Towson Hosts Delaware Wednesday on Senior Night

February 22, 2012 | WNST Staff

ON AIR: Wednesday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with John Sadak handling the play-by-play duties and Vince Angotti providing analysis.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers are set to host Delaware, one of the hottest teams in the Colonial Athletic Association, on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Towson Center Arena. The Tigers have lost six straight since topping UNC Wilmington at home on Jan. 28, while the Blue Hens are riding a six-game winning streak. Wednesday will be the final home game for three Towson seniors who will be honored pregame. Wednesday’s game is being sponsored by PNC BANK, the official bank of Towson University.

ROB’S CAREER NIGHT: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo, who has scored in double figures in five straight games, poured in a career-high 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds against New Hampshire on Saturday. In a pair of games last week, the forward averaged 19.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and shot 52.2 percent from the field.

BATTLE DOWN LOW: Wednesday’s game will feature two of the best rebounders in the country. Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins currently ranks fifth in the NCAA averaging 11.2 rebounds per game. Hagins is first in the CAA in both total rebounds and defensive rebounds (8.6/game). Towson senior Robert Nwankwo is fourth in the league averaging 9.6 rebounds and the forward leads all CAA players with 4.2 offensive rebounds per game. Hagins and Nwankwo are also two of the top players in the country in blocks per game. Both are Top 25 nationally in rejections with Hagins averaging 3.0 and Nwankwo recording 2.5 per contest.

SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS: Delaware comes into Wednesday’s matchup with the Tigers as one of the hottest teams in the CAA. The Blue Hens have won six straight and are currently tied for fifth-place in the league standings. Delaware boasts the second ranked scoring offense in the conference, averaging 68.3 points per game. Sophomore Devon Saddler is second in the CAA averaging 18.6 points per game. The Blue Hens have also been solid defensively, rejecting 4.9 shots per game to rank second in the league in blocks. Junior Jamelle Hagins is second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg), but his biggest contributions come on the defensive side of the floor. The forward averages a CAA-leading 11.2 rebounds per game and his 3.0 blocks per game is second in the conference.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo posted his 13th double-double of the season, but a balanced New Hampshire squad outlasted the Tigers to pick up a 72-58 BracketBuster win Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Tigers won the battle of the boards (38-37) for the 10th time in the last 11 games. Towson also committed a season-low eight turnovers, but the Tigers were dominated from beyond the arc. New Hampshire made 10 three-point field goals, including a 6-for-15 shooting clip in the second half, while Towson was only able to hit two of its 17 attempts from deep. Tiger sophomore Marcus Damas had 11 of his 13 points in the second half and now has 20 double digit scoring games this season. The forward handed out a team-high four assists, but missed all eight of his three-point field goal attempts. Freshman Deon Jones put forth a solid effort with eight points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action.

HONORING OUR SENIORS: Prior to Wednesday’s 7 p.m. tip, Towson will honor its seniors. A short ceremony honoring Bryan BlackstoneDeyon CookRobert Nwankwo and four senior managers will take place approximately 10 minutes prior to tip.

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