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Towson 68, Vermont 64

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Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon, a Georgetown transfer, had 29 points and 10 rebounds as the Tigers came back to beat host Vermont 68-64 Wednesday in a nonconference game.

Benimon went 11-for-15 from the field and added three assists and four steals. Towson (4-4) made 26 of 52 shots from the floor and had 13 steals to go with five blocks.

Luke Apfeld led Vermont (4-3) with 23 points.

Towson led 38-33 at halftime against the Catamounts, the defending America East Conference champs who were coming off a loss on Saturday to Rhode Island.

Vermont took a 55-51 lead with 7:01 to go on a basket by Apfeld. The Catamounts extended their advantage to five points before Mike Burwell hit a 3-pointer with three minutes left to pull Towson within 59-57. Towson's Marcus Damas hit a layup with 55 seconds left to tie the game at 61.

Damas made a layup off a pass from Jerome Hairston (four assists) with 39 seconds left to give the Tigers a 63-61 lead that they did not relinquish.

Apfeld missed a shot with 23 seconds left, and Benimon got the rebound for Towson. Damas made a free throw with 20 seconds to go, giving the visitors a 64-61 lead. Benimon made a free throw with two seconds remaining to account for the final margin.

Towson, from the Colonial Athletic Association, was coming off a 66-62 loss on Saturday at Maryland-Baltimore County. After that game, coach Pat Skerry promised that changes would be coming to the Tigers.

The Tigers have played eight road games in a row to start the season. The schedule does not get easier, as Towson plays Saturday at Georgetown.

NOTES: Vermont beat Towson 65-49 last season. ... Following the Georgetown game, Towson plays at Temple before its first home game in suburban Baltimore on Dec. 15 against North Dakota State. ... Benimon entered this week ranked second in the CAA in rebounds at 9.9 per contest. He had 13 points and 16 rebounds against UMBC.
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