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

November 12, 2012 | 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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