Tigers Fall in CAA Road Opener at Drexel
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/04/2012
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Towson has faced two teams that are ranked in the Top 20 in the nation in scoring defense in its lasts three outings, but the Tigers saw drastically different results in each of those games. Last week at No. 23 Virginia, Towson played perhaps its best game of the season and lost by just seven on the road to a Top 25 opponent. Wednesday, however, the Tigers struggled to score from the opening tip and dropped a 60-27 decision on the road at Preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite Drexel.

Virginia ranks second in the nation, giving up 50.3 points per game while Drexel leads the CAA and is 18th nationally, allowing 57.6 points a contest. Timely shooting and patience on offense allowed the Tigers to be competitive with the Cavaliers, but Towson (0-15, 0-3 CAA) went ice cold Wednesday and shot just 21.6 percent for the game against the Dragons.

Drexel (9-5, 1-2 CAA) played solid half court defense while mixing in some press, forcing the Tigers into 15 turnovers. Preseason All-CAA First Team selection Samme Givens led the Dragons with 18 points on seven of eight shooting. Drexel’s physical play also led to the Dragons owning a 39-18 advantage on the boards.

Sophomore forward Marcus Damas, who had scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games, led the Tigers with six points and a season-high three blocks.

Drexel scored the first 11 points of the game to race out to a big early advantage. Towson missed its first seven shots of the game and did not net its first points until a Deon Jones lay-in at the 13:50 mark.


Midway through the first half Towson stepped up its defensive effort and held the Dragons without a field goal for 6:42. The Tigers went on a 6-2 run during the time span with Erique Gumbs scoring a pair of buckets to cut the Drexel lead to 16-8.

Drexel, which held Towson to just 21.1 percent shooting in the opening stanza, scored nine of the final 13 points to go into halftime with a 25-12 lead.

The Dragons continued their momentum into the second half, scoring the first 17 points of the period to put the game out of reach.


The lowest scoring total in Towson history occurred in 1932 when the Tigers mustered just 16 points against American.

Towson remains on the road Saturday as the Tigers travel to two-time defending CAA Champion Old Dominion. Tip time from Norfolk, Va. is set for 7 p.m. 


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