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Guthrie leads way as Towson wins exhibition finale

Posted on 30 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Towson Tops Mansfield, 85-65

 – Senior Rafriel Guthrie tallied a game-high 32 points to lead the Towson men’s basketball team to an 85-65 victory over Mansfield in the Tigers’ exhibition finale on Wednesday night at SECU Arena.

Guthrie shot 8-for-13 from the field and made 14 of 18 free throw attempts as the Tigers won their second of two exhibition games.

Towson shot 51.1 percent from the field and made 49 trips to the free throw line, making 33. The Tigers had 15 assists on 24 made baskets and outrebounded the Mountaineers, 45-30.

Seniors Jerrelle Benimon (16) and Marcus Damas (11), and sophomore Four McGlynn (10) joined Guthrie in double figures for the Tigers. Benimon shot 6-for-8 from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds.

Towson sophomore Jerome Hairston dished out a game-high six assists while freshman John Davis posted seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.

After Mansfield scored the first bucket of the game, Towson scored 11 straight to spark a 32-10 run that gave the Tigers a 20-point advantage at the 8:45 mark of the first half.

Mansfield battled back to make it an 11-point game on a Joe Bell three-pointer that made it 38-27 with just under six minutes to play in the opening stanza. Bell tallied a team-high 16 points for the Mountaineers.

Towson responded by scoring 10 of the next 14 points to boost its lead back to 17 and the Tigers would own a 51-35 advantage at the intermission.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Mansfield cut the Towson lead to 53-39 but the Mountaineers would get no closer the rest of the game. The Tigers led by as many as 22 in the second half.

Towson will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 8 against Navy. Tip time is set for 7:30 p.m. inside SECU Arena.

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Towson hoops inks three man recruiting class

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s Basketball Announces 2013-14 Recruiting Class
Tigers Ink Three Standouts During Early Signing Period

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced Wednesday that forward John Davis, power forward/center Walter Foster and small forward Shamiek Sheppard have signed national letters of intent to attend Towson University and compete for the Tigers.

“I’m extremely excited about this class and the caliber of kids that we signed,” Skerry said. “All three have great length for their positions and will give us a tremendous amount of flexibility. We like that they are high-character guys that give tremendous effort both on the court and in the classroom. Assistant Coach Luke Murray did an outstanding job of tracking these guys early on and he’s to be commended.”

Forward, 6-5, 215
Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School/Philadelphia, Pa.

Davis is an athletic wing that has proven to be a tenacious defender and rebounder. The skilled left-hander has earned consecutive first team All-Catholic League selections while playing for head coach Carl Arrigale and assistant coach John Mosco at high school powerhouse Ss. Neumann-Goretti in Philadelphia. As a co-captain of the team, Davis led the Saints to a 28-3 mark last season while averaging 12.9 points and nearly 11 rebounds per game. He failed to score in double digits just twice last season as a junior and he averaged 15.8 points per game in five state tournament contests. A proven winner, Davis and the Saints have claimed the Catholic League and City titles in each of his three seasons while also winning three consecutive PIAA Class AAA state championships.

According to ESPN’s recruiting service, Davis is “especially dangerous along the baseline but can also make straight line power drives from the perimeter or play with his back to the basket with good instincts and effectiveness. He’s got a knack for putting the ball in the basket and inside of 15-feet there aren’t a whole lot of guys who do that more consistently. He’s a scrappy player, able to defend bigger players inside, and he’s active rebounding the ball on both ends.”

Additionally, Davis earned MVP honors this past May at the Wayne Ellington All-City Basketball Classic in Philadelphia. Davis played AAU basketball for Team Final, coached by Rob Brown.

Skerry on Davis: “John Davis is a guy that our staff has recruited since we got here. He’s a left-handed forward who we expect to transition to the wing pretty quickly. He’s part of a big-time high school program in Philadelphia. John’s a winner who is tough and knows how to play the game. He’s a high-character kid that can play physical and has also shown that he’s a terrific passer.”

Forward/Center, 6-8, 230
Fishburne Military Academy (Va.)/Atlanta, Ga.

Foster is spending a post-graduate year at Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Va. after starring for Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Ga. He is a physical forward/center who is known for his rebounding, but can also score both inside and out. A 2011-12 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAA first team All-State selection, Foster averaged 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a senior, guiding Booker T. Washington and head coach Ed Huckaby to a 17-9 record.

Fishburne is ranked as the No. 3 prep-school team in the United States and Foster is one of nine players on the 2012-13 roster who is signing with a Division I school this fall.

Skerry on Foster: “Walter Foster is a guy that we jumped on this fall and we are extremely excited about him. He’s 6-8 but with a 7-1 reach. He’s well coached and can play both front court positions. His frame can fill up and he’s got a really high ceiling. He will give us a lot of depth and versatility up front.”

Forward, 6-5, 210
South Shore High School/Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sheppard is a three-star prospect that was ranked as the ninth best player coming out of the state of New York according to Rivals.com. He’s been a starter since his freshman season at South Shore High School. As a junior in 2011-12, he averaged 12.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He’s averaged double digits in points all three years. Sheppard is tremendous in the open floor and excels when finishing around the basket.

According to ESPN’s recruiting services, Sheppard is an “incredible athlete with the big time bounce to play above the rim like few others can. He has a great motor, strong body and aggressive demeanor on the court. He goes hard to the rim, isn’t bothered by contact, and will also take smaller defenders to the post and overpower them. He gets out and runs his lanes hard in transition and is an exceptional finisher. His physical tools and toughness also make him a valuable on the ball defender.”

Skerry on Sheppard: “Shamiek Sheppard will be our most athletic perimeter player next year. He’s a strong, powerful athlete who plays really hard and guards at a high level. Shamiek is a perimeter guy who can really get off the floor. He can run and jump with anybody in our league. He’s got a lot of physical tools that we’re excited about.”

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