The Citadel (3-4) at Towson (4-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 29, 5 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: SECU Arena (5,200) -- Towson, Maryland. Television: None. Home Record: The Citadel 3-0, Towson 4-0. Away Record: The Citadel 0-3, Towson 0-2. Neutral Record: The Citadel 0-1, Towson 0-0. Conference Record: The Citadel 0-0, Towson 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The first-ever meeting between the Towson Tigers and the Bulldogs of The Citadel takes place today in Maryland as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Tigers have been perfect at home thus far, posting four wins in as many tries, with the most recent of those triumphs coming on Tuesday night in a 75-60 final against UMBC. That victory snapped a brief two-game slide by Towson, the falling to both Villanova and Kansas.
As for the Bulldogs, they have a total of just two wins on the season, the first coming against Presbyterian more than two weeks ago, and the other a 109-64 romp over Montreat earlier this week.
Both teams will be back in action in this venue again on Saturday, with Towson hosting Abilene Christian and The Citadel clashing with West Alabama.
Matt Van Scyoc came up a point shy of matching his career high, as he tallied 23 points in the victory over Montreat on Monday. Van Scyoc shot 5-of-10 behind the 3-point line, pulled down six rebounds and handed out four assists in his 27 minutes of action. Brian White pitched in with 19 points and 10 boards, followed by Ashton Moore and Dylen Setzekorn with 13 points apiece, and Marshall Harris 11 as the team shot not only 57.1 percent from the field, but also 14-of-30 (.467) beyond the arc.
Van Scyoc paces the Bulldogs in scoring with 18.0 ppg over seven starts, adding almost six rebounds per game as well for a team that is falling behind the competition on the glass by about one per game. White (15.0 ppg) checks in with a team-best 7.3 rpg and once the ball gets into his hands the chances of a teammate being involved begin to diminish because he has just three assists in 220 minutes of action.
Against local foe UMBC, the Tigers started slow with just nine made field goals in the first half, yet the hosts still owned a 31-28 advantage at the break. As they did in the first frame, the Tigers shot 50 percent from the floor after intermission, en route to the 15-point win. Marcus Damas scored a team-best 22 points and also cleared seven rebounds, while Jerrelle Benimon filled his stat line with 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots.
Benimon, the leading scorer in four of six games for Towson, is currently averaging a double-double with 18.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest. But more than that Benimon, who has made more free throws (43-of-55) than any one teammate has yet to attempt, is also first on the unit with 24 assists and 12 blocked shots. Rafriel Guthrie and Damas account for 12.3 and 11.2 ppg, respectively, combining to shoot 17-of-38 beyond the arc.
A one-man wrecking crew, Benimon is someone who can dominate an opponent such as the Bulldogs, and even if the visitors figure out how to slow them down, there are others on the Towson roster who can pick up the slack.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Towson 73, The Citadel 59
11/29 10:48:15 ET