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Tigers over-power Gophers, 99-37

By: Desmond Boyle

Redshirt Freshman Dennis Tunstall got significant minutes off the bench against Goucher and led the Tigers with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his first career double-double.

Redshirt Freshman Dennis Tunstall got significant minutes off the bench against Goucher and led the Tigers with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his first career double-double.

When a really good Division I mid-major takes on a Division III team it’s going to be a lop-sided affair. On Wednesday night the Towson Tigers renewed their late November rivalry with Goucher College and with a 99-37 victory, got back above .500.

The must bigger and more athletic Tigers dominated the glass and had their way scoring down low against the Gophers, which made the short three mile trip down Dulaney Valley Road and around Towsontown Blvd and Osler Drive to SECU Arena. The Tigers quickly opened up a 10-3 lead in four minutes, thanks in large part to Alex Thomas’ presence in the paint.

The Gophers managed to find some success from the perimeter and knocked down two 3-pointers to keep the game close early.

Both teams played man-to-man defense but Goucher struggled to create space on offense and had a tough time defending Towson’s size inside. Mike Morsell then connected on Towson’s first 3-pointer of the night to extend their lead to nine points.

Two turnovers from the Tigers led to four fastbreak points for Goucher halfway through the first half. Jesse Mondry then added a 3-pointers three minutes later to cut the Tiger’s lead to four at 20-16.

After five-straight points for Towson in response, Mondry added another long-distance score to keep Goucher relatively close. But Towson junior guard Deshaun Morman answered with a 3-pointers of his own to give the Tigers an 11-point lead with four minutes to play.

A 3-pointers from John Davis then sparked a 14-point run for the Tigers that helped them separate themselves from the Gophers. Towson led 46-22 heading into halftime. They dominated the boards through the first half, out-rebounding the Gophers 27-7.

Towson continued to dominate the game as the start of the second half too, scoring the first 14 points out of the break. Through halftime, that gave Towson a 28-point run before Mondry ended the run and the Gophers scoring drought with a score six minutes into the second half.

Goucher consistently struggled to create space on the floor or establish any paint presence throughout the second half. As fastbreak dunk from Morsell gave the Tigers a 68-23 lead midway through the second half.

Towson took it’s foot off the gas in the last 10 minutes, playing a slower tempo offense with mostly freshman on the floor.

Freshman Dennis Tunstall had a particularly impressive outing for Towson, scoring 16 points in the second half. He also led Towson with 13 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 forward scored at will on the inside throughout much of the second half and earned valuable minutes of playing time.

β€œIt definitely felt great, it was a great team win today,” Tunstall said. β€œI went out there, did my job, rebounded and defended.”

The Tigers shot a season-high 57.1-percent from the field and out-rebounded the Gophers 43-21, giving up only four offensive rebounds.

Mondry led Goucher with 13 points and nailed three 3-pointers.

Towson will remain at home on Saturday when they host former CAA rival Old Dominion at 2 pm. Goucher will open Landmark Conference play at home against Susqehanna on Saturday.

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