A Bye and a Beginning
Courtesy: Spiro Morekas, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 11/05/2013
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The Towson Tiger’s football team gets a much-needed bye this week after having as heartbreaking loss as one can imagine last Saturday against the Delaware Blue Hens. The Tigers blew a 31-10 lead in the final 12 minutes of the fourth quarter, losing 32-31. Give the Blue Hens credit, they never gave up after being dominated for most of the football game.

Going into the game
Both teams had different mind sets going into the ball game. For the Tigers, it was a chance to get to 9-1 on the year, 5-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). A win would keep them just one game behind the Maine Black Bears for first place. A win would all but guarantee them a spot in the FCS playoffs. For Delaware, a loss could have been the death knell to any playoff thoughts.

What if?
The Tigers must have been sitting around the last couple of days playing the what-if game. I know I have. What if Drew Evangelista didn’t miss a 33-yard field goal with 4:19 remaining in the third quarter? What if the Tigers got into the end zone instead of kicking a field goal when they had second and three from the Delaware seven-yard line with 14:31 remaining in the game? What if the Tigers had stopped Delaware on fourth and five at the Towson 23 with 12 minutes left in the game?

What if the Tigers had converted on fourth and two from the Delaware 19 with 4:23 left in the game? What if on the 14th play of a 17-play drive Tye Smith doesn’t drop an interception in the endzone? Finally, what if Brian Dowling had handled an onside kick with less than a minute to go in the game? So when you look back on it, the offense had a chance to put the game away, the defense had a chance to put the game away, and the special teams had a chance to put the game away. I am sure the coaching staff has sat back and thought of things they could have done differently.

Two games left
The best thing is the Tigers still have two games left and hold their destiny in their own hands.  After this week off, Towson will travel to Williamsburg to take on one of the best defenses in the nation in the William & Mary Tribe. Then, Towson returns home on November 23 to finish the regular season against the Dukes of James Madison.

Men's basketball takes the court
Well, as football's season is coming down the home stretch, the Towson men’s basketball team will open up its season this Friday night to take on the Midshipmen of Navy. It’s a men and women’s doubleheader to open up not only the 2013-14 season but the SECU Arena chapter of Towson basketball.

The Tigers were picked to win the CAA in the pre-season poll. This Towson team returns four starters including the CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon. Jerrelle averaged a double-double last year, and I think you can pencil him in for that again this season. A couple of players who could be the key to how far this team goes are sophomore point guard Jerome Hairston and sophomore power forward Timajh Parker-Rivera. Hairston had a very solid freshman year, and as he comes into the  season with a year’s experience under his belt, he should be able to run the offense even more effectively.

Parker-Rivera is going to have to try to replace the 7.3 rebounds per game which left with the graduation of Bilal Dixon. Timajh averaged 3.1 rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time last year.  The 6-7 sophomore from Milford, Conn. is someone the coaching staff is very high on. If he lives up to expectations, this could be a real special season for Towson basketball. Hope you can all make it out to SECU arena this Friday for the season opener.

MY TOP TEN

1. North Dakota State
2. Eastern Illinois
3. Eastern Washington
4. Maine
5. Montana
6. Towson
7. Montana State
8. Sam Houston State
9. Youngstown State
10. Coastal Carolina

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