Towson Univ off to best start since 1989.

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By: Matt Hamilton, Tyler Beard, Kati Day, Jon Munshaw

Photo illustration by Sarah Hugel/ The Towerlight
Men’s Basketball

“A year after falling short in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, the men’s basketball team has jumped out to a hot start this season, starting the year with an overall record of 4-1.

The Tigers’ only loss this season came when they opened the season against Alabama on the road. After the loss, Towson defeated Morgan State, 51-46, and went on the road over the weekend, defeating Central Connecticut State and Bethune-Cookman at a neutral site in New Jersey as part of the College Basketball Expereince Hall of Fame Classic.

They wrapped up the weekend by taking down Monmouth in overtime as part of the CBE Classic.

Unfortunately for students, they’ll see little of the team before the start of winter break.

They face Goucher on Wednesday, during Thanksgiving break, at home, and their only other game before winter break is on Dec. 3 versus Coppin State.

However, Head Coach Pat Skerry said he hopes to still see students at the games in SECU Arena over winter break.

“There better be students here, we’ve got a lot of in-state students,” he said. “What better thing to do over break than that? We’ve got a great product and a great arena.”

Junior guard Four McGlynn currently leads the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game. McGlynn has led the Tigers in scouring in four out of their first five games and went off for 27 points against Monmouth.

“I think we have a lot of weapons, but [McGlynn’s] clearly playing very well, and we need him to play well,” Skerry said. “He’s taking care of the ball well, and he’s gotten much better off the dribble, he’s strengthened his body. Pound for pound, he might be the strongest guy we have.”

Towson’s success so far has relied on their depth. No one player has played more than 30 minutes a game, and six are playing over 20 minutes.

Against the Monmouth Hawks, sophomore forward John Davis scored 22 points off the bench on 7-for-11 shooting, and graduate forward Alex Gavrilovic added on eight points in 23 minutes.

Skerry said this team is the deepest group he’s worked with in his time at Towson.

“The good thing about being deep is if you have foul trouble or someone gets nicked up they can easily step up,” he said.

Towson has also been stellar at getting to the free-throw line. As of Monday afternoon, it is fourth in free-throw attempts in the NCAA and is fifth in free-throw makes.”