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03/02/2013 7:16 PM EST
Towson completes turnaround, beats Hofstra 67-64
TOWSON 67, HOFSTRA 64

TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Jerome Hairston and Marcus Damas scored 17
points each as Towson ended a remarkable turnaround season by
defeating Hofstra 67-64 Saturday.



The Tigers (18-13, 13-5 Colonial Athletic Association), who are
ineligible for the postseason because of NCAA academic progress
rules, improved by 17.5 games over last year's 1-31 finish,
based on the difference in both wins and losses, divided by two.
That bettered the mark of plus-17 by Mercer in 2002-03 and UTEP
the following season.



Jerrelle Benimon had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Towson for
his 20th double-double this season. His two free throws tied the
game 55-55 with 3:52 left, and two by Rafriel Guthrie made it
57-55. Benimon's three-point play stretched the lead to 62-55
with 1:08 remaining.



Stevie Mejia scored 22 points and Moussa Kone 20 for the Pride
(7-24, 4-14), who will play No. 2 seed Delaware in the
conference tournament on March 9.

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