William & Mary (18-10) at Towson (21-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: SECU Arena (11,500) -- Towson, Maryland. Television: CSN-MA, PHI, NE, CSS, SNY. Home Record: W&M 10-4, Towson 14-1. Away Record: W&M 8-6, Towson 7-7. Neutral Record: W&M 0-0, Towson 0-1. Conference Record: W&M 10-5, Towson 12-3. Series Record: William & Mary leads, 14-12.
GAME NOTES: The Towson Tigers have a chance at the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season crown, but they need some help along with a win over the visiting William & Mary Tribe this afternoon at SECU Arena.
Standing in the Tigers way is a formidable William & Mary squad that is seeking its ninth road win of the season. The Tribe has won three of its last four outings overall, and is coming off Wednesday's 79-74 triumph over Hofstra.
Towson can claim a share of the CAA regular-season title with a win here and a Delaware loss -- the Blue Hens entered Saturday's clash at the College of Charleston with a one-game lead in the league standings. The Tigers are 14-1 at home this season and have won nine of their last 10 overall. They concluded a 3-0 road trip with a 69-66 win over James Madison on Wednesday.
William & Mary leads the all-time series, 14-12, although Towson cruised to an 85-70 road win when these teams met on Feb. 15.
W&M committed 18 turnovers and was outrebounded by a 17-5 margin on the offensive glass against Hofstra earlier this week. However, the Tribe made 54 percent of their attempts from the floor, while Hofstra shot just 37.1 percent. Brandon Britt and reserve Omar Prewitt shared team-high scoring honors with 16 points apiece in the win. Kyle Gaillard and Marcus Thornton added 15 and 13 points, respectively, while Terry Tarpey grabbed 10 rebounds and swiped a pair of steals.
On the season, Thornton leads the team with 18.8 ppg and is shooting at a 41- percent clip from beyond the arc (83-of-203). Tim Rusthoven is next in line with 11.99 ppg, followed by Prewitt with 11.6 ppg and Britt with 10.6 ppg.
Towson's Jerrelle Benimon recorded his NCAA-best 19th double-double against JMU on Wednesday night, as he racked up 28 points and 16 rebounds in the three-point win. Rafriel Guthrie joined Benimon in double figures with 16 points behind a perfect 10-of-10 effort at the foul line. The Tigers were an impressive 30-for-31 at the charity stripe, which helped make up for the team's 33.9 percent shooting effort from the floor. They also committed only seven turnovers and held a 42-29 rebounding advantage for the game.
Benimon ranks among the nation's most productive big men, averaging 18.9 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 1.3 bpg while shooting 52.4 percent from the floor. Guthrie (12.0 ppg), Marcus Damas (11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Mike Burwell (10.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg) are also averaging double figures in the scoring column.
Towson has already tied the 1993-94 squad's program record for the most wins in a season since joining Division I. The Tribe will likely put up a fight here, but the Tigers are simply the better team and could earn a share of the league title depending on the result of the Delaware game, which figures to be wrapping up right around the time these teams are tipping off.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Towson 80, William & Mary 70
03/01 11:15:05 ET