Towson Hosts 2011 Final Four Participant VCU Wednesday on WNST

January 25, 2012 | WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson and Virginia Commonwealth will both be playing their third game in five days tonight. The Tigers, coming off a pair of competitive games at CAA-leading George Mason Saturday and at Delaware Monday, are still seeking their first victory of the season. The Rams finished fourth in the CAA a year ago, but were one of three league schools to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Once there, VCU went on a remarkable run all the way to the Final Four. This season, the Rams are off to a 16-5 record with a 7-2 mark in league play. The Tigers and Rams will meet again in just two weeks in Richmond.

CRASHING THE BOARDS: Towson has outrebounded its opponents in three consecutive games, including matchups against Old Dominion and George Mason, which both rank in the Top 5 of the CAA in rebounding margin. Towson has been especially aggressive on the offensive glass, corralling 37.0 percent of its offensive misses, a mark that ranks second in the league. The Tigers are one of just three CAA teams (Drexel, Georgia State) to have three players rank in the Top 20 in the league in rebounding. Senior Robert Nwankwo and sophomores Marcus Damas and Erique Gumbs are each in the Top 20 with Nwankwo ranking fourth in the league at 8.7 rebounds per game. Early in the season, Towson outrebounded Kansas, which is ranked No. 5 in the latest national polls.

DOUBLE FIGURE DAMAS: Sophomore forward Marcus Damas has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 14 games and ranks in the Top 20 in the CAA in both scoring and rebounding. Damas tallied 19 points at George Mason Saturday and posted a game-high 16 points at Delaware Monday to lead the Tigers in scoring in both contests.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson trailed by just two at halftime, but Delaware outscored the Tigers 38-21 in the second half to capture a 62-43 CAA victory Monday evening at the Bob Carpenter Center. Senior Robert Nwankwo was just one point shy of his fourth consecutive double-double as the forward scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Nwankwo also blocked two shots to become just the third player in Towson history to block 200 career shots.

SCOUTING THE RAMS: Virginia Commonwealth has won five straight games since dropping back-to-back league contests against Georgia State and Drexel earlier this month. The Rams are led by senior Bradford Burgess and sophomore Juvonte Reddic. Burgess leads VCU in scoring with 13.0 points per game while Reddic averages 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. The Rams are among the leaders in the CAA in both scoring offense (67.7 ppg) and scoring defense (59.0 ppg).

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