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Temple trip wraps road swing Wednesday for Towson

Posted on 11 December 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON CONCLUDES 10-GAME ROAD SWING AT TEMPLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Tigers Seeking .500 Record During Season-Opening Road Trip


PHILADELPHIA Pa.
 – The Towson men’s basketball team will conclude its 10-game road swing on Wednesday as the Tigers travel to the Liacouras Center to take on the Temple Owls.

The game is set to tip at 7 p.m.

The Tigers (4-5) are coming off two of their best efforts of the season last week as they defeated defending America East champions Vermont (68-64) on Wednesday before narrowly falling at No. 15 Georgetown (46-40) on Saturday.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week yesterday after averaging 20.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in those contests. Benimon has registered a double-double in five of his last seven games.

Freshman guard Jerome Hairston (9.8 ppg) is second on the team in scoring and tops the team in assists (23) and steals (19). Junior guard Mike Burwell (9.2 ppg), junior forward Marcus Damas (8.3 ppg) and graduate student Bilal Dixon (7.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg) round out the Tiger starters.

Temple (6-1) is coming off its first loss of the season, a 90-67 setback against No. 2 Duke.

The Owls, under the direction of seventh-year head coach Fran Dunphy, are led be the play of senior guards Scootie Randall (15.1 pgg) and Khalif Wyatt.  Besides topping the team in scoring, Randall also leads Temple in rebounding (7.1 rpg.), three-pointers (15) and minutes played (35.7 mpg). Wyatt (13.9 ppg) paces the Owls and ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in assists, averaging 4.6 per game.

Temple has won both all-time meetings against Towson, with the squad’s last meeting on Dec. 6, 2007 in Philadelphia.

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Towson wraps busy weekend with blowout win over Cincinnati Christian

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON MEN’S BASKETBALL ROLLS PAST CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN, 79-40, FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

Junior Mike Burwell Leads Four Tigers in Double Figures with 18 Points

 

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Towson men’s basketball team posted its second straight wire-to-wire win with a dominate 79-40 win over Cincinnati Christian University in the final game of the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational on Monday afternoon. The Tigers, who defeated Radford on Friday and Kennesaw State on Sunday, posted a 3-1 mark during the tournament.

With the win, Towson improves its overall record to 3-2, its best mark after five games since the start of the 2008-09 season when the Tigers also started 3-2.

The 39-point margin of victory Monday was Towson’s largest since a 122-58 win over Buffalo on March 7, 1992.

Junior Mike Burwell led four Tigers in double figures with 18 points. The guard scored in double figures for the second consecutive game, netting three three-point field goals in each contest.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon registered his second double-double of the season with 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting and a game-high 11 rebounds. The forward/center added six blocked shots to his stat line in just 22 minutes of action.

Junior Marcus Damas (12) and sophomore Kris Walden (10) also scored in double digits, while junior Jerrelle Benimon posted nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in 21 minutes.

For the third straight game Towson got off to a hot start and after a Jerome Hairston jumper four minutes in, the Tigers led 7-0.

Leading 16-11 midway through the opening period, Towson tallied 13 of the next 17 points and the Tigers would lead by 20 at halftime.

Towson scored the first seven points of the second half to go up 46-19 and the Tigers would lead by as many as 42 in the second half. Towson held Cincinnati Christian to just five second half field goals in a dominating defensive effort.

The Tigers shot 56.6 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle for the fourth straight game, 46-22. Towson held the Eagles to just 16.7 percent shooting in the second half and 24.1 percent for the game.

All 13 Tigers played in the game, with 12 of them scoring

Towson will return to action on Monday, Nov. 26 at local rival Loyola. Tip time from Reitz Arena in Baltimore is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Burwell, Hairston lead Towson past Goldey-Beacom in exhibition finale

Posted on 12 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Defeats Goldey-Beacom College in Exhibition Finale

Junior Mike Burwell Tallies Team-High 16 Points in Win

TOWSON, Md. – Four Tigers scored in double figures to lead the Towson University men’s basketball team to a 72-64 win over Goldey-Beacom College in an exhibition game Monday night at the Towson Center.

Towson, which never trailed in the game, shot 50.0 percent from the field and saw nine different players score.

Junior Mike Burwell led the Tigers with 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting with a pair of three-point field goals. Freshman Jerome Hairston tallied 15 points, including six in the final five minutes to keep the Tigers ahead.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon posted 13 points and grabbed a team-high tying six rebounds, while junior Rafriel Guthrie also scored in double figures with 11 points to go along with four steals.

Towson raced out to an early lead by scoring the first 10 points of the game with Dixon and Burwell each netting four points during the run. The Tigers clamped down defensively, holding Goldey-Beacom to just 23.1 shooting in the opening half.

A three-pointer from the left wing put the Tigers up by 21 with 2:13 remaining in the period and the home team would go into the intermission with a 34-17 lead.

Leading by 18 after a three from Hairston at the 17:24 mark of the second half, Goldey-Beacom began to chip away. The Lightning scored the next 11 points with Keith Thomas hitting three-pointers to ignite and cap the run.

Towson got its lead back to double digits on a Marcus Damas jumper midway through the half, but Goldey-Beacom did not go away. The Lightning tied the game at 53 on aJordan Thorpe jumper with 6:22 remaining, but they could never grab the lead.

The Tigers scored 19 of the next 28 points to seal their second exhibition win of the season.

A.J. Picard
led the Lightning with 17 points and he was joined in double figures by Thomas (16) and Thorpe (15).

The Tigers dished out 14 assists and committed just nine turnovers while limiting Goldey-Beacom to just four assists and 15 turnovers. Six different Towson players accounted for 10 total steals.

Towson shot 46.2 percent from beyond the arc, but just 52.2 percent from the free throw line.

The Tigers will next play in the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational, hosted by Eastern Kentucky University. Towson will play four games in four days, starting with a matchup with Radford on Friday at 8 p.m.

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