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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 tried to snap losing skid Wednesday at Old Dominion

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO OLD DOMINION ON WEDNESDAY
Tigers Seeking Ninth Road Win of the Season

NORFOLK, Va.
 - The Towson men’s basketball team will look to get back on track after three straight losses as the Tigers take on Old Dominion at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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

After winning six of seven games, Towson (10-12, 5-4 CAA) has dropped three straight, including a 63-56 loss at William & Mary on Saturday.

Despite the recent slide, Towson is still 3-1 in road CAA games this year and will be attempting to win its ninth game away from home on Saturday, its most since the 1995-96 season.

The Tigers are one of only two teams to rank in the Top 5 in the CAA in both scoring offense (65.9 ppg) and scoring defense (65.6 ppg).

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon ranks first nationally in double-doubles (14) and third in rebounding (11.5 rpg). Benimon, along with juniors Marcus Damas and Mike Burwell and freshman Jerome Hairston are all averaging double figures since the start of CAA play.

Old Dominion, which has won two of the last three CAA Tournaments, is struggling this season. The Monarchs enter Saturday’s game with a 2-17 overall mark and are winless in seven conference games.

ODU, which is just 1-10 at home this season, is led by senior DeShawn Painter. The center leads the Monarchs in both scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg).

Towson and Old Dominion are the two best rebounding teams in the conference. The Tigers rank first in both rebounding offense (39.2 rpg) and rebounding margin (+4.9), while the Monarchs are second in both rebounding offense (37.5 rpg) and rebounding margin (+4.3).

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Towson tries to extend road win streak Saturday at William & Mary

Posted on 25 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO WILLIAM & MARY SATURDAY SEEKINGS FIFTH STRAIGHT ROAD WIN
The Tigers Have Not Won Five Straight Away From Home Since 1993

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be attempting to win its fifth straight road game for the first time since 1993 when the Tigers travel to William & Mary on Saturday.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m. inside Kaplan Arena, can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (10-11, 5-3 CAA), which fell to George Mason on Wednesday, will be playing its fourth game in eight days on Saturday.

William & Mary (7-11, 1-6 CAA) has dropped eight straight games since starting the season 7-3. The Tribe nearly gave Northeastern their first CAA loss on Wednesday, dropping a 95-91 double-overtime thriller to the Huskies in Boston.

Saturday’s game will be the second match-up between Towson and William & Mary in 18 days. The Tribe fell to the Tigers at the Towson Center, 99-86, in double overtime on January 9.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon led five Tigers in double figures with 26 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots. Junior guard Mike Burwell matched his season-high with 18 points against the Tribe and classmate Marcus Damas chipped in 19 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Both William & Mary and Towson rank in the Top 5 in the CAA in scoring. The Tribe rank second by averaging 68.4 points per game while the Tigers are fourth, posting 66.4 points per game.

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Towson, Northeastern meet Saturday in first place showdown

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will seeking its fifth straight win and sole possession of first-place in the Colonial Athletic Association when the Tigers take on Northeastern on Saturday at the Towson Center Arena.

The game, which is set to tip at 12 noon, will feature the only two 3-0 teams in league play.

Towson (8-8, 3-0 CAA) defeated Oregon State, UNC Wilmington and Drexel on the road before returning home to outlast William & Mary in double-overtime on Wednesday.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon led the Tigers with his 10th double-double (26 points, 12 rebounds) of the year against the Tribe. He also blocked a career-high seven shots in the Tiger victory.

Towson has been extremely balanced scoring since the start of league play with at least four players scoring in double figures in each game. Junior forward Marcus Damas has tallied double-digits in five straight games and junior guard Mike Burwell has accomplished the feat in three consecutive contests.

Northeastern (8-7, 3-0 CAA) has begun league play with three straight wins, including an overtime victory at Drexel on Tuesday. Joel Smith paces the Huskies in scoring at 15.9 points per game, while Quincy Fordaverages 12.7 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest. Northeastern ranks second in the CAA by making 6.2 three’s per game.

Towson is 6-5 all-time at home against Northeastern, but the Huskies have won each of the last two meetings at Towson and four straight overall in the series.

Saturday’s game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

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Towson looks to extend win streak Saturday at Drexel

Posted on 04 January 2013 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its third straight win on Saturday as the Tigers travel to CAA Preseason favorite Drexel for a 4 p.m. match-up against the Dragons at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

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

The last time Towson played three straight road games and won them all was in February of 1993 when the Tigers defeated UNC Asheville, Radford and UMBC in an eight-day span.

The Tigers (6-8, 1-0 CAA) will have the chance to match that feat after winning an overtime thriller at Oregon State last Saturday and starting off conference play with a road win at UNCW on Wednesday. Current CAA Player of the Week Jerrelle Benimon just missed his ninth double-double of the season on Wednesday as the forward finished with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon was also impressive, posting his first double figure scoring game since mid-November with 14 points to go along with eight rebounds in the win over the Seahawks. For only the third time this season, the Tigers had four players in double figures as Mike Burwell (13) and Marcus Damas(11) joined Benimon and Dixon with double-digit points.

Drexel (5-8, 1-0 CAA), which was selected as the preseason favorite in the conference, started the season 2-6 before winning three its last five games. The Dragons opened CAA play on Saturday, defeating Georgia State, 77-60, in Atlanta.

Sophomore guard Damion Lee leads Drexel in scoring at 18.5 points per game while CAA Preseason Player of the Year Frantz Massenat is averaging 13.5 points and 4.4 assists per game.

Towson will be attempting to win its first two league games for the first time since joining the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season. The Tigers will also be looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Dragons and win their first game at Drexel since Jan. 12, 2002.

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Towson welcomes Coppin State to Towson Center Wednesday

Posted on 18 December 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS LOCAL RIVAL COPPIN STATE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT
The Tigers Have Won Four of the Past Five Meetings With the Eagles

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak on Wednesday as the Tigers host local rival Coppin State. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the Tigers women’s basketball team and is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m.

Mariner Finance is Wednesday’s game sponsor and the first 1,000 fans in the arena will receive lanyards.

The Tigers (4-7), who will be playing just their second home game of the season, are coming off a 65-48 setback to North Dakota State on Saturday. Junior Mike Burwell posted his sixth double-digit scoring game of the season with a team-high 14 points. The guard hit four of his nine three-point field goal attempts and leads Towson with 18 triples on the year.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon registered six points and grabbed a season-high tying 11 rebounds against the Bison. The Tigers committed a season-low six turnovers in the loss.

Coppin State has lost five of its last six games and enters tonight with a 2-9 overall record. The Eagles are led by Michael Murray, who is averaging a double-double with 13.4 points and 10.8 rebounds this season. Coppin State has faced some tough competition this season, losing to USC, Texas, Saint Joseph’s and No. 2 Indiana. The Eagles last win came at UMBC (80-61) on December 12.

Towson leads the series history against Coppin State, 6-4. Although the Eagles won last year’s meeting, the Tigers have won four of the last five battles. Coppin State has not won at Towson since Dec. 12, 1992.

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Temple trip wraps road swing Wednesday for Towson

Posted on 11 December 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON CONCLUDES 10-GAME ROAD SWING AT TEMPLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Tigers Seeking .500 Record During Season-Opening Road Trip


PHILADELPHIA Pa.
 – The Towson men’s basketball team will conclude its 10-game road swing on Wednesday as the Tigers travel to the Liacouras Center to take on the Temple Owls.

The game is set to tip at 7 p.m.

The Tigers (4-5) are coming off two of their best efforts of the season last week as they defeated defending America East champions Vermont (68-64) on Wednesday before narrowly falling at No. 15 Georgetown (46-40) on Saturday.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week yesterday after averaging 20.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in those contests. Benimon has registered a double-double in five of his last seven games.

Freshman guard Jerome Hairston (9.8 ppg) is second on the team in scoring and tops the team in assists (23) and steals (19). Junior guard Mike Burwell (9.2 ppg), junior forward Marcus Damas (8.3 ppg) and graduate student Bilal Dixon (7.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg) round out the Tiger starters.

Temple (6-1) is coming off its first loss of the season, a 90-67 setback against No. 2 Duke.

The Owls, under the direction of seventh-year head coach Fran Dunphy, are led be the play of senior guards Scootie Randall (15.1 pgg) and Khalif Wyatt.  Besides topping the team in scoring, Randall also leads Temple in rebounding (7.1 rpg.), three-pointers (15) and minutes played (35.7 mpg). Wyatt (13.9 ppg) paces the Owls and ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in assists, averaging 4.6 per game.

Temple has won both all-time meetings against Towson, with the squad’s last meeting on Dec. 6, 2007 in Philadelphia.

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Towson wraps busy weekend with blowout win over Cincinnati Christian

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON MEN’S BASKETBALL ROLLS PAST CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN, 79-40, FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

Junior Mike Burwell Leads Four Tigers in Double Figures with 18 Points

 

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Towson men’s basketball team posted its second straight wire-to-wire win with a dominate 79-40 win over Cincinnati Christian University in the final game of the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational on Monday afternoon. The Tigers, who defeated Radford on Friday and Kennesaw State on Sunday, posted a 3-1 mark during the tournament.

With the win, Towson improves its overall record to 3-2, its best mark after five games since the start of the 2008-09 season when the Tigers also started 3-2.

The 39-point margin of victory Monday was Towson’s largest since a 122-58 win over Buffalo on March 7, 1992.

Junior Mike Burwell led four Tigers in double figures with 18 points. The guard scored in double figures for the second consecutive game, netting three three-point field goals in each contest.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon registered his second double-double of the season with 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting and a game-high 11 rebounds. The forward/center added six blocked shots to his stat line in just 22 minutes of action.

Junior Marcus Damas (12) and sophomore Kris Walden (10) also scored in double digits, while junior Jerrelle Benimon posted nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in 21 minutes.

For the third straight game Towson got off to a hot start and after a Jerome Hairston jumper four minutes in, the Tigers led 7-0.

Leading 16-11 midway through the opening period, Towson tallied 13 of the next 17 points and the Tigers would lead by 20 at halftime.

Towson scored the first seven points of the second half to go up 46-19 and the Tigers would lead by as many as 42 in the second half. Towson held Cincinnati Christian to just five second half field goals in a dominating defensive effort.

The Tigers shot 56.6 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle for the fourth straight game, 46-22. Towson held the Eagles to just 16.7 percent shooting in the second half and 24.1 percent for the game.

All 13 Tigers played in the game, with 12 of them scoring

Towson will return to action on Monday, Nov. 26 at local rival Loyola. Tip time from Reitz Arena in Baltimore is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Burwell, Hairston lead Towson past Goldey-Beacom in exhibition finale

Posted on 12 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Defeats Goldey-Beacom College in Exhibition Finale

Junior Mike Burwell Tallies Team-High 16 Points in Win

TOWSON, Md. – Four Tigers scored in double figures to lead the Towson University men’s basketball team to a 72-64 win over Goldey-Beacom College in an exhibition game Monday night at the Towson Center.

Towson, which never trailed in the game, shot 50.0 percent from the field and saw nine different players score.

Junior Mike Burwell led the Tigers with 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting with a pair of three-point field goals. Freshman Jerome Hairston tallied 15 points, including six in the final five minutes to keep the Tigers ahead.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon posted 13 points and grabbed a team-high tying six rebounds, while junior Rafriel Guthrie also scored in double figures with 11 points to go along with four steals.

Towson raced out to an early lead by scoring the first 10 points of the game with Dixon and Burwell each netting four points during the run. The Tigers clamped down defensively, holding Goldey-Beacom to just 23.1 shooting in the opening half.

A three-pointer from the left wing put the Tigers up by 21 with 2:13 remaining in the period and the home team would go into the intermission with a 34-17 lead.

Leading by 18 after a three from Hairston at the 17:24 mark of the second half, Goldey-Beacom began to chip away. The Lightning scored the next 11 points with Keith Thomas hitting three-pointers to ignite and cap the run.

Towson got its lead back to double digits on a Marcus Damas jumper midway through the half, but Goldey-Beacom did not go away. The Lightning tied the game at 53 on aJordan Thorpe jumper with 6:22 remaining, but they could never grab the lead.

The Tigers scored 19 of the next 28 points to seal their second exhibition win of the season.

A.J. Picard
led the Lightning with 17 points and he was joined in double figures by Thomas (16) and Thorpe (15).

The Tigers dished out 14 assists and committed just nine turnovers while limiting Goldey-Beacom to just four assists and 15 turnovers. Six different Towson players accounted for 10 total steals.

Towson shot 46.2 percent from beyond the arc, but just 52.2 percent from the free throw line.

The Tigers will next play in the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational, hosted by Eastern Kentucky University. Towson will play four games in four days, starting with a matchup with Radford on Friday at 8 p.m.

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Towson opens hoops season Friday at Charleston

Posted on 08 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s Basketball Opens 2012-13 Season at College of Charleston

Tigers Travel to Southern Conference Power Friday

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Under the guidance of second-year head coach Pat Skerry, the Towson University men’s basketball team is set to begin the 2012-13 season at the College of Charleston on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The game is being played at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

Although Towson returns just three scholarship players from last year’s team, the new-look Tigers welcome a trio of BIG EAST transfers, a highly-regarded junior college transfer and a nationally recognized freshman class.

Towson will be looking to build on an impressive performance in its exhibition opener against Bloomsburg University on November 1.

All five Tiger starters scored in double figures, led by junior guard Mike Burwell’s 16 points. Classmate Jerrelle Benimon also filled the stat sheet with 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds, guiding Towson to an 87-65 win.

The offensive explosion was a welcome sight as the Tigers averaged just 47.0 points in a pair of exhibition games last season.

The Cougars present a challenge to the Tigers, who will be seeking their first regular season opening victory in four years.

Charleston, which won 19 games last season, was picked to finish second in the south division of the Southern Conference this year. The Cougars’ first year head coach Doug Wojcik spent the last seven seasons as the head coach at Tulsa.

The College of Charleston is led by senior guard Andrew Lawrence, who averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game last season. Lawrence, a member of the Great Britain National Team in the 2012 London Olympics, and junior forward Trent Wiedeman were both named to the 2012 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team.

The Cougars were victorious in their only exhibition game, topping USC Aiken, 68-52, on November 3.

The trip to Charleston will be a familiar one for Skerry, who served as an assistant coach for two seasons at the school under current Marshall head coach Tom Herrion.

The game at Charleston will be the first of 10 straight road games Towson will play to begin the 2012-13 season.

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