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Towson hits road for three game trip starting Thursday at Northeastern

Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON BEGINS THREE-GAME ROAD TRIP AT NORTHEASTERN ON THURSDAY
Tigers seeking third straight win

BOSTON, Mass. – The Towson men’s basketball team is set to begin a three-game road swing on Thursday at Northeastern. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) battle, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet (CSN-MA+, CSN-P, CSN-NE).

Josh Maurer and Blaine Taylor will be on the television call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (18-9, 9-3 CAA) is coming off a big 78-63 win over first-place Delaware on Monday night. Tiger senior Jerrelle Benimon registered his NCAA-leading 18th double-double with 25 points and a season-high tying 18 rebounds in the win.

The victory over the Blue Hens, which snapped their 13-game winning streak, improved Towson’s home record to 14-1. The Tigers only loss inside SECU Arena came against Northeastern, a 57-54 setback on January 22.

The Huskies enter Thursday’s game with a 9-18 overall record and a 6-7 mark in league play. Northeastern picked up a 60-44 win at College of Charleston on Saturday. Junior forward Scott Eatherton paces the Huskies in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg). Eatherton has 17 double-doubles on the year, trailing only Benimon for the national lead in that category.

Northeastern leads the all-time series with Towson, 16-11. The Tigers have not beaten the Huskies in the regular season since January 2, 2008, a span of six games. Towson did defeat Northeastern in the 2009 CAA Tournament, a 58-54 win that sent the Tigers to the semifinals.

Northeastern is the only CAA team that Towson hasn’t defeated this season.

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What A Difference Two Years And An Arena Can Make

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Robert Canady

Two years ago during the 2011-12 season, I covered many of Towson’s basketball games, meaning I witnessed  a loss almost every night.   I had a courtside view along with one other faithful reporter Mat Schlissel of TowsonTigers.com.  Many nights it was just the two of us who watched  from press row at a cold and lifeless Towson Center, as a team with only four scholarship players finished 1-31.  Also some nights we weren’t outnumbered by too many fans in the stands either.  A fact that isn’t lost on Head Coach Pat Skerry,  saying, “Two years ago we weren’t giving away seats, we were giving away sections.”

The Tigers are a commanding 13-1 in their new home SECU Arena

Fast forward two years, to this past Monday night.  Mat and I  still had seats next to each other.  However, this time those seats were in the beautiful new SECU Arena.  And, we had been bumped from our courtside seats in favor of the national television crew from NBCSports Network.   Also this time we were only two of 29 media members covering the game.

Still more differences, this time a crowd of over 4000 packed the new home of the Tigers with an energy that I have not witnessed in three seasons covering the team.  Most importantly among those 4,000 fans were the Towson students.   In those games at the Towson Center many nights, there was hardly what you could call a student section.   For most of this year, the students have been out in force, filling both sections under each basket, along with the energy generating Towson pep band.   Season ticket holders, alumni and just plain fans often take their cue from the student section.  If the students are into it, they naturally join along.

The excitement was in large part due to the opponent.  The University of Delaware came in with an unblemished 11-0 record in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play.  The Blue Hens occupied the first place spot that Towson had been picked for in the preseason poll.  In the first matchup of the season in Newark last month, Delaware had a similar type crowd on hand and beat the Tigers 83-76 taking control of the 1st place in the league.

To see where the Towson program has come In less than two years is remarkable.  It began with the arrival of  Skerry in the spring of 2011.  He found himself with a shorthanded team during his first season, yet it didn’t affect his approach to each game.   The Tigers played hard, they just didn’t have the talent.  Well they had talent, but it was sitting on the bench in the form of transfers Jerrelle Benimon and Mike Burwell.

When Benimon and Burwell along with JUCO transfer Rafriel Guthrie became eligible to play last year, the Tigers turned in the well documented record breaking season in which they set an NCAA record for biggest turnaround by finishing 18-13.  However, the joy of that success was tempered a bit as the Tigers knew going into the season they would not be eligible for any post-season play, due to APR issues prior to Skerry’s arrival.

This year came with many expectations, Benimon was voted the pre-season Player of the Year in the conference, and as mentioned the Tigers were voted the pre-season favorite to win the league.  They had gone from being the hunter to the hunted, and as Skerry has referenced a few times this year, they wouldn’t be able to sneak up on anyone this season.

So after 11 conference games the scene was set for Monday night, a win by Delaware would have clinched the CAA title for them and assured them not only of the No. 1 seed when the tournament starts in Baltimore in just over two weeks, but also assured them of a NIT bid should they fail to win the conference tournament.

With the win the Tigers still have an outside shot at winning the regular season title, should Delaware lose at  least two of its remaining four games.   While the regular season title may still be a long shot for Towson, the win did a couple of things that should bring even more excitement to the tournament.

Most importantly it can be argued, the Tigers regained some of their swagger in the league.  Two losses to the Blue Hens might have taken some of the anticipation out of the tournament.  The Tigers didn’t just win, they dominated Delaware in all phases of the game, and showed the form that garnered them the pre-season ranking.

Should the Tigers and Blue Hens meet in the tournament, it will most likely come in the final, as it stands now they will go in as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.    So there would be the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line.  With the game being played in Baltimore at First Mariner Arena, Towson should be able to have the largest fan support of the nine teams.   However, the Delaware fan base travels very well, and will no doubt have several bus loads of students and fans make the just over one hour drive from Newark.

Player Of The Year Candidate Benimon outplayed UD Candidate Saddler on Monday night.-Photo Credit Towson Athletics

Both teams have valid player of the year candidates, Towson with Benimon and  Delaware with its all time leading scorer Devon Saddler.  The two schools are a natural rival.   In addition to being the closest in proximity of any CAA schools, the two have very successful football programs and have had some classic matchups on the football field.

Both teams have some work to do the final ten days of the regular season to avoid any slip-ups and both coaches will tell you the next game is the only one they are worried about.   The next game for Towson is Thursday night in Boston as they face Northeastern.   Skerry showed he is not looking past this game, “I told the team (in the locker room after the Delaware game) I like to leave them with little pleasantries.  But nobody in this room has beaten Northeastern, so we’ve got a major game there Thursday.”

Towson stays on the road after the Northeastern game to play at Hofstra on Saturday.  They return home only long enough to do laundry attend a class or two and head to James Madison for the penultimate game on Wednesday the 25th.

The regular season will close out against William and Mary on Saturday March 1st at SECU, and I know this, Mat and I will be sitting side by side, again in the upper concourse to make room for another TV crew, a fact that neither of us mind as we think back to those cold nights in an empty Towson Center, and realize how far this program and team has come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Towson hosts Delaware Monday for showdown of top CAA teams

Posted on 16 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE CAA SQUARE OFF ON MONDAY AS TOWON HOSTS DELAWARE
Tigers looking to give Blue Hens first CAA loss when the squads meet inside SECU Arena

TOWSON, Md. - The top two teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) are set to meet on Monday night as Towson hosts rival Delaware inside SECU Arena at 7 p.m.

The game can be seen live nationally on the NBC Sports Network with Mike Corey 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.

Delaware, which has won 13 straight games, is 19-7 overall and first-place in the CAA with a perfect 11-0 league record. Towson (17-9, 8-3 CAA) took control of second-place in the conference standings with an 85-70 win at William & Mary on Saturday.

The Blue Hens and the Tigers met earlier this season in Newark, Del. with UD pulling out an 83-76 win on its home floor.

Tiger senior Jerrelle Benimon scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the first meeting between the squads. Benimon is currently tied for first in the nation in rebounds per game (11.6) and double-doubles (17).

Benimon was aided by the stellar play of classmate Mike Burwell in Towson’s win at William & Mary on Saturday. Burwell hit five three-pointers en route to scoring a career-high 23 points. The guard has scored in double figures in four of his last six games.

Delaware’s last loss came against St. Bonaventure on December 30. The Blue Hens boast the CAA’s top scoring offense at 80.3 points per game, led by senior Devon Saddler, who averages 20.4 points per game. Classmate Davon Usher averages 19.4 points per game overall and is leading the CAA by averaging 22.6 points per game in league contests.

Monday will be the 72nd all-time meeting between Towson and Delaware. The Blue Hens will pass Loyola as the Tigers most commonly played opponent of all-time. Delaware leads the all-time series 42-29 but Towson has won two of the last three meetings.

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Towson makes key CAA trip to William & Mary Saturday

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO WILLIAM & MARY ON SATURDAY FOR SECOND-PLACE SHOWDOWN
Tigers and Tribe both 7-3 in the CAA

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Towson men’s basketball team will visit William & Mary for a battle of second-place teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Saturday. The game, set to tip at 4 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

Joe Beninati and John Feinstein will be on the television call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (16-9, 7-3 CAA) will be looking to get back on a winning track as the Tigers fell at UNC Wilmington, 66-53, on Monday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 16th double-double against the Seahawks with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Benimon is just eight points shy of becoming the 24th Towson men’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points in a Tiger uniform.

Benimon would join teammate Marcus Damas as the second Tiger to reach the scoring plateau this season. Benimon and Damas would be just the third Tiger duo to reach 1,000 career points in the same season. They’d become the seventh teammates to play together on the same team with each scoring 1,000 career points.

William & Mary (15-8, 7-3 CAA) has won three straight games and five of its last six. Junior Marcus Thornton leads the CAA in scoring at 20.0 points per game. The Tribe average 72.9 points per game which ranks second in the CAA. W&M shoots 47.2 percent from the field, which leads the league.

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Towson looks for fifth straight win Monday at UNC Wilmington

Posted on 09 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO UNC WILMINGTON ON MONDAY SEEKING FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN
Tigers enter the week in second-place in the CAA

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play its first road game in over two weeks on Monday as the Tigers travel to UNC Wilmington to take on the Seahawks at 7 p.m. inside Trask Coliseum.

Towson (16-8, 7-2 Colonial Athletic Association) has won four straight games and nine of its last 11 contests, including a thrilling 68-61 overtime victory against College of Charleston on Saturday.

The Tigers downed the Seahawks, 60-53, when the squads met inside SECU Arena on January 11. Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon led the Tigers with 20 points and 17 rebounds in the first meeting.

UNC Wilmington (6-19, 0-10 CAA) is still searching for its first league win despite numerous close calls. Eight of UNCW’s 10 league losses have come by single digits or in overtime.

Junior forward Cedrick Williams leads the Seahawks in both scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). Guard Ben Eblen ranks seventh in the CAA by dishing out 2.9 assists per game. Senior guard Chris Dixon led the Seahawks with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting in the meeting between Towson and UNCW earlier this season.

Towson is 4-0 against UNC Wilmington under head coach Pat Skerry.

Fans can listen to Monday’s game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Damon Lewis on the call.

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Towson looks for fourth straight win Saturday against Charleston

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS CAA NEWCOMER COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ON SATURDAY
Tigers seeking season sweep of the Cougars and fourth straight win overall

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will seek its fourth straight win on Saturday when the Tigers host Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) newcomer College of Charleston inside SECU Arena at 2 p.m.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Brent Harris and Glenn Consor on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (15-8, 6-2 CAA) already defeated College of Charleston (12-12, 4-5 CAA) earlier this season, picking up a 72-57 road win on January 19. Senior Jerrelle Benimon led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Tigers committed a season-low five turnovers.

Towson, which owns its best record after 23 games since 1993-94, will look to continue its recent home dominance. The Tigers have won 16 of their last 17 home games and are 12-1 inside SECU Arena this season.

Benimon leads a balanced Towson attack which ranks among the top three in the CAA in both scoring offense (73.0 ppg) and scoring defense (68.2 ppg). The All-American candidate is tied for first in the nation in double-doubles (15) and is tied for second in the country in rebounds per game (11.5).

Senior Rafriel Guthrie has picked up his play of late, coming off the bench to score in double figures in each of the last six games. He’s averaging 14.5 points per game during that stretch and is getting to the free throw line an average of 8.3 times per game in his last three contests.

College of Charleston has dropped three of its last four games, including a tough 67-64 defeat at CAA-leading Delaware on Wednesday in which they had a 20-point lead in the second half. Senior Willis Hall leads the Cougars in both scoring (12.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.3 rpg). CofC leads the CAA in scoring defense, allowing just 62.8 points per game.

Towson will be supporting breast cancer awareness on Saturday by wearing pink gear. The cause hits home for Tiger senior Marcus Damas, as his mother is a breast cancer survivor. Fans are encouraged to also support the cause and to help raise awareness by wearing pink to the game.

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Towson looks for third straight win Tuesday against James Madison

Posted on 04 February 2014 by WNST Staff

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

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

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken and Glenn Consor on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

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

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

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

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

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Towson returns home Monday to face Hofstra

Posted on 26 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RETURN HOME MONDAY TO FACE HOFSTRA
Towson football team to be honored at halftime

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team is set to host Hofstra in a battle between teams tied for second-place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Monday night at SECU Arena.

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

Towson (12-8, 3-2 CAA) has dropped back-to-back games after winning a season-high five straight games from December 30 to January 19. The Tigers are coming off an 83-76 loss at first-place Delaware on Saturday.

Towson will look to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season as the Tigers return to SECU Arena, where they are 9-1.

Despite their recent struggles, the Tigers still own their best record after 20 games since 1995-96.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his 13th double-double of the year against the Blue Hens with 29 points and 16 rebounds. The forward, who has 10 games with 20 or more points this season, is averaging 22 points and 13.5 rebounds in his last eight contests.

Senior Marcus Damas could make history on Monday as the forward is just 13 points shy of becoming just the 23rd player in a Towson uniform to score 1,000 points in his career. Damas has scored in double figures in three of his last four games, including a pair of 20-point performances against Drexel and Northeastern.

Hofstra (7-13, 3-2 CAA) has won three of its last five games, but is coming off a 70-57 loss against Northeastern on Saturday. The Pride are led by Zeke Upshaw, who is tied for second in the CAA in scoring at 18.8 points per game.

Monday will be the 58th all-time meeting between the rivals. Hofstra, which is Towson’s fourth most commonly played opponent all-time, owns a 36-21 edge over the Tigers in the series. However, Towson has won the last two meetings, including a 67-64 victory last March in the final men’s basketball game ever played in the Towson Center.

Monday will also be a special night inside SECU Arena as the NCAA FCS runner-up Towson football team will be honored for their record-setting season at halftime.

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Towson tries to improve to 4-0 in CAA play Wednesday against Northeastern

Posted on 21 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS NORTHEASTERN ON WEDNESDAY LOOKING TO EXTEND WINNING STREAKS
Tigers have won six straight overall and 14 straight at home

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be looking to win its sixth straight game overall and 14th straight at home when the Tigers host 2012-13 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season champion Northeastern on Wednesday night at SECU Arena.

Audio and video of the game, which is set to tip at 7 p.m., will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) withSpiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (12-6, 3-0 CAA) is riding its longest winning streak since also winning five straight in 2000. The Tigers have not won six consecutive games since 1994 when they won seven in a row late in the season.

Towson is a perfect 9-0 inside SECU Arena this year and its 13-game home court winning streak is tied for the 12th-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.

The Tigers are coming off a pair of impressive CAA road wins last week, topping Drexel (80-68) and league newcomer College of Charleston (72-57). Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the two wins to garner his second CAA Player of the Week honor.

Towson has really stepped up its efforts on the defensive side of the court since the start of conference play, holding league foes to just 59.3 points per game.

Northeastern (5-14, 2-3 CAA) enters Wednesday’s game having lost six of its last eight games. However, the Huskies have seen 12 of their 14 losses come by single digits and they defeated Georgetown (63-56) earlier this season.

Junior Scott Eatherton, who leads the nation in double-doubles, paces Northeastern in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg).

The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Tigers, 15-11, and have won five straight. Towson has not defeated Northeastern at home since 2008.

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Towson F Benimon named CAA Player of the Week

Posted on 20 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists 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.

Benimon averaged 24.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in leading Towson to CAA road victories at Drexel (80-68) and College of Charleston (72-57) last week. He contributed team-highs of 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists at DU and followed with 21 points and 11 boards at CofC.

Benimon, who shot 55 percent from the floor for the week, has recorded double-doubles in nine straight contests and has topped the 20-point mark in six consecutive games.

Towson (12-6, 3-0 CAA) returns to SECU Arena on Wednesday to face Northeastern at 7 p.m. The Tigers have won 13 straight home games, the 12th longest current home court winning streak in the country.

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