Towson Hoops Faces Belmont Saturday in Murfeesboro

November 18, 2011 | WNST Staff

Tigers Take on Belmont in “Maui on the Mainland”

Robert Nwankwo Leads Towson Averaging 15 Points & 10 Rebounds Per Game

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Towson will continue its extremely tough non-conference schedule Saturday, Nov. 19 as the Tigers take on Belmont in the opening round of the “Maui on the Mainland” Tournament being held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Towson and Belmont, which is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, will tip off at 2:30 p.m. from the Murphy Center. That game will be followed by Middle Tennessee State taking on UNC Greensboro. The winners will face off in the championship game on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. while the losers will play in the consolation game at 1:00 p.m.

Both Towson (0-2) and Belmont (0-2) have faced all nationally-ranked opponents thus far. The Tigers fell at No. 13 Kansas and at No. 17 Michigan to open the Pat Skerry era while Belmont fell by just one at No. 6 Duke before losing at No. 10 Memphis Tuesday.

The Tigers are led by senior forward Robert Nwankwo, who has started the season off by recording consecutive double-doubles against the Jayhawks and Wolverines. He enters the weekend averaging team-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Belmont is led by sophomore guard JJ Mann and senior forward Mick Hedgepeth. Mann has averaged 15 points per game while Hedgepeth has pulled down 7.5 rebounds per contest through the Bruins’ first two outings.

Saturday will be the first all-time meeting between the squads.