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In this week’s athletics roundup, Tigers basketball splits inaugural games at SECU Arena

Tigers forward Jerrelle Benimon tallied 17 rebounds against Navy.

Tigers forward Jerrelle Benimon tallied 17 rebounds against Navy.

Men’s basketball routs Navy

In their first game in the new SECU Arena, the Tigers topped the visiting Midshipmen 72-45 before a crowd of more than 4,200 fans. The 27-point margin of victory is the largest ever for Towson over a Division I school in a home opener and largest against any program in an opener since a 104-67 win over Frostburg State in 1984.

Preseason CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon pulled down 17 rebounds and blocked three shots. Rafriel Guthrie led all scorers with 16 points and sophomore Four McGlynn knocked down five three-point baskets in his first game with Towson since transferring from Vermont. The Tigers suit up Tuesday to face local rival Morgan State at home.

Women’s basketball falls to Mids

Senior Tanisha McTiller recorded her ninth career double-double in the Tigers one-point defeat Friday evening. Trailing at halftime, the Tigers rallied but fell short, falling 56-55 to Navy.

“We continued to play and continued to fight and didn’t quit which will be an important attribute to the success of this program down the stretch,” said Towson coach Niki Reid Geckeler. “We need to keep working on the chemistry.”

The Tigers visit Raleigh to face N.C. State Monday night before returning to SECU Arena Saturday to play Manhattan.

Volleyball’s block party takes down Blue Hens

In their final road game of the regular season, the Tigers defeated Delaware 3-1 Sunday in Newark, Del. Towson recorded 14 blocks in the match with six players tallying at least two. The defensive showing shut down the potent Blue Hen attack as the Tigers recorded the victory.

“We played well from the start tonight and placed a lot of pressure on Delaware with our serving and team defense, including great blocking,” said Towson coach Doug Metil. “Our outsides really came up big and it was exciting to see a few individuals on this young squad with ‘double-double’ performances.”

Swimming and diving takes weekend against George Washington

The women’s swimming and diving squad remained undefeated, routing the George Washington Colonials 184.50-76.50 Saturday in Washington, D.C. Seniors Kendall Towe and Kaitlin Burke each won two events on the day. The Tigers are now 9-0 on the season, marking the seventh straight season in which the team has won nine meets.

The men’s side also recorded a decisive victory Saturday, tallying a 199-63 win against the Colonials. At 7-1, the Tigers have secured their best record since the squad finished 9-2 in 2003-04. Freshmen Jeremy Liu and Nick Breschie each recorded two wins in the meet to lead their team to victory.

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