TOWSON, Md. - The 2013-14 school year was filled with plenty of thrills on the courts, the fields and in the pool for the Tigers. Over the next several weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, TowsonTigers.com will reveal the top 10 moments as voted on by members of the athletics staff.
The top 10 continues with a big-time performance from men’s basketball against a big time opponent.
No. 8 – Every team dreams of having that chance to prove they can hang with the most storied programs in their sport. To play with and beat a team with a history that has been on the national stage before.
On November 14, the men’s basketball team got that chance as a tough Temple squad came to SECU Arena for a game that was nationally televised on the NBC Sports Network. The Owls are the sixth winningest program in Division I men’s basketball history, trailing only Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair. The largest lead of the period was eight points by Temple, 34-26 with 1:30 to play. Towson closed the stanza on a 5-2 run but Temple still owned a 36-31 lead heading into intermission.
The teams continued to battle into the second half as Temple held a 53-45 advantage with 11:11 to play in the game.
Towson used a 7-0 run to take a 57-56 lead at the 7:01 mark on a steal and breakaway layup by senior Marcus Damas.
Temple went 3-for-5 from the foul line over the next several minutes to take back the lead, 60-57, with 5:37 remaining in the contest.
Back-to-back buckets from senior Jerrelle Benimon and sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera gave Towson back the lead for good. The Tigers pushed their lead to 66-60 on a bucket from Benimon with 3:04 remaining.
A 5-2 run pulled Temple to within three, 68-65 with 1:13 left to play in the game.
Towson went 7-for-8 from the foul line in the final 30 seconds to hold off a late run by Temple and secure the 75-69 victory.
Benimon led all players with a career-high 32 points, 21 of which came in the second half, while also grabbing 10 rebounds. Damas added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers. To read the complete recap of the game, click here.
Check back on June 19 to see what moment number seven is.