Towson (1-1) at Eastern Kentucky (2-0)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McBrayer Arena (6,500) -- Richmond, Kentucky.
Television: None. Home Record: Towson 0-0, EKU 2-0. Away Record: Towson 0-1,
EKU 0-0. Neutral Record: Towson 1-0, EKU 0-0. Conference Record: Towson 0-0,
EKU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Comfort Suites Invitational will continue on Saturday, as the
host Eastern Kentucky Colonels take on the Towson Tigers.
After dropping its opener against the College of Charleston on Nov. 9, 75-58,
Towson bounced back on Friday night with a 75-67 win over Radford. The victory
is a big deal for this Tigers club, as they have already matched their win
total from the entire 2011-12 season.
Eastern Kentucky started the season with an 89-56 win over Cincinnati
Christian, then it followed that up with an 85-71 defeat of Kennesaw State in
the opener in this event on Friday night. As a result of the Colonels being
the host team, they get to enjoy a seven-game homestand to start the season.
This game marks the first time these teams will have faced off against each
Eastern Kentucky has shot well to start the season, as it has recorded a field
goal percentage greater than 52 percent in each of its first two contests,
although its 7-of-25 effort from beyond the three-point line against Kennesaw
State was disappointing. Glenn Cosey made a splash with 21 points on 6-of-11
shooting from the field, and he also contributed at the defensive end with
four of the team's 10 steals. Corey Walden and Eric Stutz each put up 12
points, and Deverin Muff tallied 10 points and two blocked shots. Mike DiNunno
registered just four points, but he was able to find the open man all night
long with seven assists. The Colonels have done a good job of taking care of
the ball in the early going with just 24 turnovers through two games, and at
the other end of the court they have forced 42 miscues.
Towson was one of the worst shooting teams in the nation a year ago, and it
showed why in the opener by connecting on just 36.8 percent of its field goal
attempts against the College of Charleston, but it was able to bounce back
nicely against Radford by making 46.7 percent. Despite the improvement, the
Tigers nearly spoiled the game by putting together a dreadful effort from the
free-throw line (12-of-28). After going scoreless in the opener, Marcus Damas
put together one of the best all-around games of his career on Friday with 21
points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, which included three treys, and he
added six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Jerrelle Benimon
was hot on his heels with 19 points on an impressive 8-of-11 effort from the
floor, but he also committed seven turnovers. Mike Burwell (10 points) rounded
out the double-digit scorers for Towson, while Bilal Dixon pulled down a game-
high 10 rebounds.
Victory has to feel good for the Tigers, who have plenty of players remaining
from last year's one-win squad, but they will have their hands full with the
host team in this one. Expect EKU to feed off the energy in the building and
pull off the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Eastern Kentucky 64, Towson 58
11/17 10:35:21 ET
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