Benimon's 29 Points Leads @Towson_MBB Past Vermont
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 12/05/2012
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BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon tallied a career-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Towson past Vermont, 68-64, Wednesday evening at Patrick Gymnasium. The Tigers improve to 4-4 and pick up their first true road win of the season, while the Catamounts, a team that won a game in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, falls to 4-3 on the year.

Benimon, who has posted double-doubles in four of his last six games, shot 11-for-15 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free throw line. He also swiped a career-high four steals and handed out three assists in 38 minutes of action.

Junior guard Mike Burwell also scored in double digits with 12 points, including two of four shooting from beyond the arc. Marcus Damas returned from a one game absence due to injury to score nine points, all coming in the second half.

Towson shot 16-for-24 (66.7%) in the first half and led by as many as 11 in the stanza before entering halftime with a 38-33 lead. The 38 points scored was the second most tallied by the Tigers in an opening half this year (39 against Cincinnati Christian).

Vermont used a 26-14 run spanning the halves to take a 45-44 lead at the 12:40 mark of the second period. A Brendan Kilpatrick triple capped the spurt and gave the Catamounts their first lead since the opening basket of the game.

Behind Luke Apfeld’s 15 second half points, Vermont grabbed a six point lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the contest. Trailing 59-54 with three minutes remaining, Burwell connected on a triple and Benimon converted a fast-break lay-in to tie the game at 59.

Vermont regained a two point lead with 1:46 left, but freshman Jerome Hairston swiped steals on consecutive possessions that led to Towson buckets and gave the Tigers a 63-61 advantage with 39 seconds remaining.

After a stop and a pair of Damas free throws to extend the lead to four, the game seemed to be locked up until Vermont’s Trey Blue banked in a three-pointer to make it a one point game with 13 seconds on the clock.

Burwell hit a pair from the line after a Catamounts foul to put the Tigers up 67-64. With six seconds remaining, Vermont’s leading scorer, Sandro Carissimo, attempted a three to send the game into overtime, but it did not drop.

Towson dominated the game in the paint, outscoring Vermont 44-16. The Tigers also converted 26 second chance points and netted 14 fast-break points.

The Tigers are next in action on Saturday at No. 15 Georgetown. The game is set to tip at 12 noon at the Verizon Center.


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