ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Bob Neal handling the play-by-play duties and legendary Towson coach Vince Angotti providing analysist. The CAA clash can also be heard live on WNST with Spiro Morekas calling all the action.
SETTING THE STAGE: Towson returns to the road Saturday to take on a 12-win Georgia State squad that is currently tied for first in the CAA standings. The Tigers are still seeking their first victory of the season while the Panthers won a school-record 11 games in a row earlier this season.
TIGHT GAMES: In recent years, the series between Towson and Georgia State has been extremely competitive. Two of the last five meetings have went into overtime and four consecutive games have been decided by single digits, including a narrow three-point win by the Panthers a year ago.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has limited five of its last six opponents to 66 points or less. The Tigers held No. 16 Virginia to 57 points on Dec. 30.
PASS THE ROCK: Tiger point guard Kris Walden leads all CAA freshmen and ranks ninth in the league in assists per game. Walden is averaging 3.1 dimes per contest.
LAST TIME OUT: Towson scored the first six points of the game and led for most of the first half before William & Mary rallied in the final 11 minutes to hand the Tigers a 66-49 loss Wednesday night at the Towson Center. A trio of Tigers scored in double figures, led by sophomore Marcus Damas’ 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Senior Robert Nwankwo chipped in 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks while freshman Deon Jones netted 10 points for the second consecutive game. William & Mary’s Quinn McDowell scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second half and was integral during a 16-0 Tribe run which broke open a tie game late in the second half.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Georgia State, picked to finish 11th in the CAA in the preseason, is currently tied for first in the league with conference wins against Drexel and at VCU. The Panthers won a school-record 11 games in a row after dropping their first three of the season. Georgia State boasts the CAA’s top scoring offense at 69.8 points per game. Four Panthers average 9.8 points per game or more, led by Devonta White’s 13.1 poitns a contest.