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Basketball, swimming and diving teams earn victories in new year

The women's basketball team has won four games in a row.

The women’s basketball team has won four games in a row.

Women’s basketball remains undefeated in new year

Sophomore Dominique Johnson buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer Sunday afternoon to lift the Tigers to a 66-65 victory over CAA opponent Northeastern. The basket pushed the Tigers win streak to four in a row, dating back to a 67-46 rout of local rival Loyola on Dec. 28. The Tigers also defeated Coppin State on Jan. 4 and Hofstra on the road on Jan. 9.

Towson, now 8-7 on the season, 2-0 in conference play, welcomes James Madison and UNC Wilmington later this week to SECU Arena for a pair of CAA contests. The Tigers tip off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 against the JMU Dukes and at 2 p.m. on Sunday against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks.

Men’s basketball wins conference opener

Senior Jerrelle Benimon recorded his seventh double-double of the season, scoring 20 points to go along with 17 rebounds in the Tigers’ 60-53 win against UNC Wilmington Saturday afternoon. The win was the program’s first CAA victory in SECU Arena. Sophomore Four McGlynn also reached double figures in scoring, tallying 11 points including three 3-pointers.

The Tigers now go on the road for a pair of conference matchups, facing Drexel on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and College of Charleston on Sunday, Jan. 19. The Drexel game will air regionally on Comcast SportsNet, while the afternoon game at Charleston will air nationally on NBC Sports. The Tigers play at home on Wednesday, Jan. 22 against Northeastern.

Swimming and diving teams defeat George Mason

The women’s swimming and diving team remained undefeated this weekend, taking down George Mason by a final score of 235-65. Senior Kaitlin Burke won both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. Jenna Van Camp won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, Charlotte Holz won the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley, and Amanda Barber won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events.

The men’s team also defeated George Mason, earning a 183-115 victory. The men’s team has only one defeat on the season, having not lost a meet since falling to William & Mary on Oct. 19. Saturday’s victory marked the first time since 2003-04 that the men’s team has won nine dual meets in a single season.

“The talent level is a whole lot higher now,” said head coach Pat Mead. “We didn’t have the momentum and drive and competitiveness (in prior seasons) that we have now. They are now believing that they can win.”

Football coach Rob Ambrose signs extension through 2020

After leading the Tigers to their first FCS national championship game appearance, head coach Rob Ambrose has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Towson through 2020.

“It is an honor to serve as the head football coach at Towson University and to be a part of our great community,” Ambrose said. “In the past five years, we have worked hard to be strong representatives of Towson University, the town of Towson, and the city of Baltimore.”

A 1993 Towson graduate and former Tigers wide receiver, Ambrose was named as the Tigers’ fourth head coach prior to the 2009 season. Over the last three seasons, he has guided the Tigers to a 29-10 record that includes a 19-5 CAA record, two CAA championships and two NCAA FCS postseason appearances.

In 2013, Ambrose guided the Tigers to a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game with wins over No. 9 Fordham, No. 2 Eastern Illinois and No. 3 Eastern Washington. Towson consistently ranked high in the NCAA coaches poll, and earned its first win over an FBS team with a 33-18 victory over Connecticut in the season opener.

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