For the Tigers' men’s basketball team, last week was memorable. Towson played its first official game in the beautiful new SECU Arena and took care of business by beating Navy 72-45. Towson did this despite the fact the reigning Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon was only 1-of-9 from the field and scored just six points. Not to be forgotten, though, was Jerrelle had 17 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
SECU Arena debut
It was an exciting night for everyone there. You only have a first-ever game in a building, and the Tigers won in style. It was great to see the students out in force and staying for almost the entire game. Four McGlynn made his Towson debut memorable. The sophomore transfer from Vermont nailed five 3-point baskets in just 17 minutes. Rafriel Guthrie led the Tigers with 16 points, and Mike Burwell earned CAA Player of the Week for his 13-point, eight-rebound and three-assist ballgame.
The Tigers then dismantled Morgan State on Tuesday as Benimon led the Tigers with 21 points and 14 rebounds. For the first time since 2006-2007 the Tigers are 2-0. Get this, for the first time since February 17 and 20 of 1992, Towson has won back-to-back games by more than 20 points. This could be a real special team.
If you couldn’t make it to the first two games, you have another shot this week to see the Tigers. On Thursday, the Temple Owls will come to SECU Arena. Coach Fran Dunphy’s squad went 24-10 last year and have won 20 or more games in six straight seasons. I urge everyone to come on out and watch what could be the best Towson team in over 20 years in a gorgeous new building.
By the way, Towson received a vote for the first time in school history in the latest AP Top 25 poll this week.
Tiger football is back
Obviously basketball is not the only major sport going on right now. The Tigers' football team got a well deserved bye this past Saturday. Coach Ambrose and his players practiced for a couple of days last week before getting the weekend off.
Everyone welcomed the break, but they went into their lay-off with the stink of that loss to Delaware a week ago Saturday. However, it’s game week once again and, as always in the CAA, a very difficult opponent is coming up.
On to William & Mary
The Tigers will travel to Williamsburg, Va. to take on the Tribe of William & Mary this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. This could be the most intriguing and most important match-up of the year.
Strength vs. strength
William & Mary comes into Saturday’s game with the best defense in FCS football. The Tribe gives up just 12.2 points per game. That means this will be strength versus strength. Towson comes into Saturday’s game with the 11th-highest scoring offense in the country at 40.3 points per game. Something will have to give. The Tribe is eighth in the nation in rushing defense, teams only average 102 yards per game. Meanwhile, Walter Payton Award candidate Terrance West leads FCS football with 1618 yards on the ground. TWest also leads the nation in scoring with 26 touchdowns.
Towson will come in at 8-2, 4-2 in the CAA. Any hopes for a three-peat of the CAA football championship pretty much went down the drain when Maine held off Albany this past Saturday. The Black Bears are 6-0 in the conference and would have to lose their last two for the Tigers to have a shot. Maine will certainly be a heavy favorite when UM hosts Rhode Island this week.
If you look at all the computer models and predictions from FCS prognosticators, right now the Tigers are borderline to get a seed in the playoffs. You covet one of those top eight spots because they give you a bye in the first round of the championship. A victory over William & Mary this week will certainly put Towson in a very good position to have another bye week Thanksgiving weekend.
TSN's Tiger Football Report
If you want to see what Coach Ambrose thinks about this week’s matchup with William & Mary, don’t forget to watch the “Tiger Football Report.” It’s up on this website every Friday. We also hope you didn’t miss the inaugural “Tiger Basketball Report” this past week. Coach Pat Skerry's show will air every Thursday right here on Towsontigers.com.
Vince Angotti and I will have the Tuesday and Thursday matchups from SECU Arena, and don’t forget, this Sunday, Vince and I will be in Philly to bring you the Tigers taking on Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats. Our broadcast begins at 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Ron Meehan, Zach Maskavich and I will have the call as the football Tigers take on William & Mary on the gridiron this Saturday. Our pregame show begins at 12:30 p.m.
My FCS Top Ten
|1.||North Dakota State|
|7.||William & Mary|
|8.||Sam Houston State|