Towson Battles First Place Drexel Saturday on WNST

February 03, 2012 | WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Ted Sarandis handling the play-by-play duties and Charlie Woollum providing analysis. The contest can also be heard live on WNST-AM (1570) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers are set to host CAA-leading Drexel Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Towson Center Arena. Towson will be looking to win its second straight game at home after upending UNCW last Saturday, 66-61. Saturday’s game is being sponsored by Under Armour, the official outfiter of Towson athletics. The game is also a Pink Out to raise breast cancer awareness.

SERIES HISTORY: Towson knocked Drexel out of the 2009 CAA Tournament, but since then, the Dragons have rattled off six straight wins over the Tigers. Drexel owns a 45-13 all-time record against Towson, incluidng a 19-4 mark on the road. The Tigers and Dragons will be meeting for the 58th time tonight. Towson has only played Loyola (70) and Delaware (66) more often in its history.

SCOUTING THE DRAGONS: After dropping its first two CAA games of the year, preseason CAA favorite Drexel (18-5, 10-2 CAA) has won 10 straight and is part of a four-way tie atop the league standings. Sophomore Frantz Massenat leads the Dragons with 12.5 points per game and his 3.8 assists per game ranks third in the CAA. Drexel boasts the top defense in the CAA, allowing just 54.3 points per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Hofstra scoring duo Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester combined for 47 points to lead the Pride past Towson, 74-49, at the Mack Sports Complex Wednesday evening. The Tigers were led by sophomore Erique Gumbs, who posted 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Senior Robert Nwankwo scored nine points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds and freshman Kris Walden tallied 10 points to go along with a game-high tying six assists.

FRESHMEN IMPACT: Towson freshmen Deon Jones and Kris Walden have been two of the most impactful freshmen not only on the team, but in the CAA. Both have started every game this season and average over 31 minutes per game. Jones is seventh among all CAA freshmen in scoring (7.4 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (4.5 rpg). Jones tied his season-high with 15 points against UNCW last Saturday. Walden leads all CAA freshmen and ranks seventh overall in the CAA with 3.3 assists per game. Walden dished out a season-high eight assists against Coppin State and had seven dimes at Georgia State. As the only point guard on the team, Walden is seventh in the CAA averaging 33.9 minutes per game.

RELYING ON ROB: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo has posted a double-double in five of his last seven games. The senior ranks in the Top 10 in the CAA in blocks (3rd), double-doubles (4th), rebounds (4th) and field goal percentage (10th). He is also quickly moving up in the Towson career record books. Nwankwo is currently fifth all-time in Towson history with 697 career rebounds. He’s 91 boards behind Lawrence Hamm for fourth place. The senior forward has 208 career blocks, the third most all-time in Tiger basketball history. He only trails John James (229) and Pat McKinley (244).

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