Towson spent over a month on the road and is playing its first regular season home game on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Towson Center against North Dakota State at 7 p.m.
The Bison, who play in the Summit League, are off to an 8-3 start. They are 4-0 at home, with wins over Mayville State (73-40), Valley City State (93-47), Omaha (95-51) and North Dakota (72-52).
Outside of Fargo, the Bison are 4-3, with neutral court wins over Youngstown State (83-80 OT) and James Madison in the Progressive Legends Classic in Pittsburgh. They also defeated Duquesne (57-43) and Morehead State (69-57) on the road. Their three losses came at Indiana (87-61), Green Bay (74-59) and Minnesota (70-57).
The Bison return four starters from a 17-14 team that also finished 9-9 in the Summit League.
The Bison average 71.4 points per game, while allowing just 58.6 points per game. They shoot 46% from the field, 73% from the line and a sizzling 40% from the three-point line. They hold their opponents to just 37% from the field and just 30% from beyond the arc. They also outrebound their opponents by 3.1 boards per game.
North Dakota State is led by junior guard Taylor Braun (6-7, 205), a first-team All-Conference player last season. Braun averages 15.8 ppg and 6.1 rpg to lead the team, while also adding 36 assists (32 turnovers) and 18 steals. He shoots 43% from the field and 46% (21-46) from beyond the arc.
Sophomore guard Lawrence Alexander (6-3, 175) adds 10 ppg and leads the team with 37 assists (30 turnovers), adding 12 steals. He shoots 40% from the field and 35% (10-29) from beyond the arc.
Freshman Kory Brown (6-4, 190) averages 24.6 mpg, while shooting 46% from the floor. He averages 4.8 ppg and 3.1 rpg, while shooting 88% from the line.
Up front, junior TrayVonn Wright (6-7, 180) is a tremendous athlete and terrific defender. Wright averages 8.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg, while leading the team in blocks with 18. He shoots 44% from the floor and 29% (8-of-28) from the three-point line.
Junior Marshall Bjorklund (6-8, 240) is the man in the middle and the key to the North Dakota State attack. He averages 11.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg, while shooting 67% from the floor and 73% from the line.
Junior Mike Felt (6-3, 185) is the top player off the bench. He is an outstanding three-point shooter, who averages 21 mpg. He averages 9.9 ppg, shoots 40% from the floor and 42% (30-71) from beyond the arc. Another valuable reserve is redshirt freshman Chris Kading (6-8, 220). Kading averages 6.8 ppg and 4 rpg, and is second on the team in blocks with 13. He shoots 61% from the floor and 68% from the line.