PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Despite another eye-opening performance from junior Jerrelle Benimon, Towson couldn't pick up a victory in its 10th straight game away from home, falling to Temple, 72-61, at the Liacouras Center Wednesday night.
Benimon, the current Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week, tallied a career-high 30 points on 14-for-22 shooting and grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds in the loss. The junior has posted double-doubles in four straight games and in six of his last eight contests.
Junior Marcus Damas scored in double-digits for the third time this season as he registered 11 points to go along with six rebounds and a career-high three steals.
Led by Benimon and Damas, the Tigers (4-6) out-rebounded the Owls, 42-20. Towson, which ranks Top 25 in the nation in rebounding margin, has not lost the battle of the boards since the opening game of the season.
Temple (7-1) netted the first five points of the game and led 22-11 midway through the opening half. Towson fought back, using a 15-8 run to cut the Owls lead to four points before entering intermission down 32-26.
Leading 41-37 with five minutes gone in the second half, consecutive three-pointers from Khalif Wyatt and Jake O'Brien pushed the Owl lead back to double-digits
Temple would lead by as many as 16 in the second half until Towson ended the game on a 7-2 run.
Coming off a 90-67 loss to No. 2 Duke, the Owls were led by senior Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, who scored 20 points. He was one of four Owls to score in double figures. Senior guard Scootie Randall added 13 points, all in the second half, to go along with a team-high 12 rebounds.
Towson shot 51.7 percent from the field in the second half and 43.3 percent for the game. The Tigers were hurt though by 19 turnovers, their second most of the season.
Towson controlled the paint, outscoring Temple 40-28. The Tigers shot a season-best 8-for-9 (88.9 percent) from the free throw line, but connected on just one of 14 from beyond the arc (7.1 percent).
Temple had 17 assists on 27 made baskets and committed just eight turnovers.
The Tigers make their long-awaited home debut on Saturday night, hosting North Dakota State in the Towson Center at 7 p.m.