Turnovers once again haunted the Tigers (0-3) as Belmont’s pressure forced 23 Towson miscues. Belmont (1-2) dished out a season-high 20 assists and turned the ball over just twice.
Belmont, which has reached the NCAA Tournament in four of the last six years, saw 12 players score in the game, led by JJ Mann’s 13 points. Kerron Johnson posted 10 points, six assists, four steals and no turnovers for the Bruins.
Towson was led by sophomore Marcus Damas’ nine points and six rebounds. Senior Robert Nwankwo and freshman Jervon Pressley combined for 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Belmont turned 15 Tiger turnovers into 18 points en route to a 48-22 lead at halftime. The Bruins opened the second half on a 15-2 run to quickly halt any Tiger comeback effort.
The sharp-shooting Bruins canned 13 three-point field goals and shot over 40 percent from the field and beyond the arc. The Tigers once again dominated the boards, holding a 51-41 rebounding advantage for the game.
The Tigers will play at 2:00 p.m. EST Sunday against either UNC Greensboro or host Middle Tennessee State.