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Maryland basketball to play Towson for first time in 20 years

When Maryland and Towson play each other in men's basketball next season, it will mark the first time in 20 years that the state's two largest schools faced each other.

Put it this way: the last time the Terps and Tigers met, Keith Booth was the team's senior star who led Maryland to 12 straight wins to start the 1996-97 season -- including a 93-76 win over Towson in the second game -- and a 15-1 start overall.

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That was the school's best 16-game start until it was matched last season when sophomore guard Melo Trimble hit a long, game-winning 3-pointer to beat Wisconsin.

The renewal of a series dominated by Maryland (12-0) was first reported by CBSSports Wednesday, and confirmed by a source in College Park.

The game against Towson is one of three non-conference games that have been reported for Maryland to date.

The Terps will take on Georgetown at the Verizon Center in the return  game of the matchup last season at Xfinity Center -- the first regularly scheduled meeting between the schools since 1993-94 -- as part of the inaugural Dave Gavitt Games.

Maryland will also play Oklahoma State in College Park as the return game for a 2014-2015 game in Stillwater.

Among the highlights for Maryland in the series against Towson was a 91-38 win over the Tigers in 1984-1985 for coach Lefty Driesell's 500th career victory that came after the Terps had lost four straight Atlantic Coast Conference games.

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