Posts Tagged ‘Towson University’

Get to know your Tiger Athletes: profile on Towson basketball player

April 26, 2010

Towson University’s basketball program boasts one of its top players, Robert Nwankwo. Known as “Big Rob,” this forward for the Tigers from Hyattsville, Md. has an average of 9.9 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game.

The 6″8′ player helped his team’s journey in March 2010 to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship basketball tournament in Richmond. After beating UNC Wilmington 91-74 in the first round, the Tigers lost 86-56 to Old Dominion (ODU would go on to play in the NCAA tournament).

Robert Nwankwo, #25 for the Towson Tigers basketball team.

Nwankwo scored 13 points and had six rebounds during that last game to keep the Tigers alive.  With one more season to go, make sure to keep an eye under the board for Nwankwo to dominate in his upcoming senior season.

Q. How did it feel to win that first big game against UNC Wilmington during the tournament in March?
A. I wasn’t surprised we got the win against them. We were the higher seed so it was expected of us to beat them.

Q. You also received CAA honors at the end of the season; what exactly did you get and what’s it mean for you?
A. I received an award for the “All Defensive Team” and was a vote away from the “All CAA team”… I put in a lot of hard work during the off-season, I guess it paid off in a way haha.

***Nwankwo is the third Tiger to receive these defensive honors from the CAA. Tony Dixon in 2004 and Brian Allen in 2002 were the other two.

Click here to read more about Robert Nwankwo

Dollar dog day at Towson’s baseball game

April 14, 2010

On April 14, Towson University’s student marketing group held “Dollar Dog Day” for the  baseball team as they hosted Bucknell to promote the game to entice students to attend.

Though the Tigers fell to Bucknell 12-3, the hill was full of students cheering on the team.

Students cheer on the Tigers on the hill of Schuerholz Park

Students cheer on the Tigers on the hill of Schuerholz Park on April 14, 2010.

The Tigers started off the game bottom of the 1st when junior Nick Natoli hit a single to bring in teammate Ben Winter who was on third to make the score 1-0.

In the fifth inning, the score 7-1, designated hitter Steven Rice hit a hard drive to center field that came close to making it over the fence; his double got teammate Austin Harclerode to third where he would soon score for the Tigers before the end of the inning.

But the Bison took over the game with their five homers and ended the game in their favor 12-3.

An exciting game nonetheless as the Tigers played great and had a few K’s to keep the students and fans cheering.

But one of the sports marketing interns came up with the idea to help bring those students to the game–bring people back to ‘the hill.’

Today was dollar hot dog day and they sold out despite having bought over 80 dogs.

More ideas to come for more of the sports from the sports marketing group. Look for information from Doc’s army and on facebook from student groups and student athletes.

And don’t forget that the  Towson ball players will be continuing in the action as they face University of Delaware for a 3-game event this weekend. Good luck, Tigers!

David Zirin of the Edge of Sports visits Towson University

April 1, 2010

The voice and mind behind “The Edge of Sports” radio and blog, David Zirin, gave a lecture at Towson University March 30 to a room full of students and faculty.

Zirin also published the book A People’s History of Sports in the United States in 2008 and it covers 250 years of politics, protests and people in the United States surrounding sports and games.

Zirin’s life growing up was centered on sports, so his current lifestyle is no surprise.

“Sports were my whole life, we are talking total sports geekdom. I used to memorize statistics, play strategic baseball–you know before computers–but that’s what we did; geek out on sports,” said Zirin.

Zirin joked with the full lecture hall about the different sports he played growing up.

“I was obsessed with sports and played everything. I was starting center for my basketball team but we sucked; it wasn’t pretty. We were the Friends Seminary Fighting Quakers–gives you an idea of what we were about,” said Zirin.

“I played every sport other than golf which I don’t view as a real sport because I don’t see anything where you can play while smoking and gaining weight as a real sport.”

An incident in 1996 drove Zirin to write his history of sports when it woke him up to the history behind our country and the sports games we play. Click here to read more about Zirin’s talk