Towson was the dominant favorite in the Colonial Athletic Association to open this season. The Tigers had some slip ups and disappointments in the out-of-conference play, but Pat Skerry's squad has taken care of business against UNC Wilmington and Drexel in conference play.
One team that many thought could challenge the Tigers in the CAA was new member Charleston. The Cougars had an even more disappointing out-of-conference stretch than Towson, but the thought was out there that Towson's Jerrelle Benimon could possibly be neutralized by Charleston big man Adjehi Baru. That notion was quickly squashed this afternoon in South Carolina.
Benimon dominated Charleston today in a 72-57 win, in which he played all 40 minutes.
"The College" challenged Towson in the first half and was just down 31-29 at the break. A 9-0 run down the stretch would prove to be the back breaker for the Cougars. Mike Burwell would account for seven of those nine points and finish the game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Benimon was simply a step faster than Baru and was his usual dominant self. The Georgetown transfer finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Charleston can look to rebound Wednesday with a visit from UNC Wilmington and then road trip to the Commonwealth of Virginia to take on James Madison and William & Mary.
Towson joins Delaware as the CAA's only undefeated squads in conference play. The Tigers will face those Blue Hens on Saturday in Newark but must get past Northeastern in Baltimore on Wednesday. Today's win marks the first five game winning streak for the Towson since 2000-01.