Towson's men's basketball team will host Bucknell in a special exhibition game next Saturday to raise money for hurricane relief.
The extra game, which will be played at 1 p.m. at SECU Arena, was an idea from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to support Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Those areas were hit hard by hurricanes over the past three months.
The Tigers and Bison have received an NCAA waiver to play this game.
In lieu of admission, Towson is asking for a $5 donation per person, with all of the proceeds going to hurricane relief.
Bucknell was the unanimous choice to capture another Patriot League men's basketball championship, according to a preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors.
"This is a great opportunity to use the platform of college basketball to help people in need who were affected by the recent hurricanes," Towson coach Pat Skerry said in a statement. "We are thankful to Bucknell head coach Nathan Davis and our administration for helping to make this game a reality. We're excited to host a quality opponent in what should be a great college basketball game, while supporting an outstanding charity."
Bucknell and Towson were members of the East Coast Conference from 1983 until 1991. This will be the first meeting between Towson and Bucknell since 2007.
The Tigers have 10 players returning from a team that won 20 games for the third time in four years and advanced to the CAA semifinals. Eight of those returnees all played at least 10 or more minutes last season, started at least once and had big moments.
Towson starts its regulars season with a road game against Old Dominion on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.