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Towson looks to continue recent home dominance Tuesday against UMBC

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will look to remain perfect at home this season as the Tigers host local rival UMBC at SECU Arena on Tuesday night.

The game will be part of a doubleheader as the Towson women’s basketball team will host the Retrievers at 5 p.m. The men’s game is set to tip at 7:30 p.m.

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

The Tigers are coming off an 88-58 setback at No. 2 Kansas on Friday. Towson struggled to make shots in the first half, shooting just 20.7 percent from the field. The Tigers bounced back though in the second half, outscoring the Jayhawks 42-39 while shooting 51.6 percent.

Towson has not lost at home since Jan. 23, 2013. The Tigers ended the 2012-13 season by winning their last four home games and are 3-0 inside SECU Arena this season.

The Tigers are led by Naismith Trophy Watch List selection Jerrelle Benimon. The senior forward ranks Top 20 in the nation in both rebounding (11.4 rpg/18th) and double-doubles (3/14th).

UMBC (2-4) has dropped two straight games, including a 73-58 loss at Navy on Saturday. The Retrievers, who have already played four overtime games this season, are led in scoring by freshman guard Rodney Elliott (14.3 ppg). 

Towson leads the all-time series against UMBC, 34-20, but the Retrievers have won each of the last two meetings. Fourteen games between the squads have been decided by five or fewer points, including each of the last two meetings and three of the last four.

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Towson suspends sophomore G Hairston

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SUSPENDS SOPHOMORE GUARD JEROME HAIRSTON

TOWSON, Md. – Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced today that he has indefinitely suspended sophomore guard Jerome Hairston.

“We have suspended Jerome for conduct detrimental to the team,” said Skerry. “The suspension is effective immediately and no other statements will be issued.”

Hairston, a 2013 Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie team selection, is averaging 5.0 points and 1.8 assists through five games this season.

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Towson faces stiff test at Number 2 Kansas Friday

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TRAVELS TO NO. 2/3 KANSAS ON FRIDAY
Tigers take on Jayhawks at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN3

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Towson men’s basketball team will continue one of the toughest parts of its schedule on Friday as the Tigers travel to historic Allen Fieldhouse to take on No. 2/3 Kansas at 8:00 p.m.

The game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Dave Armstrong and Chris Piper on the call.

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

Towson, which will be making its second trip to Allen Fieldhouse in the last three years, hasn’t faced an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 since falling 77-68 to No. 1 Oklahoma in the 1990 NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers (3-1) are coming off their first loss of the season, a 78-44 setback at Villanova on Sunday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon, the current Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, has scored in double figures in three straight games. The forward has averaged 21.3 points and shot 46.3 percent from the field during the three-game stretch.

Senior Mike Burwell is shooting 4-for-6 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc over the last three games. He’s also grabbed seven or more rebounds in three of the first four games this season. Freshman John Davis was a bright spot for the Tigers at Villanova, tallying a season-high nine points on 4-for-5 shooting to go along with eight rebounds.

Kansas (3-0), which averages 86.7 points per game, is coming off an 86-66 home win over Iona on Tuesday. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore Perry Ellis, who averages 19.0 points per game and has scored 20 or more in each of the last two games.

Kansas is the second winningest program in NCAA Division I history with 2,104 wins and the Jayhawks have won 65 straight games against non-conference foes in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Towson looks to stay undefeated Sunday at Villanova

Posted on 16 November 2013 by WNST Staff

UNDEFEATED TOWSON TRAVELS TO VILLANOVA ON SUNDAY

Tigers take on Wildcats at 5:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Towson men’s basketball team will play its third game in six days as the undefeated Tigers travel to BIG EAST foe Villanova on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

The game can be seen live nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Mike Corey and Stu Jackson 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 (3-0) has won its first three games to start a season for the first time since 1972. The Tigers are coming off a 75-69 win over Temple on Thursday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon guided Towson past the Owls with a career-high 32 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Senior Marcus Damas, who is the only Tiger to score in double figures in each game this season, posted 16 points and 10 rebounds against Temple for his first double-double since Nov. 26, 2011.

Villanova (2-0) is coming off a convincing 90-59 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday. Junior JayVaughn Pinkston leads the Wildcats in scoring at 21.5 points per game. Senior James Bell is averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

The Wildcats are shooting 51.3 percent from the field this season while holding their opponents to just 34.3 percent.

Villanova has won all four meetings between the squads, but the teams have not played since 2008.

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Towson announces five man 2014-2015 hoops recruiting class

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s Basketball Announces 2014-15 Recruiting Class

Tigers Ink Five Standouts During Early Signing Period

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announcedFriday that five high school standouts have signed national letters of intent to attend Towson University and compete for the Tigers starting in 2014-15.

“I’m really excited about this signing class,” Skerry said. “We have a good senior class on this year’s team and we worked hard to find guys with the ability to continue building on what they’ve accomplished. A lot of credit goes to my staff. Coach (Bruce) Shingler and Coach (Kevin) Clark have been tremendous in keeping tabs on all of the local talent over the past few years. Coach (Jim) McCarthy did a great job of expanding our reach into Florida. We have tremendous local talent in Baltimore that we want to keep home while we also expand our brand nationally.”

ALLEN COSTLEY
Forward, 6-5, 205
Milford Mill Academy/Baltimore, Md.

Allen Costley is a combo forward coming from a strong public school program in Milford Mill, guided by Coach Mike Silverman. Costley was a Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro performer as he led the Millers to the Class 3A state championship in 2012-13. As a junior, Costley averaged 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. Costley was a teammate of fellow Towson commit Jordan McNeil on the AAU circuit. Costley is explosive around the basket, can expand his game out to the perimeter and plays extremely hard.
Skerry on Costley: “Allen is a big-time athlete. He reminds me a lot of Marcus Damas. The thing we really love about him is that he really plays hard and gets after it. He’ll be a great fit for us.”


BYRON HAWKINS

Guard, 6-1, 175
Clinton Christian School/Upper Marlboro, Md.

Byron Hawkins is a point guard who plays for Coach Mike Sumner at Clinton Christian High School in Maryland. Hawkins averaged a team-high 18.1 points per game in 29 contests while playing at Good Counsel High School in 2012-13. As a junior, Hawkins scored in double figures in every game. The All-Met honorable mention guard posted a season-high 33 points in Good Counsel’s 79-64 victory over Georgia’s Roswell High School in December. Hawkins was a teammate of fellow Towson commit Mike Morsell on the AAU circuit with DC Assault.  Hawkins has the ability to score, but excels at finding teammates and creating shots for others.

 

Skerry on Hawkins: “Byron is a prolific point guard who is extremely quick. He can shoot, has tremendous vision when passing the basketball and he’s really good with the dribble. His speed is something that’s going to really help us.”

 

EDDIE KEITH
Forward, 6-5, 220
Edgewater High School/Orlando, Fla.

Eddie Keith is a versatile guard who played for Coach Matt Turner at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. Keith, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, is a versatile player who can score, rebound and find his teammates. Keith guided his high school team to a 25-5 record as a junior and the area coaches voted him First Team All-State in the 6A class. Keith played AAU for Florida Elite, directed by Conrad Foss.
Skerry on Keith: “Eddie comes from a very good high school program. We are very excited about him. He reminds me of a kid that I had at Pittsburgh, Bradley Wanamaker. Eddie is really strong and is an excellent passer. He really guards, is physical and understands how to make consistent winning plays.”

JORDAN MCNEIL
Guard, 6-5, 185
Mount St. Joseph High School/Baltimore, Md.

Jordan McNeil is a shooting guard from traditional Baltimore Catholic league power Mount St. Joseph’s High School. McNeil was the third-leading scorer for Coach Pat Clatchey as a junior, coming off the bench to average more than 10 points per game for the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament Champions. McNeil also played for the AAU program Baltimore’s Finest. He is an excellent long range shooter and his length and size give him great potential on the perimeter.
Skerry on McNeil: “Jordan is a very good shooter and an extremely underrated defender. He plays in a winning style and system at Mount St. Joseph’s and we’re excited to get someone from that program. Jordan understands winning and as his body develops, he’s going to help us in a variety of ways.”

MIKE MORSELL
Forward, 6-5, 190
Saint John’s College High School/Washington, D.C.

Mike Morsell is an athletic wing that plays for traditional WCAC power St. John’s High School and coach Sean McAloon. Morsell is one of five Division I signees off of this year’s St. John’s team. Morsell played for the AAU program DC Assault. He can defend multiple positions, has great length and can score in a variety of ways.

 

Skerry on Morsell: “Mike is a wing who has a 7’1” reach, so he really fits into what we like, guards with length. He’s been tested in meaningful games and has serious potential as his perimeter game rounds into form. He will be ready to help us out right away.”

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Benimon’s massive night leads Towson to upset of Temple

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Benimon’s massive night leads Towson to upset of Temple

Posted on 14 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BENIMON SCORES CAREER-HIGH 32 TO LEAD TIGERS PAST TEMPLE, 75-69
Towson improves to 3-0 for the first time since 1972


TOWSON, Md. - Senior Jerrelle Benimon scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Towson (3-0) to a 75-69 come-from-behind win over Temple (1-2) before more than 3,500 fans at SECU Arena on Thursday night.

With the win, the Tigers started the season with a 3-0 record for the first time since 1972.

Benimon posted the third 30-plus point scoring game of his career, with two of the three coming against Temple. Senior Marcus Damas joined him in double figures with 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double since Nov. 26, 2011.

Trailing by 53-45 with 11 minutes remaining, the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to take a 57-56 lead at the 7:01 mark on a steal and breakaway layup by Damas.

With 4:32 remaining, sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera grabbed a rebound, scored on a putback, was fouled and hit a free throw to give the Tigers a 62-60 lead which they never relinquished. A jumper by senior Rafriel Guthrie and rebound layup by Benimon with 3:04 remaining gave Towson its largest lead of the game at 66-60.

With 1:13 to play, Quenton DeCosey nailed a three-point jumper for Temple, cutting the lead to 68-65.

Damas made one of two free throws with 24 seconds remaining to give Towson a 69-65 lead. Anthony Lee made a pair of free throws for Temple to cut the lead to 69-67.

After Four McGlynn made two free throws to give Towson a 71-67 advantage, Lee scored on a tip-in with 14 seconds remaining to pull the Owls to within 71-69.

Benimon was fouled almost immediately and he made two free throws for a 73-69 advantage. With five seconds remaining, Guthrie made a pair of free throws to clinch the 75-69 victory.

Benimon, who scored 21 points in the second half, made 11 of 24 shots from the floor and eight of 10 free throws. Towson owned a 47-37 rebounding advantage with senior Mike Burwell grabbing eight and freshman Walter Foster corralling seven.

The Tigers also forced 16 turnovers while only committing seven.

Lee led Temple with 20 points and nine rebounds.

The Tigers return to action on Sunday at Villanova. The game can be seen live on FoxSports1 at 5 p.m.

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Towson faces tough test against Temple Thursday night

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON CONCLUDES HOMESTAND AGAINST TEMPLE ON THURSDAY
Tigers take on Owls at 7:30 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will look to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 1972 as the Tigers host Temple at SECU Arena on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The game can be seen live nationally 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 calling the action.

Towson (2-0) has won its first two games to start a season for the first time since 2006. With a 72-45 victory over Navy last Friday and a 95-75 win against Morgan State on Tuesday, the Tigers have defeated both of their first two opponents by at least 20 points for the first time since 1972.

Towson’s combined 167 points scored through two games are the most to begin a year since the 1991-92 season, when the Tigers scored a total of 171 points against Colorado and North Carolina.

Senior Rafriel Guthrie leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging 18 points per game off the bench. Preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon is averaging 13.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. The forward also leads Towson with 10 assists, including a career-high six dimes against Morgan State.

Temple has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three years. The Owls reached the third round last year before falling to the East Region’s top-seeded Indiana Hoosiers.

The Owls (1-1) opened their 2013-14 campaign with a 78-73 win at Penn before falling to Kent State, 81-77, in their home opener on Monday. Junior guard Will Cummings paces Temple with 17.5 points per game, while junior forward Anthony Lee averages a double-double with 14 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.

Temple has won all three meetings between the squads, including a 72-61 victory at the Liacouras Center last season. Benimon tallied 30 points on 14-for-22 shooting and grabbed 18 rebounds against the Owls in the loss. Temple has won the only meeting between the teams at Towson, a 75-70 victory over the Tigers in 2006.

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Towson receives AP basketball poll vote for first time in school history

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON EARNS FIRST-EVER VOTE IN AP MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL
Tigers listed among ‘others receiving votes’ in this week’s poll

BALTIMORE, Md. – For the first time in school history, the Towson University men’s basketball team earned a vote in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which was released on Monday.

The Tigers, who are the Preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) favorites, are coming off a 72-45 rout of Navy in their season opener on Friday. The 27-point margin of victory was the largest for Towson against a Division I school in a home opener and largest against any program in an opener since 1984.

Coach Pat Skerry’s squad returns its top five scorers from last year’s team that went 18-13 en route to setting the largest single-season turnaround in NCAA Division I history.

Kentucky was ranked No. 1 for the second straight week as the Wildcats received 28 first place votes. Michigan State, Louisville, Duke and Kansas round out the Top 5 teams in this week’s poll.

Towson was in the ‘others receiving votes’ category just outside the Top 25. In that category were: Creighton 148, Tennessee 138, Indiana 78, Iowa 54, Harvard 46, Boise State 24, Colorado 18, Villanova 14, Arizona State 11, LSU 8, Washington 8, UNLV 6, Pittsburgh 6, Georgetown 4, Stanford 3, Saint Louis 3, Missouri 3, Cincinnati 2 and Towson 1.

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Towson opens SECU Arena with blowout win over Navy

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS CHRISTEN SECU ARENA WITH 72-45 ROUT OF NAVY
Towson opens new arena in front of eight-largest crowd in program history

TOWSON, Md. 
 – The Towson men’s basketball team christened SECU Arena in grand fashion on Friday evening as the Tigers cruised past the Naval Academy, 72-45, in front of 4,262 fans.

The 27-point margin of victory is the largest ever for Towson over a Division I school in a home opener and largest against any program in an opener since a 104-67 win over Frostburg State in 1984.

The attendance was the second highest ever for the Tigers in a home opener (5,086 vs. Michigan in 1997) and eighth largest home crowd in program history.

Senior Rafriel Guthrie paced four Tigers in double figures with a game-high 16 points on 5-for-6 shooting off the bench. He was joined in double figures by sophomore Four McGlynn (15) and seniors Mike Burwell (13) and Marcus Damas (10). |

All of McGlynn’s field goal attempts came from beyond the arc as the guard hit of five of his seven attempts. Burwell shot 6-for-11 from the field and also added eight rebounds to his stat line.

Preseason Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon struggled from the field, netting just six points on 1-for-8 shooting, but the leading returning rebounder in the nation hauled in a game-high 17 boards and led the Tigers in assists (4) and blocked shots (3).

Towson (1-0) shot 58.3 percent in the first half and 47.2 percent for the game. The Tigers, who led by as many as 31 points in the second half, had 13 players see game action and eight different players scored. Towson held a dominant 35-16 advantage in bench scoring.

The historic first points in SECU Arena history came as Damas converted a layup just 15 seconds into the contest. McGlynn, who went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first half, made consecutive triples to give the Tigers a 29-15 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. Towson then closed the period on a 10-4 run to take a 39-23 lead into the break.

The Tigers scored the first five points of the second half as their lead ballooned to 21 points and Navy never threatened the rest of the way.

Sophomore Kendall Knorr led Navy (0-1) with nine points and six rebounds. The Midshipmen saw 10 different players score, but shot just 19-for-61 (31.1 percent) from the field in the loss.

Towson will continue its three-game homestand with a matchup against Morgan State next week. The Tigers will welcome the Bears to SECU Arena for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Tuesday.

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Towson opens SECU Arena Friday night against Navy

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will open the 2013-14 season and christen SECU Arena on Friday night as the Tigers host Navy at 7:30 p.m.

The grand opening of the new arena will feature a basketball doubleheader as the Towson and Navy women’s teams will battle at 5 p.m.

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

Towson, the Preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) favorite, is coming off a record-setting season in which the Tigers set the largest single season turnaround in NCAA history by going 18-13 just a year after posting a 1-31 record.

The 18 wins for Towson were the program’s most since 1993-94 and the Tigers recorded their highest win total (13) and finish (second) since joining the CAA.

The Tigers return four of five starters and 85 percent of their scoring from last year’s team. Senior Jerrelle Benimon leads a quartet of seniors who return for Towson. Benimon, who was recognized as an Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American and as the CAA Player of the Year in 2012-13, is the nation’s leading returning rebounder.

Towson also welcomes back seniors Marcus Damas(11.4 ppg/5.3 rpg), Mike Burwell (9.0 ppg/3.2 rpg) and Rafriel Guthrie (8.1 ppg/2.6 rpg). A trio of sophomores also return for the Tigers in 2013 CAA All-Rookie Team selection Jerome Hairston (9.9 ppg/2.0 rpg), Vermont-transfer Four McGlynn (2012 America East Rookie of the Year) and Timajh Parker-Rivera (2.8 ppg/3.1 rpg).

Navy is under the leadership of third-year head coach Ed DeChellis. The Midshipmen return all five starters from a team that posted an 8-23 record last season. Junior forward Worth Smith is Navy’s leading returning scorer (10.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.4 rpg).

Towson leads the all-time series against Navy, 7-4. However, the Midshipmen have won the last two meetings. The Tigers have won two of the last three meetings against the squads at Towson.

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