SETTING THE STAGE: Towson will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since March 2010 as the Tigers travel to New York to take on Hofstra. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex and the game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).
FAMILIAR FOE: Towson and Hofstra will be meeting for the 55th time Wednesday evening. The Tigers have only played Loyola (70), Delaware (66) and Drexel (58) more often in their history.
STREAK BUSTERS: Towson broke it’s NCAA record 41-game losing streak this past weekend against UNCW, but the Tigers have other steaks they are still attempting to bust. A win against Hofstra would mark the first time Towson has won two straight since topping Delaware on Feb. 27, 2010 and then defeating UNCW in the CAA Tournament on March 5. The Tigers last conference road win occurred on Feb. 24, 2010 at William & Mary.
WHERE ROB RANKS: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo is ranked both nationally and in the CAA in a number of categories. His career numbers are also climbing up latter’s in both Towson history and in the conference. After Nwankwo’s 12 points, 11 rebound, 3 blocked shots performance in the win over UNCW, the senior is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Those numbers rank him 17th nationally in blocks and 46th in the country in rebounding. In the CAA, Nwankwo places third in blocks, fourth in rebounding, ninth in field goal percentage (45.4), 21st in scoring and second in offensive rebounding. The forwards nine double-double’s this year ranks fourth in the CAA and 29th nationally. His 11 10-plus double digit rebounding efforts is the third most of any CAA player. In his career, Nwankwo’s 689 rebounds is the third most among all active league players.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots as the Tigers snapped their NCAA record 41-game losing streak with a 66-61 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNC Wilmington at the Towson Center on Saturday afternoon. One of four Tigers to score in double figures, Nwankwo preserved the win with two seconds remaining when he blocked a three-point field goal attempt by freshman guard Adam Smith. Towson freshman Deon Jones grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He sealed the victory by connecting on two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining. The victory was the first career win at Towson for Coach Pat Skerry. En route to scoring a season high 66 points, the Tigers were led by Marcus Damas, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. Jones matched his career high with 15 points while making five of seven shots from the floor. Sophomore Erique Gumbs shot 5-for-10 from the field and scored 11 points with eight rebounds. Led by Nwankwo, the Tigers outrebounded UNCW by a 41-29 margin, the fifth straight game in which the Tigers outrebounded their opponents.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE: Hofstra (7-16, 1-10 CAA) has lost three straight games and nine of its last 10 overall. The Pride boast the CAA’s leading scorer in Mike Moore, who enters Wednesday’s game averaging 19.3 points per game. Hofstra is one of just three schools in the conference to have two players that rank in the Top 10 in the scoring race. Nathaniel Lester is ninth in the league scoring 13.8 points per game.