CHARLESTON, S.C. - Under the guidance of second-year head coach Pat Skerry, the Towson University men's basketball team is set to begin the 2012-13 season at the College of Charleston on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
The game, being played at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C., can be heard live on WBAL-AM 1090 with Brett Hollander calling the action and former Tiger basketball coach Vince Angotti providing analysis.
Although Towson returns just three scholarship players from last year's team, the new-look Tigers welcome a trio of BIG EAST transfers, a highly-regarded junior college transfer and a nationally recognized freshman class.
Towson will be looking to build on an impressive performance in its exhibition opener against Bloomsburg University on November 1.
All five Tiger starters scored in double figures, led by junior guard Mike Burwell's 16 points. Classmate Jerrelle Benimon also filled the stat sheet with 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds, guiding Towson to an 87-65 win.
The offensive explosion was a welcome sight as the Tigers averaged just 47.0 points in a pair of exhibition games last season.
The Cougars present a challenge to the Tigers, who will be seeking their first regular season opening victory in four years.
Charleston, which won 19 games last season, was picked to finish second in the south division of the Southern Conference this year. The Cougars’ first year head coach Doug Wojcik spent the last seven seasons as the head coach at Tulsa.
The College of Charleston is led by senior guard Andrew Lawrence, who averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game last season. Lawrence, a member of the Great Britain National Team in the 2012 London Olympics, and junior forward Trent Wiedeman were both named to the 2012 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team.
The Cougars were victorious in their only exhibition game, topping USC Aiken, 68-52, on November 3.
The trip to Charleston will be a familiar one for Skerry, who served as an assistant coach for two seasons at the school under current Marshall head coach Tom Herrion.
The game at Charleston will be the first of 10 straight road games Towson will play to begin the 2012-13 season.