Towson Hosts UNC Wilmington Saturday in CAA Clash

January 28, 2012 | WNST Staff

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

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers welcome UNC Wilmington to the Towson Center Arena today for a CAA clash. The Seahawks have dropped five of  their last six games after starting 3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Tigers are coming off a 67-42 loss at home to VCU and will be playing their fourth game in eight days. Towson and UNCW are two of the best squads in the CAA in offensive rebounding. The Tigers average 13.0 offensive rebounds per game and rank second in the league by grabbing 36.9 percent of their offensive misses. The Seahawks corral 34.7 percent of their missed shots, a number that ranks fifth in the conference. Saturday’s game is being sponsored by the University Store.

THIEVERY:
The Tigers had a season-high 13 steals against VCU on Wednesday. It was the second time this season Towson had double figures in steals. Freshman point guard Kris Walden led Towson with a season-high four steals while senior Robert Nwankwo and freshman Deon Jones each had three thefts.

DOMINATING THE BOARDS: Towson won the rebounding battle against VCU, 40-35, Wednesday night. It was the fourth straight game in which the Tigers outrebounded their opponent. Towson’s opposition in that stretch included George Mason, VCU and Old Dominion, all of which are in the top-four of the CAA standings. 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. Nwankwo ranks fourth in the league at 8.9 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson was upended by VCU on Wednesday, 67-42. Forward Robert Nwankwo continued his stellar play for the Tigers as the senior recorded his eighth double-double of the season and his fourth in the last five games. Nwankwo scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Freshman Deon Jones just missed his second double-double of the year, tallying nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS: UNC Wilmington is coming off back-to-back losses against two of the top teams in the CAA. After topping William & Mary on the road, the Seahawks fell at George Mason, 67-61, Monday before getting beat at home by Old Dominion, 53-48, on Wednesday. Junior Keith Rendleman leads the league in rebounding with 11.0 boards a game and his 15.2 points a contest ranks seventh. Freshman Adam Smith is sixth in the CAA with 15.5 points per game.

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