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Mike Burwell scored 17 points in the Tigers' win over Hofstra.
Balanced Attack Leads Tigers Past Hofstra, 76-58
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/27/2014
TOWSON, Md. -- Senior guard Mike Burwell led five Tigers in double figures with 17 points as Towson started the game on a 10-0 run and never trailed in a 76-58 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) victory over Hofstra at SECU Arena on Monday night.

Burwell finished with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting, including making both of his three-point attempts. The senior added five rebounds, three assists and three steals to his stat line.

Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to post his 14th double-double of the season, a mark that ties him for the NCAA lead. Senior forward Marcus Damas added 15 points, including the 1,000th point of his college career. In less than three seasons, he became the 23rd 1,000-point scorer in Towson history.

Towson (13-8, 4-2 CAA) held Hofstra (7-14, 3-3), which missed its first seven shots of the game, to just 35.3 percent shooting in the first half. The Tigers scored the first 10 points of the game and would own a 40-29 halftime advantage.

In the second half, Towson gradually pulled away. When Benimon scored on a driving layup with 14:02 left, the Tigers owned a 51-40 edge. Hofstra never got any closer the rest of the way. Benimon’s two free throws with 34 seconds remaining gave Towson its largest lead of the game at 76-58.

Sophomore guard Four McGlynn had a perfect shooting night as he hit all four shots from the floor, including three three-pointers, in an 11-point effort. Senior guard Rafriel Guthrie added 14 points off the bench, including 12 in the first half.

It was just the second time all season (Abilene Christian) that the Tigers had five players score in double figures.

Led by Benimon, the Tigers owned a commanding 47-26 rebounding edge, its best effort against a Division I school this season. Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots for the Tigers while freshman Walter Foster corralled seven boards.

Hofstra was led by senior forward Zeke Upshaw, who scored a game-high 20 points. Dion Nesmith added 15 points for the Pride, who shot 39.3 percent for the game and made only five of 22 three-point field goal attempts.

The Tigers were scheduled to play at UNC Wilmington on Wednesday night but that game has been postponed due to an expected winter storm that will hit the North Carolina coast. No makeup date has been announced.

Towson returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 1 when it hosts Drexel at 4:30 p.m. in SECU Arena. The game can be seen nationally on the NBC Sports Network.


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