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Towson Visits George Mason Saturday on WNST

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Towson Squares Off With Old Dominion Again Wednesday on WNST

Posted on 18 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Wednesday’s gams can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: For the second time in 12 days, Towson and Old Dominion will square off on the hardwood. The Tigers will be looking to avenge their loss in Norfolk as the squad’s battle at the Towson Center at 7 p.m.

BLOCK PARTY: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo ranks third in the CAA and 28th nationally with 2.5 blocks per game. The forward blocked a season-high six shots at Georgia State on Saturday and as a team, Towson blocked 10 shots, the second most by any CAA team in a game this season.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has limited four of its last six opponents to 60 points or less. During that stretch, the Tigers held No. 15 Virginia to 57 points on Dec. 30.

DOUBLE FIGURE DAMAS: Sophomore forward Marcus Damas has scored in double figures in nine of his last 12 games and ranks in the Top 20 in the CAA in both scoring and rebounding.

SCOUTING THE MONARCHS: Old Dominion is currently tied atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a 10-8 overall record and a 5-1 mark in league games. Current CAA Player of the Week and preseason player of the year selection Kent Bazemore, leads the Monarchs averaging 14.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The senior tallied a career-high 27 points at Delaware last Wednesday. Senior Chris Cooper leads the CAA with 10 double-double’s. Senior Trian Iliadis tallied a team-high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting to lead the Monarchs to a 69-61 victory against Hofstra this past Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Robert Nwankwo exploded for 17 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and four steals, but it wasn’t enough as Georgia State held off Towson, 57-42, at the GSU Sports Arena last Saturday. The double-double for Nwankwo was his fifth of the season and 14th of his career. The senior also passed former Tiger Junior Hairston for sixth all-time at Towson with 630 career rebounds. The Tigers shot just 25.0 percent from the floor in the game, its second worst shooting performance of the season. Despite the poor shooting, Towson was only outscored 24-22 in the tightly contested second half. Freshman point guard Kris Walden, who leads all CAA rookies in assists per game, dished out seven dimes in the loss.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 16 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

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

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

I love Bryan Adams. So sue me.

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

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

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

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Towson Tries to Snap Record Streak Wednesday Against Tribe

Posted on 11 January 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: After playing three of its last four games on the road, Towson returns home Wednesday to face CAA rival William & Mary at 7 p.m. The Tigers are still looking for their first win of the season while the Tribe are looking to win two out of three for the first time all year. The Tigers have won five of their last eight meetings against the Tribe.

IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo ranks third in the CAA and 38th nationally with 2.3 blocks per game.

RELYING ON ROB: Senior Robert Nwankwo is shooting an impressive 28-for-46 (60.9 percent) from the floor in his last seven games. He is among the CAA’s leaders in scoring (10.8 ppg/24th), rebounding (7.9 rpg/5th), field goal percentage (47.3/7th) and blocks (2.3 bpg/3rd). Nwankwo has led Towson in rebounding in 12 games this season. The forward is currently fourth among active CAA players with 609 career rebounds.

LAST TIME OUT: Playing its fourth game in eight days, Towson shot just 31.0 percent from the floor in a 75-38 loss against two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association Champion Old Dominion Saturday night in front of 7,048 fans at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Towson was burned once again by turnovers as Old Dominion turned 22 Tiger miscues into 37 points. The Monarchs shot 54.7 percent from the field due in large part to a 42-18 advantage in the paint and 18 fastbreak points. Senior Robert Nwankwo led the Tigers with 11 points and tied his season-high with five blocked shots. The forward also pulled down seven rebounds to lead Towson in the category for the 12th time this season. Freshman Deon Jones joined Nwankwo in double figures with 10 while classmate Kris Walden chipped in nine and handed out three assists.

SCOUTING THE TRIBE: William & Mary was picked to finish sixth in the CAA in the preseason, but is off to just a 3-13 overall start with a 1-3 mark in league games. The Tribe give up 72.4 points per game, the most in the CAA. They’ve allowed teams to shoot 46.4 percent from the field against them, a mark that also is last in the league. Freshman Marcus Thornton is the current CAA Rookie of the Week after averaging 19.3 points in three games last week for the Tribe. The guard poured in a career-high 23 points at George Mason. Quinn McDowell, who is second on W&M averaging 11.5 points per game, was Third Team All-CAA a year ago and Presason First Team All-CAA this year.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has limited four of its last five opponents to 65 points or less. The Tigers held No. 23 Virginia to 57 points on Dec. 30.

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

Posted on 07 January 2012 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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Towson’s Ambrose Wins Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

Posted on 05 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) – Before the season started, Towson was picked to finish last in CAA Football.

However, the Tigers turned the standings upside down this season, putting together a 9-3 record, winning an outright CAA title and hosting a game in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Having guided his team to new heights, Towson coach Rob Ambrose was honored as the 2011 Eddie Robinson Award recipient, given annually to the FCS Coach of the Year. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.

Ambrose is the 25th recipient of the award, which is named for legendary Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson, the second- winningest coach in Division I history with 408 victories.

Now in his third season as a head coach, it was rocky at first for Ambrose, a Towson alumnus, as his teams struggled to 2-9 and 1-10 finishes in his first two seasons.

“You have to get to a point where you can actually discuss winning, and it took two years before that could even be a conversation,” Ambrose said. “The first time I walked out on the field against a CAA team and looked at my guys versus another CAA team, we looked like a JV team, and I’m thinking ‘My gosh, this is terrible.’”

This season, winning was finally part of the discussion, as the Tigers went 5-2 against teams ranked in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 and reeled off three different three-game winning streaks. Towson hadn’t had a three-game winning streak since 2006.

Ambrose appeared on 110 of the 132 ballots and received 59 first-place votes, edging out Sam Houston State’s Willie Fritz.

Ambrose is the fourth coach from the CAA (formerly the Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference) to win the Eddie Robinson Award, and the first since James Madison coach Mickey Matthews was honored in 2008.

Eddie Robinson Award Voting……..1st….2nd….3rd….4th….5th….Total

1. Rob Ambrose, Towson………….59…..25……9…..14……3…..453

2. Willie Fritz, Sam Houston St….40…..29…..25…..13……7…..424

3. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion…….7…..15…..24…..13…..17…..210

4. Craig Bohl, North Dakota State…2…..13……9…..11…..16…..127

5. Pete Adrian, Norfolk State…….7……5……6……9…..14…..105

6. Andy Coen, Lehigh…………….3……7…..10…..10……3……96

7. Kevin Kelly, Georgetown……….2……8……7…..12……8……95

8. Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern….2……5……9…..11……7……86

9. Watson Brown, Tennessee Tech…..4……5……4……8……9……77

10. Tim Murphy, Harvard…………..1……6……5……0……9……53

11. Chuck Priore, Stony Brook……..0……2……4……7……7……41

12. Anthony Jones, Alabama A&M…….2……2……2……4……4……36

13. Bob Ford, Albany……………..1……2……4……4……2……35

14. Nigel Burton, Portland State…..0……1……4……4……2……26

15. Robin Pflugrad, Montana……….1……1……2……3……4……25

16. Chris Mussman, North Dakota……0……1……2……1…..10……22

17. Gary Harrell, Howard………….0……3……0……3……2……20

18. Clint Conque, Central Arkansas…0……1……1……3……4……17

19. Ron Garagher, San Diego……….1……1……2……0……1……16

20. Chris Creighton, Drake………..0……0……3……1……3……14

21. *Jack Cosgrove, Maine…………0……0……0……1……0…….2

* – Write-in vote.

Voting points on 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

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Towson RB West Named Jerry Rice Award Winner

Posted on 05 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) – It was a season that almost wasn’t for Towson freshman running back Terrance West, as he nearly redshirted and sat out the first game of the season.

But, after his redshirt was lifted, teams couldn’t keep the 5-foot-11, 222-pound freshman out of the end zone. West rushed for 27 touchdowns in the regular season, ranking No. 1 in the FCS.

West was honored with the inaugural Jerry Rice Award, which is awarded to the outstanding freshman in the FCS. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.

“It feels very good to be going to the Jerry Rice Award (presentation),” West said.

A Baltimore native, West didn’t earn a scholarship until halfway through his superb season and before that the talented freshman struggled to even find a place to play, at times nearly going to Clemson, Maryland and Morgan State.

“We got him in the door and all he wanted was an opportunity,” Towson coach Rob Ambrose said. “He wasn’t on scholarship, he was here all spring and most of this semester not on scholarship. I told him, ‘I’m going to give you the same deal I give everybody else, you’ll get what you earn.’”

West made his season debut the second week of the season and rushed for two touchdowns in a win against Villanova. It was the first of nine multi- touchdown games for West (he finished with 29 total scores after a playoff loss to Lehigh).

Setting the Towson record for touchdown runs in a season, West had three four-touchdown games and helped the Tigers to a CAA Football title, the first in program history.

The Jerry Rice Award is named after the NFL Hall of Famer, who had an All-America career at Mississippi Valley State.

West was a runaway winner of the award, receiving 89 of the 132 first- place votes, 74 more than Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who finished second in the balloting.

In addition to West winning the Jerry Rice Award, his head coach, Rob Ambrose, was honored as the Eddie Robinson Award winner, presented to the FCS Coach of The Year.

Jerry Rice Award Voting…………1st….2nd….3rd….4th….5th….Total

1. Terrance West, Towson………..89…..14……6……6……2…..533

2. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion…15…..51…..17…..11……7…..359

3. Austin Sumner, South Dakota St…8…..21…..16…..20……9…..221

4. David Johnson, Northern Iowa…..2……4…..23…..16…..13…..140

5. Chuck Diblio, Princeton……….3……5…..17…..13…..17…..129

6. Christian Bryan, Youngstown St…6……6…..10……8…..15…..115

7. Michael German, Tennessee St…..4……5……5…..10……7……82

8. D’Vonte Grant, No Carolina A&T…2……4……5…..14……3……72

9. Dillon Lucas, Villanova……….0……1…..10……6…..10……56

10T.Jordan Wells, SE Louisiana…….1……6……2……4……6……49

10T.Greg McGhee, Howard…………..1……5……4……2……8……49

12. Neal Stirling, Monmouth……….1……2……5……4…..11……47

13. Will Whitman, Harvard…………0……1……5……5……8……37

14. Mike Crutcher, Missouri State….0……3……0……4……4……24

15. R.J. Harris, New Hampshire…….0……2……1……2……3……18

16. Brady Measom, Southern Utah……0……1……2……1……1……13

17. Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette…….0……1……1……0……4……11

18. Brandon White, San Diego………0……0……1……2……1…….8

19. Julian Hayes, Monmouth………..0……0……0……2……3…….7

20. Jake Miller, Eastern Washington..0……0……1……1……0…….5

21. *Terrell Robinson, Chattanooga…0……0……1……0……0…….3

22. *Dominique Swope, Ga. Southern…0……0……0……1……0…….2

* – Write-in vote.

Voting points on 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 03 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-ShoBox Luis Ramos Jr. vs. Raymundo Beltran (Friday 11pm from Indio, CA live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights-Dyah Davis vs. Alfonso Lopez (Friday 9pm from Key West, FL live on ESPN2); Soccer: MISL Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena), Rochester Lancers @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); Women’s College Basketball: Georgia Tech @ Maryland (Friday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 1pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on Comcast SportsNet)

10. Badfish (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Legwarmers (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); Pat McGee Band (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Carbon Leaf (Friday 7:30pm Saturday 8pm The Barns at Wolf Trap); Johnny Winter (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm Rams Head on Stage)

When I heard Badfish was coming to town, I started wondering what my favorite Sublime song of all time was. I’ll probably be killed for it, but how can it not be this?

The Legwarmers are one of those tremendous 80′s cover bands that if you go see you’re guaranteed to have a good time. They do a ton of songs, but none are as good as this song…

I freaking LOVE Pat McGee Band. Here’s Pat doing Crosby Stills  &Nash (although you may be more familiar with Jimmy Buffett’s take)…

I’ve been talking an awful lot about Carbon Leaf this week. Have you taken the hint?

9. Kevin Nealon (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv)

The good news is that if you get your wires crossed at a Kevin Nealon show, he has some experience getting them uncrossed…

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Towson Tries To Snap Losing Streak Monday Night on WNST

Posted on 02 January 2012 by WNST Staff

GAME INFO: Towson (0-13) will take on Northeastern (4-7) at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Towson Center Arena. The game can be heard line on WNST-AM with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

BACK INTO CAA PLAY:
Towson returns to Colonial Athletic Association play tonight against Northeastern. The Tigers fell in an early season league game against George Mason, while Northeastern lost to Old Dominion in its only conference tilt.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Tigers have played six of their last eight games at home. After tonight, Towson heads on the road for a pair of league games at preseason favorite Drexel and two-time defending CAA Champion Old Dominion.

HANGING TOUGH: Towson’s seven-point loss at No. 23/24 Virginia on Friday was its second closest margin of defeat this season. The Tigers lost by just four at home against UMBC on Dec. 10.

TOUGHEST NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IN THE CAA: Towson has played six teams either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls in its 13 games. According to the Pomeroy Ratings, the Tigers have played the toughest schedule in the CAA thus far. Towson has played teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big 10 and Pac-12 this season.

SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo is shooting a remarkable 15-for-22 (68.2 percent) from the floor in his last three games. He is among the CAA’s leaders in scoring (11.9 ppg/19th), rebounding (8.5 rpg/4th), field goal percentage (47.7/7th) and blocks (2.2 bpg/3rd). Nwankwo has led Towson in rebounding in all but three games this season.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Northeastern snapped a six-game losing streak with a 53-51 win at Vermont on Friday. Joel Smith connected on a runner from the right wing as timed expired to give the Huskies the dramatic victory. Three of Northeastern’s four wins this season have come on the road. Jonathan Lee leads Northeastern in both scoring (13.5 ppg) and assists (3.7 apg). The Huskies and Tigers have three common opponents thus far in the season. Northeastern fell and UMass and at LaSalle while winning at Vermont. Towson lost to La Salle and Vermont at home and dropped a road matchup against UMass.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson gave No. 23/24 Virginia all that it could handle in a narrow 57-50 defeat in front of 8,751 fans at John Paul Jones Arena Friday evening. The young Tigers led by as many as eight in the first half and the Cavaliers were never able to garner a double digit lead in the game. Freshman point guard Kris Walden played perhaps the best game of his young career, tallying a season-high 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Playing in his first collegiate game in his home state, Walden hit a season-high three from beyond the arc. Sophomore Marcus Damas had 10 of his 13 points in the second half to keep Towson within striking distance late. Towson held two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week Mike Scott to just seven points. The Tigers shot an impressive 56.0 percent in the second half against Virginia, which is the second best team in the country in scoring defense. Towson had just four turnovers in the second half. Senior Robert Nwankwo made his presence felt on the defensive side of the floor, swatting a season-high five shots. The senior currently ranks third in the CAA in blocked shots. The Tigers also controlled the paint, outscoring Virginia 16-8 down low.

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Towson Hosts Vermont Friday Night on WNST

Posted on 23 December 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team is set to play its final non-conference home game of the 2011-12 season against Vermont Friday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action from the Towson Center Arena.

TIGER UPDATE: Towson will play its final non-conference home game of the 2011-12 season tonight against Vermont. The Tigers are led by senior Robert Nwankwo, who averages 12.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Tonight’s game will complete a stretch where Towson played five of six at home. Fans should be on the lookout for a special visitor at tonight’s game as Santa Claus will be in attendance!

LAST TIME OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo fell just short of his fifth double-double of the season with a career-high tying 19 points and nine rebounds, but his performance wasn’t enough as Manhattan overcame an early nine-point deficit to top Towson, 81-62, Tuesday evening in the Towson Center. Towson scored a season-high 62 points and won the rebounding battle (33-25) for the sixth time this season. The Tigers also shot a season-high 75.8 percent (25-for-33) from the free throw line, but were hurt severely by 23 turnovers that led to 28 Manhattan points. Nwankwo recorded a season-high eight field goals on just 11 attempts while also blocking three shots and swiping a pair of steals. Freshman Jervon Pressley returned from a one-game absence to score a season-high nine points and classmate Kris Walden netted seven points and turned the ball over just once.

SERIES HISTORY: Towson and Vermont have played 16 times on the hardwood with both squads winning eight times. The Catamounts won the last meeting between the teams, 59-57, at home on Nov. 24, 2007.

SCOUTING VERMONT: The Catamounts, who are playing their second straight road game  tonight, come in with a 5-7 record. Vermont topped Fairleigh Dickinson, 71-53, on Wednesday to snap a five-game losing streak. Four McGlynn leads the Catamounts in scoring at 11.5 points per game while coming off the bench. Vermont is paced on the boards by Brian Voelkel, who averages 8.0 rebounds per game. The Catamounts defeated CAA opponent Old Dominion, 65-63, in Norfolk on November 23.

REBOUNDING WITH THE BEST: Towson out-rebounded Manhattan by a 33-25 margin Tuesday evening. The Tigers have won the rebounding battle in six of 11 games this season and lead the CAA by corralling 40.7 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities.

WHAT’S ON TAP?: Towson returns to the road Friday, Dec. 30 at ACC foe Virginia. The Cavaliers are currently ranked No. 24 in the nation and boast a 10-1 record. The Tigers will then resume CAA play on January 2 against Northeastern at the Towson Center. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

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