When the Towson Tigers journeyed west to take on the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, hardly anyone gave the Tigers a fighting chance to compete against their Pac-12 opponent in the Gill Coliseum. But, behind outstanding efforts from two of Pat Skerry’s biggest contributors, Towson was able to secure arguably the biggest upset victory of any Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball team during non-conference play. Following the 67-66 victory, those two players were reward for their terrific performances with CAA Weekly awards.
Following yet another big-time game against a high-major or higher-ranked opponent, 6-8 junior forward Jerrelle Benimon was awarded another CAA Player of the Week honor. In the contest, Benimon scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds. Not only was this game his eighth double-double of the season, but Benimon is also now the only player in all of Division I basketball to register 20+ points and 20+ rebounds in a game this season.
Along with Benimon, Towson 6-3 freshman guard Jerome Hairston also was rewarded for his strong play against Oregon State. After scoring 9 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing 3 assists, Hairston was given this week’s CAA Rookie of the Week award. Notably, the point guard scored all nine of his points in the second half of their triumphant comeback victory and also played in a career-high 36 minutes in the contest.
With the Tigers slated to begin CAA Play on Wednesday at UNCW, they will definitely be relying on Benimon and Hairston to continue to produce.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.