Towson puts up just 44 points in loss to Villanova
After getting off to its best start since the 1972-73 season, Towson took to the road for the first time this season for a game against the Villanova Wildcats in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Wildcats (3-0) took advantage of 24 turnovers by the Tigers (3-1), including 15 early in the first half to pull away early and earn a 78-44 win. Villanova now holds a 5-0 advantage all-time against Towson.
“Villanova is very good and they were ready to play,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said. “You just cant turn the ball over 24 times, not against a good team like that. Unfortunately, we just never really gave ourselves a chance. We just coughed the ball up for layups.”
Senior guard James Bell proved to be too much for Towson to handle. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound guard scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, grabbed four rebounds and added three steals and two blocks.
“He was tremendous. He was the best player on the floor,” Skerry said. “He was a leader for them and he was sensational tonight.”
Three others scored in double-digits for Villanova. Junior forward JayVaughn Pinkston and sophomore guard Ryan Arcidiacono each had 12, while junior guard Darrun Hilliard added 10.
The Wildcats shot 40.4 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from beyond the arc. Villanova also made 24-of-33 free throws (72.7 percent).
For Towson, the offense sputtered in most facets of the game.
The Tigers only had eight assists compared to their 24 turnovers, shot 30.9 percent from the field including a mere 11.8 percent from three (2-17) and went 8-of-19 from the charity stripe (42.1 percent).
Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon led the Tigers with 11 points but was held to just six rebounds.
Freshman forward John Davis – a Philadelphia native – added nine points and eight rebounds in his return home.
“John was very good,” Skerry said. “He’s practiced well. We need to continue to find a way to get him on the floor. He was really the lone bright spot for us. I think he earned some trust tonight and we’re going to continue to get him minutes.”
Sophomore guard Four McGlynn added six off the bench, while senior guard Rafriel Guthrie was held to just three points and senior forward Marcus Damas was held scoreless.
“We expected [Villanova] to full-court press us and they did,” Skerry said. “We weren’t strong with the ball. We didn’t make passes. We were loose with the ball and maybe riled up for a bit. Against a team with that caliber you pay the price when you do that.”
After playing three games in six days, Towson will have the week off to prepare for its next game at Kansas on Friday.
The Tigers last traveled to Lawrence, Kan. two years ago (Skerry’s first season) and suffered a 100-54 loss.
“[Kansas] in my opinion is the best team in the country,” Skerry said. “Certainly if we don’t take care of the basketball, this will be nothing compared to what it will be down there. It’s the best environment in college basketball. It’s a monumental challenge and we’re going to have to play unbelievable in all facets of the game.”
Friday’s tip-off in front of the Rock Chalk faithful is set for 8 p.m. and can be watched on ESPN3.