TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play its final two non-conference home games of the 2011-12 season this week, starting with a match-up against Manhattan Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action from the Towson Center Arena.
Towson is set to play its final two non-conference home games of the 2011-12 season this week against Manhattan tonight and Vermont on Friday evening. The Tigers are coming off a pair of extremely close losses last week to cross-town rivals UMBC and Coppin State.
LAST TIME OUT:
Towson held Coppin State to just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor, but turnovers and poor free throw shooting hurt the Tigers in a 71-57 loss to the Eagles Wednesday evening. Towson tied a season-high by making eight from beyond the arc, but couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers and nine of 24 shooting from the foul line (37.5 percent). Sophomore Marcus Damas led the Tigers with 16 points and shot 4-for-5 from three-point range. Senior Robert Nwankwo chipped in 15 points while shooting 6-for-8 from the field. Freshman Kris Walden dished out a season-high eight assists, but also turned the ball over nine times.
The Jaspers have won four straight and are undefeated in the month of December. Manhattan is coming off a wire-to-wire 68-59 victory Dec. 10. Junior George Beamon led the Jaspers in scoring for the seventh time this season finishing with 14 points to go along with eight rebounds. Beamon had scored in double figures in 25 straight contests. Manhattan has already exceeded its win total (6) from the 2010-11 season.
Towson and Manhattan have only met once on the hardwood with the Jaspers prevailing at home, 78-62, on Feb. 20, 2010.
PLAYING THE BEST:
In just 10 games this season, Towson has played five teams either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. According to the Pomeroy Ratings, the Tigers have played the second toughest schedule in the CAA thus far.
WHAT’S ON TAP?:
Following tonight’s game, the Tigers will prepare to host Vermont on Friday. The contest against the Catamounts, which will be the final non-conference home game on the 2010-11 season, is set to tip at 7 p.m. Between Christmas and the start of the New Year, Towson will travel south to take on the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.