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Towson F Benimon picks up NABC All-District honor

Posted on 13 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Senior forward averages 18.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Towson University men’s basketball senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named first team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 10, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Benimon, a two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year and 2013 Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American, also earned first team NABC honors last season.

Benimon has led Towson to a Division I school record 23 wins this season and a second-place regular season finish in the CAA.

The senior leads the Tigers in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (11.5 rpg), assists (3.6 apg) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg). He also tops Division I with 21 double-doubles and his rebounding average ranks third in the country. Benimon’s 378 rebounds this season is a Division I school record at Towson and ties him with Navy’s David Robinson for the second-most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

Benimon was joined on the NABC All-District first team by Devon Saddler and Davon Usher of Delaware,Frantz Massenat of Drexel and Marcus Thornton of William & Mary. The second team consisted of Scott Eatherton of Northeastern, Chris Fouch of Drexel, Zeke Upshaw of Hofstra, Willis Hall of College of Charleston and Andre Nation of James Madison.

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Arena wins as CAA tourney host, even if Towson and “the FM station” didn’t

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

Thoughts from the weekend…sports and stuff.

> Hats off to Towson University for a terrific basketball season (make that two in a row, actually) that came to an untimely end with yesterday’s 75-71 loss to William & Mary in the CAA semi-finals.  It’s tough to beat a team three times in one season, particularly when that team is good, which W&M is, for sure.  Easy to say now, since Towson isn’t going to get the chance, but I don’t think they would have gotten by Delaware tonight even if things would have worked out for them against the Tribe.

> The Arena’s debut as the home of the CAA tournament turned out to be a modest success, I thought.  The Saturday ticket price of $50.00 (basically an “all-day” pass) was too high, but it’s tough to sell the building on a per-game basis so a one-time price is the easiest way to do it.  They need to work on that for next year.  I thought the crowds on Saturday and Sunday were decent.  Again, for a first-time effort, I gave all of it a passing grade.  There are two years remaining on the original “deal” to bring the tournament to Baltimore — it can only get better from here. I’ll say this about Baltimore hosting the event: Inside the building, it felt like something big was going on.  Lots of pomp and circumstance.  It “looked the part”.

> As is almost always the case anytime something local is going on, WNST was the clear “radio winner” in terms of covering the CAA tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We had staffers (plural) on site all weekend, blogging, tweeting, etc.  It was a laughable ass kicking on Saturday for the Towson-JMU game.  We had FOUR folks from WNST there, live, covering the FIRST-EVER CAA tournament game in Baltimore for Towson University, while the FM station in town had ZERO people there.  They call themselves “Baltimore’s local sports leader” in station promotional spots, and then not one person from their station covered the biggest college basketball game in Charm City.  Yesterday, ONE poor soul from the FM station did venture in for the Towson-William and Mary game.  Probably got time-and-a-half.

> It will really get interesting later on this year when 105.7 and/or 1300 AM start broadcasting Towson football and basketball and WNST “out-covers” those two affiliates at the games…like we always do.  All hell’s gonna break loose over at CBS Radio when they start telling their on-air folks, “You know, now that we carry the games, the Towson Athletics people are hoping we’ll cover the teams. So…you guys really SHOULD go over to their home games and act interested.”  I bet there will be lots of weekend sore throats running through the building next Fall and Winter.  As Bart Scott once said:  “Can’t Wait!”

> Patrick Reed won his 3rd PGA TOUR event in his last 14 starts on Sunday by capturing the biggest win of his career, the World Golf Championships event at Doral in Miami.  The top 50 players in the world were ALL in the field and Reed each of them, yet he evidently ruffled some feathers by saying in his post-round presser, “I’m a top five player in the world.”  Twitter and sports sites everywhere where aghast with Reed’s “arrogance”.  Arrogance?  He  has 3 wins in the last eight months.  He beat everyone like a drum in college at Augusta State.  He’s a stud.  What’s he supposed to say afterwards, “I was lucky”?  This is like the “Flacco/I’m the best” quote that got our quarterback in hot water two years ago.  He was asked where he felt he ranked.  He said, “I think I’m the best.”  If someone from The Sun or Baltimore Magazine or some other publication asked me to rank the sports radio hosts in Baltimore, I’d answer it by saying, “You mean, rank everyone who’s behind me?  Sure, I’ll tell you who’s #2, #3, #4, and so on.”  Patrick Reed just beat the best 50 players in the world.  I think he can place himself just about wherever he wants on his own list of top 5 players in the world.

> I attended a “Cluster Mission” at my church on Sunday evening.  It’s basically a gathering of people from four or five area churches who all sign up for a 3-night session at one of the churches.  It turns out that Immaculate Heart of Mary on Putty Hill and Loch Raven Blvd. – where I attend – hosted this first Cluster Mission with last night being the first of the three sessions.  Father Jack Mattimore was the featured Priest last night and in his discussion with all of us, he shared a story about the importance of friendship and said, “Interestingly enough, sheep don’t follow the shepherd — sheep are attracted to other sheep.  They get herded together by their desire to be with one another.  The shepherd is just there to chase any who happen to get wayward back to the flock.  Sheep follow sheep.”  He then went on to say, “So, I’d ask each of you to invite some of your “sheep” to Monday night’s Cluster Mission here at IHM.  Just invite your friends.  They might come out.  They might not.  But at least invite them and see if any want to come with you.”  So, that’s what I’m doing now.  If you’re reading this, you’re a friend.  Come on out tonight at 7pm to IHM for night two of the Cluster Mission.  It’s free.  It runs until 9pm.  They have FREE babysitting, too!  You’ll find me in there somewhere and we can talk about the Orioles afterwards.  I’m not sure if you heard or not, but they’re going to the World Series this year.


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Towson Advances To Semifinal In CAA Tournament

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Robert Canady

Playing in front of a decidly hometown crowd, Towson’s basketball team defeated James Madison University 80-71 on Saturday night at Baltimore Arena.  It was exactly the type of advantage that Towson had hoped to have  with the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament being held in Baltimore for the first time in its history.

That atmosphere was noticed by the players, “I fed off the atmopshere, obviously we had a great  crowd and that helped,” said Four McGlynn the sophomore guard who led all scorers with 21 points.  Head Coach Pat Skerry felt McGlynn was a key coming into the game.  “He was a guy we were going to count on.  He has NCAA postseason and conference championship experiencce.  His postseason experience really showed through tonight,” Skerry said.


That postseasonn experience also showed itself from the free throw line where McGlynn was 6-6 during the last 1:07 of a game that featured 97 free throw attempts by both teams.   Towson set a CAA Tournament single game record  in both free throws attempted (61) and made (39).  McGlynn helped the Tigers get ahead by double digits early when he made two three-pointers in the first ten minutes of the game, he wouuld end the night making four of five long range attempts.

Leading by as many as 13 in the first half, JMU used a 7-1 run over the last 3:59 of the half, Towson’s last field goal came on a Marcus Damas steal and dunk at the 4:40 mark.

The teams traded three pointers to begin the second half.  From there the rest of the second half became a march to the free throw line for both teams.  Towson took 42 trips to the charity stripe and converted 27 of them.  The Dukes made the most of their turn by making 22 of 28 free throws in the final stanza.

Jerrelle Benimon who took home the CAA Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year Thursday night, recorded career highs with 21 free throws attempted and 12 made.   When asked if all the fouls called made it hard to get in a good offensive flow, Benimon replied, “Well I couldn’t get a rhythm going from the free throw line either, so I guess it didn’t make a difference.”

With all the trips to the free throw line, the Tigers were able stem any serious run by the Dukes.  The closest JMU would get in the second half was six points on a couple occasions, the last coming  with just :59 to play.  However, Towson made it’s last eight free throws to close it out.  In fact the last 17 points for the Tigers came via free throws.

When the Tigers were able to get a shot off without being fouled, they did remarkably well shooting 58% from the field and 62% on threes in the second half.   For the game, Towson hit on 57% (9-17) of it’s thres.

As for the pressure of playing their first postseason game since arriving at Towson, and having it in your backyard with high expectations, Skerry said “The kids handled it incredibly well, probably a lot better than I did.  We had an unbelievable turnout of Towson people here tonight and I would believe it would be even larger tomorrow.”

Tomorrow means today, as Towson will play in the CAA semifinals for the first time since 2009, when it faces William and Mary for the third time in just about three weeks.  “This was a big game, we hadn’t played in this (the tournament) we had to get the first win.  I would anticipate we’ll play much better on both ends of the floor tomorrow,” Skerry said.

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Towson faces James Madison in CAA Tournament quarterfinals Saturday

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Tigers seek to reach CAA semifinals for first time since 2009

BALTIMORE, Md. – The second-seeded Towson men’s basketball team will face seventh-seeded James Madison in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Baltimore Arena.

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

Towson (22-9, 13-3 CAA) swept a pair of meetings against James Madison (11-19, 6-10 CAA) this season, topping the Dukes 80-71 inside SECU Arena on February 4 and pulling out a 69-66 decision on the road just 10 days ago.

The Tigers have posted their most wins in a season at the Division I level and most overall since the 1977-78 team went 26-4 while in Division II. The No. 2 seed is Towson’s highest seed in a conference tournament since the Tigers were the top seed in the 1994 Big South Conference Tournament.

Towson enters the CAA Tournament having won six straight games, its longest winning streak under head coach Pat Skerry. It is the longest winning streak for the Tigers as a CAA program and longest overall winning streak since winning seven straight during the 1993-94 season.

The Tigers are led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation in rebounding (11.7 rpg) and double-doubles (20). The senior also paces Towson in scoring at 18.9 points per game and has dished out a team-high 115 assists.

Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie also earned CAA accolades this season. Both were named to the all-conference third team. Guthrie ranks second on the team in scoring and 14th in the CAA at 12.0 points per game. Damas averages 11.4 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

James Madison is the defending CAA champion. After winning three of four games late in the season, the Dukes dropped their final two games to fall to the No. 7 seed. Sophomore Andre Nation leads the squad by averaging 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Towson is 4-2 in its last six CAA Tournament opening games, but this is the first of those that will be in the quarterfinal round. The Tigers have only advanced to the semifinals once (2009) since joining the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season.

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Jerrelle Benimon Voted CAA Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, led the nation in rebounding and double/doubles.

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CAA Tournament Tips Off Tonight In Baltimore

Posted on 07 March 2014 by Robert Canady

After having to miss last year’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament due to low APR scores under a previous administration, the Towson University basketball team will finally get to take the floor in postseason action this weekend.

First Mariner Arena Will Host the CAA Tournament For Three Years Beginning Tonight.

The Tigers finished the season with a Division 1 school record 22-9 (13-3 CAA) campaign.  That was good enough for second place in the league and the No. 2 seed in the tournament which begins tonight at First Mariner Arena in downtown Baltimore.

James Madison University the defending CAA champions will be the Tigers opponent  in the first round game played at 6:00 PM tomorrow night, as the third game in the four game slate.  The Dukes lost a lot of players from that Championship team, but bring in a very talented young group, that played the Tigers tough in the two conference games this year, before ultimately losing both contests.

Below is a look at the matchups for the first round game tonight and the quarterfinal matchups that take place tomorrow, the teams CAA record is in parenthesis.

First Round:  #8 Hofstra  9-22 (5-11) vs. #9 UNCW 9-22 (3-13) Friday night at 7:00 PM

Hofstra swept the regular season series between the two teams, winning 69-64 in Wilmington, and 61-52 at home.   The Pride are led by graduate student transfer Zeke Upshaw who was selected to the All CAA 2nd team at last night’s awards banquet.  He was second in the league in scoring at 19.6 points per game.

UNCW, lost its first 10 conference games before finally breaking through with a surprise win against Towson in Wilmington on February 10th.  The Seahawks started using a five man substitution plan during that game.  In doing so they finished the last six games of the season with a 3-3 record.  Junior Cedric Williams is the leading scorer for UNCW putting in 11 points per game.


Saturday 12:00 PM #1 Delaware 22-9 (14-2) vs. Hofstra/UNCW winner 

The Blue Hens come into the tournament off the most successful regular season ever for a Delaware basketball team.  As a result Head Coach Monte Ross was voted CAA Coach Of The Year.  Delaware started the conference season 11-0 before losing to Towson 78-63 at SECU Arena in February.   Devon Saddler  a senior leads a dynamic scoring attack  with 20.2 points per game.  Baltimore native Davon Usher a graduate student transfer from Mississippi Valley State added 19.4 points per game, good enough for third in the CAA.   Jarvis Threatt missed six games due to a suspension which did not allow him to qualify for league leaders but he averaged 17.9 points a game.

In addition  junior Kyle Anderson  (11.1) and  senior Carl Baptiste (10.9) gave the Blue Hens five players scoring in double figures.

Devon Saddler A First Team All CAA Selection-courtsey of CollegeChalkTalk

Saturday 2:30 PM #4 Drexel 16-13 (8-8) vs. #5 Northeastern  10-20 (7-9)

Drexel battled injuries all season long, at one point having four starters miss multiple games.  The biggest injury came in the pre-season when junior guard Damion Lee a pre-season favorite to be 1st team all CAA tore an ACL that would cause him to miss the entire year.

Despite the injuries, the Dragons predicted to finish second in the CAA polls were able to secure a No. 4 seed.   Drexel  is led by first team All CAA guard Frantz Massenat a senior who led the team in scoring (17.4) and the CAA in assist with 4.8 assist per game.

Northeastern features all CAA Defensive Player of the Year Scott Eatherton, who battled the Tigers Jerrelle Benimon most of the year for the nations lead in double/doubles before finishing second to Benimon in that category with 18. Eatherton put up 15.5 points and grabbed 10.1 rebounds per game for the Huskies.

The two teams split the season series.

Saturday 6:00 PM #2 Towson 22-9 (13-3) vs. #7 James Madison 11-19 (6-10)

We’ve already talked about the matchup earlier, so I’ll just add some of the awards the Tigers picked up at the dinner last night.

Jerrelle Benimon: CAA Player of the Year, First Team ALL CAA, All CAA Defensive Team

Marcus Damas: All CAA Third Team

Rafriel Guthrie: All CAA Third Team

Timajh Parker-Rivera: CAA All Academic Team, CAA Dean Ehlers Leadership Award

Coach Pat Skerry was also one of only three coaches that received votes for Coach of the Year,  along with Tony Shaver of William & Mary and Ross.

Jerrelle Benimon Voted CAA Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, led the nation in rebounding and double/doubles.

Saturday 8:30 PM #3 William & Mary 18-11 (10-6) vs. #6 College of Charleston 14-17 (6-10)

The Tribe spent a good part of the year either tied or just one game behind Towson for second place in the CAA before going 3-3 in its final six games.  However, two of those losses came at the hands of Towson. The Tigers defeated the Tribe 85-70 on the 15th of February, and closed out the regular season with a thrilling 70-68 win at SECU last Saturday.

William and Mary is led by First Team All CAA Guard Marcus Thornton, who finished 5th in the CAA with 18.6 points per game, and led all CAA players with 85 three-pointers on the season. The Tribe also feature the Rookie of the Year for the CAA in freshman Omar Prewitt.

College of Charleston is a newcomer to the CAA this year and found  the quality of the teams in the CAA was much deeper than the Southern Conference in which it left after last season.

The Cougars are led by senior Willis Hall (12.2) and they allowed the fewest points scored per game at 62.5 of any team in the conference.

The quarterfinals are sure to produce a lot of what the regular season featured, close games that come down to the last few possessions, and possibly overtimes.  While Delaware and Towson are the decided favorites, and a lot of people would consider a Tigers/Blue Hens finals matchup a marquee event on Monday night, there are seven other teams that feel they are very capable of ruining the hopes of either the No.1 or No. 2 seed.



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Benimon named CAA Player of the Year for second straight season

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Damas, Guthrie and Parker-Rivera also honored at 2014 CAA Awards Banquet

BALTIMORE, Md. — Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in voting by the league’s head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media. The announcement was made Thursday night at the league’s pre-tournament awards banquet in Baltimore, Md.

Also receiving top honors were Delaware’s Monte’ Ross as the CAA Coach of the Year, William and Mary freshman guard/forward Omar Prewitt as the CAA Rookie of the Year and Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. William and Mary senior forward Tim Rusthoven was the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Benimon becomes the eighth player in conference history to receive CAA Player of the Year honors in multiple years. The senior forward has recorded a nation’s-best 20 double-doubles in 31 games and he also leads Division I in rebounding with 11.7 per contest. Benimon, who ranked fourth in the league in scoring with 18.9 points per game, reached double figures in 28 of 31 outings and tallied 20 or more points 17 times.

Benimon, who was also selected to the CAA All-Defensive team for the second straight year, broke his own Towson single-season record with 363 rebounds, which was the fourth-most in a season in CAA history and the most by any CAA player other than Navy All-American David Robinson. Showing his all-around game, Benimon was also third in the conference in assists (3.7 apg), fourth in field goal percentage (52.8%) and fifth in blocked shots (1.3 bpg).

Joining Benimon on the All-CAA first team were Drexel senior guard Frantz Massenat, Delaware senior guardDevon Saddler, William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton and Delaware senior guard Davon Usher.

Earning second-team All-CAA honors were Northeastern’s Eatherton (15.5 ppg/10.1 rpg), Drexel graduate student guard Chris Fouch (17.9 ppg/3.2 rpg), College of Charleston senior forward Willis Hall (12.2 ppg/9.0 rpg), William & Mary’s Rusthoven (12.2 ppg/4.9 rpg) and Hofstra graduate student guard/forward Zeke Upshaw (19.6 ppg/4.2 rpg).

Named to the All-CAA third team were Delaware senior forward Carl Baptiste (10.9 ppg/8.3 rpg), James Madison sophomore guard Charles Cooke (14.3 ppg/5.0 rpg), Towson senior forward Marcus Damas (11.4 ppg/5.3 rpg), Towson senior forward/guard Rafriel Guthrie (12.0 ppg/2.9 rpg), James Madison sophomore guardAndre Nation (15.2 ppg/5.3 rpg) and Hofstra graduate student guard Dion Nesmith (13.2 ppg/4.3 apg).

Damas is second on the team in both rebounding and three-pointers made, and ranks third in scoring, assists and blocks. The senior ranks Top 20 in the CAA in scoring, rebounding, blocks, free throw percentage and free throw percentage. Damas became Towson’s 23rd player to reach the 1,000-point scoring plateau on January 27. He enters this weekend’s CAA Tournament having scored 1,094 points.

Guthrie ranks second on the team and 14th in the CAA in scoring. The senior has been on a tear in the second half of the season, scoring in double figures in 12 of his last 14 games. Since being inserted into the starting lineup on February 15, the Tigers are 6-0. Guthrie scored a season-high 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting in Towson’s win at Northeastern on February 20.

Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera was also honored on Thursday night as the forward was named to the CAA All-Academic Team.

Towson is set to open CAA Tournament play on Saturday night as the second-seeded Tigers will host seventh-seeded James Madison at 6 p.m. inside Baltimore Arena. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.



First Team All-CAA                                   Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                      Sr.          F               6-8           245        Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Frantz Massenat, Drexel                          Sr.          G              6-4           190        Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Devon Saddler, Delaware                        Sr.          G              6-2           210        Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary        Jr.           G              6-4           185        Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

Davon Usher, Delaware                          Sr.          G              6-6           200        South Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor


Second Team All-CAA                             Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Scott Eatherton, Northeastern              Jr.           F               6-8           219        Hershey, Pa./Hershey

Chris Fouch, Drexel                                   Gr.          G              6-2           185        Bronx, N.Y./Rice

Willis Hall, College of Charleston          Sr.          F               6-6           235        Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary            Sr.          F               6-9           235        Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

Zeke Upshaw, Hofstra                             Gr.          G/F          6-6           215        Chicago, Ill./University


Third Team All-CAA                                 Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Carl Baptiste, Delaware                           Sr.          F               6-9           260        Pittstown, N.J./N. Hunterdon

Charles Cooke, James Madison             So.         G              6-6           200        Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Marcus Damas, Towson                          Sr.          F               6-7           210        Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore

Rafriel Guthrie, Towson                          Sr.          F/G          6-3           210        Washington, D.C./Cardozo

Andre Nation, James Madison               So.         G              6-5           200        Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian

Dion Nesmith, Hofstra                             Gr.          G              6-0           200        Union, N.J./Union


2013-14 CAA Player of the Year – Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

2013-14 CAA Coach of the Year – Monte’ Ross, Delaware

2013-14 CAA Rookie of the Year – Omar Prewitt, William & Mary

2013-14 CAA Defensive Player of the Year – Scott Eatherton, Northeastern

2013-14 Dean Ehlers Leadership Award – Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary


CAA All-Rookie Team                              Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Canyon Barry, Coll. of Charleston         Fr.          G              6-6           195        Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain

Omar Prewitt, William & Mary               Fr.          G/F          6-6           180        Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County

Jamall Robinson, Hofstra                        Fr.          G/F          6-5           210        Cheltenham, Md./Paul VI

Rodney Williams, Drexel                         Fr.          F               6-7           220        Richmond, Va./St. Christopher’s

T.J. Williams, Northeastern                    Fr.          G              6-3           190        Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville


CAA All-Defensive Team                        Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Adjehi Baru, Coll. of Charleston             Jr.           F               6-9           225        Abidjan, Ivory Coast/The Steward School                                        

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                      Sr.          F               6-8           245        Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Scott Eatherton, Northeastern              Jr.           F               6-8           219        Hershey, Pa./Hershey

Davon Usher, Delaware                          Sr.          G              6-6           200        South Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor

David Walker, Northeastern                   So.         G              6-6           176        Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls


CAA All-Academic Team                        Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Kyle Anderson, Delaware                        Jr.           G              6-3           200        Newark, Ill./Newark

Canyon Barry, Coll. of Charleston         Fr.          G              6-6           195        Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain

Brandon Britt, William & Mary               Sr.          G              6-2           200        Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian

Kyle Gaillard, William & Mary                 Sr.          F               6-8           220        Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg

Willis Hall, College of Charleston          Sr.          F               6-6           235        Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian

Tanner Milson, UNCW                             Sr.          G              6-2           190        Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill

Dion Nesmith, Hofstra                             Gr.          G              6-0           200        Union, N.J./Union

Timajh Parker-Rivera, Towson               So.         F               6-7           215        Milford, Conn./St. Joseph

Shane Reybold, UNCW                            Sr.          F               6-8           238        Laurel, Md./Reservoir      

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary            Sr.          F               6-9           235        Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

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#WNSTSweet16 list highlights Baltimore’s best ever college hoopsters

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

In taking a sneak peek at the rest of the lists I owe for 2014, none of them — none, I tell you — will be harder to compile than the one you’re about to read.

And this one, supposedly, was given to me on purpose because of my love for local college basketball.

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together, but it was a real exercise in juggling and re-arranging and sorting through so many outstanding names and accomplishments.

One thing for sure — Baltimore has enjoyed the presence of more outstanding college basketball players than any of us knew.

In compiling this list, I did my best to check in with people around town who have followed the local basketball scene as much if not more than I have over the last 15-20 years.

I’ll admit I don’t go back much more than the 70’s, although there’s a notable name or two in there who were so good and so well known locally they couldn’t be by-passed.

It’s difficult to rank these sixteen, honestly, because most of the “evidence” available is statistical in nature.  You won’t be seeing a whole lot of YouTube clips in here, but trust me when I tell you these sixteen guys did Baltimore proud.

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Towson F Benimon picks up another weekly CAA honor

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Senior forward averaged 24.5 points and 16 rebounds in Towson’s 2-0 week

RICHMOND Va. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It’s the second straight CAA weekly award for Benimon, who has garnered the honor four times this season and eight times in the last two years.

Benimon averaged 24.5 points and 16.0 rebounds in Towson’s 2-0 week. The senior forward now has an NCAA-best 20 double-doubles after tallying 28 points and 16 rebounds in a 69-66 win at James Madison and following with 21 points and 16 boards in a 70-68 triumph over William & Mary.

For the week, Benimon shot 54.8 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from three-point range, and 81.3 percent from the free throw line.

Second-seeded Towson (22-9, 13-3 CAA) will take on seventh-seeded James Madison on Saturday in the CAA Championship quarterfinal round. The game, set to tip at 6 p.m. from Baltimore Arena, can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

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Towson welcomes William & Mary Saturday for regular season finale

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Tigers to honor record-setting senior class pre-game

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will complete its inaugural season inside SECU Arena and look to make history by becoming the all-time winningest Division I Tiger team when William & Mary comes to town on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The battle between two of the top three teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Rob Carlin and John Feinstein 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.

Before the game, the four Tiger seniors will be honored. Rafriel GuthrieMike BurwellMarcus Damas and Jerrelle Benimon have turned Towson’s program around, leading the Tigers to 39 wins in the last two seasons.

Saturday’s game will also be a ‘Blackout’ as all fans are encouraged to wear black Tiger gear to the game.

Towson, which has won five straight games and nine of its last 10, is 14-1 at home this season. The Tigers are coming off a 69-66 win at James Madison on Wednesday.

Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 19th double-double with 28 points and 16 rebounds in the win over the Dukes. The victory clinched at least a second-place finish in the CAA for the Tigers. Towson will need a win and a Delaware loss on Saturday to claim a share of the league title.

William & Mary (18-10, 10-5 CAA) has won three of its last four games since falling to the Tigers on their home floor on February 15. The Tribe are locked into the No. 3 seed for the upcoming CAA Tournament. Tribe junior Marcus Thornton ranks fifth in the CAA averaging 18.8 points per game.

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Towson looks for fifth straight win Wednesday at James Madison

Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff

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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