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Nwankwo Nets Career-High in BracketBuster Loss
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 02/18/2012
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DURHAM, N.H. - Towson senior Robert Nwankwo scored a career-high 20 points and hauled in 13 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season, but a balanced New Hampshire squad outlasted the Tigers to pick up a 72-58 BracketBuster win Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Nwankwo, who has scored 19 points five times in his career, finally reached the 20-point plateau, in large part to his ability to get to the free throw line. The forward earned 15 trips to the charity stripe, tying the most free throw attempts by a CAA player in a single game this season. Nwankwo canned 10 of his free throw attempts as the Tigers went 20-for-29 from the line as a team.

Nwankwo, who has nine double-doubles in his last 12 games, is third in the CAA with 13 double-doubles and second in the league with 15 double digit rebounding efforts. The senior also handed out a career-high three assists in the loss.

New Hampshire (12-14, 6-8 America East), which has now won four straight and five of its last six, had three players in double figures. Myrick Ferg tallied 19 points and grabbed six rebounds while Chandler Rhoads posted 19 points and dished out four assists for the Wildcats.

New Hampshire raced out to an early 20-13 lead before the Tigers (1-28, 1-15 CAA) tightened the game with back-to-back buckets, including a triple from freshman Kris Walden. With their lead trimmed to two, the Wildcats responded by scoring the next 12 points to go up 32-18 with 2:45 remaining in the opening stanza. Towson scored the final four points of the period to go into the intermission down, 32-22.

The Tigers continued their late first half momentum into the second stanza, going on a 15-5 run spanning the periods. A Jervon Pressley lay-in capped the run with the Wildcats lead down to 37-33. UNH once again had an answer, scoring 17 of the next 19 points to blow the game open.

A late Towson rally would cut a 23-point deficit down to just nine, but New Hampshire went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 1:07 to seal the win.

The Tigers won the battle of the boards (38-37) for the 10th time in the last 11 games. Towson also committed a season-low eight turnovers, but the Tigers were dominated from beyond the arc. New Hampshire made 10 three-point field goals, including a 6-for-15 shooting clip in the second half, while Towson was only able to hit two of its 17 attempts from deep.

Sophomore Marcus Damas had 11 of his 13 points in the second half and now has 20 double digit scoring games this season. The forward handed out a team-high four assists, but missed all eight of his three-point field goal attempts. Freshman Deon Jones put forth a solid effort with eight points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action.

Towson returns home Wednesday, Feb. 22 to take on Delaware in its home finale. The three Tiger seniors will be honored prior to the game, which is set to tip at 7 p.m.


-TowsonTigers.com-

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