Junior Marcus Damas posted six points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks on Saturday.
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Junior Marcus Damas posted six points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks on Saturday.
No. 15 Georgetown Survives Tigers' Upset Bid
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 12/08/2012
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Towson University junior forward Jerrelle Benimon returned to the Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon and nearly led the Tigers to a major upset before No. 15 Georgetown held on for a 46-40 non-conference victory.

Benimon, who played for the Hoyas for two seasons, scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high tying 16 rebounds for his fifth double-double in his last seven games.

Georgetown (7-1), which entered the game shooting 47.1 percent from the field, shot just 29.8 percent against the stingy Tigers defense. Towson (4-5) shot 45.0 percent in the second half, but just 32.6 percent for the game.

Towson's defense was up to the task of guarding Georgetown’s length and athleticism, holding the Hoyas to just 2-for-23 shooting (11.1 percent) in the game’s first 15 minutes. A layup by graduate student Bilal Dixon gave the Tigers their largest lead of the game at 12-8 with just over six minutes left in the opening half.

Despite struggling from the floor in the opening stanza, Towson was able to capitalize and keep the game close with some timely defensive stands. The Tigers posted all six of their blocked shots in the first half and owned a 26-20 rebounding advantage at the intermission.

Despite trailing by two (17-15) at halftime, Towson roared back and took the lead in the middle of the second half thanks to the sharp shooting of freshman Jerome Hairston. The guard tallied eight straight points for the Tigers and after his second three-pointer during the spurt, the road team trailed 26-25 with 12:50 remaining.

Down 30-27 midway through the half, junior Marcus Damas drilled a three-pointer and sophomore Kris Walden hit a runner in the lane to put Towson ahead, 32-31, at the 8:41 mark. However, that would be the last time the Tigers led.

Georgetown scored 11 of the game’s next 16 points to grab a 42-37 lead with less than five minutes remaining. Benimon hit Towson’s fourth three-pointer of the second period to cut the deficit to two with 4:37 to play, but the Tigers would get no closer the rest of the way.

Hairston finished with 10 points and a team-high three assists, while Dixon posted five points and seven rebounds while dealing with foul trouble most of the game.

Greg Whittington led a quartet of Hoyas in double-figures with 11 points.

The game featured seven ties and seven lead changes and neither team led by more than six points the entire game. Towson finished with a 38-30 advantage on the glass, claiming the battle of the boards for the eighth straight contest.

Towson will play its 10th straight game away from home on Wednesday as the Tigers travel to the Liacouras Center to take on Temple.


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