William & Mary and Charleston were both searching for their fourth CAA win Monday in Williamsburg, but also were coming from two different directions. The Tribe were coming off a big win in Philadelphia over Drexel courtesy of a Marcus Thornton buzzer beater, while Charleston dropped a 58-56 decision at JMU.
Thornton brought the Tribe back from a 34-25 halftime deficit for a 74-63 in Kaplan Arena. Thornton posted 26 points and 3 rebounds in the win over the Cougars. Brandon Britt was the only other member of the Tribe in double-figures with 15 points. Anthony Stitt lead the Cougars with 18 points.
The win for William & Mary sets up a Wednesday showdown with the Delaware Blue Hens, who are 6-0 in conference play this season. Charleston will return home for a Saturday match up with 3-3 Hofstra.
While Joe Mihalich's Pride has had some early season success in the CAA early this season, tonight was not the night for Hofstra. Towson was ready to wash the taste of a Saturday loss to Delaware out of their mouth and they certainly did with a convincing 76-58 victory.
Jerrelle Benimon's 15 points and 10 rebounds gave the senior his thirteenth double-double of the year. Benimon has now had a double-double in ten of his last eleven games. Mike Burwell lead the Tigers in scoring with 17 points, while Marcus Damas (15 points), Rafriel Guthrie (14) and Four McGlynn (11) all finished in double-figures. Zeke Upshaw lead Hofstra with 20 points on the evening and was part of only a seven man rotation tonight for the Pride.
Towson's Wednesday match up at UNC Wilmington has already been postponed due to projected inclement weather in North Carolina. The Tigers next game may not come until February when they host Drexel in another big CAA contest.
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