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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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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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