Towson was the preseason favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association. Delaware was a game better in the regular season. So which team is the favorite at this weekend's CAA tournament at Baltimore Arena?
In his second year as a Tiger, Rafriel Guthrie is the second-leading scorer on the Colonial Athletic Association's second-best team, and he will be integral to how far Towson goes in the CAA tournament, which begins this weekend. On Saturday, Towson will face seventh-seed James Madison in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m.
Before Towson's Senior Night matchup with William and Mary on Saturday at SECU Arena, Tigers coach Pat Skerry nearly came to tears while addressing his four seniors, who helped the program rebuild itself after a 1-31 record two seasons ago.
Despite missing all of last season to injury, Raymond came out firing on all cylinders, leading her team with four goals and an assist during the victory. Ashleigh Rohrback, the co-Colonial Athletic Association player of the year, added two goals and three assists for the Tigers.
Towson's men's basketball team is approaching one of its toughest stretches of the season, as the Tigers' next two games are against the two other top squads in the Colonial Athletic Association: at William & Mary on Saturday, and home against Delaware on Monday.
Towson entered the game on a two-game losing streak mainly because of its struggles beyond the arc. The Tigers showed much more confidence with their outside shooting and turned up the pressure on defense, cruising to a 76-58 victory over the Pride
Much as it did Wednesday night against Northeastern, Towson erased a big halftime lead by Colonial Athletic Association leader Delaware on Saturday afternoon, but the Tigers again came up short, 83-76, in Newark, Del.
Dominique Johnson was on her way to a youth basketball tournament nearly 10 years ago in Hershey, Pa., when she spoke on the phone with her brother, Josh, a former student at Laurel High who had moved out of the area.
The host Tigers could not solve the Huskies' zone defense or Scott Eatherton and sophomore guard David Walker canned a deep 3-pointer as time expired to give the Huskies a 57-54 win before an announced 1,177 at SECU Arena in Towson.
Facing a UNC Wilmington team intent on shutting down Towson's outside shooters, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association player of the year stepped up with 20 points — including 16 in the second half — and 17 rebounds, as the host Tigers held off UNC Wilmington, 60-53, before an announced 1,750.
With the Colonial Athletic Association tournament slated to take place at Baltimore Arena in March, the Tigers' mission is to be crowned close to home. That mission begins Saturday against UNC Wilmington (6-11 overall and 0-2 in the conference) at SECU Arena in Towson.