Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon recorded his eighth double-double of the season, leading Towson to a 73-64 victory over New Hampshire on Monday at SECU Arena in Towson, Md.
Benimon finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots for Towson (8-6), which improved to 8-0 at home this season. Senior forward Marcus Damas scored 11 points. Sophomore forward Timajh Parker-Rivera, senior swingman Rafriel Guthrie and sophomore guard Four McGlynn scored 10 points apiece.
Senior forward Patrick Konan had 23 points to lead New Hampshire (2-10), which lost its 10th game in a row since winning its first two. Sophomore forward Frank Okeke, senior guard Jordon Bronner and freshman forward Jacoby Armstrong also scored in double figures for the Wildcats.
Towson maintained a slight lead in the opening minutes until senior guard Scott Morris made a 3-pointer to put New Hampshire up 7-6 with 14:15 to play in the opening period.
The Tigers answered with a 9-0 run to take a 15-7 lead on a 3-pointer by Guthrie with 10:31 remaining in the half, and they staged an 8-0 run to go up 26-14 with 6:06 to play. The Wildcats slowly chipped away at Towson's lead in the final minutes of the first half and cut the deficit to 29-26 after Okeke made a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining.
New Hampshire surged ahead early in the second half and took a 47-40 lead on a 3-pointer by Bronner with 12:18 to play, but Towson battled back. Benimon converted a three-point play to tie the game at 51-51 with 9:38 remaining, and he converted another to put the Tigers on top 60-59 with 6:33 to go.
Benimon's second three-point play started an 8-1 run that gave the Tigers a 65-60 advantage with just over four minutes left. The Wildcats cut the deficit to four with just under a minute to play, but McGlynn was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws to extend the lead to 71-64 with 37 seconds remaining.