It is hard to believe that even though the college basketball season just started, it will be a quarter of the way over for most teams by the end of this week.
The improvement in Towson’s basketball team is already evidenced by the three wins the team has accumulated so far in just seven games. The Tigers stand at 3-4 with the disappointing loss to local rival UMBC on Saturday night. However, a quick look at some early season CAA Statistics show how much improvement Towson has made not just won-loss wise, but among the leaders in the conference in several areas.
CAA Statistical Leaders as of December 3rd
- Scoring Offense: 2nd at 66.4 points per game
- Scoring Defense: 2nd at 63.9 points per game
- Scoring Margin: 2nd at + 2.6 points per game
- Field Goal Percentage: 3rd at .432
- Field Goal Pct. Defense: 3rd at .391
- 3-Pt. Field Goal Pct: 5th at .333
- 3-Pt. FG Pct. Defense: .305
- Rebounding Offense: 1st at 40.4
- Rebounding Defense: 2nd at 30.9
- Rebounding Margin: 1st at +9.6 (40.4-30.9)
- Blocked Shots: 1st at 5.4
- Offensive Rebounds: 3rd at 14.6
- Defensive Rebounds: 2nd 25.9
- Def. Rebound Pct: 3rd at .699
- Off. Rebound Pct: 1st at .425
- 3-Pt. FG Made: 5th at 5.6
That is quite an improvement compared to last year’s team that ranked at or near the bottom in most every category save for rebounding, in large part due to the efforts of graduated Robert Nawanko. Rebounding has continued to be a strong point, as it is one of the three key areas coach Pat Skerry stresses daily in practice, along with defense and taking care of the ball on offense.
The Tigers have a few players who are near the top of some individual categories as well:
- Jerome Hairston ranks 4th among CAA Freshmen in scoring at 9.9 points per game.
- Timajh Parker-Rivera ranks 5th among CAA freshman in rebounding with 4.0 boards per game.
- Junior Jerrelle Benimon is tied for 2nd in the CAA with three 10+ rebounding games.
- Benimon is also tied for 2nd in the CAA with three double/doubles this season.
- Graduate Student Bilal Dixon is tied for 2nd with two double/doubles on the season.
These stats are all non-conference games, with the exception of one game. William & Mary defeated Old Dominion 71-62 Saturday in the only conference game played thus far. Most teams will not play a conference game until after the New Year.
One other oddity, along with Towson, the University of Delaware is the only other CAA team not to have played a home game yet this season. However, they play their first home game tomorrow night when they host Radford University. Towson beat Radford earlier this season in the Comfort Suites Invitational in Richmond, Ky.
Towson is next in action Wednesday night when they travel to play Vermont, and plays its first home game on December 15 against North Dakota St.