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Jerrelle Benimon tallied 21 points and 14 rebounds on Tuesday.
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Jerrelle Benimon tallied 21 points and 14 rebounds on Tuesday.
Benimon Leads Tigers Past Morgan State, 95-75
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 11/12/2013
TOWSON, Md.  – Senior Jerrelle Benimon led four Tigers in double figures with 21 points to go along with 14 rebounds and six assists as the Towson men’s basketball team cruised past Morgan State, 95-75, on Tuesday night inside SECU Arena.

The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Towson has also won back-to-back games by 20 or more points for the first time since February 1992.

The 95-point output for the Tigers is the most points scored in regulation by a Towson squad since a 96-92 win at Delaware on Jan. 14, 1992.

Joining Benimon in double figures were seniors Rafriel Guthrie (20) and Marcus Damas (17), and sophomore Jerome Hairston (12). Guthrie, who has scored 36 points off the bench in two games this season, shot 6-for-7 from the field and also grabbed five rebounds in the win.

The Tigers distributed the basketball extremely well tonight, assisting on 17 of 28 made baskets. Benimon set a new career mark with six dimes and Hairston tied his career-high with five assists. Towson was also stellar from the free throw line, shooting 16-for-18 in the first half (88.9 percent) and 30-for-39 (76.9 percent) for the game. Benimon went 11-for-13 from the charity stripe while Guthrie shot 7-for-9.

Towson started the game off hot, connecting on 10 of its first 13 field goal attempts. A traditional three-point play by junior Jamel Flash capped the hot start and gave the Tigers a 36-23 lead with 7:43 remaining in the opening stanza.

Morgan State (0-2) cut Towson’s lead to 43-31 with just over three minutes left in the first half, but the Tigers scored the final five points of the period to go into the intermission with a 48-31 advantage.

Damas scored Towson’s first six points of the second half to give the Tigers a 54-34 lead with 16:23 remaining. The Bears cut their deficit to 72-53 at the 8:31 mark of the second half, but Towson used a 10-0 run to take a commanding 29-point lead (82-53) and never looked back.

Senior guard Justin Black led Morgan State with a game-high 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting. The Bears shot 30-for-70 (42.9 percent) from the field.

Towson shot 28-for-49 (57.1 percent) from the field and 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from beyond the arc. The Tigers once again dominated in points of the bench, holding a 34-16 advantage over Morgan State.

Towson will wrap up a three-game homestand on Thursday as the Tigers welcome Temple to SECU Arena. The game, set to tip at 7:30 p.m., can be seen live nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

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