Towson brings own win streak to Loyola Monday night

November 26, 2012 | WNST Staff


Tigers and Greyhounds Meet for 71st Time


BALTIMORE, Md. – The Towson University men’s basketball team will be looking for its third straight win on Monday as the Tigers (3-2) travel to Loyola (Md.) University (5-1) to take on the Greyhounds in Reitz Arena at 7:30 p.m.

The game will mark
 the 71st all-time meeting between Towson and Loyola. It is the Tigers’ longest standing rivalry with any opponent. The Tigers have won four of the last six meetings between the programs.

The Tigers are off to a 3-2 start, their best mark after five games since the beginning of the 2008-09 season when they also started 3-2. Towson has not been 4-2 since the start of the 1999-2000 season.

Towson posted a 3-1 record at the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational, recording wins over Radford, Kennesaw State and Cincinnati Christian. The Tigers lost in overtime to host school Eastern Kentucky. Junior Jerrelle Benimon, graduate student Bilal Dixon and junior Marcus Damas were each named to all-invitational teams at the conclusion of the tournament.

Led by Benimon, the current Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the week, Towson has scored at least 69 points in each of its last four games. The Tigers failed to score more than 69 points in any
game last season.

Monday’s game will mark the sixth game of Towson’s 10-game road swing to start the regular season. The Tigers will travel to UMBC, Vermont, Georgetown and Temple before playing their home opener on December 15.

Loyola, which qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, is coming off a dramatic overtime win at Rhode Island. The Greyhounds lone loss this season came at the University of Washington, an 85-63 at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Seattle.

Dylon Cormier leads the Greyhounds in scoring at 16.8 points per game. Erik Etherly paces Loyola on the boards, averaging 8.0 rebounds per contest. Tyler Hubbard is the current MAAC Rookie of the Week.