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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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Tigers Getting Strong Support From Towson Students With Early Season Wins

Posted on 13 November 2013 by Robert Canady

Having set the stage for a successful start to the 2013-14 season by beating Navy 72-45 in the grand opening of SECU Arena last Friday night, the Towson basketball team followed up on that Tuesday night with a 95-75 thrashing of Morgan State at home.  It’s the first time since February 1992 that the Tigers have had back to back wins of 20 points or more.

Navy, while not the typical easy pushover most teams schedule for an opening home game was honestly a team that the Tigers were expected to beat rather easily, and they did. Morgan presented a different challenge.  A very strong team that returned some veteran players, and another Baltimore area team that has gotten the better of Towson in recent years.  While coaches preach to their teams to never take those games lightly, it’s sometimes tough to get the players to buy in.

Towson students are filling the student section and providing strong support for the 2-0 Tigers.

However, having lost a couple of games just like that early last season, it’s safe to say that this year’s Tigers team learned from the past.   Having four seniors in the starting lineup helps the Tigers stay focused on so called ‘trap games.’   Head Coach Pat Skerry echoed those thoughts recently saying, “I’m relying on the veterans on this team to take leadership on and off the court, more this year than in the past.”

With a renowned team like Temple coming in later this week, Senior Jerrelle Benimon was asked if it was hard for the Tigers to not look past Morgan St.  “Coach always emphasizes take one game at a time.  So we took this game and then move on to tomorrow to game plan for Temple.”

While not a senior, sophomore point guard Jerome Hairston remembers the trouble the Tigers had against cross-town teams last year, “We were 0-3 against teams from Baltimore last year.  We’ve got to fix that this year,” he said referring to early season losses to Loyola, UMBC and Coppin State.

The Tigers played well in just about all phases of the game in the win over Navy.  Defense and rebounding are two staples of a Skerry coached team, and the Tigers held the Midshipmen to .311 percent from the field, while hitting on .47% of its on shots, and out rebounded Navy 46-33.   The Tigers were led by Pre Season CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon with 17 boards, while fellow senior Rafiel Guthrie led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points.

While he had an off night scoring wise against Navy with just five points.  Benimon bounced  back with 21 against the Bears to go along with his 14 rebounds.  Skerry said he was happy to see the quick start by Benimon, “I was really proud of the fact that Benimon and Hairston came out locked in.”

The Tigers appear to be a deeper team this year.  “We may go 10 deep this year,” said Skerry before the season started.  We are definitely deeper than we were last year.”   That was evidenced by the eight players who played at least 16 minutes in the opener, and nine players seeing double digit minutes against Morgan St.

While the season is certainly in its infancy, an early look at some of the numbers the Tigers have accumulated after just the first two games indicate the firepower of this team.  First and foremost is the scoring potential, Towson is averaging 83.5 points a game and giving up only 72.0.   Currently four Tigers are averaging in double figures, Guthrie leads the team with 18.0, followed by senior Marcus Damas and Benimon at 13.5 and senior guard Mike Burwell putting up 11.0 points per game.

Contributing to that lofty scoring average is the phenomenal shooting of the thus far.   The Tigers are shooting .520 from the field, .486 from beyond the three-point line, and a very solid  .710  from the free-throw line.   Three point shooting has been an early strength of the Tigers, led by Four McGlynn hitting on .545 of his long range shots, despite going 1-4 against the Bears.  Damas has been red hot as well shooting .500 on 4 of 8 attempts in the early going.  Damas injured his shoulder during the summer and couldn’t play in any games, so he just worked on his shooting.  This was mentioned by Hairston, “I just want to say how hard Marcus worked on shooting this summer.  He was frustrated to not be able to play (in Towson’s summer exhibition tour of Canada) so he just put up shot after shot and it shows.”

Senior Marcus Damas is leading a hot shooting Towson attack, by hitting on .500 of his 3-pointers

Asked his thoughts on why the team is shooting so much better this year than last year’s team, Damas explained, “It’s just a matter of practice and us really working on and knowing our spacing.   We have a lot of guys that can shoot well, but it just comes from practice and getting good looks.”

The three home games to start the season is another huge benefit to the Tigers.  After starting last season with its first 10 games on the road, the home atmosphere has been welcome.  That atmosphere includes the new state of the art SECU Arena in which the Tigers are feeling right at home.  A huge factor in these first two home games has been the Towson student section.  In years past the Tigers struggled to get much of a student turnout at all, and the ones that did come often left after halftime.

The first two games have produced a student section that fills the entire lower 2 sections that are devoted to students and spills into the upper bowl of the arena.   Despite both games being a blowout, the students have stayed until the very end of each game.   The two games have produced an average attendance of 3,300 and the Temple games should certainly attract at least that size of crowd if not more.

Towson will now face two traditional powers from the Philadelphia area, begging with Temple which visits SECU Arena on Thursday.  Three days later the Tigers will play their first road game of the year when they take the trip up I-95 to face Villanova.  Towson is 0-4 all-time against the Wildcats, with the last loss coming in 2008.

 

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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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Preseason over, Towson ready to open hoops season Friday night

Posted on 04 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON OUTLOOK

SEASON OUTLOOK
After recording the biggest turnaround in NCAA history last season, Towson has its sights set on winning its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title in 2013-14. Coming off a season in which the Tigers won 18 games, the programs most since 1993-94, expectations will be high for a team that returns four starters and 85 percent of its scoring.

Headlining the group of four returning starters for the Tigers is reigning CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who averaged 17 points and nearly 12 rebounds per game a year ago. The 6-8 senior posted 20 double-doubles during his junior season and was also a member of the CAA All-Defensive team.

Also back at forward is senior Marcus Damas, who added 11 points and over five rebounds per game a year ago. The backcourt is solid with CAA All-Rookie point guard Jerome Hairston, senior Mike BurwellRafriel Guthrie and the addition of Vermont transfer Four McGlynn.

Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera is expected to see his role increase this season, while junior Jamel Flash has improved greatly and could push for playing time. Redshirt freshmen Barrington Alston and Marquis Marshall, along with newcomers John Davis and Walter Foster, could also see playing time.

Backcourt

One thing Towson head coach Pat Skerry won’t lack this season is backcourt options. The Tigers return four backcourt players that averaged eight or more points per game last season. Add in to that mix sharpshooters Four McGlynn and Marquis Marshall and the Tigers could throw a variety of lineups at their opponents.

Skerry expects a big year out of starting point guard Jerome Hairston, who averaged 9.9 points and 2.6 assists per game while being named to the CAA All-Rookie team a year ago. The 6-3 point guard is big, and a very good passer with excellent vision. Although he’s a natural point guard, Hairston can score the ball, especially in transition where he is extremely dangerous.

“He’s really worked on his body. He’s in unbelievable shape, stronger, more explosive and a key guy for us,” says Skerry. “We need him to have a great year.”

Marcus Damas (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) provides a ton of versatility as the senior can play nearly any position on the court. The 6-7 forward will see the bulk of his minutes at the small forward spot, bringing not just offensive skills to the table, but also serving as one of the team’s best perimeter defenders.

“Marcus is one of my favorite guys because he’s lived through it all,” says Skerry. “He played at an all-conference level during the second half of last year and I’m expecting that to continue into this season.”

Mike Burwell (9.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg), a 6-6 senior, came to Towson as a noted shooter, but displayed his all-around game last season. Burwell hit a team-high 47 three-pointers during his junior season, but impressed many with his stellar play on the defensive side of the court.

“He was terrific defensively which was exciting,” says Skerry. “He’s a veteran and a long wing and we like that combination. He’s been through the wars and Mike’s one of our most reliable guys.”

Four McGlynn (12.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg in 2011-12) was the American East Rookie of the Year and led Vermont in scoring, three-pointers made (68) and free throw percentage (88.9 percent) before transferring to Towson and sitting out last season. McGlynn is expected to give the Tigers a potent outside threat this season as well as seeing some time at the backup point guard spot.

“Four is an exceptional shooter that can really hit from deep and he is very accurate,” said Skerry. “We didn’t shoot the three great last year, so he’s a great weapon for us to have.”

Perhaps the most improved player on this year’s roster is guard Rafriel Guthrie (8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg). The 6-4 senior brings grit, determination, and a warrior’s style to the table. Known as a player that can drive and finish around the basket, Guthrie has worked relentlessly on his shooting during the summer to improve his all-around game.

“His game has improved tremendously, his shot, and his ball handling,” says Skerry. “He’s one of our best defenders and someone that’s going to see the court a lot for us this season.”

Coming off a red-shirt season, Marquis Marshall will fight for playing time in a very talented Tiger backcourt. Known as a terrific shooter, Marshall used his sit-out year to add muscle and work on his all-around game. Freshman John Davis could also see some minutes at the small forward spot.

Frontcourt
Size and athleticism won’t be a problem for the Tigers in the frontcourt.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon is who most opponent’s will focus their game plans on and for good reason. The 6-8 forward was dangerous from all spots of the court last year. He shot 53.3 percent from the field, which included knocking down 20 three-pointers at a 41-percent clip. Benimon blocked 60 shots and grabbed 102 offensive rebounds, leading the team in both blocks and assists as well.

“Jerrelle has improved both his ball handling and shooting, so that’s a big plus,” said Skerry. “We are going to play through him this year. We’ll get it to him in the post, he’ll handle the ball in transition and we might even play him as a backup point guard. He’s really matured a lot and he wants to take on a role as a leader of this team.”

Timajh Parker-Rivera (2.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg) could see the biggest jump in minutes played this season as he’ll push for the starting center spot. The 6-7 sophomore was one of Towson’s best players during their summer trip to Canada this year, averaging 10.5 points and 10.7 rebounds with three double-doubles in four games.

“TJ’s as tough as they come,” said Skerry. “His body has improved and he’s put in a lot of work on his jump shot this offseason. He’ll play major minutes for us and we expect him to have a big year rebounding the basketball.”

The longest tenured Tiger is junior Jamel Flash (0.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg). The 6-11 forward has improved each year since his arrival and Skerry expects him to see the floor this season.

Barrington Alston, perhaps the most athletic player on the team, returns after taking a red-shirt season last year due to an illness. The 6-8 lefty has a 7-2 reach and excels in transition due in large part because of his ability to finish above the rim over or around defenders.

Newcomers Walter Foster and John Davis will also see playing time this season for the Tigers. Davis is tough on the block but will also see time on the perimeter. Foster may have the best midrange shot of any Tiger. The 6-8 freshman will push for minutes at the center position while also backing up Benimon at the power forward spot.

Schedule
Towson will once again play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country, while also playing a balanced CAA slate during the 2013-14 season. The Tigers will take on eight teams that reached post-season play last year, including four 2013 NCAA Tournament teams.

During the non-conference portion of their schedule, the Tigers will face teams from 11 different conferences, including squads from the BIG EAST, Pac-12, Big 12 and American Athletic Conference. This year’s CAA slate will be a balanced schedule with the Tigers playing the other eight league schools twice.

“We’re extremely excited about a challenging non-conference schedule which will prepare us for the battles that we’re going to see night in and night out in the CAA,” said Skerry. “We’re really excited about the number of home games that we’re going to be able to play in SECU Arena, starting with Navy, Morgan State and Temple right out of the gate. We’re also thrilled that we’ll be playing so many of the local area teams.”

Some of the marquee games on the schedule include contests at Kansas, Villanova and Oregon State. The Tigers will also begin their first season inside the brand new SECU arena. They’ll open up the arena with three straight home games, including a contest against 2013 NCAA Tournament team Temple.

The Tigers will also play in the 2013 Lumberjack E-Tech Classic in Texas and host the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament inside SECU Arena.

Towson will continue to renew local rivalries with games against Morgan State, UMBC and Coppin State on the schedule.

The CAA slate of games for the Tigers will once again be extremely challenging. The Tigers will play home-and-home series against each of the other eight league schools. This year’s CAA Tournament will be moving to the Baltimore Arena and will run March 7-10 with the winner gaining the league automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament

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Towson plays first exhibition game Thursday against Bloomsburg

Posted on 23 October 2013 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: The Towson men’s basketball team will host Bloomsburg University on Thursday in its first exhibition game of the season. The game, set to tip at 7:30 p.m., will be the first Tiger men’s basketball game played inside brand new SECU Arena.

PRESEASON HONORS: Towson, which returns four starters from last year’s 18-13 team, has been picked to win the CAA men’s basketball championship in 2013-14 according to a vote of the league’s coaches, media relations directors and media members. The results of the poll were announced during Tuesday’s CAA Basketball Media Day in Baltimore, Md. Additionally, senior Jerrelle Benimon was named as the leagues Preseason Player of the Year.

WELCOME BACK: Towson returns four of five starters and 85 percent of its scoring from a year ago. Leading the charge will be reining CAA Player of the Year Benimon, who averaged 17.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last season. The Tigers return three other seniors in Marcus Damas, Mike Burwell and Rafriel Guthrie. CAA All-Rookie Team selection Jerome Hairston and sophomore forward Timajh Parker-Rivera are expected to also be big contributors this season. The Tigers also return junior Jamel Flash and redshirt freshmen Marquis Marshall andBarrington Alston. After sitting out last season per NCAA transfer rules, sophomore Four McGlynn will be eligible to play this season.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: Bloomsburg University is a Division II school located in Pennsylvania. The Huskies are members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and are coming off an 8-19 season.

WHAT’S ON TAP: The Tigers will host Mansfield University for an exhibition game on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. inside SECU Arena. That game will serve as a final tune-up before Towson opens the season at home against Navy on November 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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Towson to hold basketball walk-on tryouts

Posted on 23 September 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson University men’s basketball team will hold walk-on tryouts for the upcoming season on Monday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Interested participants should contact Director of Basketball Operations Michael Swets prior to September 27.

All interested participants must have the following documented forms in order to be able to participate:
- Updated physical within the last six months
- Sickle cell test results
- Towson Athletics Injury Release, Assumption of Risk and Athlete Responsibility Form

These three documents must be completed and provided to the staff by September 27. Due to compliance reasons, no walk-up participants will be considered.

Please direct all questions to Michael Swets at mswets@towson.edu.

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