In one of the uglier games you will see all tournament season, Towson outlasted James Madison 80-71. There were a total of 62 fouls called in the game and the teams shot a combined 97 free throws. That is 10 free throw attempts more then field goal attempts in this game. James Madison had four players foul out of the game.
Towson coach Pat Skerry will gladly take the win, but his team shot just 39-61 from the free throw line. Those 39 made free throws is a CAA Tournament record. They shot 16-33 from the floor, making that the second fewest field goal attempts in a division one basketball game this year according to Patrick Stevens. Towson’s all-conference star Jerrelle Benimon notched another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but he shot just 12-21 from the line.
The Tigers were out-rebounded 40-26 and only grabbed 3 offensive rebounds. But a huge bright spot for Skerry’s club was Four McGlynn who scored a game-high 21 points, including an impressive 4-5 from behind the arc. McGlynn was also the only Tiger to really excel from the free throw line making 9 of his 10 attempts. Skerry’s Tigers also got a big game out of guard Mike Burwell and forward Marcus Damas. Burwell finished with 17 on 5-10 shooting and Damas scored 14 on 4-6. The Tigers will face the winner of the William & Mary/College of Charleston game.
As for James Madison, they never led throughout the game and had the deficit cut to six at its lowest in the second half. Andre Nation led the Dukes with 18 points off the bench and Charles Cooke scored 14 on 6-15. The Dukes 37 player fouls and four foulouts cost them badly.