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Pat Skerry, Towson host Autism Awareness Night


Autism affects one in every 55 children in the United States. Towson coach Pat Skerry, while leading a silently awesome surge in the Colonial Athletic Conference, knows exactly what this feels like. He 3-year-old son, Owen, was diagnosed with Autism nearly two years ago.

Skerry’s story can be found here from’s Jeff Goodman. A well-done piece.

As a result, the Tigers will host Autism Awareness night tonight when Towson takes on UNC-Wilmington. Several autism groups will be in attendance to distribute information about autism and Towson players were wear custom shoes from Under Armour in blue — the color of autism awareness — and Seahawk players will wear pins in honor of the night as well.

You can’t ever go wrong with a night that speaks out and raises awareness against a disorder that affects so many. Hope it does a lot to help combat the cause.

It also is great to see it getting some publicity, paired with the season that the Tigers are having. They’ve already surpassed last season’s win total, by 10, sitting at 11-12 right now, 6-4 in the CAA.

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Ex-Duke guard, Marshall assistant Chris Duhon suspended after arrest

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Marshall assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended by the university after he was arrested on a charge of aggravateddrunken driving early Monday morning.

Duhon, who is currently in his second season at Marshall, was booked into the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, West Virginia, at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, according to the Herald-Dispatch.

The athletic department released a statement saying that Duhon had been suspended later on Monday.

Duhon was a member of Duke’s 2001 National Title team. He played for the Blue Devils from 2000-2004 and spent nine years in the NBA with the Bulls, Knicks, Magic and Lakers.

North Carolina’s Marcus Paige to play on Tuesday

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No. 9 North Carolina will be at full strength when they host No. 2 Maryland on Tuesday.

“He’ll play,” head coach Roy Williams said on ESPNU’s college basketball podcast. “Unless something weird happens today in practice. He practiced Friday and Saturday.”

Paige was an Preseason All-American, but he broke a broke a bone in his right — non-shooting — hand prior to the start of the season. Prior to the 2014-15 season, Paige was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year, but he had a disappointing year as he spent the majority of last season battling a variety of injuries, from plantar fasciitis to sprained ankles.

He missed the first six games of this season with the hand injury, including UNC’s loss at Northern Iowa last week.