Marcus Damas tied his career-high with 26 points on Tuesday.
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Marcus Damas tied his career-high with 26 points on Tuesday.
Benimon, Damas Lead Tigers to 80-68 Win at Drexel
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/14/2014
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Towson senior Jerrelle Benimon registered his eighth straight double-double and classmate Marcus Damas tied his career-high with 26 points as the Tigers won at Drexel, 80-68, on Tuesday evening.

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owson (11-6, 2-0 CAA) won its fourth straight game overall and third straight against Drexel, which falls to 9-7 on the year and 1-2 in league play. The Tigers have won 10 of their last 11 CAA games dating back to last season.

Benimon scored over 20 points for the fifth straight game as the senior posted 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds and a game-high seven assists. The senior, who entered the game with two made three-pointers on the year, made both of his three-point attempts against the Dragons.

Damas shot 8-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc as he matched his career-high in points, which he also set against Drexel in 2012.

Drexel led 9-4 after four minutes before Towson began to heat up. The Tigers shot 60.9 percent from the floor in the opening half and used a 15-2 run to take a 19-11 lead at the 12:43 mark. The Dragons cut the Towson advantage to 30-28 later in the period, but the Tigers scored eight of the final nine points of the first half to enter intermission with a 38-29 lead.

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fter Drexel netted the first points of the second half on a jumper by senior Frantz Massenat, Towson sophomore Four McGlynn and Damas connected on back-to-back triples to push the Tiger lead to 44-31. A lay-up by Damas off a feed from Benimon with 6:42 remaining put Towson up 69-54, its largest lead of the game. The Dragons would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

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enior Rafriel Guthrie scored nine points and dished out a season-high four assists for the Tigers. Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera chipped in eight points on 3-for-3 shooting.

The Tigers shot 55.3 percent from the floor and made eight of 16 three-pointers in the win. Towson held Drexel to 31.9 percent shooting from the floor and 25 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Chris Fouch led the Dragons with 28 points on 8-for-27 shooting. Massenat added 21 points for Drexel, which dropped its second straight game at home against the Tigers.

Towson returns to action on Sunday at the College of Charleston. The game, set to tip at 3:30 p.m., can be seen nationally on the NBC Sports Network.



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