Towson (7-4) at Oregon State (5-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 18, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television:
Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Towson 7-0, OSU 4-1. Away Record: Towson 0-3, OSU
1-1. Neutral Record: Towson 0-1, OSU 0-0. Conference Record: Towson 0-0, OSU
0-0. Series Record: Series tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The Oregon State Beavers will wrap up a three-game homestand on
Wednesday with a non-conference battle against the Towson Tigers at Gill
This matchup marks the first half of a two-game road swing for Towson. Last
time out the Tigers were at home against Central Penn College, which the
Tigers easily dispatched, 102-72. The win ended a short two-game slide.
Towson, which has not won a game on the road in three tries, visits North
Dakota State next.
In the first two legs of the current stretch of home games, Oregon State
claimed victories over Arkansas Pine-Bluff (77-63) and Maryland Eastern Shore
(98-66). The Beavers have won five of their last six games overall to improve
to 5-2 overall. Next up they will take part in the Diamond Head Classic
beginning on Sunday.
This is the third straight season these teams have met. A year ago Towson
earned a 67-66 overtime victory, also at Gill Coliseum. Oregon State won
66-46, in 2011. Prior to those two meetings, these teams had never matched up
Jerrelle Benimon recorded a triple-double to carry Towson over Central Penn
College. He netted 17 points, collected 18 rebounds and dished out 10 assists.
The Tigers hit on 55.8 percent of their field-goal tries and had 13 different
players record at least one field goal.
Benimon, a former player at Georgetown, is one of the more versatile players
in the country. The 6-foot-8 forward currently leads the Tigers in scoring
(16.5 ppg), rebounds (10 rpg), assists (4.3 apg) and blocks (1.8 bpg).
Although his showing against CPC was his first triple-double, he has posted
four double-doubles on the campaign. Benimon's work on the glass has helped
Towson rank 15th in the country in rebounding (42.3 pg). Marcus Damas (11.2
ppg) joins Benimon as a double-figure scorer in the starting rotation, while
Rafriel Guthrie (12.7 ppg) adds a spark off the bench. Damas had 12 points
against CPC, while Guthrie tacked on 17.
At the end of the first half Oregon State clung to a 34-33 lead against
Maryland Eastern Shore. After the break the Beavers found their rhythm,
hitting 63.2 percent of their field goal attempts to run away with the
victory. Devon Collier registered 24 points and 12 rebounds and Roberto Nelson
added 20 points in the win.
Oregon State is an explosive offensive squad. The Beavers are leading the
country in field-goal percentage (.549), while ranking among the top 20 teams
nationally in points per game (85.6). Nelson (24.7 ppg, 4.9 apg) and Collier
(22.7 , 10 rpg) do the heavy lifting to keep the Beavers on point offensively.
Collier has four double-doubles this season and has scored at least 20 points
in five of six games he has played in. Nelson leads the team in assists as
well as scoring and is a solid shooter from beyond the arc (.343). Angus
Brandt (11.3 ppg, 5 rpg) fits in as the starting center and the only other
player averaging in double figures.
Some of the best scorers in the country will be butting heads in this matchup.
Although the Beavers are a bit too reliant on two players, they have proven to
have enough firepower, especially at home, to consistently get the job done.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 84, Towson 76
12/18 10:31:52 ET
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