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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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Towson opens CAA play Saturday vs. UNC Wilmington

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS OPEN CAA PLAY ON SATURDAY AGAINST UNC WILMINGTON
Towson seeking 13th straight win at home

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will play its first ever Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game inside SECU Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m. as the Tigers welcome UNC Wilmington.

Audio and video of the game will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson finished non-conference play with a 9-6 record. The nine non-conference wins are the most in school history since the program moved to Division I before the 1979-80 season.

The Tigers are coming off an 81-79 victory at Coppin State last Saturday. Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his sixth straight double-double with a team-high 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Towson will look to continue its home dominance Saturday against UNC Wilmington. The Tigers have won 12 straight home games, the 18th longest current home court winning streak in the country. Towson is 8-0 at home this season, winning by an average of 19.8 points per game.

UNC Wilmington (6-11, 0-2 CAA) has dropped six straight games after starting the year 6-5. The Seahawks are coming off a 79-68 overtime loss at Northeastern on Wednesday. Cedrick Williams paces UNCW in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg).

Towson has won three straight games in the series, but the Seahawks hold the all-time edge, 16-12. The Tigers have never lost to UNCW under head coach Pat Skerry (3-0).

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Towson returns home for first time in three weeks Monday against New Hampshire

Posted on 29 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will return home on Monday to take on New Hampshire at 7:30 p.m. inside SECU Arena.

The Tigers, who have not played at home since December 10, will be seeking their 12th straight home win.

Audio and video of the game will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (7-6) has dropped four of its last five games after starting the year 6-2. The Tigers are coming off a 90-82 loss at North Dakota State on December 21.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted a game-high 29 points to go along with 12 rebounds in Towson’s loss to the Bison. Benimon has posted a double-double in each of his last four games and his seven total double-doubles ranks fourth in the nation.

The Tigers currently rank eighth in the nation in rebounding and 12th in blocks.

New Hampshire (2-9) won its first two games of the year, including an 84-81 win at Duquesne, before dropping nine straight. The Wildcats are coming off a 62-45 setback at Rhode Island on December 22.

Senior center Chris Pelcher leads UNH in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg). The Wildcats lead the America East in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 66.4 points per game.

Towson has won nine of the 14 meetings between the programs, including posting a 5-1 mark at home. New Hampshire snapped a four-game losing streak to the Tigers when the squads met last in 2012.

Since Towson has won 11 straight home games, fans can get 11 percent off their ticket purchases by entering the promo code ’11wins’. Click here to access the offer online. The discount is also available over the phone by calling 1-855-TU-TIGER (1-855-888-4437).

The SECU UStore will also be open during the game against New Hampshire. With the university being closed during the holidays, this is the only place for fans to get their official apparel and spirit items!

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Towson aims to right ship Saturday night at North Dakota State

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS CONCLUDE ROAD TRIP AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE ON SATURDAY
Game can be seen on ESPN3

 

FARGO, N.D. – The Towson men’s basketball team will wrap up its trip out west when the Tigers take on North Dakota State on Saturday in a game that can be seen on ESPN3 at 8 p.m. EST.

Brian Shawn and Jamal Spencer will be on the television call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Zach Maskavich calling the action.

Towson (7-5) is still seeking its first win away from home as the Tigers are coming off a 76-67 setback at Pac-12 foe Oregon State on Wednesday. Senior Mike Burwell scored a career-high 20 points to pace the Tigers against the Beavers.

North Dakota State (8-4), has won six of its last seven games, including a 73-69 win at Notre Dame on December 11. The Bison also defeated Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) foe Delaware, 85-66, on Monday. Taylor Braun paces North Dakota State averaging 18.0 points per game.

Saturday’s game will be the second meeting between North Dakota State and Towson, after the Bison earned a 65-48 victory at the Towson Center last year.

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Towson opens road trip Wednesday at Oregon State

Posted on 17 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON BEGINS ROAD TRIP AT OREGON STATE ON WEDNESDAY
Tigers seek second straight win over the Beavers at Gil Coliseum

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Towson men’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday as the Tigers travel to the west coast to take on Pac-12 foe Oregon State.

The game, set to tip at 10 p.m. EST, can be seen live on the Pac-12 Network with JB Long and Lamar Hurd on the call.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Zach Maskavich calling the action.

Towson (7-4) will be seeking its first road win of the year as the Tigers make their second trip in two years to Oregon State. Towson is coming off a 102-72 win over Central Penn on December 10 for its 11th straight home win, a streak that ranks as the 18th longest in Division I men’s basketball.

Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon recorded the first triple-double in school history to lead the Tigers past the Knights. Benimon posted 17 points, 18 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists in the win.

Benimon was also a major factor in Towson’s 67-66 overtime win at Oregon State last year as the forward tallied 20 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Tigers to their first win over a BCS school since 1995.

Oregon State (5-2) is led by the dynamic scoring duo of Roberto Nelson (24.7 ppg) and Devon Collier (22.7 ppg). The Beavers have won five of their last six games, including a 90-83 win at Maryland on November 17. Oregon State is 4-1 at home this season and its only loss at Gill Coliseum came in a game that Collier did not play.

The Tigers and Beavers have split the only two meetings between the squads with each team winning on the other’s home court.

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Towson faces Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State this weekend

Posted on 05 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS LOOK TO EXTEND WIN STEAK AT LUMBERJACK E-TECH CLASSIC
Towson Travels to Texas for four-team tournament December 6-7

NAGOGDOCHES, Texas. – The Towson men’s basketball team is set to travel to Texas this weekend to compete in the Lumberjack E-Tech Classic, hosted by Stephen F. Austin University.

The Tigers will take on Stephen F. Austin on Friday at 9 p.m. before facing Sam Houston State on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Both contests can be heard on the Towson Sports Network with Zach Maskavich calling the action. Saturday’s game against the Bearkats can be seen on Comcast SportsNet.

Towson (6-2) has won three straight games since dropping a pair of contests on the road to teams currently ranked in the Top 15 nationally. The Tigers are coming off wins over The Citadel (84-59) and Abilene Christian (74-47) in Battle 4 Atlantis games at Towson.

Sophomore Four McGlynn was named Co-MVP of the tournament after averaging 16.5 points per game in the two wins. The guard, who has started the last three games for the Tigers, has hit four three-pointers in each of his last two games and tallied a season-high 19 points against The Citadel.

Senior Marcus Damas is averaging 17.3 points and is shooting 61.3 percent from the floor over his last three games. The forward, who has scored in double figures in all but two games this season, netted a season-high 22 points in a win over UMBC last week.

Stephen F. Austin currently owns the nation’s fourth largest home winning streak at 20 games. The Lumberjacks are 6-2 on the year and have won three straight games. Jacob Parker leads SFA in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg).

Sam Houston State (5-3) has dropped three of its last four games after starting the year 4-0. The Bearkats average 7.5 three-pointers per game and are shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc this season. Junior guard Kaheem Ransom paces Sam Houston in scoring with 12.6 points per game.

Towson has never faced Stephen F. Austin or Sam Houston State in men’s basketball.

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Towson faces The Citadel Friday in Battle 4 Atlantis event

Posted on 28 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO HOST BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS MAINLAND TOURNAMENT
SECU Arena to hold four-team tournament November 29-30

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team is set to welcome The Citadel, Abilene Christian and West Alabama to SECU Arena for the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament, which will run November 29-30.

The Tigers will take on The Citadel on Friday at 5 p.m. and then host Abilene Christian on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Audio and video of the games involving Towson will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Also on Friday, Abilene Christian will battle West Alabama at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, The Citadel will take on West Alabama in the final game of the tournament. Both of the games not involving Towson will be live streamed on TowsonTigers.com.

Towson (4-2) is coming off a 75-60 home win over UMBC on Tuesday. Senior Marcus Damas led the Tigers with a season-high 22 points and seven rebounds.

The Tigers have won eight straight home games dating back to last season and are a perfect 4-0 inside their new home, SECU Arena.

The Citadel (3-4) dropped back-to-back road games against Tennessee (86-60) and Wake Forest (82-54) before picking up a home win over Montreat College (109-64) on Monday. The Bulldogs are led by Matt Van Scyoc, who averages 18 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Abilene Christian (2-6) had its two-game winning streak snapped with a 93-65 setback at Xavier on Monday. Junior guards Harrison Hawkins and LaDarrien Williams each averaged over 11 points per game for the Wildcats.

West Alabama is a Division II school that competes in the Gulf South Conference. The Tigers are 1-1 on the year and have also played exhibition games at UTEP (L, 67-46) and Southern Cal (L, 73-57).

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