Bilal Dixon posted 13 points and 13 rebounds on Tuesday night at James Madison.
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Bilal Dixon posted 13 points and 13 rebounds on Tuesday night at James Madison.
| @Towson_MBB Has Four-Game Win Streak Snapped at JMU
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 02/12/2013
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HARRISONBURG, Va. – Junior Jerrelle Benimon and graduate student Bilal Dixon combined for 25 points and 26 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Towson men’s basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 75-70 setback at James Madison on Tuesday night.

The loss drops the Tigers to 14-13 overall and 9-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association standings. James Madison improves to 15-12 overall and 9-5 in league play. The Tigers and Dukes are tied for third-place in the CAA after tonight’s game.

With the win, James Madison avenged a 73-47 loss at Towson on January 19. That 26-point win was Towson’s largest margin of victory against any team since 2007.

The Tigers controlled the glass the entire game, holding a 44-29 rebounding advantage. However, Towson turned the ball over 15 times and shot 5-for-17 (29.4%) from beyond the arc.

James Madison had four players in double figures and shot 46.4 percent from the field to offset its rebounding deficiency. The Dukes also had 15 assists on 26 made baskets and just five turnovers.

The Tigers trailed by as many as eight points in the opening half and after shooting just 37.9 percent from the field, trailed 29-26 at the intermission.

Junior forward Marcus Damas sparked a 10-3 Towson run at the start of the second half. Damas scored seven of the 10 points during the spurt and the Tigers took a 36-32 lead three minutes into the second period.

A jumper by junior Rafriel Guthrie gave Towson its largest lead of the game, a 50-43 advantage at the 10:50 mark.

Trailing 58-57 with just under five minutes left in the game, the Dukes scored seven straight points to go up by six with 2:38 remaining.

Junior Mike Burwell scored six straight Towson points late to cut the JMU lead to 70-68 with 28 seconds left, but Devon Moore connected on eight consecutive free throws in the final 45 seconds to seal the victory for the Dukes.

Dixon finished with 13 points and a game-high tying 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double, while Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 18th double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Damas scored a game-high 19 points and shot 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

A.J. Davis led James Madison with 17 points, while Moore finished with 13 points and 10 assists.

Towson returns to action on Saturday as the Tigers travel to New York to take on Hofstra. The game is set to tip at 4 p.m.


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