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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 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 faces Drexel Saturday on Autism Awareness Day

Posted on 31 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS DREXEL DURING NATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS DAY ON SATURDAY
Tigers seeking season sweep of the Dragons

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team is set to host Drexel on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in a game that can be seen nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

It will be a special night inside SECU Arena as it is National Autism Awareness Day in college men’s basketball.

Towson’s Pat Skerry and Drexel’s Bruiser Flint are among the over 100 men’s basketball coaches throughout the country that will be wearing the “Autism Speaks” pin on their suit jackets. Skerry and Marshall’s Tom Herrion, each who have sons on the autism spectrum, have started a national campaign to raise awareness.

Towson players will be wearing specially made gear provided by Under Armour and Autism groups, including Itineris, Pathfinders, Autism Speaks, Kennedy Krieger, and the Hussman Center will be in attendance to provide information to fans. Informational tables will be made available upon entrance to SECU Arena.

Saturday’s game can be seen live 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 bringing you the action.

Towson (13-8, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) is coming off a 76-58 home win on Monday against Hofstra. The Tigers, who are 10-1 inside SECU Arena this season, defeated Drexel, 80-68, in Philadelphia on January 14.

Towson, which has won three straight against the Dragons, enters the weekend in second-place in the CAA standings.

Drexel (11-9, 3-4 CAA) is coming off a 77-74 win at Hofstra on Wednesday. The Dragons are led by the explosive scoring duo of Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat, who average a combined 36.8 points per game. Drexel leads the CAA with a +2.85 turnover margin.

The Towson-Drexel rivalry dates back to 1969. The Dragons are Towson’s third most commonly played opponent.

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Towson Basketball Coach Skerry says team needs butts in seats during home stand

Posted on 29 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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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 visits College of Charleston Sunday for nationally televised contest

Posted on 18 January 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its fifth straight win overall and third straight victory away from home as the Tigers travel to College of Charleston on Sunday for a nationally televised game on the NBC Sports Network.

Mike Corey and Ron Thompson will be on the television call, with the game scheduled to tip at 3:30 p.m. inside TD Arena.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (11-6, 2-0 CAA) will be looking to start 3-0 in league play for the second straight year. The Tigers, which have won 10 of their last 11 CAA games dating back to last year, are coming off an 80-68 win at Drexel on Tuesday.

Senior forward Marcus Damas netted a career-high tying 26 points against the Dragons while classmate Jerrelle Benimon posted his eighth straight double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds. The duo combined to shoot 18-for-24 (75%) from the floor in the win.

College of Charleston (10-8, 2-1), in its first year in the CAA, has won five of its last six games. The Cougars are coming off a 58-49 win at Northeastern on Monday.Willis Hall leads Charleston in both scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg). The Cougars lead the CAA in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score just 62.0 points per game.

Charleston leads the all-time series, 2-1, including a 75-58 win on its home floor in Towson’s season opener last year.

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Towson looks for fourth straight win Tuesday at Drexel

Posted on 13 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS SEEK FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN TUESDAY AT DREXEL
Game televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its fourth straight win on Tuesday as the Tigers travel to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Drexel.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic 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.

Towson (10-6, 1-0 CAA) will be looking to start 2-0 in league play for the second straight year. The Tigers have won nine of their last 10 CAA games dating back to last year and have won two straight against the Dragons, including a 69-66 win at the Daskalakis Athletic Center last season.

Towson is coming off a 60-53 win at home against UNC Wilmington on Saturday. It was the Tigers 13th straight victory at home.

Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon recorded his seventh straight double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds against the Seahawks. He was joined in double figures by sophomore Four McGlynn, who hit three three-pointers and tallied 11 points in the win.

Drexel (9-6, 1-1 CAA) has dropped four of its last six games since starting the year 7-2. However, the Dragons are coming off a thrilling 93-88 double overtime win against Northeastern on Saturday.

The backcourt duo of Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat averages a combined 33.5 points to lead the Dragons.

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Tigers Ready to Roar Into CAA Play

Posted on 10 January 2014 by Robert Canady

A year after exceeding expectations, Towson University men’s basketball team will now have to live up to expectations.

The Tigers were voted No. 1 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)  preseason-poll by members of the media and sports information directors.  After 15 non conference games (9-6) the Tigers will finally get a chance to prove that ranking was justified as the CAA conference portion of the season begins Saturday when Towson hosts North Carolina-Wilmington  (UNCW 6-11) at SECU arena.

“We were picked first, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. We want to finish first,” said Head Coach Pat Skerry when asked to assess the Tigers chances as they head into conference play.  ‘If we do what we’re capable of, we’ll be right where we want to be, added Skerry.

Benimon once again is among the national leaders in double/doubles with nine.

Towson’s nine non-conference wins are the most by  Towson as a Division I team, and the most the Tigers have won on any level since they won 13 as a Division II school in the 1977-78 season.   The 9 wins have come against afairly strong nonconference road slate.  Towson played at Villanova, Kansas, Oregon State, North Dakota State and Stephen F. Austin, which currently has a 26 game home winning streak.  The six road losses came to teams that were a combined 30-2 at home at one point.

Skerry acknowledged the tough road tests and how his players felt about the record at this point,  “I scheduled a challenging schedule, and we have guys who want to win at a high level and can win at a high level, so I think they wanted to be a little better than 9-6.  So that shows they have embraced the expectations.”

While Towson had its road struggles (1-6), the new SECU arena quickly became a home court advantage.  The Tigers opened up with three early wins at the new facility, including a thrilling win over Temple before a near sell-out crowd.  Towson finished the non CAA portion of the season with an 8-0 record at home.  Dating back to last year, the Tigers have won 12 straight home games, which is the 18th best streak in the nation.

Leading the Tigers as expected in its nine wins has been Senior Jerrelle Benimon.  Voted the Pre-Season Player of the Year in the CAA  Benimon has picked up where he left off last year.  He’s averaging a double/double with 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.  And, actually he’s on a bit of a tear the past five games putting up 20.2 points and 13. 6 rebounds during that stretch.  Benimon has scored in double figures every game except for the season opener against Navy, and is tied for 3rd in the country with nine double-doubles and is one of only five players in the nation as of January 6th with a triple double this year.  He accomplished the feat against Central Penn College in December with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

While Benimon gets the most attention from opposing teams, and the NBA scouts that have been attendance at several games this year, the Tigers have actually had a very balanced scoring attack.  Three starters are averaging double figures, with a fourth Mike Burwell practically there with 9.2 points per game.  In addition Rafriel Guthrie is contributing 10.9 points a game coming off the bench.

 

Mike Burwell has had career high in points, rebounds and assists this year.

Scoring has not been a problem for Towson this year.  Unlike last year where they pretty much counted on Benimon to lead the way in scoring most nights. with then Junior Marcus Damas contributing 11 points a game, this year’s squad is getting help from many directions.   Currently the Tigers are second among CAA teams in FG% at .458 and second in points per game at 73.7.

Early last year the Tigers struggled to find a deep and balanced scoring attack. This year they have been aided greatly by the eligibility of Vermont transfer Four McGlynn.  McGlynn, a sophomore is  averaging 13.3 points over the last nine games.  He moved into the starting lineup in the 6th game of the year following the suspension and subsequent dismissal of point guard Jerome Hairston.   McGlynn is hitting over .43% of his three-point attempt, and has connected on at least two per game in eight of the Tigers last nine contests.  One of McGlynn’s biggest assets is taking care of the ball, he has just two turnovers in the last five games.

While McGlynn has given the Tigers the outside threat they need to keep teams from concentrating solely on Bennimon, the play of Senior Mike Burwell, has been vital in the Tigers maintaining a strong team chemistry during the transition of playing without Hairston.  Burwell played almost exclusively at the two-guard spot last year.   With McGlynn moving into the lineup at the two, point-guard duties were shifted to Burwell.

McGlynn has delivered as promised from three-point range.

After some early adjustment, Burwell has flourished in the role.  “It has taken time to learn where everyone likes to get the ball.  But I am getting more comfortable.  I love having the ball in my hands,” Burwell said about the shift of positions.  It has shown in both his and the teams numbers.  Burwell has 15 assists with just four turnovers in the teams last 3 games.  Burwell distributed a career high nine assists in the win over New Hampshire last week.

Taking on the role of point guard hasn’t hurt Burwell’s offensive and defensive roles, quite the opposite.  Over the past four games he is averaging 13.7 points while shooting .500 from the field and collected a career high nine rebounds against Coppin State.  Burwell is simply playing the best basketball of his Towson career just as the Tigers head into the conference season.

One of the most important things that Burwell has to do, is not turning the ball over and make sure the Tigers get opportunities to score.  Turnovers have been a constant thorn in the teams losses.  The Tigers are averaging 15.6 turnovers in its losses versus only 12.8 in its wins.  Burwell is leading the team in assist to turnover ratio, averaging 1.18 assist to every turnover.

As the veteran on this team, in his third  year as a Tiger, Damas has improved each season in his all around play.  This year he is the teams second biggest three-point threat behind McGlynn,  hitting on .400 of his attempts from beyond the arc, compared to just .300 last year.   In addition Damas often draws the assignment of guarding the best perimeter player on the opposing team.  This year he has done that while decreasing his fouls per game by almost half a foul per game.

Just as he did last year, senior guard Guthrie provides an instant spark coming off the bench.  Guthrie provides constant defensive pressure on the opponents, and he along with Benimon have benefited the most from the increased enforcement of hand checking by the defense. In just 23 minutes per game, Guthrie is averaging over five trips to the charity-stripe.  One area he could really help the team is by improving on his .600 shooting from there.

Guthrie provides instant offense off the bench.

Timajh Parker-Rivera has stepped into the starting lineup replacing graduated Bilal Dixon and done very nicely.  His size and strength inside will be more of a factor in the CAA conference than it was against some of the bigger lineups the Tigers saw out of conference.  Getting over 22 minutes per game while sharing duties with freshman Walter Davis, Parker-Rivera puts up 4.8 points (but has scored 10 or more in three of the last five games) while grabbing almost five rebounds per game.  He is a very high percentage shooter inside, hitting on 48% of his FG attempts.

Foster along with fellow freshman John Davis have provided the Tigers with what looks to be two very impressive front court players in the years to come.  Foster makes the most of his time, in just his 14 minutes per game, he is averaging 4.3 rebounds and his 15 blocked shots is only one behind Parker-Rivera for second on the team.

Davis played some strong minutes early in the season, highlighted by nine point eight rebound performance in just 18 minutes of action in his home town of Philadelphia in the Tigers loss to Villanova.  Davis came down with Mononucleosis after the North Dakota State game, and will be sidelined until at least February 1st.   Getting him back for the last month of the season would be very important to the Tigers, who are already down one anticipated starter with the departure of Hairston.

While the 9-6 record may not be getting the national headlines that the Tigers received last year when they had the largest single season turnaround in NCAA history, it should not be forgotten that it is much better than the 5-8 record the Tigers had last year prior to CAA play.   This is the blessings and curse of high expectations, but as Skerry said the team has embraced them, and has even higher expectations of themselves, which include a conference championship and a run at the NCAA tournament in March.

Saturday will be the first of 16 contests, that lead up to the CAA Tournament to be held in Baltimore in March.  After having to sit out last year’s tournament with APR problems from 3 years ago, the Tigers will be very anxious to see how they match up against those expectations.

 

 

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