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Towson Tigers End Four-Game Losing Streak, Gain Momentum in Victory Over Oregon State

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In a surprising turn of events, the Towson Tigers were the only Colonial Athletic Association basketball program to secure a victory on Saturday. Of all of the seven teams that were in action, it seemed unlikely that Towson would be the only CAA club to secure a victory, let alone against a Pac-12 opponent on the road.

But that’s exactly what they did.

The addition of Jerrelle Benimon to this Tigers club has completely changed the culture of the Towson men’s basketball team. And, Coach Pat Skerry has definitely reaped the benefits. For the season, Benimon is averaging 16.2 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. He also has shown a tendency to really perform in big games.

He did just that against Oregon State when he led the Tigers with 20 points, 21 rebounds 2 assists and 1 block. The performance was Benimon’s 8th double double of the season in 13 games.

But, despite Benimon’s ridiculous stat line, Marcus Damas was the hero for the Tigers. The sophomore guard hit an 18-footer with 0.8 seconds left in the game to sink the now 9-3 Beavers. Damas added 16 points of his own.

The win ended a four-game losing streak for Towson and has given the Tigers plenty of momentum entering their CAA play season debut against UNCW on Wednesday.

 

Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.

 


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The Oregon Ducks started the 2013-14 season with such promise. Their 13-0 start was accomplished with Bob Cousy Watch-list member Dominic Artis suspended for most of the streak. After a week to recover from a their third consecutive loss, the Ducks would lose a rivalry game to Oregon State 80-72. The losses have gotten progressively worse, as Oregon State is one of the bottom of the barrel teams in the Pac 12 Conference.

The starters went a combined 7-35 from the floor, a major reason why the Ducks could only muster 38 percent from the field. The three Ducks that were in double figures all came off the bench. 25 points from the starting five of one of the highest scoring teams in the country is inexcusable. The Ducks could play the rivalry game card to try and support their less than stellar play Sunday evening, but Oregon is running low on usable excuses.

The does not get any easier for the Ducks, who now are 1-4 in conference play. Before their collapse, the Ducks were a top-10 team. Now, Oregon faces the possibility of going 1-7 in the month of January. The next three games for the Ducks include trips to Washington and Washington Stateand will play host to ranked UCLAUnless Oregon returns to their non-conference offensive efficiency, the program as a whole will be in dire straits. There are still 13 remaining conference games for the Ducks to get back on track. It is too soon to write off the Ducks in the Pac 12, but Oregon is trending in the wrong direction.

Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS.

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