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Jerrelle Benimon scored 25 points in a win over Drexel.
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Jerrelle Benimon scored 25 points in a win over Drexel.
Benimon Leads Tigers Past Drexel, 75-73
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 02/01/2014
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TOWSON, Md. -- Senior Jerrelle Benimon scored 20 of his game-high 25 points in the second half as Towson (14-8, 5-2) won its second straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game with a 75-73 victory over Drexel (11-10, 3-5) before a crowd of 3,870 in SECU Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Benimon, who shot 8-for-12 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the free throw line, posted his 11th 20-point game of the season as the Tigers shot 57.5 percent from the field, their second best shooting game of the season.

Senior Rafriel Guthrie tallied 18 points off the bench for his fifth straight game in double figures and classmate Marcus Damas scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half.

In a game that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes, neither team led by more than seven points. Trailing 17-10 early on, Drexel used a 10-0 run to gain a 20-17 advantage with 7:32 remaining in the first half. That would be the Dragons largest lead of the game.

Towson scored nine of the final 13 points of the first half to go into the intermission with a 33-30 advantage. After Drexel fought back to take a 50-48 lead midway through the second half, the Tigers used a 10-3 spurt to go ahead 58-53 with 6:31 remaining. Towson wouldn't trail the rest of the way.

The Tigers clinched the win when Four McGlynn made two free throws with seven seconds left, giving them a 75-70 advantage. Kazembe Abif's three-pointer at the buzzer cut the final deficit to 75-73.

In the second half, Towson shot 66.7 percent from the field and made 17 of 20 free throw attempts to hold off a Drexel rally. The Tigers made 26 of 31 (83.9 percent) free throws for the game and held a 38-20 advantage in points in the paint.

Frantz Massenat led four Drexel players in double figures with 18 points to go along with five assists.

Saturday's game was part of National Autism Awareness day throughout college basketball. Tiger head coach Pat Skerry, who's youngest son is on the autism spectrum, and Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint were among over 100 coaches that wore the blue "Autism Speaks" pin on their suit jackets to raise awareness for the disease.

Saturday's crowd was the second largest of the season inside SECU Arena.

Towson returns to action on Tuesday as the Tigers host defending CAA Champion James Madison. The game, set to tip at 7 p.m. can be seen on Comcast SportsNet.


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