Previewing @Towson_MBB vs. W&M
Courtesy: Mat Schlissel, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 01/08/2013
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The Towson Tigers (7-8, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) are looking for their fourth straight victory on Wednesday night when they face the William & Mary Tribe (7-6, 1-1 CAA) at the Towson Center at 7 p.m.

William & Mary leads the series, 13-10, which includes a sweep of both games last year.

The Tribe opened up this season winning three straight games over Hampton (69-51) at home, Liberty (71-59) and High Point (83-61) on the road. W&M followed that with three straight losses, falling to Miami-Ohio at home, 72-59; to Wake Forest on the road, 63-57; and at Richmond, 86-78, in two overtimes.

The streaky Tribe then won its next four games starting on Dec. 1 with a win over Old Dominion (71-62), followed by Howard at home, Radford on the road and Salisbury at home. On Dec. 29, they were edged by Purdue on the road, 73-66. W&M then lost to Vanderbilt, 64-50, on Jan. 2 and was defeated at home to George Mason, 73-66, this past Saturday.

William & Mary leads the CAA in scoring offense with 68.5 points per game and is third in defense, allowing just 64.4 points per game. The Tribe shoots a sizzling 47.4% percent (first in the CAA) from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, the team allows teams to shoot 40 percent from the field (second in the CAA) and just 26 percent from 3-point range (first in the CAA).

While the Tribe doesn't force a lot of turnovers (11.5 tpg), William & Mary commits just 13.5 per game.

The Tribe is led by sophomore guard Marcus Thornton (6-4, 185), who can flat out do it all. He leads the Tribe in scoring (18 ppg), is second in assists (33), is tied for first in blocks (10) and first in minutes (34.8 per game). Thornton can slash and make it to the line, where he's attempted 179 foul shots and has made 78 percent of them. He can also shoot the three, making 39 percent (32-of-82). He also shoots 46 percent from the field and has 35 rebounds in 13 games.

Senior guard Matt Rum (6-4, 200) is the steadying influence and the leader of the Tribe. He played his high school ball minutes away from the Towson Center at Loyola Blakefield. Rum averages 4.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg and leads the team with 36 assists and just 18 turnovers. He shoots 26 percent from the floor and 26 percent (12-of-47) from beyond the arc.

The third guard is junior Brandon Britt (6-2, 195), who ranks third on the team in scoring at 13.8 ppg. He also leads the team in steals with 17 and shoots 51 percent from the field and 33.3 percent (13-of-39) from beyond the arc.

Up front, redshirt junior Kyle Gaillard (6-8, 220) and junior Tim Rusthoven (6-9, 235) are extremely productive post players. Gaillard averages 9 ppg and 5.8 rpg, while shooting 62 percent from the field and 52 percent (11-of-21) from 3-point range.

Rusthoven ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 ppg in just 26.1 minutes per game. He shoots 58 percent from the field, 71 percent from the line and leads the team in rebounds with 7.0 per game. Rusthoven and Gaillard are both good passing big men, who combine for 51 assists.

The top player off the bench is freshman Terry Tarpey (6-5, 190), who averages 3.8 ppg and shoots 33.3 percent from the field. Junior Fred Heldring (6-9, 245) averages about 13 minutes off the bench while averaging 1.4 ppg and 2.0 rpg with 10 blocks.

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