TOWSON, Md. – Senior Jerrelle Benimon recorded the first triple-double in Towson men’s basketball history to lead the Tigers past Central Penn, 102-72, on Tuesday night inside SECU Arena.
Benimon, who had 17 points, 18 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, led Towson (7-4) to its 11th-straight home victory. Senior Rafriel Guthrie matched Benimon with 17 points off the bench on 7-for-9 shooting with three triples.
The Tigers scored over 100 points for the first time since Dec. 16, 1995 in a 105-86 win over Washington. Towson also set season-highs in rebounds (59) and assists (22) in the win.
Towson held a 38-36 lead with 3:34 remaining in the first period and was up only 47-41 at the half. Central Penn (6-4) was still only down by 69-58 midway of the final period before the Tigers went on a 17-1 run to take control of the game.
Towson outscored the Knights 33-14 during the final 10:36 to win by its largest margin since a 79-40 win over Cincinnati Christian on Nov. 19, 2012.
The Tigers hit 55.8 percent of their field goals, compared to 35.8 percent for the Knights. Towson also outscored Central Penn in the paint, 60-18.
Thirteen different Tigers scored in the game, including senior Mike Burwell who registered all nine of his points in the first half while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists. Freshman John Davis scored nine points on 4-for-5 shooting with six rebounds, while classmate Marquis Marshall added a season-high seven points on 3-for-3 shooting.
Devon Dorsey led the Knights with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Towson will have seven days off before taking on Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. on December 18. The Tigers defeated the Beavers on their home court in overtime last season. Tip time is set for 10 p.m. EST and the game can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.