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Jerrelle Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 19th double-double with 28 points and 16 rebounds at JMU.
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Jerrelle Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 19th double-double with 28 points and 16 rebounds at JMU.
Benimon Leads Towson Past JMU For 5th Straight Win
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 02/26/2014
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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 19th double-double with 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Towson men's basketball team to a 69-66 victory at James Madison on Wednesday night.

With the win, Towson (21-9, 12-3 CAA) ties a program record for most victories in a season at the Division I level. The 1993-94 Tigers also won 21 games. Towson also clinched at least a second-place finish in the CAA regular season standings. The Tigers need a win and a Delaware (21-9, 13-2) loss on Saturday to claim a share of the league crown.

Towson shot just 33.9 percent from the floor, but made a remarkable 30 of 31 free throw attempts (96.8 percent). Senior Rafriel Guthrie shot 10-for-10 from the line and was the only other Tiger in double figures with 16 points.

Trailing 42-32 just three minutes into the second half, Tiger sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera went on a personal 7-0 run to cut the James Madison lead to just three with 15:11 remaining.

After Towson fought back to tie the game at 60-60,
Benimon gave the Tigers a lead they never relinquished when he converted a three-point play at the 2:58 mark. 

In a game which n
either team led by more than four points during the final 12 minutes, Towson held a 67-63 advantage with 12 seconds remaining. JMU's Ron Curry hit a jumper and was fouled with seven seconds on the clock, but he missed the free throw. However, the Dukes maintained possession and Andre Nation was fouled shooting a jumper with 3.8 seconds remaining.

Nation missed the first free throw and while trying to miss the second intentionally, banked it in. Four McGlynn then hit a pair of free throws to extend Towson's lead to 69-66. Curry then received the inbounds pass and launched a deep three that missed to seal the victory for the Tigers.

Towson held a 42-29 rebounding advantage and committed just seven turnovers in the win.

The Tigers, who have won nine of their last 10 games, will wrap up regular season play at home on Saturday against William & Mary. The game, set to tip at 4 p.m., can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet. Benimon, Mike Burwell, Marcus Damas and Guthrie, who all will be playing their final home game, will be honored as part of “senior day” ceremonies before the opening tip.



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