Jerrelle Benimon posted 29 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday.
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Jerrelle Benimon posted 29 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday.
Tigers Fall to Hot-Shooting North Dakota State
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 12/21/2013
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FARGO, N.D. – Towson senior Jerrelle Benimon posted 29 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth consecutive double-double, but the Tigers couldn’t overcome a hot-shooting North Dakota State team in a 90-82 loss at the Bison Sports Arena on Saturday night.

North Dakota State, which has won seven of its last eight games to improve to 9-4, shot 72 percent in the second half and 55.8 percent for the game. Taylor Braun and Marcus Bjorklund each scored 28 points for the Bison.

Benimon shot 13-for-24 from the field en route to tallying his fourth straight double-double. Sophomore Four McGlynn made five of his six shot attempts, including three triples for 16 points. Senior Mike Burwell registered all 12 of his points in the second half, while sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera recorded a career-high 11 points for the Tigers.

“North Dakota State is very good, make no mistake about that,” said Tiger head coach Pat Skerry. “They made some tough shots tonight and they showed there’s a reason that they won at Notre Dame. There are no moral victories for us, but I do think we got better tonight. This was a tough loss in a hostile environment against a very good team, but if we have this type of effort night in and night out, we’ll be right where we want to be."

Towson (7-6) shot 56.7 percent in the second half and 49.2 percent for the game while committing just 11 turnovers, its second fewest of the season. However, the Tigers only managed to force five Bison turnovers and were outscored in the paint, 42-26.

North Dakota State trailed briefly in the second half at 44-43, but regained the lead for good when Lawrence Alexander drained a three-pointer with 16:14 remaining. Alexander added a layup, another three-pointer and two free throws to spark a 19-8 Bison run, pushing the home teams lead to 62-52 at the 10:54 mark.

Towson used a run of its own to pull within three on a Benimon jumper that made it 72-69 with 4:27 left in the game. North Dakota State answered with Alexander hitting another three-pointer and Bjorklund adding a pair of free throws and a jumper to make it 79-69 with 1:48 remaining. The Tigers would get no closer than six the rest of the way.

Towson returns home on December 30 to take on New Hampshire at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers have won 11 straight home games, the 18th longest home winning streak in the country.

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