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Edsall names Hills Maryland starting QB

Posted on 22 August 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland football team moved closer to the end of preseason camp with a two-hour workout at the on-campus facility Tuesday afternoon.

The Terps will hold their final scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday afternoon, complete a short practice Thursday and then go through a two-a-day Friday before starting a normal game week.

Head coach Randy Edsall addressed the media following Tuesday’s workout and touched on a number of topics. Earlier Tuesday, Edsall named Perry Hills as the starting quarterback for the season opener against William & Mary on Sept. 1.

Hills, a true freshman, assumed first-team duties when junior C.J. Brown was injured last week. He will be backed up by another true freshman in Caleb Rowe, and sophomore Devin Burns will serve as the third-string signal-caller.

Edsall’s full comments are below.

On the team’s injuries:
“C.J. [Brown] is going to have surgery on Friday. So that’s going to happen Friday. Andre Monroe is going to be out for the year. He’ll have surgery on Thursday. Keith Bowers is probably out two to three weeks. [A.J.] Hendy will probably be three to four weeks with that ankle. Nick Ferrara is a day-to-day type situation. Kenny Tate is going to go visit with the doctors, he’s got an injury going right now. So he’ll see the doctors and we’ll know a little bit more on him. Of course you know Matt [Robinson] will be out for about two to three weeks more. Josh Cary [is out] about three weeks. Isaiah Ross, that’s an indefinite type thing, I’m not sure how long that’ll [be] – maybe more of a day-to-day type thing. And then Isaac Goins will be out three weeks with mono. So that’s kind of the update. Dustin Dailey is out with a high ankle sprain too.”

On what his thoughts are on the injuries:
“Just work the guys that are out there, that’s all we can do. Football is a game where you do have injuries and it’s something that you can’t control. It’s amazing because Andre Monroe was just running straight ahead, just running a sprint, and his knee kind of gave out and that was it. So a lot of the issues that we have haven’t even been contact-type situations.

“Even the ones that we might’ve had from a contact situation likeMatt Robinson, it wasn’t even violent or anything like that. But what it is, it’s just that hey, you want all those guys to get healthy as soon as they can but you just get the guys that are behind them ready to play. It’s that saying that we have, everybody is really one or two plays from playing and they have to make sure they’re mentally and physically prepared to step up and play at any time based on injuries.”

On how the injuries at defensive line shakes up the competition:
“If you went today you’ve got Joe [Vellano] at left end, you’ve got Darius [Kilgo] at the nose and then you’ve got A.J. [Francis] at the right end. Then you have Justin Anderson behind him and Alex Walker at the nose, and then you have Quinton Jefferson [at left end]. And then I took and moved Roman Bragliofrom the Will [linebacker] to the end because again I think this is something we’ve been talking about as a staff kind of since preseason started, and we just think now is the best time to move. Because that’s where we think he was going to end up, at end. We’ll make that move now, and again, maybe he’s a guy that can help us this year from a pass-rush standpoint when we get into certain packages.”

On moving A.J. Francis from nose to end:
“Oh yeah we moved him about a week ago, I think it was. We took him out there again, as we were evaluating, we thought our three best guys were Joe, A.J. and Darius. So they were both at nose so we moved A.J. out to the end because we thought he was a little bit more suited to be able to play end. So we did that.”

On when Andre Monroe was injured:
“It was about a week ago I think, or something. It’s crazy. We’re running the gassers that we always run, and he’s beating everybody, and running as fast that I’ve ever seen him run. He did one and then the next one he did, he goes and he plants and as soon as he starts back he just gets about to the opposite hash and his leg just gave out. His knee gave out. So he’s going to have surgery on Thursday.”

On naming Perry Hills as the starter:
“I met with all three guys this morning. Pretty much after the scrimmage and then practice yesterday, it’s clear that Perry is the number one guy, the starter. Caleb [Rowe] is number two and Devin [Burns] is number three. So I just wanted our team to really understand who they’re working with and get as many reps so they can all get comfortable, they have been comfortable. But just wanted to get that done today and like I said I had a chance to sit down with all of them this morning and talk to them and fill them in before we made any announcements. I just thought it was the right time and it clearly played out that way. Caleb knows that he’s one play away; Devin’s got to get prepared to play as well. But Perry has done a good job and we look forward to him leading our team starting now and when we get going on September 1.”

On why he named a starter 11 days in advance of the first game:
“Because I think it was clearly a situation where there’s been a decided guy that’s been ahead. So you get the guy that’s ahead and you go with that and you feel comfortable with it.”

On if running back Brandon Ross is nicked up:
“Yeah they’re nicked up a little bit but it shouldn’t be anything serious. Brandon should probably either be out there tomorrow or on Thursday. Then Albert, again just running I think he might’ve just tweaked his groin a little bit.”

On the punting competition:
“That’s still ongoing. I’m not sure when we’ll – that might go all the way to game time until we decide who the guys going to be. Let me say this, the competition is between Brad Craddock and Nate Renfro. [Nick] Ferrara is not going to be punting, he’s just going to focus on place-kicking, which is field goals and kickoffs. Those two guys are battling it out, and it’s a good competition. We’ll keep that going and like I said, if there’s something I really feel good about and I can say they’re that guy then we’ll name that when we get that figured out. So as soon as that decides itself out then we’ll decide, if it doesn’t it could be a game time decision.”

On if he’s elevated any walk-ons to scholarship:
“No not yet. We’re still in camp, we’re in camp until after tomorrow and if any of that would happen it would be sometime after that.”

On if he’s looking for any specific positions in the walk-on tryouts:
“Well we’re always looking for linemen, if we can find linemen. But really just anyone that we think can come out and aid us and help us. Wide receivers, defensive backs I think would be something we’re looking for but really any position. We always do that at that time of the year.”

On the command of Perry Hills:
“I think he’s done well. I’ve been very, very impressed with just how he’s handled himself. The poise and composure and command that he’s handling that first offense with, I mean here’s a guy that’s a freshman that’s telling those guys `Come on let’s go, get set, get down,’ and all those things. He’s been good at handling all the instillation that’s gone in. Like I said I’ve been very impressed with a kid that’s a true freshman to pick up all the things he’s picked up and then to go out and handle the huddle. He really hasn’t turned over the ball much, he’s accurate, I have not seen him get rattled. I think he’s one of those guys that just goes and prepares very well. He’s always sitting in that film room studying and trying to do exactly what [offensive coordinator] Mike [Locksley] wants him to do. So when you do that you give yourself the opportunity to be successful.”

On how ready freshman safety Sean Davis is:
“I think he’s done a good job. I think he’s picked things up. Of course there’s a lot more things he’s got to get better at and refine and all those things. But he’s a guy that goes hard, plays hard and the more reps he gets the better he’s going to be. But he’s the best guy and that’s who we have to go with and now what we have to do is get him ready.”

 

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Maryland-Temple kickoff time announced

Posted on 07 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland-Temple Game Time Announced

Terps’ first road game of 2012 will start at noon and be shown on ESPNU

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Maryland’s first road game of the 2012 season, a matchup against Temple on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, will kick off at noon EDT and be shown nationally on ESPNU.

ESPN and the Big East Conference office announced a select group of game times and television outlets Thursday afternoon.

Maryland opens the season at home vs. William & Mary on Saturday, Sept. 1. That game will begin at 3 p.m. from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium and be video streamed on ESPN3.

The Terps’ second home nonconference contest, a tilt vs. UConn on Saturday, Sept. 15, will begin at 12:30 p.m. and be televised regionally on the ACC Network.

Kick times for remaining games will be announced at a later date.

Atlantic Coast Conference game times are generally declared 12 days prior to the contest. The start times for Maryland’s other nonconference road game (at West Virginia, Sept. 22) will be announced by the Big 12 office.

A variety of season-ticket options are available starting as low as $114. There are also family 4-packs available for $420 and season-ticket holders have the ability to spread their cost over six monthly installments.

To view Maryland’s schedule, go to:

http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/md-m-footbl-sched.html 

Terp Notes:

Edsall to Play in Two Charity Golf Events: Head coach Randy Edsall will participate in a pair of charity golf tournaments this month. He is scheduled to play in Monday’s 25th Annual Safeway Foundation Celebrity Pro-Am in Ellicott City, Md., which benefits Easter Seals in the Washington-Baltimore region. Edsall will also take part in the 16th Annual National Capital Golf Classic on Monday, June 18 at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va. That event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Maryland-UConn game to kick off at 12:30, air on ACC Network

Posted on 17 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland-UConn Game Time Announced

Terps’ second home game of 2012 will start at 12:30 p.m. and be shown on ACC Network

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland’s third football game of the 2012 season, a home contest against the University of Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 15, will kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET and be shown regionally on the ACC Network.

The Atlantic Coast Conference office announced game times and television outlets for the first three weeks of the 2012 season on Thursday.

The start time for Maryland’s season opener vs. William & Mary (Sept. 1) was previously announced. That contest will begin at 3 p.m. from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The ACC confirmed the game will be streamed on ESPN3.

Kick times for remaining games will be announced at a later date.

Conference game times are generally declared 12 days prior to the contest. Start times for Maryland’s two nonconference road games (at Temple, Sept, 8; at West Virginia, Sept. 22) will be announced by the Big East and Big 12, respectively.

 

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Defense Gets Best of Offense in Maryland Football Spring Game

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Hartsfield leads defense with 12 tackles, sack

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Demetrius Hartsfield finished with 12 tackles, including two for loss and a sack, to lead the Red Team to a victory over the White Squad Saturday in Maryland’s Red-White Spring Football game.

The Red Team was the Terrapin defense and outpointed the White (offense) 67-53 in a modified scoring system. The defense could score points with plays such as sacks, turnovers, tackles for loss and drive stops. The offense earned points for long plays, first downs and regular scoring plays.

“The guys had a lot of fun out there today, and they had the chance to go out there and play the game again with their teammates,” head coach Randy Edsall said after the two-hour game which had four 15-minute quarters, but a running clock in the second half. “Overall I thought we’ve had a really good spring. I thought they guys have done a really good job since January, getting started doing all the things we need to do to be better come August [for the start of preseason camp].”

Maryland’s offense generated three scoring plays in the game.

Brandon Ross scored on a 1-yard run late in the first quarter, capping an 18-play, 67-yard drive. On the next offensive possession, backup quarterback Ricky Schultz hit freshman Nigel King with a 9-yard scoring pass, finishing a 75-yard drive that included a 43-yard pass from Schultz to Ryan Schlothauer.

After a punt on the next possession, Michael Tart hit a 48-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.

Junior quarterback C.J. Brown, who is expected to get the starting nod in the fall, hit 17 of 33 passes for 199 yards. Schultz threw for 146 yards on a 13-for-19 day.

Justus Pickett was the game’s leading rusher, gaining 70 yards on 18 carries, with Ross gaining 46 yards on 14 rushes.

Tight end Matt Furstenburg had five catches for 53 yards, with freshman receiver Levern Jacobs also getting five receptions for 44 yards.

The defense, aided by a one-hand touch rule on the quarterbacks, had 13 sacks in the game, including two each by L.A. Goree, Nate Clarke and Justin Anderson. Goree had eight tackles for the Red Team, while Dexter McDougle had seven and an interception and Bradley Johnson also had seven tackles.

Terp Notes:

Team Captains: The Terps announced team captains for the 2012 season on Saturday. Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey and quarterback C.J. Brown will represent the offense, while defensive lineman Joe Vellano and linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield will be the defensive captains. Vellano will be a team captain for the second-straight year.

Season-Opening Game Time Announced: Maryland will open the 2012 season at home against William & Mary on Saturday, Sept. 1. Kickoff has been set for 3 p.m.

Players to Lift for Life: The Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its third annual ‘Lift For Life’ event on Saturday, April 28, as part of the Maryland Day activities. The fundraising strength and conditioning competition begins at 10 a.m. and will feature members of the Terrapin football team who have chosen to help fight cystic fibrosis, a rare disease that affects near 30,000 Americans. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic rare disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. For more details, go to: http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/041612aad.html

Edsall to Play in Chick-fil-A Challenge: Randy Edsall and former Terp quarterback Stan Gelbaugh will compete in the sixth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament which is scheduled for April 29 – May 1 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. They will vie for shares of the $520,000 scholarship purse for their respective universities.Edsall and Gelbaugh are teaming up for the second straight year. For more details, go to: http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/041212aab.html

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Maryland Announces 2012 Football Schedule

Posted on 27 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Terps will play six home games in 2012, including matchups with Florida State, Georgia Tech and Connecticut

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2012 Maryland football schedule, which includes league home games against Florida State and Georgia Tech, and a nonconference tilt with Connecticut, was announced jointly Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University.

Maryland will open 2012 season, the second under head coach Randy Edsall, on Saturday, Sept. 1 with a game against William & Mary, the first of six home contests.

The Terps, who face eight bowl teams from last year, will not play consecutive road or home games throughout 2012.

After a road trip to Temple on Sept. 8, the Terps return home on Sept. 15 to face Connecticut, where Edsall spent 12 years as head coach.

The Terps will face interstate rival West Virginia on Sept. 22 in Morgantown. Maryland and WVU will be facing each other for the third straight year after taking two years off in the series.

Maryland will enjoy a bye (Sept. 29) before entering conference play with a home game against Wake Forest (Oct. 6).

The Terps will play at border rival Virginia on Oct. 13 before facing a pair of Atlantic Division foes in NC State (Oct. 20 at home) and Boston College (Oct. 27 on the road).

Georgia Tech then visits College Park for the first time since 2007 on Nov. 3 and a road game against defending Atlantic Division champion Clemson follows on Nov. 10.

The Terrapins will face Florida State on Nov. 17, the final home contest for its senior class, before closing out the regular season at North Carolina on Nov. 26. The Terps and Tar Heels have not faced each other since 2008.

Game times will be announced at a later date. League home games are selected on a 12-day option by ESPN or the ACC Network. During the season, ESPN can choose certain ACC games on a six-day window. Times for early-season nonconference home games are announced in the summer.

Season tickets are now available for purchase and renewal.  A variety of season ticket options are available starting as low as $114. There are also family 4-packs available for $420 and season-ticket holders have the ability to spread their cost over six monthly installments.

Fans can purchase tickets by going to www.umterps.com or by calling the Terrapin Ticket Office at (301) 314-7070 or 1-800-IMA-TERP. Single-game tickets will be available at a later date.

2012 Schedule

Sept. 1    William & Mary

Sept. 8    @ Temple

Sept. 15   Connecticut

Sept. 22   @ West Virginia

Sept. 29   Open

Oct. 6      Wake Forest

Oct. 13    @ Virginia

Oct. 20    NC State

Oct. 27    @ Boston College

Nov. 3     Georgia Tech

Nov. 10    @ Clemson

Nov. 17    Florida State

Nov. 24    @ North Carolina

Home games in bold and played at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium; Times are TBA

Schedule Notes:

  • Nine bowl teams from last year appear on Maryland’s 2012 schedule: West Virginia (Discover Orange Bowl), Temple (Gilden New Mexico Bowl), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), Virginia (Chick-fil-A Bowl), NC State (Belk Bowl), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Clemson (Discover Orange Bowl), Florida State (Champs Sports Bowl) and North Carolina (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl).
  • Maryland and William & Mary will be meeting for the fifth time. The series is even at 2-all. The last meeting occurred in 2006 with the Terps posting a 27-14 victory in College Park. The teams hadn’t met since 1946.
  • Maryland leads the all-time series with Temple, 6-1. The Owls won their first game in the series last season, downing the Terps, 38-7.
  • Maryland and West Virginia are playing for the third straight season after taking two years off in the series. The two schools met annually from 1980 to 2007. The Mountaineers hold a 25-21-2 advantage in a series that dates back to 1919.
  • Connecticut and Maryland will be meeting for the just the second time. The Terps downed the Huskies, 34-0, in 1946. Randy Edsall was the head coach at UConn from 1999-2010.
  • Maryland owns a 42-17-1 advantage in the series against Wake Forest, including victories in nine of the last 13. The Terps have won five of the last six in College Park.
  • The Terps lead the all-time series with Virginia, 42-32-2. Maryland has won two of the last three in Charlottesville.
  • The all-time series with NC State is tied, 32-32-4. The Terps have won eight of the last 12 in the series.
  • Boston College leads the all-time series 6-3. Maryland and Boston College met for the first time in 21 years in Massachusetts in 2006 with the Eagles winning, 38-16 (in Chestnut Hill). Maryland’s 42-35 home victory in 2007 over the eighth-ranked Eagles snapped a three-game BC winning streak in the series. Maryland won the last time it visited Chestnut Hill (2010), its first victory in three trips.
  • Georgia Tech leads the series with the Terps, 14-6, having won four of the last five meetings. Five of the last seven games have been decided by five points or less.
  • Clemson holds a 32-26-2 advantage over Maryland in the series, but the Terps have won six of the last 11.
  • Florida State has a 20-2 edge in the all-time series, but both Maryland wins have come at home in the last eight meetings.

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Morgan State Battles Liberty in BracketBuster Saturday

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 24
Saturday, February 18, 2012 – 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (5-18, 3-9 MEAC) vs. Liberty Flames (12-16, 7-9 Big South)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 106-81/6th
Career Record: 141-143  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
2011 MSU SCHEDULE & RESULTS
OFFICIAL LU WEBSITE
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will face the Liberty Flames on Saturday, Feb. 18 in a Sears Bracketbuster matchup set to tip at 1:00 p.m. MSU will attempt to snap a six-game losing streak when the Flames come to Hill Field House. Liberty will attempt to add to its win total following a 78-69 home victory against VMI on Tuesday. Morgan State will honor four senior members of the basketball team prior to the tip-off.
BEAR BITS
This will be MSU’s fourth appearance competing in BracketBusters and they will be serving as host for the second time. MSU is 2-1 in the event after defeating Towson, 80-64, in 2009, falling to Murray State, 75-66, in 2010 and beating VMI 66-62 in 2011.
• DeWayne Jackson scored a team-high 16 points off the bench, but the Bears fell to Delaware State at Hill Field House for the first time since 2007. Marques Oliver scored the game-winning basket on a follow-up as time expired to give the Hornets a 74-73 win.
Morgan State will enter Saturday afternoon’s contest having lost six straight, including seven of its last eight games.
• The Bears have used six different starting lineups in their first 23 games.
 
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in 14 of 23 games, and has posted six double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks so far this season.
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
BEARS BID FAREWELL TO FOUR SENIORS
Before the Liberty game, the Morgan State men’s basketball program will recognize four seniors who have helped accumulate several lofty achievements during their tenures. PG Larry Bastfield, G/F Aric Brooks, F Ameer Ali and F/C Kevin Thompson will be in uniform for the final time as Bears in Hill Field House.
 
HOME COURT
•  During the Bozeman era the Bears have gone 46-16 (.741) home record inside the confines of Hill Field House, including a one-point loss against Delaware State on Feb. 13.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
•  Give the Bears a 4-9 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
 
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 107th victory as MSU’s head coach.
 
•   Give the Bears its fourth home victory of the season.
•   Snap the Bears 6-game losing streak
 
•   Give the Bears its third Bracketbusters win
THE SERIES VS. THE FLAMES
• The last meeting between the Flames and the Bears occurred nearly 30 years ago, as Liberty bested Morgan State, 68-51 on January 22, 1983.
•  As part of the Sears Bracketbuster agreement, Morgan State and Liberty will schedule a return meeting in November or December of the 2013-14 season. The rematch will take place in the Vines Center.
•  The last time MSU has defeated a non- conference opponent at Hill Field House was earlier this season. The Bears posted a 69-45 win against Loyola Marymount on December 21, 2011.
•   MSU has posted a 2-10 record against non-conference opponents this season, while Liberty has recorded a 5-7 record.
 
NOTE ON THE FLAMES
•   Liberty will enter Hill Field House riding a 3-game winning streak following a 78- 69 win against VMI on Feb. 14, 2012. The Flames have also won six of its last eight games.
 
•  Jesse Sanders is the only player in Big South history with 1,000 career points (1,182), 700 career rebounds (777) and 600 career assists (692).
 
•  The Flames are 5-8 in road games so far this season, and have gone 1-3 on the road against non-conference opponents … The Flames’ only non-conference road win was on Nov. 14, 2011 when they handed William & Mary a 75-72 loss.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will face cross-town rival Coppin State on Monday, Feb. 22. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Eagles held on to defeat MSU 88-86 in their first matchup at Hill Field House on February 4, 2012.

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Towson Visits Northeastern Tuesday Night on WNST

Posted on 14 February 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: After a tough two-point home loss to James Madison, Towson will look to rebound on the road Tuesday as the Tigers travel to Northeastern. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from Matthews Arena and can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

AMONG THE CAA’S BEST ON THE GLASS: After owning an impressive 49-19 rebounding advantage against James Madison on Saturday, Towson now ranks third in the CAA with a +1.6 rebounding margin per game. The Tigers have outrebounded eight of their last nine opponents, a span that includes games against Drexel, VCU (twice), George Mason and Old Dominion (the top four teams in the conference). On the offensive glass, Towson has been even more impressive. The Tigers average 13.5 offensive rebounds per game and grab 38.7 percent of their missed shots. Both of those numbers rank second among CAA teams.

IMPROVING FROM THE LINE: Towson shot 19-for-25 from the free throw line against James Madison on Saturday. The 76 percent shooting clip is the best of the season from the line for the Tigers. Senior Robert Nwankwo has been perhaps the most-improved Tiger from the charity stripe. The forward has made 12 of his last 18 attempts after starting the year shooting just 47.4 percent from the line. Nwankwo leads Towson with 85 made free throws.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: After a hot start in CAA play, Northeastern has dropped four straight and six of its last eight. The Huskies, who topped Towson, 57-48, on January 2, has an 11-14 overall record and a 7-8 mark in league games. The Huskies are led by Jonathan Lee, who averages 14.2 points per game. In addition to Lee, who ranks ninth in the CAA in scoring, Northeastern has seen stellar play from rookie Quincy Ford. The freshman averages 11.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He exploded for 21 points in Northeastern’s last game, a road loss against William & Mary.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite outrebounding James Madison by a remarkable 49-19 margin and rallying from an 18-point deficit, Towson dropped a 58-56 Colonial Athletic Association battle to JMU on Saturday. Senior Robert Nwankwo posted his 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Nwankwo’s prior season best in rebounds was 14 at UMass. Sophomore forward Marcus Damas scored in double digits for the 18th time this season. He finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Damas, who is among the CAA leaders in three-pointers made, shot three of eight from beyond the arc.

UP NEXT: Towson will play in its BracketBuster game on Saturday, Feb. 18 at New Hampshire. The game is slated to tip at 3 p.m. from Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham, N.H.

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Towson Tries to Make It Back to Back Wednesday Night at Hofstra

Posted on 01 February 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since March 2010 as the Tigers travel to New York to take on Hofstra. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex and the game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

FAMILIAR FOE: Towson and Hofstra will be meeting for the 55th time Wednesday evening. The Tigers have only played Loyola (70), Delaware (66) and Drexel (58) more often in their history.

STREAK BUSTERS: Towson broke it’s NCAA record 41-game losing streak this past weekend against UNCW, but the Tigers have other steaks they are still attempting to bust. A win against Hofstra would mark the first time Towson has won two straight since topping Delaware on Feb. 27, 2010 and then defeating UNCW in the CAA Tournament on March 5. The Tigers last conference road win occurred on Feb. 24, 2010 at William & Mary.

WHERE ROB RANKS: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo is ranked both nationally and in the CAA in a number of categories. His career numbers are also climbing up latter’s in both Towson history and in the conference. After Nwankwo’s 12 points, 11 rebound, 3 blocked shots performance in the win over UNCW, the senior is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Those numbers rank him 17th nationally in blocks and 46th in the country in rebounding. In the CAA, Nwankwo places third in blocks, fourth in rebounding, ninth in field goal percentage (45.4), 21st in scoring and second in offensive rebounding. The forwards nine double-double’s this year ranks fourth in the CAA and 29th nationally. His 11 10-plus double digit rebounding efforts is the third most of any CAA player. In his career, Nwankwo’s 689 rebounds is the third most among all active league players.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots as the Tigers snapped their NCAA record 41-game losing streak with a 66-61 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNC Wilmington at the Towson Center on Saturday afternoon. One of four Tigers to score in double figures, Nwankwo preserved the win with two seconds remaining when he blocked a three-point field goal attempt by freshman guard Adam Smith. Towson freshman Deon Jones grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He sealed the victory by connecting on two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining. The victory was the first career win at Towson for Coach Pat Skerry. En route to scoring a season high 66 points, the Tigers were led by Marcus Damas, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. Jones matched his career high with 15 points while making five of seven shots from the floor. Sophomore Erique Gumbs shot 5-for-10 from the field and scored 11 points with eight rebounds. Led by Nwankwo, the Tigers outrebounded UNCW by a 41-29 margin, the fifth straight game in which the Tigers outrebounded their opponents.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE: Hofstra (7-16, 1-10 CAA) has lost three straight games and nine of its last 10 overall. The Pride boast the CAA’s leading scorer in Mike Moore, who enters Wednesday’s game averaging 19.3 points per game. Hofstra is one of just three schools in the conference to have two players that rank in the Top 10 in the scoring race. Nathaniel Lester is ninth in the league scoring 13.8 points per game.

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Towson Hosts UNC Wilmington Saturday in CAA Clash

Posted on 28 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Gerry Sandusky handling the play-by-play duties and Vince Angotti providing analysis.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers welcome UNC Wilmington to the Towson Center Arena today for a CAA clash. The Seahawks have dropped five of  their last six games after starting 3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Tigers are coming off a 67-42 loss at home to VCU and will be playing their fourth game in eight days. Towson and UNCW are two of the best squads in the CAA in offensive rebounding. The Tigers average 13.0 offensive rebounds per game and rank second in the league by grabbing 36.9 percent of their offensive misses. The Seahawks corral 34.7 percent of their missed shots, a number that ranks fifth in the conference. Saturday’s game is being sponsored by the University Store.

THIEVERY:
The Tigers had a season-high 13 steals against VCU on Wednesday. It was the second time this season Towson had double figures in steals. Freshman point guard Kris Walden led Towson with a season-high four steals while senior Robert Nwankwo and freshman Deon Jones each had three thefts.

DOMINATING THE BOARDS: Towson won the rebounding battle against VCU, 40-35, Wednesday night. It was the fourth straight game in which the Tigers outrebounded their opponent. Towson’s opposition in that stretch included George Mason, VCU and Old Dominion, all of which are in the top-four of the CAA standings. The Tigers are one of just three CAA teams (Drexel, Georgia State) to have three players rank in the Top 20 in the league in rebounding. Senior Robert Nwankwo and sophomores Marcus Damas and Erique Gumbs are each in the Top 20. Nwankwo ranks fourth in the league at 8.9 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson was upended by VCU on Wednesday, 67-42. Forward Robert Nwankwo continued his stellar play for the Tigers as the senior recorded his eighth double-double of the season and his fourth in the last five games. Nwankwo scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Freshman Deon Jones just missed his second double-double of the year, tallying nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS: UNC Wilmington is coming off back-to-back losses against two of the top teams in the CAA. After topping William & Mary on the road, the Seahawks fell at George Mason, 67-61, Monday before getting beat at home by Old Dominion, 53-48, on Wednesday. Junior Keith Rendleman leads the league in rebounding with 11.0 boards a game and his 15.2 points a contest ranks seventh. Freshman Adam Smith is sixth in the CAA with 15.5 points per game.

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Towson Visits First Place Georgia State Saturday on WNST

Posted on 14 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Bob Neal handling the play-by-play duties and legendary Towson coach Vince Angotti providing analysist. The CAA clash can also be heard live on WNST with Spiro Morekas calling all the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson returns to the road Saturday to take on a 12-win Georgia State squad that is currently tied for first in the CAA standings. The Tigers are still seeking their first victory of the season while the Panthers won a school-record 11 games in a row earlier this season.

TIGHT GAMES: In recent years, the series between Towson and Georgia State has been extremely competitive. Two of the last five meetings have went into overtime and four consecutive games have been decided by single digits, including a narrow three-point win by the Panthers a year ago.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has limited five of its last six opponents to 66 points or less. The Tigers held No. 16 Virginia to 57 points on Dec. 30.

PASS THE ROCK: Tiger point guard Kris Walden leads all CAA freshmen and ranks ninth in the league in assists per game. Walden is averaging 3.1 dimes per contest.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson scored the first six points of the game and led for most of the first half before William & Mary rallied in the final 11 minutes to hand the Tigers a 66-49 loss Wednesday night at the Towson Center. A trio of Tigers scored in double figures, led by sophomore Marcus Damas’ 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Senior Robert Nwankwo chipped in 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks while freshman Deon Jones netted 10 points for the second consecutive game. William & Mary’s Quinn McDowell scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second half and was integral during a 16-0 Tribe run which broke open a tie game late in the second half.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Georgia State, picked to finish 11th in the CAA in the preseason, is currently tied for first in the league with conference wins against Drexel and at VCU. The Panthers won a school-record 11 games in a row after dropping their first three of the season. Georgia State boasts the CAA’s top scoring offense at 69.8 points per game. Four Panthers average 9.8 points per game or more, led by Devonta White’s 13.1 poitns a contest.

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