Towson Visits VCU Wednesday Night on WNST

February 08, 2012 | WNST Staff

ON AIR: Wednesday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Greg Burton handling the play-by-play duties and Rodney Ashby providing analysis. The CAA clash can also be heard live on WNST with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling all the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers will take on a VCU squad that has won nine straight games and sits atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings. By the end of Wednesday night, Towson will have played each of the top four teams in the league standings twice.

MR. DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Towson senior forward Robert Nwankwo has registered double-doubles in six of his last eight games and now has 10 on the year. Nwankwo’s 10 double-doubles ranks fourth in the CAA and 25th in the nation.

MARVELOUS MARCUS: Sophomore forward Marcus Damas has been playing his best basketball as of late. Damas, who ranks in the Top 20 in the CAA in scoring, rebounding, three-point field goal percentage and minutes played, is averaging 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in his last three games. He’s the only Towson player to score over 20 points in a game this season with his 25-point effort against George Mason in December and his career-high 26-point game against Drexel this past Saturday.

KRIS ASSIST: Tiger freshman Kris Walden dished out a season-high 10 assists against Drexel on Saturday and the point guard now ranks fifth in the CAA averaging 3.6 assists per game. Walden averaged 9.0 points, 8.0 assists and 2.5 steals in a pair of games last week. The freshman also ranks 13th in the league in steals and seventh in minutes played.

SCOUTING THE RAMS: VCU has won nine straight games, including a 67-42 win over the Tigers in the Towson Center just two weeks ago. Senior Bradford Burgess leads the Rams in scoring at 12.2 points per game. Junior guard Darius Theus leads the league dishing out 4.8 assists per game while freshman guard Briante Weber paces the conference in steals with 2.4 per contest. VCU boasts the second ranked scoring offense in the league (67.7 ppg) and the third best scoring defense (59.0 ppg allowed). The Rams also lead the CAA with 9.9 steals per game.

OFFENSIVE GLASS: Wednesday’s game will matchup two of the top three offensive rebounding teams in the CAA. VCU averaged 13.2 offensive boards per game which is good enough for second in the league. Towson is just behind in third with 13.0 offensive rebounds per game and the Tigers rank second in the CAA grabbing 37.2 percent of their offensive misses. Towson is one of just two teams in the conference (Georgia State) to have three individuals rank in the Top 20 in the league in rebounding (Nwankwo, Damas, Gumbs).

LAST TIME OUT: Led by sophomore Marcus Damas, who scored a career-high 26 points, Towson flirted with a remarkable upset before Drexel escaped the Towson Center with a 65-57 victory on Saturday night. Damas hit a season-high six three-pointers on 11 attempts and his 26 points were the most scored by a Tiger this season. Towson shot 40 percent from beyond the arc against a Drexel defense that entered the game as the nation’s top three-point field goal percentage defense (25.3 percent). The Dragons had also won 17 straight rebounding battles until the Tigers controlled the glass, 34-30, tonight. Despite Towson’s efficiency from beyond the arc and on the glass, Drexel won its 11th consecutive game.

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