Towson Squares Off With Old Dominion Again Wednesday on WNST

January 18, 2012 | WNST Staff

ON AIR: Wednesday’s gams can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: For the second time in 12 days, Towson and Old Dominion will square off on the hardwood. The Tigers will be looking to avenge their loss in Norfolk as the squad’s battle at the Towson Center at 7 p.m.

BLOCK PARTY: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo ranks third in the CAA and 28th nationally with 2.5 blocks per game. The forward blocked a season-high six shots at Georgia State on Saturday and as a team, Towson blocked 10 shots, the second most by any CAA team in a game this season.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has limited four of its last six opponents to 60 points or less. During that stretch, the Tigers held No. 15 Virginia to 57 points on Dec. 30.

DOUBLE FIGURE DAMAS: Sophomore forward Marcus Damas has scored in double figures in nine of his last 12 games and ranks in the Top 20 in the CAA in both scoring and rebounding.

SCOUTING THE MONARCHS: Old Dominion is currently tied atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a 10-8 overall record and a 5-1 mark in league games. Current CAA Player of the Week and preseason player of the year selection Kent Bazemore, leads the Monarchs averaging 14.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The senior tallied a career-high 27 points at Delaware last Wednesday. Senior Chris Cooper leads the CAA with 10 double-double’s. Senior Trian Iliadis tallied a team-high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting to lead the Monarchs to a 69-61 victory against Hofstra this past Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Robert Nwankwo exploded for 17 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and four steals, but it wasn’t enough as Georgia State held off Towson, 57-42, at the GSU Sports Arena last Saturday. The double-double for Nwankwo was his fifth of the season and 14th of his career. The senior also passed former Tiger Junior Hairston for sixth all-time at Towson with 630 career rebounds. The Tigers shot just 25.0 percent from the floor in the game, its second worst shooting performance of the season. Despite the poor shooting, Towson was only outscored 24-22 in the tightly contested second half. Freshman point guard Kris Walden, who leads all CAA rookies in assists per game, dished out seven dimes in the loss.