Tigers Hang Tough in Loss at First-Place GSU
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/14/2012
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ATLANTA, Ga. – Senior forward Robert Nwankwo exploded for 17 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and four steals, but it wasn’t enough as Georgia State held off Towson, 57-42, at the GSU Sports Arena Saturday afternoon.

The double-double for Nwankwo is his fifth of the season and 14th of his career. The senior also passed former Tiger Junior Hairston for sixth all-time at Towson with 630 career rebounds.

As a team, Towson blocked 10 shots, the second most by any CAA team in a game this year. The defensive effort wasn’t enough though as the Panthers controlled the glass, 43-30, and shot 47.1 percent in the second half to hold off the Tigers.

Towson (0-18, 0-6 CAA) led 11-9 at the 12:41 mark of the opening half after sophomore Marcus Damas scored the Tigers’ first five points and freshman Deon Jones connected on back-to-back three-point field goals. Towson went cold though for the next 11:04 seconds, failing to register a field goal. During the time span, Georgia State (13-4, 5-1 CAA) went on a 21-3 run to grab a 30-14 lead. The Tigers scored six of the final nine points of the half, but still trailed 33-20 at the break.

Towson shot just 19 percent from the floor in the opening period, but went 10-for-11 from the free throw line. Georgia State held a 20-2 advantage in the paint and owned a 28-15 rebounding edge in the first frame.

Towson continued its late momentum into the second half, opening the stanza on an 11-6 spurt to get within 39-31. The Panthers scored the next seven points though to get their lead back to double digits and it remained that way the rest of the game.

The Tigers shot just 25.0 percent from the floor in the game, its second worst shooting performance of the season. Despite the poor shooting, Towson was only outscored 24-22 in the tightly contested second half.

Damas finished with 13 points for his ninth double digit scoring effort in his last 12 games. Freshman point guard Kris Walden, who leads all CAA rookies in assists per game, dished out seven dimes, but also committed seven turnovers.

James Vincent came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting to lead Georgia State to its 13th win in its last 14 games.

The Tigers return home to the Towson Center to take on Old Dominion Wednesday at 7 p.m. It will be the second meeting between the squads in just 12 days.


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