TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore Marcus Damas registered his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but Towson dropped its first home opener in six years to Pac-12 foe Oregon State, 66-46, Saturday afternoon. The contest was played in front of 3,119 fans, including President of the United State Barack Obama and the First Family.
The Tigers (0-5), who have played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country thus far, kept the game close for much of the first half. Back-to-back buckets from senior Robert Nwankwo and Damas staked Towson to a four-point lead just over a minute into the contest.
Oregon State (5-1) did not take its first lead until the 11:56 mark when a three-pointer from Joe Burton put the Beavers up 13-10. A pair of Tiger buckets from Will Adams and Erique Gumbs gave Towson the lead back midway through the opening stanza.
Freshman Deon Jones hit classmate Jamel Flash with a pinpoint pass that led to a dunk and gave the Tigers an 18-17 lead with 7:36 to play in the half, but Oregon State closed the half on a 15-2 run to go into halftime ahead, 32-20.
Jones gave Towson a spark to begin the second half, drilling his first two three-point attempts and the Tigers cut the Beaver lead to eight (36-28) just over two minutes into the second period. Oregon State pulled away though, going on a 28-10 run during an 11-minute span.
Towson tallied eight of the final 10 points of the game.
The Tigers outrebounded the Beavers 38-23, but committed 21 turnovers that Oregon State turned in to 23 points. Devon Collier posted 15 points and five rebounds for the Beavers, who now return home after 11 days on the road.
Jones and Flash each scored eight for Towson while Nwankwo pulled down seven boards for the Tigers.