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Former Towson players look to impress scouts at Pro Day Tuesday

Posted on 12 March 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGER FOOTBALL HOSTS PRO DAY ON TUESDAY

NFL Scouts To Visit Campus To Evaluate Tiger Seniors

TOWSON, Md. – Members of the Towson University football team will be demonstrating their athletics skills and showing off their potential when National Football League scouts visit campus for the Tigers’ annual “Pro Day” on Tuesday, March 12 starting at 2:00 p.m.

The Pro Day activities will begin in the weight room in the Towson Center at 2:00 p.m. From there, the scouts and players will move to the playing field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium for additional tests and drills.

A contingent of seven Tiger seniors will receive most of the attention from the NFL scouts. All-Americans Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.) will be getting long looks from the scouts. A second team All-American safety, Dangerfield was a three-year starter for the Tigers who made 258 tackles in his career. He was also named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team twice.

A three-year starter at defensive end, Beltre earned honorable mention All-American notice as a senior.  A three-time All-CAA selection, he finished his career with 232 tackles, including 38 tackles for lost yardage and 11 sacks.

Defensive end Romale Tucker (Cardozo H.S./Washington, D.C.), a four-year starter who earned third team All-CAA honors as a senior, will also participate. Tucker made 191 tackles in his career, including 25.5 tackles for lost yardage and 10 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and recovered two in his career.

Dangerfield, Beltre and Tucker were all part of a Tiger defensive unit that lead the CAA by allowing 313.2 total yards per game.

Scouts will also be evaluating four offensive standouts from a Towson unit that averaged 31.9 points per game last season. A second team All-CAA selection at quarterback, Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) was a two-year starter for the Tigers who led Towson to a 16-6 record and two CAA championships. In his career, he passed for 4,413 yards and 35 touchdowns with only 16 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,002 yards in 22 games.

Wide receivers Tom Ryan (Father Judge H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.) and Gerrard Sheppard (McDonough H.S./Owings Mills, Md.) are also scheduled to participate. In his career, Ryan caught 127 passes for 1,528 yards and eight touchdowns. As a senior, he earned third team All-CAA notice. A transfer from the University of Connecticut, Sheppard caught 52 passes for 584 and five TD’s in his career.

Versatile Cody Kirby (Kent Island H.S./Chester, Md.) will also be evaluated. A three-year performer for the Tigers, he saw action at tackle, long snapper and tight end for the Tigers. In his career, he caught 10 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

“We are very excited about having a Pro Day with so many teams coming on campus,” says Coach Rob Ambrose. “This is another indication of the growth of our program. Since the end of our season, every NFL team has sent someone to campus to look at film. They know we have players who should be evaluated.”

Beltre, Dangerfield, Enders, Kirby, Ryan, Sheppard and Tucker were key parts of the dramatic turnaround of Tiger football. In the last two seasons, Towson posted a 16-7 record, including a 16-4 mark against NCAA FCS opponents. The Tigers, who won the 2011 CAA championship outright, were CAA co-champions last year. Towson has a 13-3 record against CAA opponents the last two years.

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Towson hosts Drexel Saturday in penultimate game at Towson Center

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – ThTowson men’s basketball team will play two of its final three games at home, starting with a matchup against Drexel on Saturday at 12 noon.

The game, which is being sponsored by PNC, can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti callling the action.

Towson (15-13, 10-5 CAA) is coming off a 57-50 win at Hofstra on February 16. The Tigers have won five of their last six games and are currently tied with Delaware for second-place in the league standings.

Drexel (11-16, 7-8 CAA) will be playing its third game in six days on Saturday. The Dragons are coming off a tough 73-71 double overtime loss at Delaware on Thursday.

Sophomore guard Damion Lee leads the Dragons and ranks fourth in the CAA by averaging 17.1 points per game. Junior point guard Frantz Massenat averages 14.1 points and 4.3 assists per game.

Towson will be looking for its first season sweep of Drexel since the 2001-02 season. The Tigers won at Drexel on January 5 behind the 18-point, 16-rebound effort from junior forward Jerrelle Benimon.

The Tigers will be seeking their 16th win of the season, which would be their most since the 1995-96 season.

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Towson welcomes UNC Wilmington for Autism Awareness Night Monday

Posted on 03 February 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS UNC WILMINGTON ON “AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT” MONDAY
Tigers Seek Third Straight Win Over the Seahawks

TOWSON, MD. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking a season sweep of UNC Wilmington on Monday as the Tigers host the Seahawks at the Towson Center at 7 p.m.

The game is part of “Autism Awareness Night” at the Towson Center. Autism groups including Itineris, Pathfinders, Autism Speaks, Kennedy Krieger, and the Hussman Center will be in attendance to provide information to fans in attendance at the game.

Members of the Towson men’s basketball team and coaching staff will be wearing special royal blue (the color of Autism Speaks) shoes provided by Under Armour.

Towson (11-12, 6-4 CAA) picked up their lone win of the year last season at home against UNCW. The Tigers also topped the Seahawks earlier this season in Wilmington, N.C.

Towson is coming off a 68-66 win at Old Dominion Wednesday night in Norfolk. Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon posted 21 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in the victory. Benimon is one of only three players in the nation to have three games this season with 20 or more points and 15 or more rebounds.

UNC Wilmington (8-13, 3-6 CAA) has dropped three of its last four games, including a 71-56 loss at Delaware on Saturday. The Seahawks are just 1-11 away from home this season.

Monday’s game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

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Towson, George Mason meet in CAA rivalry Tuesday night

Posted on 22 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team is set to square off against George Mason in a battle between two of the top three teams in the Colonial Athletic Association on Wednesday night.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m. in the Towson Center Arena, can be seen live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) with Jason Knapp and Craig Esherick calling the action.

The CAA clash can also be heard on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (10-10, 5-2 CAA) will be playing its third game in five days on Wednesday. The Tigers are coming off a narrow 71-69 defeat against Georgia State on Monday.

Junior Marcus Damas will look to pick up where he left off last year against George Mason. The forward averaged 22 points and six rebounds against the Patriots in two meetings last season. Damas shot 17-for-34 (50%) from the field and 6-for-10 (60%) from beyond the arc in those two games.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon continues to lead the nation in both rebounding (11.7 rpg) and double-doubles (14). Benimon is the first Tiger since Towson joined Division I in 1979 to post a double-double in six straight games.

George Mason (11-7, 4-2 CAA) has won four of its last five games and sits third in the CAA standings, just a half game behind the Tigers. Junior guard Sherrod Wright paces the Patriots with 18.1 points per game and he’s coming off a 21-point performance in a win against Hofstra on Saturday.

George Mason and Towson boast two of the best defenses in the CAA. The Patriots rank first in the league allowing just 61.9 points per game, while the Tigers are third, giving up 65.2 points per game.

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Towson looks to go to 6-1 in conference for first time since ’95-’96 Monday

Posted on 20 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SEEKS BEST START SINCE 1995-96 AGAINST GEORGIA STATE
Tigers Look to Move to 6-1 in the CAA When Facing the Panthers at Home on Monday

TOWSON, Md. – Towson will be seeking its best start to a season since 1995-96 when the Tigers host Georgia State on Monday at the Towson Center Arena.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

The Tigers (10-9, 5-1 CAA) have won six of their last seven games and after topping James Madison on Saturday are off to their best start since the 1999-2000 season.

Five players scored in double figures to lead Towson to its biggest win in nearly six years, a 73-47 drubbing of the Dukes just two days ago.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 13th double-double in the win with 13 points and 12 rebounds in just 26 minutes. Benimon is the first Tiger since 1977 to post double-doubles in five consecutive games.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon scored in double-digits for the third straight game as he recorded a game-high tying 13 points to go along with seven rebounds. The forward/center is a remarkable 26-for-35 (74.3%) from the field in his last seven games.

Freshman Jerome Hairston also netted 13 points in the win, including 3-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc. The guard has scored in double figures in four of his last five games.

Georgia State has won two straight with wins agianst William & Mary and Old Dominion last week. Freshman R.J. Hunter leads the Panthers by averaging 15.6 points per game.

Georgia State ranks third in the CAA making 6.1 three-point field goals per game.

The Panthers lead the all-time series 8-6, but the Tigers are 5-1 in games played at the Towson Center.

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Towson looks to continue hot CAA start Saturday against JMU

Posted on 18 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS JAMES MADISON ON SATURDAY AT NOON
Tigers Seeking Sixth Win in last Seven Games


TOWSON, Md. – Winners of five of its last six games, Towson returns home on Saturday afternoon to take on the James Madison Dukes at 12 noon.

The game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

The Tigers (9-9, 4-1 CAA) will be looking to improve their record to above .500 this late in the season for the first time since they started the 1999-2000 campaign with a 10-9 mark.

Towson is coming off its fourth straight road win on Wednesday night at Delaware. Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon led four Tigers in double figures with 19 points to go along with 13 rebounds and a career-high tying five assists.

Benimon, who is tied for the NCAA-lead in double-doubles with 12, has posted a double-double in four straight games. The last Tiger to do it in five straight games was Brian “Gumby” Matthews in 1977.

James Madison has won two of its last three games and enters Saturday with a 9-9 overall record and a 3-2 mark in CAA play. Rayshawn Goins paces the Dukes by averaging 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Towson has dropped four straight in the series against James Madison, including a pair of matchups at home.

Saturday’s game will be the first of three straight at home for the Tigers, who also host Georgia State on Monday and George Mason on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. with the contest against the Patriots to air live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).

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Towson, Northeastern meet Saturday in first place showdown

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will seeking its fifth straight win and sole possession of first-place in the Colonial Athletic Association when the Tigers take on Northeastern on Saturday at the Towson Center Arena.

The game, which is set to tip at 12 noon, will feature the only two 3-0 teams in league play.

Towson (8-8, 3-0 CAA) defeated Oregon State, UNC Wilmington and Drexel on the road before returning home to outlast William & Mary in double-overtime on Wednesday.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon led the Tigers with his 10th double-double (26 points, 12 rebounds) of the year against the Tribe. He also blocked a career-high seven shots in the Tiger victory.

Towson has been extremely balanced scoring since the start of league play with at least four players scoring in double figures in each game. Junior forward Marcus Damas has tallied double-digits in five straight games and junior guard Mike Burwell has accomplished the feat in three consecutive contests.

Northeastern (8-7, 3-0 CAA) has begun league play with three straight wins, including an overtime victory at Drexel on Tuesday. Joel Smith paces the Huskies in scoring at 15.9 points per game, while Quincy Fordaverages 12.7 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest. Northeastern ranks second in the CAA by making 6.2 three’s per game.

Towson is 6-5 all-time at home against Northeastern, but the Huskies have won each of the last two meetings at Towson and four straight overall in the series.

Saturday’s game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

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Red hot Towson welcomes William & Mary for CAA home opener Wednesday

Posted on 08 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SEEKING FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN IN CAA HOME OPENER AGAINST WILLIAM & MARY
Tigers Set to Battle the Tribe on Wednesday Night at 7

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will host William & Mary in its Colonial Athletic Association home opener on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The Tigers (7-8, 2-0 CAA) will be seeking their fourth straight win and first home victory of the season. Towson has not won four straight games since the 2000-01 season.

During their current three-game winning streak, the Tigers are averaging 71.7 points per game and holding their opponents to just 37.2 percent shooting from the field.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon, who was named the CAA Player of the Week for the fourth time on Monday, is averaging 19 points and 15 rebounds over his past three games.

Junior Marcus Damas has scored double figures in four straight games. The forward posted 13 points and a season-high eight rebounds in Towson’s 69-66 win at Drexel on Saturday.

William & Mary (7-6, 1-1 CAA) has dropped three straight games since starting the season 7-3. However, those losses came against Purdue, Vanderbilt and George Mason. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton leads the Tribe averaging 18.0 points per game.

Towson is 6-5 at home against William & Mary, but the Tribe lead the all-time series, 13-10.

Wednesday’s game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

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Towson welcomes Coppin State to Towson Center Wednesday

Posted on 18 December 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS LOCAL RIVAL COPPIN STATE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT
The Tigers Have Won Four of the Past Five Meetings With the Eagles

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak on Wednesday as the Tigers host local rival Coppin State. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the Tigers women’s basketball team and is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m.

Mariner Finance is Wednesday’s game sponsor and the first 1,000 fans in the arena will receive lanyards.

The Tigers (4-7), who will be playing just their second home game of the season, are coming off a 65-48 setback to North Dakota State on Saturday. Junior Mike Burwell posted his sixth double-digit scoring game of the season with a team-high 14 points. The guard hit four of his nine three-point field goal attempts and leads Towson with 18 triples on the year.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon registered six points and grabbed a season-high tying 11 rebounds against the Bison. The Tigers committed a season-low six turnovers in the loss.

Coppin State has lost five of its last six games and enters tonight with a 2-9 overall record. The Eagles are led by Michael Murray, who is averaging a double-double with 13.4 points and 10.8 rebounds this season. Coppin State has faced some tough competition this season, losing to USC, Texas, Saint Joseph’s and No. 2 Indiana. The Eagles last win came at UMBC (80-61) on December 12.

Towson leads the series history against Coppin State, 6-4. Although the Eagles won last year’s meeting, the Tigers have won four of the last five battles. Coppin State has not won at Towson since Dec. 12, 1992.

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Towson welcomes North Dakota State for home opener Saturday

Posted on 14 December 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS NORTH DAKOTA STATE IN HOME OPENER SATURDAY
Tigers Welcome Bison For Home Opener After 10-Game Road Swing

TOWSON, Md. – After a tough 10-game road swing to start the season, the Towson men’s basketball team returns home to take on North Dakota State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The game can be heard live through the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (4-6) has dropped back-to-back games to No. 15 Georgetown and Temple after topping Vermont on December 5.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon registered career-highs in both points (30) and rebounds (18) in the 11-point loss at Temple on Wednesday. Benimon currently ranks Top 5 in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring (17.1 ppg), rebounding (11.3 rpg), field goal percentage (55.0) and blocked shots (1.5 bpg).

Junior Marcus Damas posted his third double-digit scoring game of the season on Wednesday, netting 11 points to go along with six rebounds and a career-high three steals against the Owls.

North Dakota State (8-3) has won seven of its last nine games since falling to No. 1 Indiana, 87-61, on November 12. Junior guard Taylor Braun leads the team with 15.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

The Bison average 71.4 points per game while only giving up 58.6 points per contest. NDSU defeated CAA foe James Madison, 66-44, on November 21 and are coming off a 70-57 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.

The Tigers have won five of their last six home openers and are 12-2 in home openers over the last 14 years.

Towson and North Dakota State have never met in men’s basketball. In fact, the only sport the schools have ever competed in is football (1983 Division II playoffs).

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