Feb 1, 2014, 3:49 PM EST
After a great first day in Towson just outside of Baltimore on Friday, the #CAAHoops On Campus team has made its way to the sparkling new SECU arena to take in matchup between the Towson Tigers and Drexel Dragons. In addition to a marquee matchup in the league, televised on NBCSports Network at 4:30p.m. it is also part of the nationwide Autism Awareness Day in college basketball, spearheaded by Towson Head Coach Pat Skerry and Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion. Coach Skerry’s son, Owen, has autism and Coach has reached out to 80 other coaches across the nation to wear the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece. After watching the Dragons and Tigers on NBCSN be sure to look for coaches across the nation wearing the pin, including Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and Bill Self of Kansas. You can use the hashtag #AutismHoops all day to follow the effort.
The CAA.TV staff will be visiting all nine campuses over the next two months to provide in-depth features, post-game press conferences, highlights and much more.
You can follow our coverage of today’s game at the SECU in a number of ways. We’ll post a few notes here on the blog in addition to postgame highlights and postgame comments after the game. We’ll use the @CAABasketball timeline on Twitter to provide updates from around the league. You can also follow the #CAAHoops hashtag as we know several of fans and media throughout the league will provide superb commentary. Lastly don’t forget to take a look at both our Facebook page and Instagram feed for inside looks at the Northeastern/Delaware contest.
Be sure to watch for our features with the the Tigers next week. We sat down with Coach Skerry about his effort to spread Autism Awarenss. We also ran a “Full Court Press” on Towson women’s hooper Nyree Williams and found out which Golden Girl she identifies with.
Follow along below for a live blog and enjoy some #CAAHoops action.
FINAL: Towson wins it through gritty defense and foul shooting. 75-73. Stay tuned for highlights and post game reaction.
Last few minutes: Benimon with a circus layup to get the Tigers a 4 point lead, Massenat comes down and gets fouled with 22 seconds left. He made the first and missed the second. Towson to shoot free throws and ice the game.
2nd Half Under 4:00 Media Timeout: Jerrelle Benimon taking over and has Towson up 69-666. He has 23-8.
2nd Half Under 8:00 Media Timeout: Towson leads 55-52. This is a knock down drag out battle. Lots of fouls but still high drama.
2nd Half Under 12:00 Media Timeout: Drexel’s leading scorer and leading rebounder are now in foul trouble. Fouch has 3 fouls while Ruffin has 4. We are tied at 44.
2nd Half Under 16:00 Media Timeout: Your steadfast blogger was shooting some footage for our In Focus piece but the Tigers have a 40-38 lead.
Start of the second half: And we are off and running in the second half. Should be a great finish.
Halftime: Marcus Damas leads all scorers with 12. Two key players, Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon and Drexel’s Chris Fouch are playing with 2 fouls each. Tavon Allen is filling it up for Drexel with 8 points. Towson is doing well preventing Fouch from getting clean shots off around the perimeter. Towson leads 33-30.
Under 4:00 Media Timeout: Both teams are shooting pretty well. The Tigers are at 47% while the Dragons are at 45%. Drexel’s 5 offensive rebounds seem to be making the only small difference in the game. Drexel leads 26-24.
Under 8:00 Media Timeout: The Dragons are on a 6-1 run, the score is 17-16 in the favor of Towson. Drexel has 4 turnovers while Towson has 5. Ruffin leads all rebounders with 4.
Under 12:00 Media Timeout: Towson has opened up a 16-10 lead behind Damas’s 10 points and a monster put back slam by Parker-Rivera. Benimon currently resting with 2 fouls.
Under 16:00 Media Timeout: Marcus Damas has 5 of 7 Tigers’ points as they lead 7-4. Tiger Mike Burwell was on the floor for a long period after catching an accidental elbow to the face. The referees checked the monitors but found no malicious intent.
Pre Game Notes: This is Drexel’s first trip to SECU Arena. The Tigers are 10-1 at home this season. Drexel leads the series 46-16 – Towson won this matchup last year, 72-71 in the Towson Arena. Jerrelle Benimon leads the Tigers in points, rebounds and assists, while the Dragons split those categories amongst 3 players – Chris Fouch leads in points, Franz Massenat leads in assists and Dartaye Ruffin leads in rebounds.
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