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2 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Heading into the 2013-14 season, Towson carried the burden of high expectations and one goal: make it to the postseason. The Tigers were predicted by many to win the Colonial Athletic Association and make the NCAA Tournament, and senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was the Preseason CAA Player of the Year. And while Head Coach Pat Skerry’s team came up just short of a CAA title and an NCAA Tournament berth, the Tigers set multiple program records en route to a quarterfinal appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. “Obviously it’s important and something I’ve talked about here,” Skerry said of making the postseason. “Just under 40 percent of […] Read the full story »

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28 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Seniors Jerrelle Benimon, Mike Burwell, Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie had won 43 games over the past two seasons heading into Thursday night’s CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament quarterfinal matchup at Murray State. Another win would send Towson into the semifinals, but winning at Murray State would not come easy, as the Racers boasted a 14-1 record at home this season heading into the game. And while the Tigers held a lead at halftime, the Racers continued their dominant home performance in the second half, pulling away late to end Towson’s season with an 85-73 loss. “We knew they were very good coming in,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said. […] Read the full story »

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21 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Two days removed from sending Towson to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, sophomore guard Four McGlynn came up huge for the Tigers once again. After hitting the game-winning, half-court buzzer beater in Wednesday night’s win at USC-Upstate, the former America East Rookie of the Year dropped a season-high 23 points, including the final four free throws in Towson’s 83-77 win at East Tennessee State. “He was sensational,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said of McGlynn. “We knew they would play a lot of zone and he put it up. He was the best player on the floor today.” McGlynn was automatic for the Tigers (25-10) […] Read the full story »

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TU earns first ever postseason victory
19 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
With just over a second left in their first-round game of the College Insider Tournament, the Tigers were expecting to head to overtime against the University of South Carolina Upstate. They never made it to that overtime period, after Four McGlynn made a miracle half-court shot as time expired, giving the Tigers the 63-60 win. It was the program’s first ever postseason win. “Well, [I was thinking] that we were fortunate,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said of McGlynn’s shot after the game. “You got to have a little luck, and we definitely had some good luck.” Junior guard Ty Greene tied the game up for the Spartans […] Read the full story »

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Skerry expects team to continue in postseason
9 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Down 73-71 with less than 10 seconds remaining in Sunday’s Colonial Athletic Association Semifinal game against William & Mary, forward Jerrelle Benimon drove the ball into the paint from the top of the key. The senior was greeted by all five Tribe defenders and lost the ball out of bounds with five seconds left. William & Mary’s Marcus Thornton received the inbound pass and sank both free throws after being fouled, sealing a 75-71 win and a Tribe a berth in the CAA Championship game Monday against Delaware. Towson will now wait to see if it will be selected for the NIT or CBI in postseason play. […] Read the full story »

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Win over JMU is first in quarterfinals since 2009
8 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Entering Saturday’s Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinal game against the defending CAA Tournament Champion James Madison, only two Tigers had significant postseason experience. While Jerrelle Benimon had Big East and NCAA Tournament experience, Four McGlynn also had NCAA Tournament experience. The then-freshman guard scored 18 points for Vermont in an NCAA Tournament win over Lamar in the 2011-12 season. McGlynn provided a spark in the postseason again, this time leading Towson with a season-high 21 points to an 80-71 win over James Madison. “He’s a really good player,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said of McGlynn. “I think the bigger the stage, the better he’ll play. I think our […] Read the full story »

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Tigers pouncing on chance to play in postseason
2 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Riding a six-game winning streak, Towson and Head Coach Pat Skerry hold the No. 2 seed heading into the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. The Tigers won a program record 22 games this season, a year after setting the NCAA record for biggest season turnaround. “We’ve had a very good regular season,” Skerry said. “Now, it’s for all the marbles. We know what our goal is. It won’t be easy but we’re playing as well as we have all year.” Towson was banned from postseason play last year because of low APR scores from the 2010 season, when Skerry was not even running the program. Up first for […] Read the full story »

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1 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Tied at 58 with seven seconds remaining in Saturday’s regular season finale against William & Mary, senior forward Marcus Damas dribbled to the top of the key and found classmate Mike Burwell open down low. Damas passed the ball to Burwell, who sank the eventual game-winning floater with 1.5 seconds remaining. The Tribe were never able to get a shot off, and the Tigers held on for their 22nd win of the season, a school record for wins as a Division-I program. The Tigers will have the No. 2 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament as well. “Unbelievable atmosphere here today. It was jumpin’,” Head Coach […] Read the full story »

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26 Feb 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
For most teams, shooting 1-of-12 from three-point range and just 33.9 percent overall, to go along with just two assists and having three starters foul out on the road is a recipe for disaster. But when the nation’s leader in double-doubles records his 19th of the season with 28 points and 16 rebounds, and the team goes 30-of-31 from the free throw line, certain teams will be able to escape a hostile environment with a win. And that’s exactly what Towson did Wednesday night at James Madison, as the Tigers overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to take down the Dukes 69-66 at the Convocation […] Read the full story »

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20 Feb 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
To the naked eye, Thursday night’s game at Northeastern, Towson looked like the clear favorite. The preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite was 18-9 overall and 9-3 in conference play. The Huskies were just 9-18 and 6-7 in the CAA. However, the Tigers had never beaten the Huskies in the Pat Skerry era. In fact, the last time that Towson had beaten Northeastern was in the 2009 CAA Championship. The last regular season win against the Huskies came on Jan. 2, 2008. And despite trailing on the road in the second half, Towson grinded its way to a 79-70 road win for its 19th win of the season […] Read the full story »