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Jerrelle Benimon finished with 18 points and nine rebouns on Thursday.
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Jerrelle Benimon finished with 18 points and nine rebouns on Thursday.
Towson's Record-Setting Season Comes to a Close
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 03/27/2014
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MURRAY, Ky. – The Towson men's basketball team saw its record-setting season come to a close on Thursday night as the Tigers fell, 85-73, at Murray State in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Towson, which set a Division I program record for wins in a season in 2013-14, ends the year at 25-11. Murray State, which has been to 15 NCAA Tournaments and has posted 26 straight winning seasons, improves to 21-11. The Racers, who are now 15-1 at home, will host Pacific in the semifinals of the CIT on Tuesday.

Senior Mike Burwell led the Tigers with 20 points, while All-American candidate Jerrelle Benimon finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

In an extremely tight back-and-forth game that featured nine ties and 11 lead chances, Towson trailed 13-11 at the 12:08 mark of the first half. Benimon then hit a long jumper that sparked an 8-0 Tiger run. Sophomore Four McGlynn converted a layup to cap the run and give Towson a 19-13 lead, its largest of the game.

A Cameron Payne layup late in the first half cut the Tiger lead to 39-36 at the intermission.

The Racers wasted little time taking the lead in the second half, scoring seven of the first nine points in the final period to go ahead 43-41 at the 17:53 mark. Towson regained the lead at 51-48 after Burwell hit his third three-pointer of the game with 13:48 remaining.

With 9:46 left on the clock and the game tied at 57-57, Murray State made five consecutive shots during a 13-4 run that put the Racers up for good. Senior Dexter Fields hit back-to-back three-pointers to ignite the spurt and a T.J. Sapp layup gave Murray State a 70-61 lead with 7:02 remaining. The Tigers would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

The Racers shot 58.1 percent in the second half and 49.2 percent for the game. After making just three of 12 from beyond the arc in the first half, Murray State connected on seven of 11 three-point shots in the second half. The Racers also had a 15-0 advantage in fastbreak points.

Towson tried to keep pace by shooting 52.0 percent in the second half and 49.2 percent for the game. The Tigers held a 35-32 rebounding advantage, but were doomed by 14 turnovers.

Towson set numerous records in 2013-14. On top of winning a Division I program record 25 games, the Tigers also won the programs first two Division I postseason games. The 36 games played this season is also a school record.

Benimon set a new Tiger single-season rebounding record with 404 boards, which also ranks as the second most in Colonial Athletic Association history. The two-time CAA Player of the Year ends his career with 1,203 points in just two seasons to rank 16th all-time at Towson. Damas ends his career with 1, 140 points, 19th all-time at Towson.

McGlynn also broke into the Towson record books by shooting 91.3 percent from the free throw line, a new single-season school record.

Benimon, Damas, Burwell and Rafriel Guthrie each played their final game in a Tiger uniform on Thursday night. The senior quartette won 43 games over the past two seasons.


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