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Marcus Damas scored a season-high 22 points against UMBC.
Damas Leads Tigers Past Local Rival UMBC, 75-60
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 11/26/2013
TOWSON, Md. – Senior Marcus Damas scored a season-high 22 points and Towson shot 50 percent from the field as the Tigers cruised past local rival UMBC, 75-60, on Tuesday night inside SECU Arena.

Towson (4-2), which has won eight straight home games dating back to last season, is off to its best start since opening the 1999-00 season with a 5-2 mark.

Coming off his worst two-game scoring stretch in a Tiger uniform, Damas responded by posting the sixth 20-point scoring game of his career. The forward shot 7-for-11 from the field with four three-pointers, while also grabbing seven rebounds.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon scored all 19 of his points in the second half while shooting 4-for-6 from the floor and 10-for-14 from the free throw line. The Naismith Trophy Watch List selection also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out a career-high tying six assists and blocked a game-high four shots.

Facing double teams early in the game, Benimon assisted on three straight Towson scores as the Tigers raced out to a 10-4 lead just over four minutes into the game. Trailing 20-13, UMBC (2-5) used a 13-5 run to take its first lead at 26-25 with 3:53 remaining in the first half. The Retrievers hit four consecutive shots, including three straight three-pointers during the spurt.

Towson closed the half on a 6-1 run though to take a 31-28 lead into the intermission.

Leading 48-42 at the 11:30 mark of the second half, the Tigers used a 13-4 run to extend their lead to 15 points with just under five minutes to play. Benimon scored seven points during the spurt and his free throw at the 4:59 mark of the second half put Towson up 61-46. UMBC trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

The Tigers held a dominant 45-32 lead on the glass and made a season-high 42 trips to the free throw line. Towson posted 11 blocked shots, just two off the school record.

Senior Rafriel Guthrie came off the bench to score 12 of his 14 points in the first half while also grabbing six rebounds. Freshman Walter Foster corralled a season-high eight rebounds in the win. In his first game as the starting point guard, senior Mike Burwell tied a season-high with three assists.

Chase Plummer led UMBC with 17 points on 5-for-15 shooting. The Retrievers committed just four turnovers in the game, but shot 19-for-66 (28.8 percent) from the floor.

The Tigers improve to 35-20 all-time against UMBC, Towson’s fifth most played opponent in program history.

Towson will next host the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament on November 29-30. The Tigers, who are a perfect 4-0 inside SECU Arena, will take on the Citadel on Friday at 5 p.m. before hosting Abilene Christian on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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