After dropping four straight games, all of which they definitely competed in, the Towson Tigers have now won three straight contests and are rolling.
First, the Tigers traveled cross-country and upset Oregon State 67-66 in overtime on December 29. Then, Towson went to Wilmington and beat the UNCW Seahawks in their Colonial Athletic Association play opener and beat their hosts, 79-74, on Wednesday. Most recently, on Saturday, head coach Pat Skerry guided his team to another impressive road victory, this time over the Drexel Dragons in Philly, to the tune of 69-66.
Three straight road games and three straight wins. Give plenty of credit to Skerry along with Jerrelle Benimon and Marcus Damas.
Last season, the Tigers finished just 1-31 overall. Now, with 16 games still remaining on their schedule, the yellow and black have already won seven games and boast a 7-8 record overall and are 2-0 in the CAA.
This season, his first since transferring from Georgetown, Benimon is looking like a top candidate for CAA Player of the Year. Showing a knack for really performing in big games, the 6-8 forward is averaging 16.5 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 blocks per game. During the team’s three-game winning streak, Benimon has averaged 19.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3 blocks per game.
Damas has especially stepped up as of late. Over the team’s last three games, the sophomore guard has averaged 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. He also sank a game-winnning 18-footer to sink the Beavers last week. He’s averaged just 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds on the season.
Behind these two players’ outstanding efforts, Towson has been rolling and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
The Tigers will try to improve to .500 when they host the William & Mary Tribe on Wednesday at the Towson Center.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.