FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Towson 0-2, Oregon State 6-0. Away Record: Towson 1-6, Oregon State 1-1. Neutral Record: Towson 3-0, Oregon State 2-1. Conference Record: Towson 0-0, Oregon State 0-0. Series Record: Oregon State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Towson Tigers have traveled to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Oregon State Beavers in a non-conference tilt at Gill Coliseum.
In its last outing, junior Marcus Damas netted a team-high 16 points off the bench and classmate Jerrelle Benimon posted his seventh double-double of the season, but Towson fell at home to local rival Coppin State. The Tigers, who lead the Colonial Athletic Association in rebounding margin, allowed the Eagles to grab 19 offensive boards. Towson committed 17 turnovers in the game, marking the third straight game in which it had at least 17 miscues.
Benimon ranks fifth in the nation in double-doubles with seven and 10th in rebounding with 10.8 boards per game. He posted his first career double-double against Oregon State last year. The forward tallied 18 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in the loss to the Beavers. The Tigers will be playing their 11th road game of the season here. Towson played its first 10 games away from home and will play 13 of its first 15 on the road. Towson is holding its opponents to 38.7 percent shooting from the field and 31.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Tigers are outrebounding opponents by 6.5 boards per game, which leads the CAA. Towson has beaten 10 of its last 11 opponents on the glass.
Oregon State and Towson meet for the second time in history with the Beavers winning that first contest a year ago, 66-46, in Maryland. Four Oregon State players scored in double figures led by Devon Collier's 15 points, while Roberto Nelson and Jared Cunningham each tallied 12 points, and Joe Burton added 10. Damas led the Tigers with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
In the Beavers' last outing, Eric Moreland had a career-high 20 points and the team shot a season-best 59.2 percent from the field to defeat San Diego, 86-79, in the first-ever basketball game played at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Beavers had one of their best halves of the season as they jumped out to a 16-point lead on the Toreros, taking a 44-29 advantage into the locker room at the break. A late run by San Diego cut the Beavers' lead to 74-72 with just under four minutes to play, but they scored the next seven points and held on for the victory.
Oregon State has won five straight games, its longest winning streak since reeling off six in a row during the 2004-05 season. The Beavers are shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range and averaging 5.1 blocked shots per game. Roberto Nelson is averaging 22 points and shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 75 percent from the 3-point line in five December games. He leads the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (.524, 22-for-42). Moreland is second in rebounding (10.6 rpg), third in blocked shots (2.3 bpg) and fifth in field goal percentage (.595). Moreland was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday after posting two double-doubles and scoring a career-high 20 points against San Diego.
The Tigers are playing excellent defense and hitting the boards hard. The Beavers are on a hot streak and hope to keep their perfect December going. Expect Oregon State to send the Tigers packing.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 85, Towson 68
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