Junior Jerrelle Benimon posted his second straight double-double Sunday.
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Junior Jerrelle Benimon posted his second straight double-double Sunday.
Benimon Leads @Towson_MBB Past Kennesaw State, 69-63
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 11/18/2012
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RICHMOND, Ky. – Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon registered his second straight double-double with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Towson University men’s basketball team to a 69-63 victory over Kennesaw State on the third day of the 2012 Comfort Suites Classic.

The Tigers, who improve to 2-2 on the year, never trailed in the game and led by as many as 15 points.

Benimon, who also posted a double-double against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, shot five of nine from the field and added five assists, three blocks and a steal to his stat line.

Freshman Jerome Hairston tallied a season-high 15 points on five of eight shooting, while junior Rafriel Guthrie was in double digits for the second straight game with 12 points. Junior Mike Burwell was the fourth Tiger in double figures with 11 points, including a trio of three-point field goals.

For the second straight game Towson scored the first five points of the contest and a tip-in by Guthrie at the 11:37 mark would put the Tigers up 15-6. Towson increased its lead to 12 with less than four minutes remaining in the opening half on a Benimon three-point play, one of three the junior had in the game.

Kennesaw State (1-4) got to within eight on a tip-in by Aaron Anderson moments later, but the Tigers ended the final 1:41 on a 9-2 run, and a Guthrie three-pointer at the buzzer sent Towson into the intermission up 36-21.

Trailing 40-27 in the second half, the Owls scored 10 of the next 11 points to get to within four at the 11:40 mark.

With Towson leading by six three minutes later, Bilal Dixon made a lay-up and Burwell hit his third triple of the game to bump the Tiger lead back into double figures.

Kennesaw State cut its deficit to six at the 3:44 mark of the second half, but the Owls would get no closer.

Towson shot 52.9 percent in the second half and 50.0 percent for the game. The Tigers won the rebounding battle for the third straight game and outscored KSU 28-18 in the paint.

Markeith Cummings led three Owls in double figures with 13 points.

Towson will play its fourth game in four days on Monday against Cincinnati Christian University. The game, set to tip at 1 p.m., will be the final contest of the tournament.


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