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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2011
Towson University turned over its moribund basketball program to Pat Skerry on Monday, giving the Pittsburgh assistant a five-year contract -- on a three-year timetable -- to perform resuscitation. "The judging point will be three years from now," Mike Waddell, Towson's new athletic director, said from Houston, where he and Skerry agreed to terms. "Where are we then, and will we be better off than we were three years before?" Waddell's three-year vision is tied to the opening of Towson's $68 million arena for the 2013-14 season.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Towson has extended men's basketball coach Pat Skerry's contract an additional year,  through the 2019-2020 season, the school announced Friday. Skerry signed an extension through 2018-19 before last season. The terms of his contract will remain the same with the additional year being added on. The Tigers are coming off their best season as a Division I team, having finished  25-11 and 13-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Towson lost in the conference semifinals but won  two road gamesin the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, beating USC Upstate and East Tennessee State.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
For a guy who just lived through a 1-31 season in his first year as a Division I head coach, Pat Skerry seems oddly optimistic. But for the second-year Towson men's basketball coach, staying positive is a surprisingly easy thing to do. Just steps away from his second-floor Towson Center office, construction continues on the state-of-the-art Tiger Arena , which is scheduled to open Aug. 1, 2013. Skerry says he couldn't be happier about the support his program receives from the athletic department and the university's administration.
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Sports Digest | April 17, 2014
Colleges Towson gets combo guard Ivory from Baton Rouge CC Combo guard Josh Ivory , who played for Baton Rouge Community College last season, has transferred to Towson and will play for the Tigers starting in 2014-15, coach Pat Skerry announced Wednesday. Ivory, 6 feet 2, 195 pounds, is a native of Alexandria, La. He played at Cleveland State in 2012-13 and has two years of eligibility remaining. More Towson men's basketball: Senior guard Mike Burwell has been invited to the Portsmouth Combine Top 80 Free Agent exposure camp, which runs today through Saturday at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The combine allows college seniors who have exhausted their eligibility and current professionals the opportunity to exhibit their athletic ability and basketball prowess in an environment that incorporates combine testing, skill development, and competitive games.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Towson has extended men's basketball coach Pat Skerry's contract an additional year,  through the 2019-2020 season, the school announced Friday. Skerry signed an extension through 2018-19 before last season. The terms of his contract will remain the same with the additional year being added on. The Tigers are coming off their best season as a Division I team, having finished  25-11 and 13-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Towson lost in the conference semifinals but won  two road gamesin the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, beating USC Upstate and East Tennessee State.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Winning on the road is never as simple as it seems, as the Towson men's basketball team has learned. All six of the Tigers' (9-6) losses this season have occurred on the road, and Saturday's 81-79 win over Coppin State was their first road win of the season. As dire as the team's 1-6 record away from home might sound, coach Pat Skerry hopes those games have prepared his players for Colonial Athletic Association play, which begins Saturday at 2 p.m. when North Carolina-Wilmington (6-10)
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2011
Pat Skerry is in a perpetual rush these days at Towson University. If he isn't recruiting a prospect who can make the basketball team better, he's interviewing a strength-and-conditioning coach who can make it stronger. If he's not doing those things, he's texting his coaching staff to ensure that all plans are in motion. "I'm a big text guy with the staff," the Tigers' new coach said. "Are we doing this? Are we doing that? Everything has to be perfect. The reality is, it's not going to be, so we've got to figure out how to make it perfect.
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By Pete Barrett and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
When his son Owen was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, Pat Skerry did not believe it. "I thought it was way too early," the Towson men's basketball coach recalled. "It could have been other things. I was not really accepting of it. " His wife, Kristen, knew otherwise. "She is the one who moved the chains on it," Skerry said. "She was really good about things, saying, 'What are we going to do next? How are we going to attack this?' She has been a superstar with it. " Now, almost four years later, Owen is increasingly more communicative and his father has grown a movement to raise awareness and funds for a once-unfamiliar cause.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
That 3-0 start the Towson men's basketball team got off to seems like a distant memory now. Wednesday night's 76-67 loss at Oregon State was the third in the last four games for the Tigers (7-5), who trailed by 21 points midway through the second half before keeping the final score respectable. Coach Pat Skerry said he appreciates the effort he has seen from the players but also noted that the team needs to pay more attention to the details that can determine the outcome. “We're not doing the little things for long enough stretches yet,” he said Thursday as the team traveled from Corvallis, Ore., to Fargo, N.D., for Saturday night's game at North Dakota State.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Many people know Towson's senior trio of forwards Jerrelle Benimon, Marcus Damas and guard Mike Burwell. John Davis, Marquis Marshall and Walter Foster may not be as familiar, but they could be nearly as important. The three are part of a freshman class the Tigers (10-6, 1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association) are leaning on to contribute off the bench. Davis, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound forward, has scored at least six points in three straight games and has nearly as many offensive rebounds (16)
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Sports Digest | April 10, 2014
Colleges Guard Marshall leaving Towson basketball program Freshman guard Marquis Marshall , the son of former Connecticut star and NBA journeyman Donyell Marshall , is leaving the Towson men's basketball program, coach Pat Skerry announced. "Marquis informed me today that he is leaving the Towson basketball program and will be looking for another school to continue his college career," Skerry said. "Marquis is a hard-working kid that played an important role on us winning 25 games this year.
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March 28, 2014
Murray State pulled away in the second half to advance to the College Insider.com Tournament semifinals, beating Towson, 85-73, Thursday night in a quarterfinal in Murray, Ky. The Racers (21-11) will play host to Pacific (18-15) next Tuesday, with the winner moving on to the April 3 title game against Yale or VMI. Towson (25-11) led 39-36 at the half, with guard Mike Burwell and forward Jerrelle Benimon combining for 29 points. However, the seniors managed a total of just nine after the break as the Tigers couldn't maintain their momentum in their third consecutive CIT road game.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2014
It was going to be Jerrelle Benimon's show. Towson's star forward knew it, his coach knew it and much of the announced crowd of 4,051 at Baltimore Arena probably sensed it as well. Seeking to advance to its first-ever Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship game and take the next big step in the program's revival, second-seeded Towson trailed William and Mary throughout Sunday night's second half. “It's about to get ugly,” Benimon, the two-time CAA Player of the Year, shouted to no one in particular as he ran back on defense after converting a difficult shot with 12:01 left.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
Towson's story was neatly summarized on the black T-shirts players wore during warm-ups. “Started from the bottom,” the shirts said in block lettering, along with “1-31,” the team's record two seasons ago. Left unsaid was that this moment - the second-seeded Tigers' opening game in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament Saturday night at Baltimore Arena - offered the promise of the next significant step in their ascent. Towson hadn't won a CAA tournament game in four years until it wore down foul-riddled James Madison and prevailed, 80-71, behind 18 points by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon and four 3-pointers and 21 points by sophomore guard Four McGlynn.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
Pat Skerry didn't sound surprised that sophomore guard Four McGlynn had his best game in a Towson uniform in Saturday night's Colonial Athletic Association tournament quarterfinal victory over James Madison. As the Tigers coach reminded the media, the Vermont transfer has won a conference tournament before and played two games in the NCAA tournament. McGlynn also had the advantage of having been in Baltimore Arena previously, though for a far different reason than basketball.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Pat Skerry has spent the past 30 minutes pacing the perimeter of the court, tossing out gentle pointers in his New England-inflected patter. One of his Towson Tigers fires an ill-conceived pass that ends up rattling among the seats at SECU Arena. The third-year coach abruptly morphs into a different animal. "Instead of acting like little kids, let's execute 'Hook' correctly," he bellows, referring to one of his team's plays. "Guard!" he barks after a subsequent defensive lapse.
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By Matt Bracken, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
When the Providence coaching staff decided last spring that Bilal Dixon didn't fit into its plans for the 2012-13 season, the 6-foot-9, 245-pound center quickly thought of one guy he'd like to play for in his last year of eligibility. "[Pat] Skerry was my man," Dixon said of Towson's second-year coach, a former Friars assistant. "My freshman year I redshirted [at Providence], and Skerry was the head coach of the redshirting squad. He let me play my game. We used to go at it. " Never mind that Dixon fielded inquiries from several high-major schools interested in adding a battle-tested Big East veteran at the 5. Never mind that Dixon had never heard of Towson before Skerry got the coaching job there one year before.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Towson coach Pat Skerry confirmed Tuesday morning an ESPN.com report that starting point guard Jerome Hairston is no longer part of the men's basketball program. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team prior to the Tigers' 75-60 win against UMBC on Nov. 26 and had not played since. Although he had averaged 5.0 points and 1.8 assists per game in five starts, Hairston will not return this season, Skerry said in a conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association.
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By Paul Tierney, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
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. It didn't matter for Towson that, on paper, the game was meaningless. As Jerrelle Benimon and the rest of the Tigers senior class walked to center court for senior ceremonies, Delaware was putting the finishing touches on its victory over the College of Charleston, locking Towson into the No. 2 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, which begins March 7, and stripping them of a chance at an automatic berth to the National Invitation Tournament.
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By Pete Barrett and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
When his son Owen was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, Pat Skerry did not believe it. "I thought it was way too early," the Towson men's basketball coach recalled. "It could have been other things. I was not really accepting of it. " His wife, Kristen, knew otherwise. "She is the one who moved the chains on it," Skerry said. "She was really good about things, saying, 'What are we going to do next? How are we going to attack this?' She has been a superstar with it. " Now, almost four years later, Owen is increasingly more communicative and his father has grown a movement to raise awareness and funds for a once-unfamiliar cause.
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