TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team is set to play its final non-conference home game of the 2011-12 season against Vermont Friday 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.
TIGER UPDATE: Towson will play its final non-conference home game of the 2011-12 season tonight against Vermont. The Tigers are led by senior Robert Nwankwo, who averages 12.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Tonight’s game will complete a stretch where Towson played five of six at home. Fans should be on the lookout for a special visitor at tonight’s game as Santa Claus will be in attendance!
LAST TIME OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo fell just short of his fifth double-double of the season with a career-high tying 19 points and nine rebounds, but his performance wasn’t enough as Manhattan overcame an early nine-point deficit to top Towson, 81-62, Tuesday evening in the Towson Center. Towson scored a season-high 62 points and won the rebounding battle (33-25) for the sixth time this season. The Tigers also shot a season-high 75.8 percent (25-for-33) from the free throw line, but were hurt severely by 23 turnovers that led to 28 Manhattan points. Nwankwo recorded a season-high eight field goals on just 11 attempts while also blocking three shots and swiping a pair of steals. Freshman Jervon Pressley returned from a one-game absence to score a season-high nine points and classmate Kris Walden netted seven points and turned the ball over just once.
SERIES HISTORY: Towson and Vermont have played 16 times on the hardwood with both squads winning eight times. The Catamounts won the last meeting between the teams, 59-57, at home on Nov. 24, 2007.
SCOUTING VERMONT: The Catamounts, who are playing their second straight road game tonight, come in with a 5-7 record. Vermont topped Fairleigh Dickinson, 71-53, on Wednesday to snap a five-game losing streak. Four McGlynn leads the Catamounts in scoring at 11.5 points per game while coming off the bench. Vermont is paced on the boards by Brian Voelkel, who averages 8.0 rebounds per game. The Catamounts defeated CAA opponent Old Dominion, 65-63, in Norfolk on November 23.
REBOUNDING WITH THE BEST: Towson out-rebounded Manhattan by a 33-25 margin Tuesday evening. The Tigers have won the rebounding battle in six of 11 games this season and lead the CAA by corralling 40.7 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities.
WHAT’S ON TAP?: Towson returns to the road Friday, Dec. 30 at ACC foe Virginia. The Cavaliers are currently ranked No. 24 in the nation and boast a 10-1 record. The Tigers will then resume CAA play on January 2 against Northeastern at the Towson Center. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.