Towson Cruises Past Bloomsburg in Exhibition Opener, 87-65
Entire Starting Five Tallies Double Figures in Scoring for the Tigers
TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University men’s basketball team saw all five starters score in double figures as the Tigers rolled past Bloomsburg University, 87-65, in the exhibition opener for both squads at the Towson Center on Thursday evening.
Junior Mike Burwell led all scorers with 16 points, including 4-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Classmate Jerrelle Benimon filled the stat sheet with 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting, a game-high seven assists and five rebounds.
“We did some things offensively tonight which were not surprising because we have the ability to score,” said Towson head coach Pat Skerry. “Our defense has miles to go. We’re nowhere near where we need to be. I love our guys though and the work and effort that they’ve put in. I think our upside can be pretty good.”
Towson shot 63.0 percent from the field in the first half and 55.9 percent for the game. The Tigers won the rebounding battle 37-27 and dished out 17 assists to just 12 turnovers.
Also in double figures for the Tigers were freshman Jerome Hairston (15), graduate student Bilal Dixon (12) and junior Marcus Damas (10). Dixon did not miss any of the four shots he attempted and also pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.
Sophomore Kris Walden tallied seven points and swiped a game-high tying two steals, while junior Rafriel Guthrie posted five points and six rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
Towson, which never trailed after the 16:20 mark of the opening half, dominated in the paint, 46-22, and led 23-12 in points off turnover.
Lorenzo Christmas led three Huskies in double figures with 16 points to go along with four rebounds.
The Tigers will open up regular season play next at the College of Charleston on November 9. The Cougars won 19 games last season and were picked to finish second in the south division of the Southern Conference.