SETTING THE STAGE: Towson and James Madison will be playing for the second time in just two weeks as both squads close out their regular season Saturday. The Dukes narrowly escaped with a 58-56 win at the Towson Center on Feb. 11, but they’ve lost three straight since that contest. Towson, which narrowly fell to Delaware on senior day Wednesday, will be looking to pick up its first road win of the season. Tip time is set for 4 p.m. and the game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).
LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Robert Nwankwo registered his 14th double-double of the season and freshman guard Kris Walden netted a career-high 18 points, but it wasn’t enough as the visiting Delaware Blue Hens avoided Towson’s upset bid with a 76-69 victory over the Tigers Wednesday on senior night. Nwankwo, who tallied 12 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, has now posted double-doubles in 10 of his last 13 games. Tiger sophomore Marcus Damas reached the 20-point plateau for the third time this season as the forward netted a team-high 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting.
SCOUTING THE DUKES: James Madison is paced by scoring duo A.J. Davis and Humpty Hitchens. Davis ranks fourth in the CAA averaging 16.4 points per game while Hitchens is close behind in sixth averaging 15.3 points a contest. Hitchens also leads all league players with 79 three-point field goals and he’s fourth in the conference averaging 3.9 assists per game. Along with Hitchens, guard Andrey Semenov is key to JMU’s three-point attack as he shoots 44.6 percent from beyond the arc, a mark that ranks second in the CAA.
WHERE ROB RANKS: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo is quickly moving up both the Towson and CAA record books. After his stellar performance Wednesday, the forward is now just 14 rebounds shy of passing Lawrence Hamm (2002-06) for fourth all-time in Towson history in rebounding. Nwankwo also sits just eight rejections away from moving by Pat McKinley (1973-77) for second all-time in the Towson record books for blocked shots. With 221 career blocked shots, Nwankwo currently places seventh all-time in CAA history having just past Old Dominion’s Cal Bowdler on Wednesday. Nwankwo also has a chance to become Towson’s all-time leader in games played. Entering Saturday’s contest, the senior has played in 117 career games, trailing only Rocky Coleman, who played in 119 games from 2005-09.
OFFENSE IGNITED: Towson scored a season-high 69 points against Delaware on Wednesday. The Tigers shot an impressive 47.1 percent from the field in the second half and their 44-point second stanza was the most points scored in any half this season for Towson. The Tigers’ previous season-high for a game was 66 points in a Jan. 28 win over UNC Wilmington and previous season-high for points in a half was 39 against UNC Greensboro.