BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Rafriel Guthrie scored a season-high 21 points to lead the Towson men's basketball team to a 79-70 win over Northeastern on Thursday night at Matthews Arena. The win gives the Tigers (19-9, 10-3 Colonial Athletic Association) their most wins in a season since going 21-9 in 1993-94.
Guthrie shot 8-for-10 from the field and made all three of his three-point attempts. Senior Mike Burwell scored eight of his 19 points in the final 81 seconds and sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera tallied a career-high 13 points. Senior Marcus Damas was the fourth Tiger in double figures, also with 13 points.
Towson shot 54.2 percent from the field and made 20 of 22 from the free throw line. The Tigers are 8-1 this season and 4-0 in CAA play when shooting 50 percent or better in a game.
Trailing 66-64 with less than three minutes to play, Towson scored nine straight points during a 15-4 run to close the game. Parker-Rivera ignited the run with a three-point play to give the Tigers a 67-66 lead with 2:35 remaining. After Parker-Rivera blocked a shot at the other end, Jerrelle Benimon was fouled and converted both free throws with 2:09 remaining to bump the Towson lead to 69-66.
With 1:21 remaining, Burwell hit a jumper and moments later he made two free throws to cap the 9-0 run and give the Tigers a 73-66 advantage.
During the final minute of play, Towson protected its lead by making six consecutive free throws to seal the win.
Benimon, who leads the NCAA with 18 double-doubles, was held to eight points on 3-for-5 shooting. The senior did grab six rebounds and dish out a team-high six assists in the win.
Freshman T.J. Williams led Northeastern (9-19, 6-8 CAA) with 17 points while junior Scott Eatherton tallied 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Tigers, who have won six of their last seven games, have now defeated every team in the CAA this season.
Towson will remain on the road, traveling to Hofstra on Saturday. Tip time is set for 4 p.m. at the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, N.Y.