| @Towson_MBB: Back to Winning Ways
Courtesy: Spiro Morekas, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 02/18/2013
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Congratulations to Head Coach Pat Skerry, his staff, and his players for all the hard work they have put into this season. This past Saturday, it paid off as the Tigers beat Hofstra up in Hempstead, N.Y. to give Towson its first winning conference record since 1995-96.

Think about it. Since that season, the Tigers have been through four head coaches, two conferences, and the university has been through five school presidents, and Director of New Media Damon Lewis was still learning his multiplication tables.

The Tigers are 10-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and 15-13 overall. With three games left on the schedule, if the Tigers win just one of those three, Towson will have its first winning season since that same 1995-96 campaign.  The Tigers also find themselves in second place in the CAA.  They are two games behind Northeastern, but with only those three  games left it may be a little too late for the Tigers to win the regular season title.  

Remember, this program won just ONE game last year. If Towson runs the table, the Tigers will have completed the greatest turnaround in the history of Division I basketball. What a story it has been.

Coach Skerry and his team will have all week off to heal up and get ready for the final three games. Two are at the Towson Center against Drexel this Saturday and Hofstra on March 2. In between those final two games at the Towson Center, the Tigers will travel to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason a week from Wednesday.

Men's Lax to Host the National Champs
Don't forget this Wednesday, Coach Shawn Nadelen and his Tiger men's lacrosse team will host the defending national champion Loyola Greyhounds at 7 p.m. The Tigers are off to a rough start at 0-2, losing this past Saturday at home to No. 4 Johns Hopkins. But the Tigers played much better than in their opener against High Point. The team played with more energy and determination. Wednesday could start the Tigers on a nice run and give them that signature win that could be important come the end of the season.

Towson Center Moment No. 4

As the Towson Center's use as Towson's sports arena at the end of this season, I have been counting down my 10 top moments.

No. 4 on my list happened  on  December 10, 2009. The Towson women's basketball team was hosting the 25th-ranked Maryland Terrapins. Coach Joe Mathews and his team came into the game at 4-4, having won two straight games. The Tigers were led by Shanae Baker-Brice who that night, like many of the games she played, was the best player on the court.

Towson came right out of the gate and took it to the Terrapins. At the half, the Tigers led 34-27. In front of the largest crowd to ever watch a women's basketball game at the Towson Center (2243), there was  a buzz as to whether the Tigers could hang on.

Well, Towson didn't  just hang on, the team pulled away in the second half. Baker-Brice scored 25 points to lead all scorers, and Jaleesa Dryver scored a career-high 10 points.

The Tigers won the game 67-55, and the fans stormed the court at the end of the game.  I can only remember that happening on three other occasions. They all happened during my top three moments I will write about over the next three weeks.

Baker-Brice went on to become the Tigers' all-time leading scorer with 1,806 points. That's 251 more than second-place Danielle  Barry. The win against Maryland was be Shanae's shining moment. Whenever I think of her, I remember that December night when the Tigers beat a ranked team for the first and only time in their history.


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