Jerrelle Benimon scored a game-high 21 points at No. 2/3 Kansas
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Jerrelle Benimon scored a game-high 21 points at No. 2/3 Kansas
Tigers Fall at No. 2/3 Kansas Despite Benimon's 21
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 11/22/2013
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Towson senior Jerrelle Benimon scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but his effort wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell to No. 2/3 Kansas, 88-58, in front of 16,300 fans at Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night.

Benimon posted his third double-double of the season and 23rd in 36 games in a Tiger uniform. The forward shot 9-for-16 from the floor and also dished out a team-high five assists in the loss. Senior Rafriel Guthrie came off the bench to tally 15 points, his third double figure scoring effort of the season.

Freshman Andrew Wiggins led Kansas (4-0) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Four Jayhawks scored in double figures as Kansas shot 60 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from beyond the arc en route to winning its 66th straight home game against a non-conference foe.

Towson (3-2) got off to a quick start with three different players scoring in the first two minutes as the Tigers took a 5-2 lead at the 18:13 mark. Kansas would score the next 11 points though before a Benimon layup cut the Jayhawks lead to 13-7 after six minutes of play.

The Tigers were still within 27-14 with 7:42 left in the opening half, but they only managed one field goal the rest of the half as Kansas used a 22-2 flurry to blow open the game. Towson shot just 20.7 percent from the field and missed all 10 of its three-point tries in the first half.

Trailing 49-16 at the half, Towson picked up its game in the second stanza. Benimon, who’s playing time was limited in the first half due to foul trouble, dominated the second period. The Naismith Trophy candidate posted 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the second half as the Tigers outscored the Jayhawks, 42-39.

Towson shot 51.6 percent in the final stanza and the 42 points allowed by Kansas are tied for the most points the Jayhawks have allowed in a half this season. Guthrie tallied 13 points in the second half, including 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Guthrie and sophomore Four McGlynn combined to shoot 5-for-8 from three-point range in the second half.

Kansas became the first team to outrebound Towson this season, holding a 40-28 advantage. The Jayhawks assisted on 19 of their 33 made baskets and held a dominant 48-28 advantage in points in the paint.

Towson returns home on Tuesday to take on local rival UMBC at 7:30 p.m. inside SECU Arena, where the Tigers are 3-0 this season.


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