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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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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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Towson hits road for three game trip starting Thursday at Northeastern

Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON BEGINS THREE-GAME ROAD TRIP AT NORTHEASTERN ON THURSDAY
Tigers seeking third straight win

BOSTON, Mass. – The Towson men’s basketball team is set to begin a three-game road swing on Thursday at Northeastern. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) battle, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet (CSN-MA+, CSN-P, CSN-NE).

Josh Maurer and Blaine Taylor 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 (18-9, 9-3 CAA) is coming off a big 78-63 win over first-place Delaware on Monday night. Tiger senior Jerrelle Benimon registered his NCAA-leading 18th double-double with 25 points and a season-high tying 18 rebounds in the win.

The victory over the Blue Hens, which snapped their 13-game winning streak, improved Towson’s home record to 14-1. The Tigers only loss inside SECU Arena came against Northeastern, a 57-54 setback on January 22.

The Huskies enter Thursday’s game with a 9-18 overall record and a 6-7 mark in league play. Northeastern picked up a 60-44 win at College of Charleston on Saturday. Junior forward Scott Eatherton paces the Huskies in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg). Eatherton has 17 double-doubles on the year, trailing only Benimon for the national lead in that category.

Northeastern leads the all-time series with Towson, 16-11. The Tigers have not beaten the Huskies in the regular season since January 2, 2008, a span of six games. Towson did defeat Northeastern in the 2009 CAA Tournament, a 58-54 win that sent the Tigers to the semifinals.

Northeastern is the only CAA team that Towson hasn’t defeated this season.

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Towson hosts Delaware Monday for showdown of top CAA teams

Posted on 16 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE CAA SQUARE OFF ON MONDAY AS TOWON HOSTS DELAWARE
Tigers looking to give Blue Hens first CAA loss when the squads meet inside SECU Arena

TOWSON, Md. - The top two teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) are set to meet on Monday night as Towson hosts rival Delaware inside SECU Arena at 7 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.

Delaware, which has won 13 straight games, is 19-7 overall and first-place in the CAA with a perfect 11-0 league record. Towson (17-9, 8-3 CAA) took control of second-place in the conference standings with an 85-70 win at William & Mary on Saturday.

The Blue Hens and the Tigers met earlier this season in Newark, Del. with UD pulling out an 83-76 win on its home floor.

Tiger senior Jerrelle Benimon scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the first meeting between the squads. Benimon is currently tied for first in the nation in rebounds per game (11.6) and double-doubles (17).

Benimon was aided by the stellar play of classmate Mike Burwell in Towson’s win at William & Mary on Saturday. Burwell hit five three-pointers en route to scoring a career-high 23 points. The guard has scored in double figures in four of his last six games.

Delaware’s last loss came against St. Bonaventure on December 30. The Blue Hens boast the CAA’s top scoring offense at 80.3 points per game, led by senior Devon Saddler, who averages 20.4 points per game. Classmate Davon Usher averages 19.4 points per game overall and is leading the CAA by averaging 22.6 points per game in league contests.

Monday will be the 72nd all-time meeting between Towson and Delaware. The Blue Hens will pass Loyola as the Tigers most commonly played opponent of all-time. Delaware leads the all-time series 42-29 but Towson has won two of the last three meetings.

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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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