History for Benimon
After being swept in the Lumberjack E-Tech Tournament over the weekend, Towson returned home, and despite a campus closure, hosted Central Penn on Tuesday at the SECU Arena.
The Tigers posted a 102-72 victory behind senior forward Jerrelle Benimon, who recorded the first triple-double in school history with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.
The win marked the 11th consecutive home victory for Towson (7-4).
“I think I’ve been flirting with it in other games this year and I enjoy passing and have never minded passing the ball,” Benimon said of his triple-double. “It is a good accomplishment to have.”
It was also the first time that the Tigers scored over 100 points since Dec. 16, 1995, when they beat Washington 105-86.
Towson also set season-highs in rebounds with 59 and assists with 22.
Central Penn (6-4) kept things close in the first half, only trailing by six (47-41) at the half. The Knights were red-hot from three-point land in the half, shooting 50 percent (6-of-12) from beyond the arc.
Senior guard Mike Burwell scored all nine of his points in the opening half.
The Knights continued to stay within reach of the Tigers through the opening portion of the second half, but a 17-1 run by Towson opened the floodgates.
It was a complete game for the Tigers, as four players scored in double-digits. Senior guard Rafriel Guthrie tied Benimon with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Senior forward Marcus Damas
scored 12 and grabbed eight rebounds, and sophomore forward Timajh Parker-Rivera added 10 and five.
Freshman forward John Davis added nine points, and sophomore guard Four McGlynn added eight points off the bench as well.
For the game, Towson shot 55.8 percent from the field, including 60 percent from beyond the arc in the second half.
Three players scored in double figures for the Knights, who shot just 35.8 percent from the field.
Forward Devon Dorsey led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds, followed by guard Andres Batte, who scored 13, and Maalik Rochester, who added 10 points.
The Knights had problems containing the Tigers down low. Towson outscored Central Penn 60-18 in the paint and scored 24 second-chance points.
“We eventually figured out as a team in the first half we could impose our will at the basket because we were settling too much with taking threes and not hitting that many,” Benimon said. “So we made it a point to get to the rim.”
Towson will now have a week off before traveling cross-country to take on Oregon State for the third time in three years.
The Beavers (3-2) traveled to Towson on Nov. 26, 2011 and earned a 66-46 road win in front of a packed crowd that included President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Tigers got revenge last season, traveling to Corvallis and capturing a 67-66 win behind a game-winning shot from Damas with under a second remaining in the game.
“It means a lot because we need a road win,” Benimon said. “We need a win on the road because we haven’t all year.”
Tip-off from Gill Coliseum on Dec. 18 is set for 10 p.m. and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.