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Towson Run Key in 84-59 Victory over The Citadel

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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.

Ashton Moore climbed the glass for a career-high seven rebounds including six on the defensive end. He was joined by the frontline of White and Tom Koopman who snagged five rebounds each.

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.

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