SETTING THE STAGE: After playing three of its last four games on the road, Towson returns home Wednesday to face CAA rival William & Mary at 7 p.m. The Tigers are still looking for their first win of the season while the Tribe are looking to win two out of three for the first time all year. The Tigers have won five of their last eight meetings against the Tribe.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo ranks third in the CAA and 38th nationally with 2.3 blocks per game.
RELYING ON ROB: Senior Robert Nwankwo is shooting an impressive 28-for-46 (60.9 percent) from the floor in his last seven games. He is among the CAA’s leaders in scoring (10.8 ppg/24th), rebounding (7.9 rpg/5th), field goal percentage (47.3/7th) and blocks (2.3 bpg/3rd). Nwankwo has led Towson in rebounding in 12 games this season. The forward is currently fourth among active CAA players with 609 career rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT: Playing its fourth game in eight days, Towson shot just 31.0 percent from the floor in a 75-38 loss against two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association Champion Old Dominion Saturday night in front of 7,048 fans at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Towson was burned once again by turnovers as Old Dominion turned 22 Tiger miscues into 37 points. The Monarchs shot 54.7 percent from the field due in large part to a 42-18 advantage in the paint and 18 fastbreak points. Senior Robert Nwankwo led the Tigers with 11 points and tied his season-high with five blocked shots. The forward also pulled down seven rebounds to lead Towson in the category for the 12th time this season. Freshman Deon Jones joined Nwankwo in double figures with 10 while classmate Kris Walden chipped in nine and handed out three assists.
SCOUTING THE TRIBE: William & Mary was picked to finish sixth in the CAA in the preseason, but is off to just a 3-13 overall start with a 1-3 mark in league games. The Tribe give up 72.4 points per game, the most in the CAA. They’ve allowed teams to shoot 46.4 percent from the field against them, a mark that also is last in the league. Freshman Marcus Thornton is the current CAA Rookie of the Week after averaging 19.3 points in three games last week for the Tribe. The guard poured in a career-high 23 points at George Mason. Quinn McDowell, who is second on W&M averaging 11.5 points per game, was Third Team All-CAA a year ago and Presason First Team All-CAA this year.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has limited four of its last five opponents to 65 points or less. The Tigers held No. 23 Virginia to 57 points on Dec. 30.