Jerrelle Benimon scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds as visiting Towson beat Hofstra 57-50 in a Colonial Athletic Association contest Saturday. Benimon's basket gave Towson a 53-44 lead with 1:10 to go as the Tigers won for the first time in the last eight games at Hofstra. Towson's Marcus Damas (11 points) made two key baskets down the stretch for the Tigers, who had not won at Hofstra since Feb. 25, 2002. Damas' free throw with 49 seconds left gave Towson a 54-46 lead, and his two free throws sealed the win with six seconds to go. Towson (15-13, 10-5) has won 12 games away from home this season. The Tigers entered the game tied for third with JMU in the CAA standings. Hofstra (6-20, 3-10) was led by Steve Mejia, who had 13 points. Taran Buie, averaging 13.5 points, missed all 11 shots from the field and did not score. Towson's Kris Walden had five assists and Damas added eight boards. Towson, which led 21-19 at halftime, took a 44-34 lead with 8:01 to go on a layup by freshman Timajh Parker-Rivera. Damas gave the Tigers a 46-35 edge on a dunk with 7:03 to go. His basket gave Towson a 48-39 lead with 4:28 to play, but Jordan Allen of Hofstra cut the lead to 49-41 with 3:34 to go. Benimon and Damas hit key shots down the stretch for Towson, which won the battle of the boards 41-25 and shot 51.2 percent from the field. The Tigers led 20-11 in the first half before Hofstra went on a 6-0 run. The Tigers led 21-19 at halftime despite shooting 39.1 percent from the floor. Bilal Dixon had six points in the first half for Towson, which won the battle of the boards 23-13 and held Hofstra to 29.6 percent shooting. Damas, the team's top scorer last season, played at Bay Shore High, just a few miles east of the Hofstra campus on Long Island. He had two points and six rebounds in the first half.
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