SETTING THE STAGE: After a tough two-point home loss to James Madison, Towson will look to rebound on the road Tuesday as the Tigers travel to Northeastern. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from Matthews Arena and can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).
AMONG THE CAA’S BEST ON THE GLASS: After owning an impressive 49-19 rebounding advantage against James Madison on Saturday, Towson now ranks third in the CAA with a +1.6 rebounding margin per game. The Tigers have outrebounded eight of their last nine opponents, a span that includes games against Drexel, VCU (twice), George Mason and Old Dominion (the top four teams in the conference). On the offensive glass, Towson has been even more impressive. The Tigers average 13.5 offensive rebounds per game and grab 38.7 percent of their missed shots. Both of those numbers rank second among CAA teams.
IMPROVING FROM THE LINE: Towson shot 19-for-25 from the free throw line against James Madison on Saturday. The 76 percent shooting clip is the best of the season from the line for the Tigers. Senior Robert Nwankwo has been perhaps the most-improved Tiger from the charity stripe. The forward has made 12 of his last 18 attempts after starting the year shooting just 47.4 percent from the line. Nwankwo leads Towson with 85 made free throws.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: After a hot start in CAA play, Northeastern has dropped four straight and six of its last eight. The Huskies, who topped Towson, 57-48, on January 2, has an 11-14 overall record and a 7-8 mark in league games. The Huskies are led by Jonathan Lee, who averages 14.2 points per game. In addition to Lee, who ranks ninth in the CAA in scoring, Northeastern has seen stellar play from rookie Quincy Ford. The freshman averages 11.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He exploded for 21 points in Northeastern’s last game, a road loss against William & Mary.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite outrebounding James Madison by a remarkable 49-19 margin and rallying from an 18-point deficit, Towson dropped a 58-56 Colonial Athletic Association battle to JMU on Saturday. Senior Robert Nwankwo posted his 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Nwankwo’s prior season best in rebounds was 14 at UMass. Sophomore forward Marcus Damas scored in double digits for the 18th time this season. He finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Damas, who is among the CAA leaders in three-pointers made, shot three of eight from beyond the arc.
UP NEXT: Towson will play in its BracketBuster game on Saturday, Feb. 18 at New Hampshire. The game is slated to tip at 3 p.m. from Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham, N.H.