Junior Marcus Damas led all scorers with 21 points.
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Junior Marcus Damas led all scorers with 21 points.
| @Towson_MBB Tops Radford, 75-67, To Win Opening Game at Comfort Suites Invitational
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 11/16/2012
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RICHMOND, Ky. – Juniors Marcus Damas and Jerrelle Benimon combined for 40 points to lead the Towson University men's basketball team past Radford University, 75-67, in the first game of the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational on Friday evening.

Damas finished with a game-high 21 points, including 16 in the first half to stake the Tigers to a nine-point halftime lead. Benimon picked up where Damas left off in the second half, tallying 17 of his 19 points in the final period to guide the Tigers (1-1) to their first victory of the season.

Towson, which out-rebounded Radford by a 45-27 margin, led by as many as 19 and never trailed after the 4:06 mark of the first half.

"We're certainly happy to come out with the win, there's no question about that," said Tiger head coach Pat Skerry. "The big thing we talked about before the game was rebounding the basketball and we had a dominating effort on the glass tonight. That was really encouraging. Overall I thought we made some good strides tonight."

Junior guard
Mike Burwell chipped in 10 points for his first double digit scoring game in a Tiger uniform. Graduate student Bilal Dixon grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the second straight game and freshman Timajh Parker-Rivera posted seven points and nine rebounds in just 13 minutes.

Radford (1-2), coming off its first win of the season on Monday, was led by
Javonte Green and Ya Ya Anderson, who each tallied 10 points in the loss.

Towson used a 7-0 run midway through the opening half to grab the early lead, 15-8. Radford fought back with a 14-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 22-17, with just over five minutes remaining before the break.

Trailing by five, back-to-back three-pointers from Damas sparked a 16-2 Towson spurt over the final 4:46 of the first stanza. Despite shooting just 37.1 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from the free throw line, the Tigers led 33-24 at the intermission.

Leading 44-32 with 13:12 remaining, Parker-Rivera converted a traditional three-point play and junior guard/forward
Rafriel Guthrie hit a three from the right wing to increase Towson’s lead to 18 points midway through the second half. The Tigers would lead by as many as 19 with under eight minutes to play before Radford started to chip away.

The Highlanders could not get back to within single digits though until there was just 44 seconds remaining. They would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

The Tigers will play host Eastern Kentucky on Saturday with the tip time set for 6 p.m. Radford will battle Kennesaw State approximately 30 minutes after.


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