Mike Burwell scored a career-high 23 points on Saturday.
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Mike Burwell scored a career-high 23 points on Saturday.
Tigers Grab Big Road Win at William & Mary, 85-70
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 02/15/2014
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Senior Mike Burwell scored a career-high 23 points and classmate Jerrelle Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 17th double-double as Towson picked up an 85-70 win at William & Mary on Saturday.

The victory gives the Tigers (17-9, 8-3) sole possession of second-place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) standings. Towson will host first-place Delaware, which is 11-0 in league play, on Monday inside SECU Arena.

Burwell, who scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half, shot 8-for-13 from the field and made a career-high five three-pointers. Benimon finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. The senior scored his 1,000th career point in a Tiger uniform early in the second half. He's just the 24th player to score 1,000 career points at Towson and he's just the fifth to do so in two years.

Towson shot 53.6 percent from the floor, held a 37-27 rebounding advantage and had 13 assists to just six turnovers.

After falling behind 9-6 early, the Tigers used a 10-0 run to go up 16-9 at the 10:40 mark of the first half. Leading 18-14 moments later, Burwell hit consecutive three-pointers and Benimon converted a traditional three-point play during a 9-2 spurt that gave Towson an 11-point lead at 27-16.

After Towson’s lead ballooned to 12 (30-18), William & Mary scored six straight points before going into halftime down 41-34.

The Tribe quickly got back into the game in the second half by scoring 11 of the first 15 points, including a 9-0 run that tied the game at 45-45. William & Mary grabbed a 62-59 lead after an Omar Prewitt lay-in with 9:19 remaining. That matched the Tribes largest lead of the game.

Towson controlled the game from that point. The Tigers scored eight straight points and went on a 20-3 run to go up 79-65 with 1:17 remaining. Sophomore Four McGlynn hit three-pointers on back-to-back Tiger possessions and scored all 11 of his points in pivotal 2:14 span.

Senior Marcus Damas, who scored seven points on 3-for-3 shooting, hit a free throw with 46 seconds remaining to put the Tigers up 85-69, their largest lead of the game.

Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera also set a new career-high in scoring with 12 points to go along with five rebounds. Freshman John Davis made both of his shots and finished with five points.

Brandon Britt came off the bench to lead William & Mary (15-9, 7-4 CAA) with 16 points. Junior Marcus Thornton, who entered Saturday averaging a CAA-leading 20.0 points per game, was held to just six points on 1-for-14 shooting.

Towson shot 7-for-16 from beyond the arc and made 18 of 22 from the free throw line. The Tigers owned a 40-26 advantage in points in the paint.

Towson has reached the 17-win plateau at its earliest point in a season since 1977-78. The Tigers’ 8-3 start is its best ever since joining the CAA in 2001.

The Towson-Delaware game on Monday is set to tip at 7 p.m. and can be seen nationally on the NBC Sports Network.


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