Comfort Suites Invitational Preview
Courtesy: Mat Schlissel,  
Release: 11/16/2012
The Tigers (0-1) are back in action this weekend with four games in four days when they travel to Richmond, Ky. to play in the Comfort Suites Invitational from Nov. 16-19.
Towson will open with Radford (1-1) on Friday at 8 p.m. followed by a meeting with host Eastern Kentucky on Saturday at 6 p.m. then a game on Sunday with Kennesaw State at 7 p.m. Towson concludes with Cincinnati Christian on Monday at 1 p.m. All games will be broadcast on the Towson Sports Network with play-by-play from Spiro Morekas and color commentary from Vince Angotti.
The Tigers have not faced the Radford Highlanders since 1995 when they fell, 76-62, on the road. Towson and Radford were members of the Big South - Towson for three seasons (1992-95).
Radford, coached by Mike Jones, finished 6-26 last season. The Highlanders return three starters from last year's team led by sophomore R.J. Price (6-0, 180), who averaged 11.2 ppg and 3.2 apg as a freshman. This year, Price is averaging a team-leading 16 ppg, while sophomore wing Javonte Green (6-4, 205) adds 13 ppg and 11 rpg.
Radford opened the season with Wake Forest on the road and fell, 79-67. But the Highlanders gave the Demon Deacons all they could handle, cutting Wake's lead down to three, 70-67, with 1:53 left. Radford hung in the opener because they forced 18 turnovers and committed just 12. They were also outrebounded by just three, 32-29.
Radford won its second matchup against Cincinnati Christian - Towson's opponent this Monday - 78-71 in overtime.
This first matchup is a tough one for the Tigers because Radford plays a four-guard lineup. Redshirt freshman Brandon Holcomb (6-7, 210) has started the first two games, but he's only averaged 14.5 mpg. When the Highlanders go bigger, they utilize freshman Kion Brown (6-8, 215) who averages 11.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
Sophomore Kyle Noreen (6-5, 205) averages 5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2 spg and 3 apg in 35 mpg. Senior Blake Smith (6-4, 180) is the team's lone senior, averaging 10 ppg. Last season, he was among the nation's leaders in steals with 2.4 per game.
Here's a brief look at the next three opponents for the Tigers after Radford.
The Colonels enter the tournament at 1-0 after 89-56 home win over Cincinnati Christian. EKU had four players in double figures in the win over the Eagles led by Glenn Cosey's 20 points. He hit six 3-pointers in that performance. The Colonels were 16-16 in the 2011-12 season.
EKU returns two starters from a team that finished 7-9 (eighth) in the Ohio Valley Conference. Cosey is a 6-foot, 180-pound junior guard from Flint, Mich, who is a juco transfer from Columbus State (Ohio). The Colonels also have some bruisers up front led by sophomore Eric Stutz (6-8, 225) who had 11 points and six rebounds in the opener. Sophomore Deverin Muff (6-8, 212) also adds some length up front. This is another young team with its lone senior - 5-11 guard Mike Gilmore - in the starting lineup.
The Owls evened their record at 1-1 on Monday night with a 67-65 overtime victory on the road at South Carolina State. This is a program with seven newcomers. KSU dropped its season opener to Tennessee, 76-67, on the road. Delbert Love leads the team in scoring at 16.0 points per game. Two other Owls average in double figures - Aaron Anderson (14.0) and Markeith Cummings (12.0). Anderson leads the team in rebounding with 11.5 caroms per contest. KSU finished the 2011-12 season 3-28. Monday's win at SCSU snapped a 20-game losing skid for the Owls.

The Owls offer a pretty big lineup, led by seniors Anderson (6-7, 220) and Cummings (6-6, 240). Junior Andrew Osemhen (6-9, 270) has started at center in the first two games though he has averaged just 14.5 mpg.
Cincinnati Christian is an NAIA school that competes in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC). The Eagles fell at Union College (89-83) on Nov. 2, at Lindsey Wilson (68-56) on Nov. 3 and at Eastern Kentucky (89-56) on Nov. 9. On Monday, Cincinnati Christian came back from 19 down to force overtime against Radford before falling, 76-71.

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