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TU Faces GW In DC
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Release: 12/07/2010
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The Tigers, in the midst of a fou-game road swing, face their first Atlantic 10 opponent of the season as they tangle with the George Washington Colonials for a 10th time.  

Game 7: Tigers at George Washington

Date/Time

December 8, 2010 | 7:00 p.m.

Location

Smith Center (Washington, D.C.)

Radio

WTMD (89.7 FM)

Live Stats

Available

Live Video

gwsports.com

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Game Notes

IN THE SERIES: The Colonials improved their record against theTigers to 8-1 when they escaped the Towson Center with a 73-69 victory last year. The Colonials scored twice in the final 27 seconds to snap a 69-69 tie and gain their 8th win in their first 10 outings. Towson trailed by 12 points (61-49) with 9:24 left in the game. RaShawn Polk was one of three Tigers in double figures, registering 13 points off the bench. The Colonials won the inaugural game in this series in a shoot out by a 98-85 score in 1980, Towson's first year as a Division I program. Since then the games have been closer. Towson won the second game played in 1981 by 57-56 in the Towson Center but GW has rattled off 7 straight in the series. The Tigers, who are 3-18 all-time against A-10 opponents, last beat an A-10 leaguer in 1993 when they upset Dayton 72-70 on the Flyers' court. The Tigers will close out the 2010 portion of their schedule on December 29th when they face their second A-10 opponent, La Salle, in Philadelphia. The Tigers and Explorers haven't met since 1983.

UPDATING TOWSON: Hofstra used a closing 14-1 run to pull away from a 57-57 tie and go on to beat the Tigers 74-62 to spoil Towson's CAA opener. The game was slow developing.  There were six lead changes and four ties before the Tigers went on an 8-0 run for their biggest lead of the game, 30-23, at the 4:08 mark. A buzzer beating tip in by Braxton Dupree put the Tigers on top 34-29 at the break. Hofstra got off to a faster start at the outset of the second half. Charles Jenkins, the CAA's leading scorer with a (21.7 ppg), tallied five quick points on a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to tie the game at 34-34. He scored 19 of his game high 26 points in the second half. From there Towson kept the Pride at bay until two Jenkins' free throws moved the Pride ahead, 48-46 at the 11:44 mark. The Tigers could not regain the lead but did tie the game twice, at 52-52 and at 57-57 before a 14-1 Hofstra run put it out of reach for the Tigers. Philmore and RaShawn Polk shared scoring honors with 15 points each. Franklin added 12. Dupree was held to 5 points but collected 11 boards. 

UPDATING GEORGE WASHINGTON: George Washington suffered a similar fate to Towson's when the Colonials dropped  a 64-57 decision to Navy in the 16th Annual BB&T Classic. Navy entered Sunday's game riding a string of three straight 80-point performances that included an 89-84 win over Towson. GW sophomore forward David Pellom led the Colonials with an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double, the first of his career, but it wasn't enough as GW shot just 31 percent (18-58) for the game while the Midshipmen shot 45.5 percent (20-44) from the field. It was Navy's long range shooting that proved to be the difference as the Mids, who were 11 of 22 from beyond the arc against the Tigers, sank 11 of their 25 attempts compared to GW's 3-for-22 three-pointers. GW narrowly outrebounded Navy, 38-37. The Colonials are led by 6-1 junior guard Tony Taylor. He's the only GW player averaging double figures (13.0). Pellom is showing the way off the boards with a 6.4 clip. GW has back-to-back wins over Marist (79-59) and Nevada (58-56) and losses to Boston U. (76-67), Hampton (62-51) and UNC Wilmington (73-69) in addition to Navy. The Colonials, picked to finish 10th in the A-10 Preseason Media Poll, have lost 4 straight.


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