In a game between the two best teams in the Colonial Athletic Conference, Towson took down undefeated Delaware at home 78-63. The game was close for the first 16 minutes as the scoring went back and forth, but with a little more then four minutes left in the first half the Tigers hit back-to-back threes to take a 34-30 lead. They held the lead for the remainder of the game.
Towson got another remarkable performance from senior Jerrelle Benimon who scored 25 points while grabbing 18 rebounds. Benimon came into tonight’s game averaging 18.6 points and 11.8 rebounds, he nearly had those numbers at halftime. He was a force to be reckoned with, scoring on several tough plays inside and drawing seven fouls. He shot 9-15 from the floor and 6-10 from the line.
Towson also had big games from two other seniors, Mike Burwell and Timajh Parker-Rivera. Burwell struggled early in the first half but caught fire in the second half scoring 14 of his 17 points after the break while grabbing seven rebounds for the game. Parker-Rivera had 11 points and 9 rebounds in just 23 minutes of play with 4 of those rebounds being on the offensive class. Junior Rafriel Guthrie had 15 points on 6-9 shooting but was limited in the second half due to foul trouble.
For Delaware, Coach Monte Ross said they just came out flat. They shot just 31.7 percent for the game including a dismal 4-20 from behind the arc. The Fightin’ Hens still got their usual production out of Davon Usher and Devon Saddler who were forced to throw up a lot of shots as Delaware was without two starters, guard Jarvis Threatt and forward Marvin King-Davis. Usher finished with 24 points on just 5-17 shooting while Saddler’s 18 came on 7-16. Forward Carl Baptiste finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds but he shot just 4-12 from the floor.
SECU Arena was full of life as Towson improved to 18-9 on the season and are just one win away from tying their school’s highest winning season. But more importantly, they improved to 9-3 in conference and continue to push themselves in the top of the CAA. They are fighting for the number two seed in the CAA Tournament, which starts March 7th in Towson’s backyard, Baltimore. Towson will hit the road for three straight games starting in Boston at Northeastern before finally heading home to end their season against William & Mary.
Delaware could have clinched at least a share of the conference regular season title with a win and will get their chance to do that by winning two of their remaining four games. With the loss they fell to 11-1 in conference and 19-8 overall. Up next for the Hens is a trip to Hofstra who have only won 2 of their last 10 games.