News & Notes: Tigers Best CAA Preseason Favorite
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/06/2013

Towson Men’s Basketball Post-Game Notes from Win at Drexel

Towson Team Notes:

*With yesterday's win at Drexel, Towson improved to 7-8 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. In their last three games, the Tigers have picked up road victories against Oregon State out of the Pac-12, UNC Wilmington and CAA Preseason favorite Drexel.

*Towson is riding its first three-game winning streak since the end of the 2009-10 season. The Tigers have also won three straight games that were all played on the road for the first time since Feb. 20-27, 1993 when they won games at UNC Asheville, Radford and UMBC.

*The win snapped Drexel’s 17-game regular-season CAA win streak, which was just one shy of the league record, set by George Mason.

*Towson won its first game at the Daskalakis Center since an 81-65 victory over the Dragons on Feb. 23, 2002.
Additionally, Drexel was 16-1 on its home floor a year ago.

*The Tigers are off to their first ever 2-0 start in conference play since joining the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season. Towson last opened a league campaign with two straight wins during its final year in the America East in 2000-01.

*Towson has led by at least 19 points in each of its CAA games thus far. The Tigers have also had significant halftime advantages, leading by 16 at UNCW and 14 at Drexel.

*The Tigers, who lead the CAA in field goal percentage defense (38.4), held the Dragons to just 28 percent shooting in the first half. Towson also scored the final 11 points of the opening period to go into halftime leading 32-18.

Towson has scored 69 or more points six times this season after not surpassing 69 points in any game last season.

*The Tigers once again struggled to score from the field in the final five minutes of the game. Against both Drexel and UNC Wilmington, Towson's final 12 points came from the free throw line.

*For the second straight game and the fourth time this season, the Tigers had four players score in double figures. Towson is 4-0 in those games.

*Towson, which held a 39-33 rebounding edge against Drexel, has beaten 12 of its last 14 opponents on the glass. The Tigers rank second in the CAA with +5.5 rebounding margin per game.

*The Tigers controlled the paint against Drexel, holding a 39-33 rebounding edge and a 26-10 advantage in points in the paint.

*Through 15 games, Towson has played 13 away from home. However, five of the Tigers' next six games will be played at the Towson Center, starting with William & Mary on Wednesday.

*The Tigers shot 27-for-38 (71.1%) from the free throw line on Saturday. That's the most free throws made and attempted by Towson this season. Prior season-highs in both categories occurred when the Tigers shot 21-for-33 against Eastern Kentucky on November 17.

*Towson and Northeastern are tied for first in the CAA as the only teams with a 2-0 mark.

Player Notes:

*Junior Jerrelle Benimon, who ranks third in nation with nine double-doubles, posted 18 points and 16 rebounds at Drexel. The forward is averaging 19 points and 15 rebounds over his last three games.

*Benimon set career-highs in free throws made (9) and free throws attempted (15) on Saturday.

*Benimon has scored 18 points or more in three straight games and in eight total games this season. He has also posted 16 or more rebounds in six different games this year.

*Benimon, who had a game-high three blocks against Drexel, has 13 rejections in his last four games. The junior, who has a block in all but one game this season, ranks third in the CAA averaging 2.0 blocks per game.

*Benimon dished out a team-high four assists against Drexel. He's led the Tigers in assists five times this season. 

*Junior Marcus Damas netted 13 points and pulled in a season-high eight rebounds against the Dragons. He has scored in double-digits in five of his last six games and in seven games total this year.

*Damas also set career-highs in both free throws made (9) and attempted (10). The forward went 8-for-9 from the line twice last season.

*Junior guard Mike Burwell scored in double figures for the eighth time this season with 12 points at Drexel. He's second on the team in double-digit scoring games.

*Graduate student Bilal Dixon, who registered six points and seven rebounds against the Dragons, is 11-for-14 from the field in his last three games.

*Dixon has pulled down seven or more rebounds seven times this season.

*Freshman guard Jerome Hairston tallied nine of his 12 points in Towson's big first half. Hairston has scored at least nine points in eight different games this season.

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