Wilmington, NC (Sports Network) - Jerrelle Benimon's 19 points paced the
Towson Tigers as they escaped with a 79-74 road win over the UNC Wilmington
Seahawks in the Colonial Athletic Association opener at Trask Coliseum.
Benimon also contributed eight rebounds, five assists and five blocks for
Towson (6-8, 1-0 CAA), which led by as many as 20 in the contest. Bilal Dixon
tallied 14 points and eight boards, while Mike Burwell and Marcus Damas scored
13 and 11 points, respectively. All eight players who took the court for
Craig Ponder scored 23 points for UNC Wilmington (5-9, 0-1), reaching double
figures for the third consecutive game. Keith Rendleman scored 14 points and
brought down a career-high 21 rebounds for his third straight double-double.
He also registered three blocks and four steals. Tyree Graham contributed 18
points off the bench.
The Tigers made 4-of-6 attempts from behind the arc in the first half and
jumped out to a 44-28 halftime edge. Both teams took care of the ball,
combining for just five turnovers in the first half.
Trailing by 17 with 5:55 remaining, the Seahawks went on an impressive run to
cut the deficit to as little as three with 20 seconds remaining, but they
could not complete the comeback
The Tigers have now won consecutive games for the second time this season
after dropping their previous four contests.
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