Jerrelle Benimon posted 24 points and 14 rebounds on Monday.
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Jerrelle Benimon posted 24 points and 14 rebounds on Monday.
Benimon Leads Tigers to 12th Straight Home Win
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 12/30/2013
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TOWSON, Md. – Towson senior Jerrelle Benimon registered his fifth straight double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Tigers to their 12th straight home win, a 72-64 victory against New Hampshire at SECU Arena on Monday night.

Benimon, who has eight double-doubles on the year and 28 in the last two seasons, shot 7-for-10 from the floor and made 10 of 11 from the free throw line. The senior forward has five 20-point games this season, including two straight.

Towson (8-6) is 8-0 inside its new arena and its current 12-game home court winning streak ranks 20th best in the nation.

Senior Marcus Damas was one of four Tigers in double figures with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the floor and 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior Rafriel Guthrie and sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera chipped in 10 points each. Senior Mike Burwell added eight points and a career-high nine assists in the win.

New Hampshire (2-10) was led by Patrick Konan with 25 points and eight rebounds. Frank Okeke added 13 points and Jordon Bronner had 12.

The Tigers raced out to a 12-point lead in the first half as a Burwell lay-in made it 26-14 with 6:06 remaining in the opening period. The Wildcats, who made just five of their first 26 shots, ended the half on a 12-3 run, including two three-pointers in the final 53 seconds to cut their deficit to 29-26 at the intermission.

New Hampshire was up two with 6:39 left in the game, but Benimon's layup and free throw on a foul by Jacoby Armstrong gave Towson a lead it never relinquished. Burwell hit a clutch three-pointer with 59 seconds remaining to put Towson up six and the Tigers made all four of their free throw attempts down the stretch to seal a win in their final non-conference home game of the season.

Towson shot 59.1 percent in the second half and 48.9 percent for the game while committing just eight turnovers, its second fewest of the season. The Tigers also showed well from the free throw line, making 22 of 28 attempts (78.6 percent).

Towson will wrap up non-conference play on Saturday at local rival Coppin State. The game is set to tip at 4 p.m.

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