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21 Aug 2014 | One Comment | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
After playing limited minutes in the Orlando Summer League with the Miami Heat, former Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon fought back in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Denver Nuggets. After finishing first among all players who appeared in at least three Las Vegas Summer League games in rebounds, Benimon signed a two-year partially guaranteed contract with the Nuggets. Although Benimon had interest from several teams, including the Utah Jazz, according to the website RealGM, he had familiarity with the Nuggets. In three games in Las Vegas, Benimon averaged 27 minutes per game, 10.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Benimon played out-of-position at center for Denver, […] Read the full story »

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Statistics during warm-up action doesn’t always translate to success in the regular season for many
21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Most of The Towerlight’s sports columns in the past have focused a lot on strictly opinion. And I’m an opinionated guy. Those who still hate me for hating Ray Lewis are aware of that. But I’m going to mix it up this semester with a weekly column completely focused on using statistics to build arguments. Are stats the end-all, be-all of sports writing? Absolutely not. My subscription to NFL Rewind confirms that. Part of what makes sports writing so tough is that in order to properly evaluate players and teams in any sport, you have to merge using statistics of all kinds and the so-called “eye test.” […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Nicole Gould, Staff Writer
Dirt flies across the pitchers’ rubber and escapes into the air as Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher Nik Nowottnick’s metal spikes dig into the mound, getting a solid grip before the first pitch. The smooth feel of the leather ball rolls across his fingertips as his eyes look over the glove toward the catcher. He’s decided on a pitch. The roar of the crowd increases. He lifts his head out from behind the glove and the ball flies out of his right hand, as he whips a 90 mph pitch, 60 feet toward home plate. Strike. This is one of many scenarios that Nowottnick, a former Towson baseball standout, […] Read the full story »

Football, Sports »

21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton
It’s the same Terrance West we all know from three years of Towson games, but he’s traded in the black and yellow of Towson for the brown and orange of the Cleveland Browns. The competition has also gotten much tougher, as he’s lining up against veteran NFL linemen in lieu of college ones. “I love the fans. I love big stages. I love the lights and I love big atmospheres,” he told the Browns’ website. A lot has happened to West since May 9. An entire summer has changed West’s career path, joining the Browns for rookie minicamp, team minicamp, training camp and now preseason games. It’s […] Read the full story »

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Senior wide receiver looks for comeback from 2013 ankle injury
21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Spencer Wilkins still has the towel that he hung over his head in disappointment in Richmond on Oct. 26 of last year. It was a 48-32 win, but the game meant much more for the Towson senior wide receiver. “I remember it vividly, just like it was last week,” he said at the team’s media day on Wednesday. “I keep [the towel] around with me as just a reminder that this game could be taken from you any minute.” Wilkins knows this reality all too well, as he suffered a broken ankle in the game against Richmond. The injury ended his season and kept him out of […] Read the full story »

Bank Shots, Columns, Sports »

14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
All season in the NBA, fans have waited for the rematch of the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat. Ever since Game 7 ended last season and Tim Duncan missed that layup over Shane Battier, the wait was on for these two teams to face off again. Through four games, it looks like NBA fans have held their collective breath for a little too long. I’m writing this the Saturday before Game 5, so the Heat could easily come back and force seven games all of a sudden, but it doesn’t look like the Spurs are going to lose this series. The Heat have the best […] Read the full story »

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Team members blindfolded, wore diapers at “team night”
14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
After months of silence from the University, details of Towson’s cheerleading team’s suspension from last year have finally emerged. The information was obtained after The Baltimore Sun sent several public records requests to the University. The documents obtained by The Sun state that the team violated several provisions of the student code of conduct, including serving alcohol to those under 21. In the report, details of the night in question that led to social probation for the fall 2013 semester came out, as well. During the night in question, members of the team showed up at what the cheerleaders referred to as “team night.” When members of […] Read the full story »

Soccer, Sports, Women's Soccer »

Record-breaking Alumna joins reserve team, will get a shot at playing professionally
14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Nicole Gould
With every young athlete comes the dream to one day play professionally. For Towson alumna Emily Banes, that dream quickly became a reality. Banes left Towson as the first Tiger to earn a spot on the National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA)/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic second team. After playing her way to a record-setting 2014 season in which she scored 30 goals and 77 points, Banes will trade in her black-and-gold jersey for a blue-and-white one, as she was added to the roster of the reserve team for the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League. “It had been my dream since I was a little […] Read the full story »

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Former forward works out for teams before June 26 draft
14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Senior Writer
While most graduated college basketball players look to start their careers off the court, former forward Jerrelle Benimon is among a small group of players looking to begin his career on it. The two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year has been traveling across the country, working out for several NBA teams, hoping to be selected in this month’s draft or signing with a team as an undrafted free agent. As of June 14, Benimon has worked out for the Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and his hometown team, the Washington Wizards. If Benimon were to sign with or be drafted by the […] Read the full story »

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Former Towson gymnast makes history on hit TV competition r
14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
The horn sounds and Kacy Catanzaro leaps on to the first Quintuple step, takes three small steps and continues that routine for the next three steps. She then runs up to the Log Roll, locks her hands and feet around the structure and slides down the obstacle, enduring two drops along the way. Three obstacles to go. Catanzaro stares down the red titling tables and sprints across, slipping as she exits, eliciting a gasp from the crowd. She secures herself, standing up, on the swing jump and leaps toward the cargo net, grabs it and pulls herself to the next obstacle. One more obstacle. She takes a […] Read the full story »