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| @Towson_MBB Closes Towson Center With Historic Win
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 03/02/2013
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TOWSON, Md. - Junior Jerrelle Benimon scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Tigers (18-13, 13-5 CAA) closed down the Towson Center with a historic 67-64 victory over Hofstra before a crowd of 4,119 on Saturday afternoon.

By posting their 18th win of the season, the Tigers completed a 17.5 game improvement over last year’s team that finished 1-31. Mercer posted a 17 game turnaround during the 2002-03 season and that was matched by UTEP the following year. The two have shared the record until today.

Towson finished with its most victories since going 21-9 in 1993-94. The victory also enabled the Tigers to clinch second-place in the CAA, their highest finish in a conference since 1993-94 when they won the Big South Conference title.

Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 20th double-double of the season and ends the year with 346 rebounds, the most ever by a Tiger since moving to Division I in 1979. The Lou Henson Award finalist and CAA Player of the Year candidate ends the season leading the Tigers in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks.

Playing before a season-high crowd that included former coaches Vince Angotti and Terry Truax and dozens of basketball alumni, the Tigers rallied from a 10-point first half deficit to pull out the win.

Trailing 55-53 at the 4:17 mark of the second half, the Tigers went on a 9-0 run to take a 62-57 lead with 1:08 remaining. Hofstra cut the Towson lead to four twice and then hit a three-pointer to pull within 67-64 with just over a second left.

The Tigers then turned the ball over while attempting to inbound the ball, giving Hofstra one last shot to tie the game. However, Stevie Mejia launched a three-pointer at the buzzer that fell short.

Junior Marcus Damas and freshman Jerome Hairston scored 17 points apiece, while junior Rafriel Guthrie added 10. Hairston dished out a game-high four assists.

Towson completed its fourth season sweep of an opponent by topping Hofstra. The Tigers also swept Drexel, UNC Wilmington and Delaware. It’s the first time in 27 seasons as members of the same conference that Towson swept Drexel, Hofstra and Delaware.

Graduate students Bilal Dixon and Bryan Blackstone played the final college games of their career tonight. The duo was honored during a pre-game ceremony.

Towson ends its season winning 14 of its final 19 games. The Tigers return four of five starters next season as they’ll move into the state-of-the-art Tiger Arena this spring.


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