James Madison, CAA champion Old Dominion and Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth in a home-and-home series during the 2011-12 season while facing the other four CAA teams once.

In addition, the Tigers will play in an ESPN BracketBusters game on the weekend of Feb. 17-19 against an opponent to be determined.

The CAA Championship will be played Mar. 2-5 at the Richmond Coliseum with the CAA winner receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Note: Schedule follows on next page

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2011-12 Towson University Men’s Basketball Schedule

November
11 at Kansas ^ Lawrence, Kan. 7 p.m.
14 at Michigan ^ Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
19 vs. Belmont ^ Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
20 vs. UNC Greensboro/Middle Tenn. St. Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
26 OREGON STATE Towson Center TBA
30 at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass. TBA

December
3 GEORGE MASON * Towson Center TBA
7 LA SALLE  Towson Center 7 p.m.
10 UMBC Towson Center 7 p.m.

14 at Coppin State Baltimore, Md. 7:30 p.m.
20 MANHATTAN COLLEGE Towson Center 7 p.m.
23 VERMONT Towson Center 7 p.m.
30 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 7 p.m.

January
2 NORTHEASTERN * Towson Center TBA
4 at Drexel * Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
7 at Old Dominion * Norfolk, Va. TBA
11 WILLIAM & MARY * Towson Center TBA
14 at Georgia State * Atlanta, Ga. TBA
18 OLD DOMINION * Towson Center TBA
21 at George Mason * Fairfax, Va. TBA
23 at Delaware * Newark, Del. TBA
25 VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH * Towson Center TBA
28 UNC WILMINGTON * Towson Center TBA

February
1 at Hofstra * Hempstead, N.Y. TBA
4 DREXEL * Towson Center TBA
8 at Virginia Commonwealth * Richmond, Va. TBA
11 JAMES MADISON * Towson Center TBA
17-19 at ESPN BracketBusters vs. TBA TBA TBA
22 DELAWARE * Towson Center TBA
25 at James Madison * Harrisonburg, Va. TBA

March
2-5 at CAA Tournament Richmond, Va. TBA

Home games listed in BOLD
* – Colonial Athletic Association game
^ – EA Sports Maui Invitational

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Terps use zone to clamp down on Indiana, win 80-68

Posted on 01 December 2009 by Luke Jones

The early stages of Tuesday night’s game in Bloomington looked painfully familiar to the Terps.

With the Hoosiers beating the press and the Terps struggling to score, it suddenly looked like Assembly Hall had been transported to Maui. However, the Terps’ fortune turned when Gary Williams switched to the zone and Greivis Vasquez slowly emerged from his early-season slump to lead Maryland to an 80-68 victory over the Hoosiers.

It certainly wasn’t a pretty performance as the Terps committed 19 turnovers and missed far too many shots inside the paint, but it was a much-needed road victory after the terrible showing at the Maui Invitational. Vasquez scored 23 points and went 13-for-14 from the line despite shooting only 4-of-14 from the field. The senior guard played much more within the flow of the offense after looking completely out-of-sync in Hawaii.

Also needing to rebound from a poor performance in Maui, Landon Milbourne overcame foul trouble to add 19 points and 7 rebounds to help the Terps improve to 5-2 on the young season.

Tom Crean’s Hoosiers could not find the shooting touch against the Maryland zone, finishing just under 33 percent from the field despite freshman Maurice Creek finishing with 19 points.

While the Hoosiers are still down after the fallout of the Kelvin Sampson era, a badly-needed road victory over a non-conference opponent from the Big Ten is nothing to take for granted after the struggles of last week. Gary Williams will also be the first to remind everyone how difficult it is to play in Bloomington after his days at Ohio State.

Do the Terps need to improve? Absolutely, but Tuesday’s win was a step in the right direction. The return of Dino Gregory on Dec. 12 will provide a shot in the arm to a thin and inexperienced frontcourt.

Maryland must now look ahead to its meeting with No. 3 Villanova—and another golden opportunity to build the non-conference resume—in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center on Sunday. It will be a daunting task, but Williams’ teams always seem to rise to the occasion in these spots.

Check out the box score here and the live blog below.

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9:40 p.m. — That’ll do it. The Terps improve to 5-2 with an 80-68 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.

Again, it wasn’t pretty, but a road victory should never be taken for granted against a major conference school.

Back shortly with some final thoughts.

9:38 p.m. — Quite possibly the longest final minute I’ve ever seen of a 14-point game.

9:34 p.m. — It’s very good seeing the Terps’ effort from the line. They are 20-for-27 from the line after shooting miserably from the charity stripe in Hawaii.

77-63, Maryland leads with a minute to play.

9:30 p.m. — Maryland still has a ton of work to do, but this was a badly-needed victory.

Vasquez sinks one of two to put the Terps up by 13 with 1:30 to go.

9:27 p.m. — Milbourne scores—and the foul!

Another big game for the senior forward. He now has 19 points.

9:25 p.m. — Milbourne with the big shot to put the Terps up by 9 points. It’s looking good right now, and you can give the credit to the Maryland zone—and Indiana’s HORRENDOUS shooting.

9:23 p.m. — Definitely agree with Raftery’s comment about abandoning the press. Indiana was killing it.

9:21 p.m. — Jones is whistled for the walk, and we’ve reached our final media timeout.

It’s certainly been a sloppy game.

9:19 p.m. — Somehow I just lost my last two entries. Having some internet issues, so I apologize.

Maryland grows the lead to 7 points.

9:09 p.m. — Bowie is called for the offensive foul, and we’ve reached an official timeout.

Big Ten leads the ACC, 3-0, in the Challenge. The conference is counting on the Terps right now.

9:08 p.m. — Hayes with the floater in the lane, and Jordan Williams wins the challenge on the other end.

Williams then hits the jump hook in the lane, and the Terps are up by 5.

Maryland doing a VERY nice job playing the zone, giving the Hoosiers fits offensively.

9:06 p.m. — Bowie makes 1-of-2, as I couldn’t help but notice the Dwight Schrute head in the crowd. Love The Office.

9:04 p.m. — Three fouls on Padgett now. The fouls on the Maryland big men is getting worrisome, especially if you’re not comfortable with Choi on the floor.

9:03 p.m. — Nice shot by Jones, as Mosley got lazy on the defensive end.

He makes up for it on the other end, hitting the jumper as we’re playing seesaw basketball with under 10 minutes to go.

9:02 p.m. — Scary to see Mosley holding the leg after what he went through last year. Hope he’s okay.

Mosley goes to the line and drains them both, giving us another lead change.

9:00 p.m. — So now Hayes is going to start missing the three-pointer too?

This is danger time right now for the Terps.

8:59 p.m. — Looked pretty clean on the Choi foul, but I’m not exactly partial.

Watford goes to the line and drains them both.

8:58 p.m. — Choi hits one of two, but Creek hits the three-pointer, putting the Hoosiers back in front.

Not good.

8:56 p.m. — Indiana is shooting just 37 percent from the field, but the Terps only lead by 1. This team should be winning by more than that.

8:54 p.m. — Beautiful pass by Padgett to Mosley against the 2-3 zone.

But Dumes hits a three-ball on the other end to cut the lead to 1.

8:53 p.m. — Nice jumper falling away by Mosley to end the Indiana run. Big shot for the Terps on that possession.

8:52 p.m. — Bowie with the offensive foul, continuing his miserable start to the season.

8:51 p.m. — Milbourne picks up his third foul with an over-the-back. Not good for the Terps. This team really needs to get Dino Gregory back.

And there we go with the Jin Soo Choi scholarship factoid for the night.

8:50 p.m. — I completely understand this team needs to score points in transition, but you cannot just throw any shot up near the rim. Milbourne’s last miss had virtually no chance of going in from that angle.

8:49 p.m. — Watford swats Vasquez’s shot, but Elston air-balls the three. Milbourne scores on the other end, building the lead to six points.

Indiana gets it to the middle of the zone and Jones hits the jumper. That’s what you need to do to beat the zone.

Vaquez is blocked again, and Moore scores and is fouled on the other end.

Good grief.

8:43 p.m. — Williams misses another easy one but thankfully gets the offensive board and puts it in.

Aren’t the easy ones supposed to be, well, easy?

8:42 p.m. — Hulls misses the three, but Elston cleans up the glass. Indiana needed that bucket badly.

8:41 p.m. — Beautiful look from Mosley to Hayes, building the Terps’ lead to four points.

Indiana continues to struggle against the zone, but Maryland continues to struggle to hold onto the ball.

8:40 p.m. — Vasquez got away with a carry there, but the makeup call is made with a walk by Jordan Williams anyway.

It’s not a good thing to have as many turnovers (13) as field goals.

Very sloppy.

8:38 p.m. — The Terps go with the same lineup to begin the second half, and the Hoosiers get the ball.

8:35 p.m. — Looking around at the other scores from the Challenge, Northwestern leads N.C. State in the second half by 8 while Wake Forest continues to trail Purdue in the second half.

Of course, Penn State already knocked off Virginia last night.

Could this be the year the Big Ten FINALLY gets the best of the ACC?

8:26 p.m. — Don’t forget to check out the halftime stats here.

8:21 p.m. — Vasquez with a big three-pointer to give the Terps a two-point lead. He appears to slowly be digging himself out of the slump.

Despite 12 turnovers and a slew of misses from point-blank range, Maryland enters the half with a 35-33 lead.

8:17 p.m. — Rivers makes sure everyone know his back is fine with the steal and slam. Ugh.

Mosley finally finishes one at the rim.

8:16 p.m. — That makes 10 turnovers in the half.

8:15 p.m. — Milbourne hits the freebie to complete the three-point play. As sloppy as the play has been, the Terps can go on a nice run here and regain the lead going into the locker room.

Hayes misses one near the basket. Unbelievable.

8:12 p.m. — Mosley with ANOTHER miss at point-blank range, but Milbourne cleans it up and is fouled.

Official timeout as the Terps have cut the Indiana lead to 31-29.

8:11 p.m. — Hayes’ last three-ball just ended a scoring drought of over three minutes.

After an Indiana three, Vasquez FINALLY hits a trey, cutting the lead to four points.

8:10 p.m. — Where would this team be without Hayes right now? He’s not a superstar, but he’s the only one on the team that can knock down the outside shot.

8:09 p.m. — 9 turnovers and 8 field goals. Horrendous.

8:06 p.m. — Can ANYONE on this team finish at the basket? The Terps have gotten some decent looks, but no one can finsh.

8:04 p.m. — My early assessment of this one: very similar to what we saw in Maui. The poor shooting continues, and the press is looking vulnerable. I guess you can add turnovers to the Terps’ woes, something we haven’t seen to this point of the young season.

8:03 p.m. — Devan Dumes nails the triple.

Another turnover by the Terps. Tom Crean has his Hoosiers ready to play in this one.

We’ve reached the under-8 timeout. Maryland trails, 26-21.

8:01 p.m. — When is Vasquez going to start hitting some shots? This team needs him to play better. Plain and simple.

8:00 p.m. — Mosley showing some serious ups there. Not sure I agree with the call.

7:57 p.m. — Williams needs to be moving when trying to catch that pass. It will go as a turnover by Hayes, but that one is on the big man.

The Terps continue to turn the ball over. That’s six already.

7:56 p.m. — Very nice take by Adrian Bowie. He’s struggled mightily this year, so that will be nice for his confidence.

7:55 p.m. — Milbourne with the very friendly shooter’s roll.

Watford scores and is fouled by Milbourne. That’s his second. Not good.

7:54 p.m. — Sure, Indiana has five titles, but what did the Hoosiers do in their last title game appearance?

Juan.

7:52 p.m. — Nice look from Vasquez to Milbourne who finishes, giving the Terps the 13-11 lead.

Following a Creek miss, the Terps score in transition with Milbourne cleaning up a Mosley miss.

Timeout, Indiana.

7:48 p.m. — Elston ends the scoring drought for the Hoosiers with the free throw.

If Mosley can consistently hit that jumper in conference play, the Terps are a FAR better team.

7:47 p.m. — Another turnover but a GREAT block by Mosley to turn away the layup by Jones.

7:46 p.m. — Milbourne is just pure with that baseline jumper.

And the Terps are doing a much better job on the glass since the start.

7:43 p.m. — After the first official timeout, we’re tied at 5. Another slow start with the shooting. Gary Williams continues to show confidence in his players, believing those shots will fall later in the season.

Problem is this game is much more important than people realize considering the Terps’ weak non-conference schedule.

7:41 p.m. — Eric Hayes again with a shot to calm things down. We’ve seen it over and over this year.

He then makes a great dish but Williams walks with it.

7:40 p.m. — The bigs MUST hit their free throws.

7:39 p.m. — Six missed shots in a row. Did Assembly Hall move to Maui?

7:37 p.m. — Tough break to lose your point guard early, especially when you’ve been struggling.

Milbourne with the miss, and Pritchard cleans up the offensive glass on the other end for the Hoosiers. Maryland cannot give up second-chance points.

7:34 p.m. — Vasquez is very aggressive out of the gate, but his shooting woes continue.

On the other end, a nifty finish by Jeremiah Rivers, but he’s down and in pain.

7:31 p.m. — Sean McDonough and Bill Raftery (ONIONS!) will have the call for tonight’s game. One of my favorite crews.

Here are the lineups:

Maryland – Vasquez, Hayes, Mosley, Milbourne, Williams

Indiana – Creek, Jones III, Watford, Rivers, Pritchard

7:27 p.m. — It’s clear the spotlight has been taken away from this one today with the announcement of Ralph Fridgen remaining as the head football coach at Maryland. While the frustration from a 2-10 season is palpable, anyone paying attention to the finances behind the the decision should not be surprised with the decision.

When you have $4 million obligated to your current coach and $1 million promised to coach-in-waiting James Franklin and understanding the financial obligation to bring in another coach, it was just too steep of a price to pay. It’s clear the football program has major issues, but the University and athletic department was not about to put itself in anymore financial peril than it already faces with the football program.

7:15 p.m. — Good evening from my couch as we’re 15 minutes away from the Maryland Terrapins (4-2) taking on the Indiana Hoosiers (3-3) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Terps are hoping to rebound from a horrendous trip to Hawaii where they dropped games to Cincinnati and Wisconsin, returning with only a lackluster victory over Division II Chaminade to their credit.

Senior forward Landon Milbourne was particularly critical of the Terps’ effort in Maui, offering this insight prior to the trip to Bloomington.

“A couple of guys on the team might have been caught up in the ‘Maui moment’ instead of realizing we had to go out there and win games. . .We’ve got to grow up a little bit and be more mature when it comes to getting ready for games”

Regardless of the specific individuals to which Milbourne was referring, it was painfully apparent the team lacked focus and passion over the three-day tournament, shooting poorly and being outrebounded by Cincinnati and Wisconsin.

Indiana had even greater struggles in Puerto Rico last week, dropping all three games with losses to Ole Miss, Boston University, and George Mason. Head coach (and John Harbaugh’s brother-in-law) Tom Crean was the chosen one a year ago to pick up the pieces left behind by Kelvin Sampson, and the Hoosiers struggled in his first season, going only 6-25.

Despite the rough record to begin the year, Indiana is hopeful for the future with the strong start by freshman Maurice Creek, who is averaging 16.3 points per game in his first six games.

Tonight’s game can be seen on ESPN2, and don’t forget to check out our thoughts on Twitter (@WNST) throughout the game.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (10/23/09)

Posted on 23 October 2009 by Jack McManus

9:49-

Andy Behrens is on to offer his weekly fantasy advice. He tells me that Lance Moore is an obvious start this week and to stay away from Terrell Owens. He also tells me to start Brent Celek over Vernon Davis and that only one tight end is needed. He advises Glenn to start Steve Breaston and Leon Washington.

9:07-

Y.A. Tittle, author of the new book Nothing Comes Easy is the next guest. He talks about how he broke into football by starting off in Baltimore. He explains that constant questions from fans prompted Tittle to decided to write the book. He says that today he follows both the Giants and the 49ers. He next talks about the difference between the game today versus when he played. He believes the main difference is the physical attributes of the players. Players today begin training much earlier in life. This is an all-time-great interview segment by the way, so please check it out in the audio vault.

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Here is Drew’s idea for the new Chicago Bears logo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Its the wind.)

8:32-

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com is next up to talk some football. He starts off by talking about rumor that Joe Gibbs may be returning to Washington. He moves on to how certain teams always seem to make good coaching hires and others cannot seem to do so. Florio believes that Steve Spagnuolo will eventually be a good coach, if he is given the opportunity. He also speaks on the Tom Cable situation. The fact that Randy Hanson will most likely sue will make sure the news does not go away.

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8:17-

Randy Cross is on with Drew. He will be in the booth for the Navy-Wake Forest match-up tomorrow. Cross was at the Texans game last weekend. He explains how right now the team is very inconsistent. If the defense can continue to play at a high level they could be a problem for a lot of good teams this season. On the other side of the game, Cross states that he does not yet believe in the Cincinnati Bengals. He is also unsure of the NFC West teams (Cardinals and 49ers). In regards to the Ravens, Cross thinks the Ravens still have a chance to win the division. 

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8:14-

This morning we are discussing “lightning in a bottle.” Some of the best suggestions so far have been George Mason and Derek Anderson.

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