Robert Nwankwo posted his second straight double-double Monday at No. 17 Michigan.
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Robert Nwankwo posted his second straight double-double Monday at No. 17 Michigan.
Tigers Fall at No. 17 Michigan, 64-47
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 11/15/2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Senior forward Robert Nwankwo registered his second consecutive double-double against a nationally-ranked opponent, but it wasn’t enough as Towson couldn’t dig itself out of an early hole in a 64-47 loss to No. 17 Michigan Monday night. The contest was part of EA Sports Maui Invitational Mainland slate of games.

Nwankwo, who now has 11 career double-doubles, tallied game-high’s of 16 points and 10 rebounds for Towson (0-2). Freshman forward Deon Jones netted 12 points and sophomore forward Marcus Damas hit four double digits in his second straight game with 11.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 points to lead Michigan (2-0), while Evan Smotrycz and Trey Burke each posted 13 points.

Michigan began the game on a 21-0 run over the first 8:10 as Towson missed its first 10 field goal attempts. Sophomore Erique Gumbs drilled a shot from the top of the key for the Tigers to end the scoring drought and spark a 16-13 Towson run until Burke made a three from the corner just before the halftime buzzer to make it 37-16.

The Wolverines started the second half with six straight points to take their biggest lead at 43-16. Towson would battle back though, ending the game on a 31-21 spurt. In fact, the Tigers won the second half battle, 31-27.

For the second consecutive game Towson held its own on the boards, getting outrebounded by just two (32-30) and the young Tigers dished out seven more assists and committed two fewer turnovers in game two.

Towson held Michigan to just 6-of-25 shooting from beyond the arc, but the Tigers were hurt by 7-of-17 shooting from the free throw line. Nwankwo, who posted 14 points and 10 rebounds against No. 13 Kansas Friday, added three steals and two blocks to his stat line against the Wolverines.

Towson next travels to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to take on Belmont, which is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. Tip time is set for 2:30 p.m. from the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. The game will be part of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Regional contests.    

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