Jerrelle Benimon recorded his nation-leading 15th double double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead host Towson to an 80-71 win over James Madison on Tuesday night.

Towson ended the first half on a 17-2 run to break open a close men's basketball game Tuesday night, and the Tigers knocked off visiting James Madison, 80-71.


Jerrelle Benimon finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds for his nation-leading 15th double double of the season.

Guard Rafriel Guthrie scored 17 points for Towson (15-8, 6-2 Colonial Athletic Association), while guard Mike Burwell added 14 and forward Marcus Damas had 10.

The Tigers went 9-for-19 from 3-point range, with six players making at least one long-distance shot.

James Madison (8-15, 3-6) got a game-high 20 points from guard Andre Nation.

Guard Ron Curry had 13 points, and guard Charles Cooke scored 10.

Curry's layup gave the Dukes a 23-21 lead with 6:29 to play in the first half, but that was the last lead of the night for the visitors.


Towson 67, Northeastern 62: Tanisha McTiller scored a game-high 33 points to power the visiting Tigers (10-11, 4-4 CAA) past the Huskies (8-13, 2-6).

Towson opened with a 6-0 run and shot 39 percent from the field in the first half to take a 37-19 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Tigers continued to build the lead, taking a 43-19 advantage on a 3-pointer by Dominque Johnson with 18:17 left.

Northeastern rallied late in the second half, drawing to within 54-51 on a pair of free throws by Tiffany Montagne with 4:24 left in the game. Towson outscored them 13-11 the rest of the way.

Monday men

Morgan State 94, Hampton 92, 2OT: Justin Black scored a game-high 26 points and Anthony Hubbard added 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Bears' (8-12, 6-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) double-overtime victory over the Pirates (11-11, 6-3) at home.

Brian Darden cut the Pirates' four-point deficit to one with a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining, but Shaquille Duncan put the game out of reach, converting a free throw in the final second.


North Carolina Central 66, UMES 62: The host Hawks (3-16, 1-6 MEAC) dropped their sixth game in seven MEAC matchups, falling to the Eagles (16-5, 7-1) despite a game-high 17 points from guard Hakeem Baxter.

Jeremy Ingram led North Carolina Central with 14 points, and Alfonzo Houston and Jordan Parks added 11 each en route to the team's seventh straight conference victory.

The Hawks hung with N.C. Central throughout the second half, eventually pulling ahead by one, but the Eagles converted four free throws and a layup in the final two minutes to hold on for the victory.

UMES turned the ball over 14 times.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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