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| @Towson_MBB Wins 2OT Thriller Over W&M, 99-86
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/09/2013
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TOWSON, Md. – Towson erased a nine-point deficit in the final three minutes of regulation and held on to win a 99-86 double-overtime thriller over William & Mary on Wednesday night. The Tigers have won four straight games for the first time since 2000.

With the win, Towson (8-8, 3-0 CAA) boasts a record of .500 or better after 16 games for the first time since the 2005-06 season when the Tigers started 9-8. Towson has also won its first three league games for the first time since the 1992-93 season when the Tigers won their first six Big South Conference games en route to a regular season league title.

Junior Jerrelle Benimon led five Tigers in double figures with 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks. The forward now has 10 double-doubles on the season and five games with 20 or more points.

Joining Benimon in double-digits were juniors Marcus Damas (19), Mike Burwell (18), Rafriel Guthrie (15) and freshman Jerome Hairston (13).

William & Mary (7-7, 1-2 CAA) also had five players score in double figures, led by sophomore guard Marcus Thornton’s 24 points. Thornton shot just 6-for-21 from the floor and committed a game-high six turnovers.

Towson fell behind by as many as 13 points with just over seven minutes left in the second half. Despite the Tribe shooting an impressive 60.9 percent from the field in the second period, the Tigers chipped away at their lead.

Trailing by nine with 2:58 remaining, the home team closed the half on an 11-2 run. After Damas netted five straight points late, sophomore guard Kris Walden swiped a steal and converted a lay-up to tie the game at 68-68 with 18 seconds left.

In the first overtime each team led by as many as four, but it was Towson clinging to a 78-75 lead with nine seconds remaining. The Tribe did not go away quietly as Thornton hit his fifth of six three-pointers with two seconds on the clock for force a second overtime.

The Tigers took control in the final extra session, tallying 11 of the first 12 points to go up 89-79 with 1:08 left. The Tribe would get no closer than six the rest of the way as Towson went 12-for-16 from the free throw line in the final five minutes to seal the victory.

The 99 points were the most Towson has scored since the Tigers topped James Madison, 99-84, on Jan. 7, 2006. Additionally, the last time Towson had five players score in double figures was in an 86-77 victory over UMBC on Dec. 11, 2010.

The Tigers next face Northeastern in a battle for first-place in the CAA. Both squads enter Saturday’s matchup, which is set for 12 noon at the Towson Center, with identical 3-0 league records.


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