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Towson suspends sophomore G Hairston

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SUSPENDS SOPHOMORE GUARD JEROME HAIRSTON

TOWSON, Md. – Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced today that he has indefinitely suspended sophomore guard Jerome Hairston.

“We have suspended Jerome for conduct detrimental to the team,” said Skerry. “The suspension is effective immediately and no other statements will be issued.”

Hairston, a 2013 Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie team selection, is averaging 5.0 points and 1.8 assists through five games this season.

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Towson opens SECU Arena Friday night against Navy

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will open the 2013-14 season and christen SECU Arena on Friday night as the Tigers host Navy at 7:30 p.m.

The grand opening of the new arena will feature a basketball doubleheader as the Towson and Navy women’s teams will battle at 5 p.m.

Audio and video for the men’s game will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson, the Preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) favorite, is coming off a record-setting season in which the Tigers set the largest single season turnaround in NCAA history by going 18-13 just a year after posting a 1-31 record.

The 18 wins for Towson were the program’s most since 1993-94 and the Tigers recorded their highest win total (13) and finish (second) since joining the CAA.

The Tigers return four of five starters and 85 percent of their scoring from last year’s team. Senior Jerrelle Benimon leads a quartet of seniors who return for Towson. Benimon, who was recognized as an Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American and as the CAA Player of the Year in 2012-13, is the nation’s leading returning rebounder.

Towson also welcomes back seniors Marcus Damas(11.4 ppg/5.3 rpg), Mike Burwell (9.0 ppg/3.2 rpg) and Rafriel Guthrie (8.1 ppg/2.6 rpg). A trio of sophomores also return for the Tigers in 2013 CAA All-Rookie Team selection Jerome Hairston (9.9 ppg/2.0 rpg), Vermont-transfer Four McGlynn (2012 America East Rookie of the Year) and Timajh Parker-Rivera (2.8 ppg/3.1 rpg).

Navy is under the leadership of third-year head coach Ed DeChellis. The Midshipmen return all five starters from a team that posted an 8-23 record last season. Junior forward Worth Smith is Navy’s leading returning scorer (10.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.4 rpg).

Towson leads the all-time series against Navy, 7-4. However, the Midshipmen have won the last two meetings. The Tigers have won two of the last three meetings against the squads at Towson.

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Preseason over, Towson ready to open hoops season Friday night

Posted on 04 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON OUTLOOK

SEASON OUTLOOK
After recording the biggest turnaround in NCAA history last season, Towson has its sights set on winning its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title in 2013-14. Coming off a season in which the Tigers won 18 games, the programs most since 1993-94, expectations will be high for a team that returns four starters and 85 percent of its scoring.

Headlining the group of four returning starters for the Tigers is reigning CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who averaged 17 points and nearly 12 rebounds per game a year ago. The 6-8 senior posted 20 double-doubles during his junior season and was also a member of the CAA All-Defensive team.

Also back at forward is senior Marcus Damas, who added 11 points and over five rebounds per game a year ago. The backcourt is solid with CAA All-Rookie point guard Jerome Hairston, senior Mike BurwellRafriel Guthrie and the addition of Vermont transfer Four McGlynn.

Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera is expected to see his role increase this season, while junior Jamel Flash has improved greatly and could push for playing time. Redshirt freshmen Barrington Alston and Marquis Marshall, along with newcomers John Davis and Walter Foster, could also see playing time.

Backcourt

One thing Towson head coach Pat Skerry won’t lack this season is backcourt options. The Tigers return four backcourt players that averaged eight or more points per game last season. Add in to that mix sharpshooters Four McGlynn and Marquis Marshall and the Tigers could throw a variety of lineups at their opponents.

Skerry expects a big year out of starting point guard Jerome Hairston, who averaged 9.9 points and 2.6 assists per game while being named to the CAA All-Rookie team a year ago. The 6-3 point guard is big, and a very good passer with excellent vision. Although he’s a natural point guard, Hairston can score the ball, especially in transition where he is extremely dangerous.

“He’s really worked on his body. He’s in unbelievable shape, stronger, more explosive and a key guy for us,” says Skerry. “We need him to have a great year.”

Marcus Damas (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) provides a ton of versatility as the senior can play nearly any position on the court. The 6-7 forward will see the bulk of his minutes at the small forward spot, bringing not just offensive skills to the table, but also serving as one of the team’s best perimeter defenders.

“Marcus is one of my favorite guys because he’s lived through it all,” says Skerry. “He played at an all-conference level during the second half of last year and I’m expecting that to continue into this season.”

Mike Burwell (9.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg), a 6-6 senior, came to Towson as a noted shooter, but displayed his all-around game last season. Burwell hit a team-high 47 three-pointers during his junior season, but impressed many with his stellar play on the defensive side of the court.

“He was terrific defensively which was exciting,” says Skerry. “He’s a veteran and a long wing and we like that combination. He’s been through the wars and Mike’s one of our most reliable guys.”

Four McGlynn (12.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg in 2011-12) was the American East Rookie of the Year and led Vermont in scoring, three-pointers made (68) and free throw percentage (88.9 percent) before transferring to Towson and sitting out last season. McGlynn is expected to give the Tigers a potent outside threat this season as well as seeing some time at the backup point guard spot.

“Four is an exceptional shooter that can really hit from deep and he is very accurate,” said Skerry. “We didn’t shoot the three great last year, so he’s a great weapon for us to have.”

Perhaps the most improved player on this year’s roster is guard Rafriel Guthrie (8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg). The 6-4 senior brings grit, determination, and a warrior’s style to the table. Known as a player that can drive and finish around the basket, Guthrie has worked relentlessly on his shooting during the summer to improve his all-around game.

“His game has improved tremendously, his shot, and his ball handling,” says Skerry. “He’s one of our best defenders and someone that’s going to see the court a lot for us this season.”

Coming off a red-shirt season, Marquis Marshall will fight for playing time in a very talented Tiger backcourt. Known as a terrific shooter, Marshall used his sit-out year to add muscle and work on his all-around game. Freshman John Davis could also see some minutes at the small forward spot.

Frontcourt
Size and athleticism won’t be a problem for the Tigers in the frontcourt.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon is who most opponent’s will focus their game plans on and for good reason. The 6-8 forward was dangerous from all spots of the court last year. He shot 53.3 percent from the field, which included knocking down 20 three-pointers at a 41-percent clip. Benimon blocked 60 shots and grabbed 102 offensive rebounds, leading the team in both blocks and assists as well.

“Jerrelle has improved both his ball handling and shooting, so that’s a big plus,” said Skerry. “We are going to play through him this year. We’ll get it to him in the post, he’ll handle the ball in transition and we might even play him as a backup point guard. He’s really matured a lot and he wants to take on a role as a leader of this team.”

Timajh Parker-Rivera (2.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg) could see the biggest jump in minutes played this season as he’ll push for the starting center spot. The 6-7 sophomore was one of Towson’s best players during their summer trip to Canada this year, averaging 10.5 points and 10.7 rebounds with three double-doubles in four games.

“TJ’s as tough as they come,” said Skerry. “His body has improved and he’s put in a lot of work on his jump shot this offseason. He’ll play major minutes for us and we expect him to have a big year rebounding the basketball.”

The longest tenured Tiger is junior Jamel Flash (0.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg). The 6-11 forward has improved each year since his arrival and Skerry expects him to see the floor this season.

Barrington Alston, perhaps the most athletic player on the team, returns after taking a red-shirt season last year due to an illness. The 6-8 lefty has a 7-2 reach and excels in transition due in large part because of his ability to finish above the rim over or around defenders.

Newcomers Walter Foster and John Davis will also see playing time this season for the Tigers. Davis is tough on the block but will also see time on the perimeter. Foster may have the best midrange shot of any Tiger. The 6-8 freshman will push for minutes at the center position while also backing up Benimon at the power forward spot.

Schedule
Towson will once again play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country, while also playing a balanced CAA slate during the 2013-14 season. The Tigers will take on eight teams that reached post-season play last year, including four 2013 NCAA Tournament teams.

During the non-conference portion of their schedule, the Tigers will face teams from 11 different conferences, including squads from the BIG EAST, Pac-12, Big 12 and American Athletic Conference. This year’s CAA slate will be a balanced schedule with the Tigers playing the other eight league schools twice.

“We’re extremely excited about a challenging non-conference schedule which will prepare us for the battles that we’re going to see night in and night out in the CAA,” said Skerry. “We’re really excited about the number of home games that we’re going to be able to play in SECU Arena, starting with Navy, Morgan State and Temple right out of the gate. We’re also thrilled that we’ll be playing so many of the local area teams.”

Some of the marquee games on the schedule include contests at Kansas, Villanova and Oregon State. The Tigers will also begin their first season inside the brand new SECU arena. They’ll open up the arena with three straight home games, including a contest against 2013 NCAA Tournament team Temple.

The Tigers will also play in the 2013 Lumberjack E-Tech Classic in Texas and host the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament inside SECU Arena.

Towson will continue to renew local rivalries with games against Morgan State, UMBC and Coppin State on the schedule.

The CAA slate of games for the Tigers will once again be extremely challenging. The Tigers will play home-and-home series against each of the other eight league schools. This year’s CAA Tournament will be moving to the Baltimore Arena and will run March 7-10 with the winner gaining the league automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament

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Guthrie leads way as Towson wins exhibition finale

Posted on 30 October 2013 by WNST Staff

GUTHRIE TALLIES 32 POINTS, TIGERS CRUISE IN EXHIBITION FINALE
Towson Tops Mansfield, 85-65


TOWSON, Md. 
 – Senior Rafriel Guthrie tallied a game-high 32 points to lead the Towson men’s basketball team to an 85-65 victory over Mansfield in the Tigers’ exhibition finale on Wednesday night at SECU Arena.

Guthrie shot 8-for-13 from the field and made 14 of 18 free throw attempts as the Tigers won their second of two exhibition games.

Towson shot 51.1 percent from the field and made 49 trips to the free throw line, making 33. The Tigers had 15 assists on 24 made baskets and outrebounded the Mountaineers, 45-30.

Seniors Jerrelle Benimon (16) and Marcus Damas (11), and sophomore Four McGlynn (10) joined Guthrie in double figures for the Tigers. Benimon shot 6-for-8 from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds.

Towson sophomore Jerome Hairston dished out a game-high six assists while freshman John Davis posted seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.

After Mansfield scored the first bucket of the game, Towson scored 11 straight to spark a 32-10 run that gave the Tigers a 20-point advantage at the 8:45 mark of the first half.

Mansfield battled back to make it an 11-point game on a Joe Bell three-pointer that made it 38-27 with just under six minutes to play in the opening stanza. Bell tallied a team-high 16 points for the Mountaineers.

Towson responded by scoring 10 of the next 14 points to boost its lead back to 17 and the Tigers would own a 51-35 advantage at the intermission.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Mansfield cut the Towson lead to 53-39 but the Mountaineers would get no closer the rest of the game. The Tigers led by as many as 22 in the second half.

Towson will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 8 against Navy. Tip time is set for 7:30 p.m. inside SECU Arena.

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Towson tops Bloomsburg in exhibition debut at new arena

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Tigers Open SECU Arena With Exhibition Victory
Benimon, Burwell combine for 34 points as Towson pulls away for 86-65 win


TOWSON, Md. 
 – The Towson University men’s basketball team played its first game in the brand new SECU Arena on Thursday night, downing Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, 86-65, in the first of two exhibition games for the Tigers.

The senior duo of Mike Burwell and Jerrelle Benimon led the way for the Towson, combining for 34 points and 13 rebounds. Twelve different Tigers saw action in the exhibition, with nine scoring at least three points.

After a close first half, Towson stepped up its defensive efforts in the final 20 minutes. The Tigers limited Bloomsburg to just six field goals on 24 percent shooting in the final stanza. Towson also took advantage of a dominant effort from the free throw line, making 38 of 53 from the charity stripe, including 14-for-18 shooting from Benimon.

Sophomore Jerome Hairston was also in double figures for the Tigers with 11 points to go along with a team-high tying three assists. In his first action in a Towson uniform, sophomore transfer Four McGlynn tallied nine points, including a three-pointer and four-for-four shooting from the free throw line.

Led by Dontahe Jordan and Jon Riles, Bloomsburg opened the game hitting seven of its first 14 field goal attempts and raced out to an early 18-8 lead. Towson methodically clawed its way back into the game, going on an 18-5 run over a span of 7:27 to take a 26-23 lead that was punctuated by freshman John Davis’ dunk with 5:25 to play in the opening half. However, the Tigers would trail 40-39 at the intermission.

In the second half, Towson took control for good. The home team recaptured the lead at 49-48 on freshman forward Walter Foster’s block and transition dunk on the other end of the floor. That sequence sparked a 20-7 Tigers run and Towson led 69-55 with just under eight minutes to play. The Tigers would lead by as many as 26 in the second half.

For the game, Towson shot 40.7 percent (22-of54) and held a 51-31 rebounding advantage. The Tigers also forced 22 turnovers and scored 28 points off those miscues.

Burwell finished with a game-high 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Senior Marcus Damas chipped in nine points, while classmate Rafriel Guthrie added eight points and a team-high tying seven rebounds.

Bloomsburg was led by Riles’ 16 points, including 4-for-5 shooting from three-point range.

The Tigers wrap up their exhibition schedule next Wednesday at home against Mansfield. Tip time is set for 7:30 p.m. from SECU Arena.

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Towson G Hairston honored again by CAA

Posted on 04 March 2013 by WNST Staff

HAIRSTON EARNS FIFTH CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARD

The Freshman Averaged 13 Points & 4.5 Assists in Towson’s 2-0 Week

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University freshman Jerome Hairston was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It marks the fifth time this season that the guard has garnered the weekly award.

Hairston averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in Towson’s 2-0 week. The freshman guard scored a team-high 17 points, dished out four assists and swiped three steals in a 67-64 win over Hofstra and had nine points and a season-high tying five assists in an 85-81 overtime victory at George Mason.

Hairston ended his rookie campaign averaging 9.9 points per game, third on the team and second in the CAA among freshmen. The freshman led Towson with 35 steals and was second on the squad with 77 assists.

Hairston played in all 31 games as a freshman, starting 30 at the point guard spot. His 29.2 minutes per game was third-best on the team.

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Towson visits George Mason Tuesday for road finale

Posted on 25 February 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO GEORGE MASON FOR ROAD FINALE ON TUESDAY
Game Can Be Seen Live on Comcast SportsNet


FAIRFAX, Va. - Towson will play its final road game of the season on Tuesday as the Tigers travel to George Mason for a 7 p.m. contest that will air live on Comcast SportsNet.

Al Koken and Ron Thompson will be on the call from the Patriot Center as two of the top four teams in the league standings square off.

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

Towson (16-13, 11-5 CAA) has won six of its last seven games, including a dramatic 72-71 win over Drexel on Saturday. The win gave the Tigers their most victories in a season since 1995-96.

The Tigers have played extremely well on the road this season, picking up 11 wins away from the Towson Center, including a 6-2 mark in CAA play. However, Towson has lost its last 14 games played at George Mason and have not defeated the Patriots on the road since 1977.

Towson is led by Lou Henson Award finalist Jerrelle Benimon, who is tied for the NCAA-lead with 19 double-doubles. The junior led the Tigers with 19 points against Drexel on Saturday and has scored in double figures in 17 of his last 18 games.

Tiger freshman Jerome Hairston was named CAA Rookie of the Week on Monday after scoring a career-high 20 points against the Dragons. Hairston shot 3-for-5 from beyond the arc en route to winning his fourth league award of the season.

George Mason (17-11, 10-6 CAA) has won three of its last four games, including a thrilling 60-58 triumph over William & Mary on Saturday. Sophomore Erik Copes hit a 13-foot jumper with less than a second remaining to push the Patriots past the Tribe.

Junior guard Sherrod Wright leads Mason in scoring at 16.6 points per game, while classmate Bryon Allen ranks fifth in the CAA averaging 3.7 assists per game.

Tuesday’s game will be the 41st all-time meeting between Towson and George Mason.

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Towson F Hairston honored by CAA again

Posted on 25 February 2013 by WNST Staff

HAIRSTON NAMED CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK FOR THE FOURTH TIME

Freshman Scored a Career-High 20 Points in Towson’s Win Over Drexel on Saturday

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University freshman Jerome Hairston was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Co-Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It marks the fourth time this season that the guard has garnered the weekly award.

Hairston scored a career-high 20 points and swiped three steals in Towson’s 72-71 victory over Drexel on Saturday. The freshman guard made a steal with less than 10 seconds to play, was fouled and made a free throw for the game-winning point.

Hairston finished the game 7-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.

Hairston and the second-place Tigers are next in action on Tuesday at George Mason. The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

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Towson’s Hairston honored again by CAA

Posted on 11 February 2013 by WNST Staff

HAIRSTON GARNERS THIRD CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARD

The Freshman Averaged 17.3 Points Per Game in Towson’s 3-0 Week

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University freshman Jerome Hairston was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It marks the third time this season that the guard has garnered the weekly award.

Hairston averaged a team-high 17.3 points to lead Towson (14-12, 9-4 CAA) to a 3-0 week. The guard scored a career-high 18 points in an 81-68 victory over UNCW to start the week. He then posted 17 points, three assists and two steals in an 85-65 win over Delaware in a midweek game. Hairston concluded the week by making a career-high five three-pointers on just six attempts en route to scoring 17 points in a 90-82 overtime win at Georgia State.

For the week, Hairston shot 45 percent from the floor, 44 percent from three and 80 percent from the free throw line.
Hairston and the second-place Tigers are next in action on Tuesday at James Madison. The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

 

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Towson hosts Saddler, Delaware Wednesday night

Posted on 05 February 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS RIVAL DELAWARE ON WEDNESDAY SEEKING THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
The Game Can Be Seen Live on Comcast SportsNet

TOWSON, MD. - The Towson men’s basketball team will look to complete a season sweep of second-place Delaware on Wednesday as the Tigers host the Blue Hens in a game that can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Al Koken and Ron Thompson will be calling the action for CSN.

Towson (12-12, 7-4 CAA) is off to its best start ever in the CAA and best start overall since the 2006-07 season.

The Tigers are coming off an 81-68 win over UNC Wilmington on Monday night. The 81-point effort was the second best scoring performance by Towson this season.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon led four Tigers in double figures with 20 points to go along with 12 rebounds for his NCAA-leading 16th double-double. Freshman Jerome Hairston scored a season-high 18 points and junior Rafriel Guthrie chipped in 14 points off the bench.

Delaware (11, 6-3 CAA) currently sits in second-place in the CAA, just percentage points ahead of third-place Towson. The Blue Hens have won three straight games, including a 71-56 home win over UNC Wilmington on Saturday.

Junior guard Devon Saddler leads the team and ranks first in the CAA by averaging 19.3 points per game. Senior forward Jamelle Hagins is averaging a double-double this season with 12.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

Wednesday will be the 70th all-time meeting between Towson and Delaware. The Tigers have only played Loyola (71) more often in their history.

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