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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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Towson Visits Delaware Monday Night on WNST

Posted on 23 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Monday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with John Sadak handling the play-by-play duties and legendary Towson coach Vince Angotti providing analysist. The CAA clash can also be heard live on WNST with Spiro Morekas calling all the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Towson men’s basketball team will be playing its second game in three days Monday as the Tigers make the short trip to Newark, Del. to take on the Blue Hens. The Tigers put up a valiant effort in a 72-60 loss at CAA-leading George Mason Saturday while the Blue Hens upended Georgia State in double overtime in their last game.

MR. DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Towson senior forward Robert Nwankwo has registered double-double’s in each of his last three games and now has seven on the year and 17 in his career. In his last three games, Nwankwo, who is 20th nationally in blocked shots per game, has averaged 14.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game.

SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS: Delaware enters Monday with an 8-10 overall record and a 4-4 mark in CAA play. The Blue Hens are coming off a thrilling 77-74 double overtime win over Georgia State on Saturday. UD is led by sophomore guard Devon Saddler and junior forward Jamelle Hagins. Saddler is second in the CAA in scoring at 18.6 points per game while Hagins has 11 double-doubles on the year and leads the leauge with 11.4 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Playing its third straight game against a team that was leading the CAA, Towson nearly pulled off a major upset before George Mason held on for a 72-60 victory over the Tigers at the Patriot Center on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who trailed by as many as 18 points early in the second half, had pulled to within 63-58 when George Mason sophomore guard Sherrod Wright nailed a clutch three-point basket with 1:35 remaining enabling the Patriots to avoid the upset. Towson sophomore Marcus Damasled the Tigers with 19 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Robert Nwankwo posted his third consecutive double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nwankwo, who ranks 20th nationally in blocked shots, had three rejections against Mason. Freshman Deon Jones was just one rebound shy of his second double-double of the year as the guard tallied 13 points and grabbed nine boards.

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Towson Visits George Mason Saturday on WNST

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with John Castleberry handling the play-by-play duties and Ron Thompson providing analysist. The CAA clash can also be heard live on WNST with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling all the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Towson University men’s basketball team will play its third straight game against a team that is in first-place at the time of the contest as the Tigers travel to George Mason Saturday. The Tigers are looking for their first win of the year while the Patriots have won seven of their last eight contests. Both squads are in the midst of playing five games in just 11 days.

TOP FRESHMAN: Tiger point guard Kris Walden is the top ranked freshman in the CAA with 3.4 assists per game. The Richmond, Va. native, who is averaging 6.0 assists per contest in his last three outings, is seventh overall in the conference in assists.

TOP 20 NATIONALLY: Tiger senior forward Robert Nwankwo ranks second in the CAA and 20th nationally with 2.6 blocks per game. He’s averaging 4.8 blocks per game in his last four contests and is coming of back-to-back double-double performances against Georgia State and Old Dominion.

FAMILIAR FOE: Saturday’s game will be the 39th all-time meeting between Towson and George Mason. The Tigers have only played nine teams more often in their history.
The only other current CAA teams Towson has played more often is Delaware (65), Drexel (58) and Hofstra (55).

SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS: George Mason has won seven of its last eight games and is tied with Old Dominion at the top of the CAA standings. Senior Ryan Pearson leads the Patriots in both scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg). The forward tallied  a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Mason’s win against Delaware on Wednesday. George Mason leads the CAA averaging 71.5 points per game. As a team the Patriots shoot 47.5 percent from the floor, a mark that also leads the league. The Patriots are 8-1 at home this season with their only loss coming against Duquesne.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson senior forward Robert Nwankwo recorded his second straight double-double, but his performance wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell to Old Dominion, 71-41, Wednesday evening in the Towson Center Arena. Nwankwo led Towson with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for his sixth double-double of the season and 16th of his career. Towson tried to combat ODU’s hot shooting by controlling the glass. The Tigers won the battle of the boards, 34-32, against an Old Dominion squad that entered the game second in the CAA with a +5.3 rebounding margin. Towson was hurt though by its 31.3 shooting percentage and 18 turnovers. Freshman Kris Walden dished out six assists in the loss to the Monarchs.

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Towson Making Upcoming TV Appearances

Posted on 20 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Tigers To Appear on ESPN3 Against Delaware Twice and at Home Verse Drexel

TOWSON, Md. – A trio of Towson University men’s basketball games will be broadcast on ESPN3 in the coming weeks. Both Tiger games against Delaware, on the road this coming Monday (Jan. 23) and at home on February 22, will be aired. A home contest against Drexel on February 4 will also be broadcast live.

Tiger fans can also see Towson take on George Mason on Saturday, Jan. 21 on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Tip time is set for 4 p.m. from the Patriot Center.

Including these additions, the Tigers will have appeared on ESPN3 seven times this season.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 16 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Wake Forest @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Duke (Sunday 3:30pm from Durham, NC live on ESPNU); Golf: PGA Tour Humana Challenge (Thursday & Friday 3pm Saturday & Sunday 4pm from La Quinta, CA live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm from Ka’upulehu-Kona, HI live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Eddie Chambers vs. Sergei Liakhovic (Saturday 9pm from Philly live on NBC Sports Network); High School Basketball: Woodlawn @ Perry Hall (Wednesday 6:30pm), Milford Mill @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm)

10. Dru Hill (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); Taproot (Saturday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Jimi Haha (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Aimee Mann (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Saturday 9pm 9:30 Club); Bryan Adams (Monday 8pm Strathmore)

For those of us in Charm City, Sisqo and the boys from Dru Hill are a bit of royalty-even if they’re not really all that famous anymore.  They were so freaking awesome in the mid-90′s…

I heart Jimi Haha-and not just because I beat the Jimmie’s Chicken Shack/Jarflys frontman a few weeks ago in “Everybody Beats Glenn”…

You’ve probably heard some Ozomatli, even if you don’t think you have…

I love Bryan Adams. So sue me.

9. Adam Carolla (Saturday 8pm & 10pm Fillmore Silver Spring); “Haywire” out in theaters (Friday)

Adam Carolla is a funny hombre. I LOVED him with Dr. Drew on “Loveline”, but I think I loved Crank Yankers even more…

I don’t know if you’d call me “excited” about the pending release of Haywire, but I AM excited about posting another new picture of Gina Carano…

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Towson Tries to Avoid Record 35th Straight Loss Saturday Night on WNST

Posted on 07 January 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson’s schedule gets no easier this weekend as the Tigers travel to two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Old Dominion Saturday. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from Norfolk, Va.. The game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has held three consecutive opponents to 60 points or less. The three-game span included a 57-50 setback on the road at No. 23 Virginia last week.

TOUGH TO SCORE: In two of its last three games, Towson has faced teams ranked in the Top 20 nationally in scoring defense. Virginia ranks second in the nation, giving up 50.3 points per game while Drexel leads the CAA and is 18th nationally, allowing 55.4 points a contest.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson struggled to score from the opening tip in a 60-27 loss at Drexel, the CAA’s top defensive team. Tiger sophomore Marcus Damas led the squad with six points and swatted a career-high three shots in the loss. Preseason First Team All-CAA selection Samme Givens led the Dragons with 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Towson stepped up its defensive effort early and held the Dragons without a field goal for 6:42 midway though the first half. Drexel used a 17-0 run to open the second half though to pull away.

SCOUTING OLD DOMINION: The Monarchs are led by Preseason CAA Player of the Year Kent Bazemore. The senior, who was the league’s defensive player of the year in 2010-11, averages 13.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. The Monarchs started conference play with wins over Northeastern and James Madison before falling at home to George Mason on Thursday. Senior forward Chris Cooper averages a double-double with 10.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The Monarchs, always known for stellar rebounding, hold a +5.1 rebounding margin per game this season. Old Dominion has won back-to-back CAA Championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in four of the last seven years.

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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 Visits Virginia Friday Night

Posted on 29 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

PLAYING THE BEST: Including Friday’s game, 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 second toughest schedule in the CAA thus far. Towson has already played teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big 10 and Pac-12 this season.

LEAVING HOME: Friday’s game will be the first time the Tigers have had to travel away from the Towson/Baltimore area in exactly one month. Prior to playing five of six games at home, Towson played at UMass on Nov. 30. The only road game since then was a quick trip to Baltimore to take on Coppin State.

PLACE IN TIGER HISTORY: Senior Robert Nwankwo is quickly moving up the Towson career record books. Nwankwo is currently eighth all-time in Towson history with 588 career rebounds. He’s just six boards behind Steffan Bunsavage for seventh place. The senior forward has 170 career blocks, the third most all-time in Tiger basketball history. He trails just John James and Pat McKinley.

RELYING ON ROB: Senior Robert Nwankwo ranks in the Top 10 in the CAA in rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage. The forward is third in the CAA in 10+ rebound games (5) and his four double-doubles is fourth in the league. Nwankwo leads all CAA players with 4.4 offensive rebounds per game. The senior leads the team and is 16th in the league in scoring (12.3 ppg) and is first on the squad and fourth in the conference in blocks (1.9 bpg). Nwankwo registered consecutive double-double efforts against nationally-ranked Kansas and Michigan in the first two games of the season. With four double-doubles this season, Nwankwo has 13 in his career.

ON THE OFFENSIVE GLASS: The Tigers have grabbed 39.6 percent of their offensive misses, a mark that leads the CAA. Towson’s 168 offensive rebounds are second among league schools.

LAST TIME OUT: Vermont sophomore forward Luke Apfeld came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points in only 22 minutes of action as the Catamounts raced out to an early lead and didn’t look back in a 65-49 non-conference win over Towson University in the Towson Center Arena last Friday. Towson committed a season-low 10 turnovers in the game. The prior season-low was 13 turnovers against George Mason on Dec. 3. The Tigers also grabbed 30 or more rebounds for the fifth straight game. Freshman Deon Jones paced the Towson attack with 11 points on four of eight shooting for his fourth double digit scoring game of the season. Freshman Alex Giergen tallied a season-high eight points and did not miss a shot from the field, including two three-point field goals.

SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS: Virginia has won nine straight games and is currently ranked in both major national Top 25 polls. Virginia’s win streak is the longest for the Cavaliers since 2001-02 and UVa is 11-1 for the first time since the 2000-01 season. The Cavaliers are a perfect 7-0 at home this season, winning by an average of 25.1 points per game. Mike Scott leads Virginia in both scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg). Scott has won back-to-back ACC Player of the Week honors.

COMMON OPPONENTS: The Cavaliers and Tigers have two common opponents thus far in the season. Virginia defeated George Mason and Michigan at home, while Towson fell on the road against the Wolverines and lost at home to the Patriots. Virginia is 2-0 verse teams from the CAA this season. The Cavaliers picked up wins against Drexel (49-35) and George Mason (68-48).

 

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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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