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Former Towson F Benimon to play with Heat, Nuggets in Summer League

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Former Towson forward and two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will begin his professional basketball career on the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets NBA Summer League teams.

Though not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, Benimon will join the Heat, which will participate in the Summer League from July 5-11 in Orlando, and the Nuggets, which will compete in the Summer League from July 11-21 in Las Vegas.

“We are excited for Jerrelle as he gets ready to begin play in the NBA summer league for two very strong franchises,” said Tiger Head Coach Pat Skerry. “I know he will carry over his many talents as well as his strong work ethic and team-first attitude that he played with here at Towson as he continues to build his professional basketball resume.”

Benimon put together one of the most impressive two-year stints by a player in Towson basketball history. A two-time CAA Player of the Year and 2013 AP Honorable Mention All-American, Benimon ranked in the Top 5 nationally in both rebounding and double-doubles each year he was in a Tiger uniform.

A Mid-Major First Team All-American this past season, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The 6-8 forward led the Tigers in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg) as a senior. His 404 total rebounds during the 2013-14 season set a new school record and his mark only trails NBA Hall of Famer and former Navy standout David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

Benimon also impressed scouts after the season as he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four and posted impressive numbers at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

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Towson adds Wake Forest transfer Adala Moto

Posted on 21 May 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ADDS WAKE FOREST TRANSFER ARNAUD WILLIAM ADALA MOTO
The 6-6, 225-pound forward averaged 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Demon Deacons last season

TOWSON, Md. – Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced the addition of Arnaud William Adala Moto (ar-NO William ah-DAH-luh MO-toe), a transfer student-athlete from Wake Forest. Adala Moto will sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2015-16.

A physically-gifted 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward, Adala Moto averaged 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds while playing 19.7 minutes per game during his sophomore campaign in 2013-14. He played in all 33 games, starting 11 and ranked second on the team in rebounding and sixth in scoring. He shot 46.5 percent from the floor in 2013-14.

A four-star recruit according to ESPN and a top 150 recruit in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals, Adala Moto averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while playing 16.3 minutes per game as a freshman. He saw action in all 31 games during his rookie campaign with 19 starts.

“We’re ecstatic to welcome Arnaud William Adala Moto to our program” said Skerry. “He’s a versatile forward that has played against extremely high levels of competition while being part of the Cameroon National Team and playing against ACC competition for two years. He can score from the inside and outside and will be an immediate impact player starting in 2015-16. I expect him to work extremely hard during his sit out year and be a big part of our program going forward.”

Originally from Yaoundé, Cameroon, Adala Moto went to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia before committing to Wake Forest. His brother, Parfait Bitee, was a shooting guard at the University of Rhode Island from 2004-08 and plays professionally overseas.

While playing a prominent role with the Demon Deacons, Adala Moto scored a career-high 16 points as a freshman in a 90-79 home victory over Virginia Tech. He tallied a season-high 15 points while contributing a career-high 11 rebounds this past season in a 70-69 win over N.C. State on January 15.

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Towson extends Skerry’s contract through 2020

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PAT SKERRY HAS YEAR ADDED TO CONTRACT
Towson men’s basketball head coach has deal extended through 2019-2020 season

TOWSON, Md. – After a record-setting 2013-14 season, Towson University head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry’s contract has been extended by one year and now runs through the 2019-2020 season.

Skerry, who signed a contract extension through 2018-19 during the offseason last year, will see the terms of his contract remain the same with the additional year being added on.

“Our men’s basketball program has excelled under the leadership of Coach Skerry and we’re thrilled to extend his contract through the 2019-20 season,” said Towson Director of Athletics Tim Leonard. “Pat and his staff have done an extraordinary job recruiting and developing the type of student-athletes that work tremendously hard both on the court and in the classroom. Pat and his wife Kristen, along with the entire staff, have truly embraced being part of the Towson family and community. I couldn’t be more excited about the future of our men’s basketball program moving forward under his leadership.”

Skerry guided Towson to its best ever season at the Division I level in 2013-14. The Tigers finished 25-11 overall and 13-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The 25 wins are the most for the program at the Division I level and third most in a season all-time. Towson was one of just 44 teams in the country (out of 349) to record at least 25 wins during the 2013-14 season.

The Tigers also made their first postseason appearance since 1991 and won the programs first two Division I postseason games. Towson claimed a pair of road victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at USC Upstate and East Tennessee State.

The Tigers, who played a school-record 36 games last season, posted their first ever Top 100 RPI finish, ending the year at No. 97. Under Skerry, Towson has posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94.

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Towson adds JUCO transfer G Ivory

Posted on 16 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON BASKETBALL ADDS COMBO GUARD JOSH IVORY
Transfer will have two years of eligibility remaining starting next season

TOWSON, Md. – Combo guard Josh Ivory, who played for Baton Rouge Community College last season, has transferred to Towson University and will play for the Tigers starting in 2014-15, it has been announced by head coach Pat Skerry.

A native of Alexandria, La., and a graduate of Peabody Magnet High School, Ivory has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Josh is a talented and tough perimeter player that will be a great addition to our backcourt,” said Skerry. “He brings defensive intensity and the ability to make shots or find open teammates on the offensive end. Josh is an experienced player and a high character person that we are thrilled to add to our program.”

Ivory is a 6-2, 195-pound guard who averaged 15 points, 5 assists and 3 steals as a senior at Peabody Magnet. He was a three-year starter for the Warhorses, who posted a 103-5 record and won two state titles during his final three seasons. During his sophomore season, Peabody Magnet finished the year ranked No. 23 in the nation in the USA Today Super 25 poll.

After high school, Ivory signed with Cleveland State where he played in 30 games, averaging 8.9 minutes per game as a freshman. The guard averaged 1.3 points per game and was tied for fifth on the squad with 12 three-pointers made.

During the 2013-14 season, Ivory played at Baton Rouge Community College where he averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 33.1 minutes of action per game.

“I felt a bond right away when I met with the coaches and players at Towson and that’s what you want,” said Ivory. “Towson has a ton of support for its basketball program and the campus seems great. I’m excited to get up there and am ready to contribute.”

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G Marshall transferring from Towson

Posted on 09 April 2014 by WNST Staff

MARQUIS MARSHALL TRANSFERRING FROM TOWSON
Freshman averaged 1.4 points in 25 games during 2013-14 season

TOWSON, Md. – Towson men’s basketball head coach Pat Skerry announced Wednesday that freshman guard Marquis Marshall is leaving the Tigers’ program.

“Marquis informed me today that he is leaving the Towson basketball program and will be looking for another school to continue his college career,” Skerry said. “Marquis is a hardworking kid that played an important role on us winning 25 games this year. We wish him the best of luck moving forward.”

After redshirting the 2012-13 season, the 6-5 Marshall averaged 1.4 points in 25 games this past year. The freshman scored a season-high nine points on 3-for-4 shooting with a pair of triples in a win over Coppin State on January 4.

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Towson visits Murray State in CIT quarterfinals Thursday

Posted on 26 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON’S POSTSEASON RIDE CONTINUES AT MURRAY STATE ON THURSDAY
Tigers and Racers battle for spot in CIT Final Four at 8 p.m.

MURRAY, Ky. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play at Murray State on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Damon Lewis calling the action.

Towson (25-10) earned its spot in the Elite 8 of the CIT by knocking off USC Upstate (63-60) in the first round and East Tennessee State (83-77) in the second round.

Both wins came on the road, where the Tigers are 9-7 this year.

Murray State (20-11) has been near unbeatable at home, posting a 14-1 record inside the CFSB Center. The Racers opened CIT play with a 66-63 win at Missouri State before topping Omaha, 86-62, at home on Monday.

Sophomore Four McGlynn has been the star of the Tigers this postseason, hitting the game-winning shot against USC Upstate and scoring a season-high 23 points in the win over East Tennessee State. The guard is shooting 9-for-14 (64.3%) from beyond the arc in Towson’s CIT wins.

Murray State is led by freshman guard Cameron Payne, who averages 16.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. The Racers average 77.4 points per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field.

The winner of Thursday’s game will advance to the Final Four of the CIT. That game will be played on April 1 with the matchups, locations and start times to be announced after all quarterfinal games have been completed.

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Towson accepts big to CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament

Posted on 16 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ACCEPTS COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT BID
Tigers will play on Wednesday at South Carolina Upstate

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University men’s basketball team has accepted a bid to play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), marking the Tigers first postseason appearance since 1991.

Towson (23-10) will play University of South Carolina Upstate (19-14) in a first round road game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Hodge Center in Spartanburg, S.C.

The CIT, which features a 32-team field made up of non-BCS programs, is in its sixth year of existence. All 31 tournament games are played on campus sites with the CBS Sports Network broadcasting the semifinal and championship rounds.

Towson’s last postseason tournament appearance was in the 1991 NCAA Tournament when the Tigers fell to Ohio State, 97-86. That was the second of two straight NCAA Tournament appearances for Towson.

Led by a stellar senior class that has won a combined 41 games the last two seasons, Towson head coach Pat Skerry is excited for his team to experience postseason play.

“We’re extremely excited for the opportunity to play in the College Insider.com Postseason Tournament,” said Skerry. To keep our program moving forward, it’s vital to play in the postseason. With our highest RPI ever (96) and a school record 23 wins, our kids deserved to keep playing.

“The fact that our team would have been in the postseason last year but didn’t have that opportunity, it’s important that we do this for them. Many former CAA championship level programs – VCU, George Mason and Old Dominion – have all partaken in the CIT or CBI. What I really like about the CIT is that you have to be above .500 to qualify and that’s why you saw five Top 100 RPI teams in it last year.”

Towson played an extremely difficult non-conference scheduled this year, posting a 9-6 record. All six of the Tigers non-conference losses came away from home and all six opponents qualified for postseason play. Villanova, Kansas, North Dakota State and Stephen F. Austin all reached the NCAA Tournament, Sam Houston State was also selected for the CIT and Oregon State qualified for the CBI.

Towson finished in second-place in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 13-3 record. The No. 2 seed was the Tigers highest ever in the CAA Tournament. Towson handed Delaware, who won the league title and earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament, its first conference loss of the season after the Blue Hens started league play 11-0. After sweeping both regular season meetings against William & Mary, the Tigers fell to the Tribe in the CAA Tournament semifinals, 75-71.

Towson is led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation with 21 double-doubles and leads the Tigers in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. All-CAA Third Team selections Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie, along with Mike Burwell make up one of the most important senior classes in Towson history.

Wednesday’s opponent, USC Upstate posted the second-most wins in its school history during the Division I era with 19 victories in 2013-14. The Spartans opened the season with a thrilling 64-63 victory at Virginia Tech to post the school’s first-ever win over an ACC program. Upstate went on to knock off South Carolina 74-68 later in the year for its first-ever win over a team from the SEC.

The Spartans finished 11-7 in conference play and reached the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament for the second straight year, falling to eventual champion Mercer in double overtime.

Upstate seniors Torrey Craig and Ricardo Glenn each earned all-conference accolades at the conclusion of the season. Craig was named to the All-A-Sun first team after leading the league in scoring while ranking fourth in rebounding. Glenn paced the A-Sun in rebounding, offensive rebounds and field goal percentage on his way to a second team selection.

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

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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 faces James Madison in CAA Tournament quarterfinals Saturday

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO FACE JAMES MADISON IN CAA QUARTERFINALS ON SATURDAY
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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Towson looks for fifth straight win Wednesday at James Madison

Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SEEKS FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN ON WEDNESDAY AT JAMES MADISON
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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