Tigers Travel To Hofstra For Rematch
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Release: 01/05/2010
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Game 13: Tigers Travel To Hofstra


January 6, 2010 | 7:00 p.m.


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The Tigers (3-9, 0-3), playing their third game in six days, travel to Hempstead where they'll face the Hofstra Pride (8-7, 1-2) in a CAA league rematch Wednesday night. Following this game the Tigers stay on the road, meeting the Dukes of James Madison in Harrisonburg on Saturday night. Listen to all the action on WTMD Radio (89.7 FM).

THE MATCHUP: The Tigers have a chance at revenge as they face Hofstra for the second time in the first CAA rematch of the season. This is the 52nd meeting between the two schools with Hofstra ahead 32-19. The Pride handed the Tigers their worst loss of the season, 84-64, back on December 5th when Miklos Szabo scored a career high 22 points on 11 of 14 shooting. The Pride owns a 32-19 lead in this series. Sixteen of the games in the series have been decided by five points or less. Since 1996 when Towson and Hofstra were both members of the America East Conference, the Pride is 25-6 against the Tigers. After the Tigers beat the Pride 74-56 in Hempstead in 1996, Hofstra rattled off 11 straight wins in the series until Towson put a halt to the streak with a 61-60 win in Hempstead that ended the 2001-02 regular season. Hofstra won both encounters last year, beating Towson 90-79 in the Towson Center and 71-68 in Hempstead. The loss at home stopped a six-game winning streak the Tigers had going. It was Hofstra's highest scoring game of the last two years. The Pride won the rematch, rallying for the win on their home court.

TOWSON FALLS TO PRE-SEASON FAVORITE: Old Dominion, the pre-season favorite to win the CAA title this year, jumped off to a 7-0 lead and was never headed in handing the Tigers an 87-71 loss in the Towson Center this past Monday night. The Monarchs led by as many as 13 in the first half. The Tigers made several runs early in the second half, closing the gap to two points twice (38-36 and 47-45) before a decisive 15-3 run in the second half resulted in an insurmountable 17-point deficit for Towson. The Monarchs used a strong inside game to claim their victory, their 21st win in the 22-game series and their 8th against no defeats in the Towson Center. ODU outrebounded the Tigers 44-23. Robert Nwankwo, the CAA's leading rebounder, led the Tigers with a team high 18 points on 8-10 shooting from the floor and 8 rebounds. Josh Thornton, the league's top 3-point shooter, added 13 points while Jarrel Smith chipped in with 11 points. Towson has been outrebounded 186-125 for a margin of -15.3 over the last 4 games.

WANTED AN UPSET: Despite career highs of 20 points by Chaz Williams plus a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds by Halil Kanacevic Hofstra bowed 67-63 at George Mason on Monday night. With the win, George Mason remained the only unbeaten team (3-0) left in league play.  A Kanacevic foul shot gave the Pride its final lead at 53-52 with 4:31 to go, but Hofstra couldn't catch George Mason the rest of the way. Charles Jenkins, the leading scorer in the CAA with an 18.6 average, was held to 11 points, six rebounds and six assists for Hofstra. Hofstra held a 41-30 edge on the boards, led by 12 from Kanacevic, which tied his career high set against Kansas on opening day. Kanacevic's 16 points eclipsed his previous high of 12, also set against Kansas, while Williams' 20 points broke his personal best of 14 points, set against St. John's and matched against Davidson at the Holiday Festival. The loss dropped the Pride to 1-2 in the league and 8-7 overall.

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