Kris Walden dished out a season-high five assists on Saturday.
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Kris Walden dished out a season-high five assists on Saturday.
| @Towson_MBB Outlasts Hofstra For 15th Win
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 02/16/2013
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The Towson men's basketball team used a hot-shooting second half to defeat Hofstra, 57-50, at the Mack Sports Complex Saturday afternoon. The victory gives Towson (15-13, 10-5 CAA) its first 15-win season since 2006-07.

The Tigers, who are currently alone in third-place in the CAA standings, shot 12-for-18 (66.7%) in the second half and 51.2 percent for the game. Towson has shot 50 percent or better in four of its last five games.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon scored a game-high 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Classmate Marcus Damas netted 11 points and hauled in eight rebounds, while Rafriel Guthrie and Timajh Parker-Rivera came off the bench to combine for 14 points and nine rebounds.

Towson, which has won five of its last six games, is now 6-2 in CAA road games this season. The Tigers have won 11 total games away from home this year, their most since the 1976-77 season. With 10 conference wins, Towson has guaranteed itself its first winning league record since going 11-7 as members of the North Atlantic Conference during the 1995-96 season.

Hofstra made just two field goals in the first eight minutes of the game and Towson raced out to a 14-4 lead. In a low scoring first half, the Tigers scored just one point in the final seven minutes, but still owned a 21-19 lead at the intermission.

The Pride used a 10-2 run to start the second half to take a 29-23 lead, their largest of the game. Spanning the halves, Towson went 9:10 without a field goal.

The Tigers found their shooting touch though, putting together a 23-6 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 46-35 lead with 7:03 remaining. Towson made eight of 12 shots during the spurt and Benimon had eight pivotal points in the run as the Tigers took their largest lead of the game.

Hofstra would never seriously threaten the rest of the way.

The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for Towson against Hofstra and it was the Tigers first road win against the Pride since Feb. 25, 2002.

Hofstra (6-20, 3-10 CAA) was led by Stevie Mejia’s 13 points and four assists. The Prides leading scorer, Taran Buie (13.5 ppg), was held scoreless on 0-for-11 shooting while being guarded predominantly by Tiger junior Mike Burwell.

Towson dominated the glass once again, holding a 41-25 rebounding advantage. The Tigers also had 14 assists on 21 made baskets. Sophomore Kris Walden dished out a season-high five assists and freshman Jerome Hairston had four dimes.

Towson will need to win just one of its final three games to guarantee its first winning season since 1995-96. The Tigers return home on Saturday, February 23 to take on Drexel. It will be the second-to-last game played at the Towson Center Arena.

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