Towson used a 28-8 run that spanned two halves and lasted 14:12 to earn an 84-59 victory over The Citadel on Friday afternoon at the SECU Arena.
The Citadel (3-5) now finishes up the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament tomorrow at 3 p.m. with a first time meeting against West Alabama.
Towson responded to a 21-21 tie late in the first half with a 10-3 run that included six points off the hand of Marcus Damas. That gave the Tigers a 31-24 lead at the 3:34 mark.
Eight points down the stretch, including a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining by Rafriel Guthrie, allowed the Tigers to take a 39-25 lead into the intermission.
That momentum carried over into the second half as the Tigers capitalized on six points each from the duo of Jerrelle Benimon and Damas to establish a 54-29 lead in a 5:54 span.
Freshman Warren Sledge came through with a game-high 14 points for The Citadel, who slipped to 3-5 overall on the season. Sledge came off the bench to hit 5-of-8 from the floor and 2-of-2 from 3-point range. He was joined in scoring by classmate Brian White who scored 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
The Citadel capped off the game by hitting 22-of-56 (39.3%) from the floor and 7-of-19 from 3-point range. The defensive-minded Bulldogs were also limited to 12 trips to the free throw line, converting only eight.
The Tigers (5-2) were led offensively by the combination of Four McGlynn (19 points), Mike Burwell (17), Marcus Damas (16) and Jerrell Benimon (13). Teammate Timajh Parker-Rivera pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to anchor a Towson unit that finished with a 48-33 edge on the glass. In total, the Tigers had six players finish with five rebounds or more in the contest.
As a unit the Tigers were 31-of-72 (43.1%) on the game, knocking down 10-of-22 (45.5%) from beyond the arc. They held decisive advantages in points in the paint (42-22), fast break points (18-2) and points off turnovers (19-9).
Both teams got off to a sluggish start after enduring a 10-minute delay because of lighting issues that took place during pre-game introductions at the SECU Arena.
Marshall Harris III opened up scoring for both teams by knocking down a 3-pointer from the left elbow 1:23 into the frame. Towson answered with a 12-0 run over the next 2:31 behind five points from Benimon to move in front 12-3.
White ended The Citadel drought with layup on a pass from Harris, sparking an 11-2 run that included a long range 3-pointer from Moore and a layup by Tom Koopman, knotting the contest at 14-14.
A quick trey by Burwell allowed Towson to move back in front by three but a Koopman jumper coupled with a C.J. Bray 3-pointer gave the Dogs their first lead of the game, 19-17, with just over nine minutes remaining. The Tigers scored four of the next six points, forcing the eventual 21-21 tie.
McGlynn's fourth field of the second half, a layup following a pass by Jamel Flash, allowed Towson to extend its lead to 80-42.
Sledge was responsible for 11 of The Citadel's final 17 points down the stretch as the Bulldog defense finished strong in Towson's 84-59 victory.