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Tribe Opens Road Trip at Towson on Wednesday Night
Updated: Tuesday 01/08/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball team opens a three-game road trip at Towson on Wednesday night. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip from the Towson Center Arena.

Tribe fans can follow the action on the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast can be heard at TribeAthletics.com as well. TowsonTigers.com will offer a live video stream of the contest for purchase. Tribe fans that have already purchased Tribe Athletics TV will have access to the stream under their current package at no addition charge. 

  Game Day Information  -  Game 14 at Towson
When:     Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 7 PM
 Where:    Towson, Md.  |  Campus Map  |  Visiting Towson
Venue:    Towson Center Arena
Broadcast:    Watch Online  |  Listen Online  | Live Stats
Tickets:    TowsonTigers.com
Game Notes:  William and Mary  |  Towson  |  CAA
Season Stats:  William and Mary  |  Towson  |  CAA
Highlights: 
Tribe vs. George Mason (Jan. 5)  |  Tribe at Vanderbilt (Jan. 2)
News:  

George Mason Pulls Away From W&M Late
Jan. 5, DailyPress

Tribe Falls to George Mason in CAA Match-up
Jan. 5, Virginia Gazette

Tribe Falls to George Mason in Final Minutes
Jan. 5, The Flat Hat


W&M Ends Non-Conference Season with Loss at Vanderbilt
Jan. 3, The Flat Hat

Blogs:  
CAA Hoops Scoop  |  CAAHoops.com

News and Notes

- The Tribe leads the all-time series with Towson at 13-10 and has won each of the last three meetings between the two teams at the Towson Center Arena in Towson, Md. In fact, the road team has won each of the last five contests between the two schools.

- As of Jan. 8, the Tribe leads the CAA in scoring (68.5), scoring margin (+4.1), field goal percentage (.474), defensive 3-point percentage (.263), assists (13.7) and defensive rebounds (27.3).

- According to the NCAA stats (as of Jan. 6), W&M ranks seventh nationally in defensive 3-point percentage, 31st in field goal percentage and 96th in defensive field goal percentage.

- Junior forward Tim Rusthoven tallied his first double-double of the season against George Mason with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 11 rebounds. He currently ranks second in the CAA and 24th nationally in field goal percentage (57.5).

Scouting Towson
Towson enters the contest with the Tribe sitting atop the CAA standings and on a roll. The Tigers have won three straight games, all on the road, including an overtime victory at Pac-12 foe Oregon State and most recently a 69-66 triumph at CAA preseason favorite Drexel. Pat Skerry is in his second season as the head coach of the Tigers and after winning just one game in 2011-12, is 7-8 this season, including a 2-0 ledger in CAA play.

The Tigers are among the top teams in the CAA and nationally in terms of defense and rebounding. Towson leads the CAA in defensive field goal percentage (38.4), rebounding (39.5) and blocked shots (5.2). TU is 41st nationally in defensive field goal percentage and 29th in blocked shots. The Tigers are second in the CAA and 58th nationally in rebounding margin, pulling down 5.5 more per game than its opponents. Towson ranks second in the CAA in scoring defense, allowing 64.3 points per game.

Junior transfer Jerrelle Benimon has been one of the top players in the CAA this season, averaging a double-double at 16.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. In fact, he ranks fifth nationally with nine double-doubles on the season. Benimon ranks second in the CAA and fifth nationally in rebounding as well as third in the league in blocked shots (2.0) and 55th nationally. Three other Tiger players average better than eight points per game and rank among the top 30 in the CAA. Junior Marcus Damas, who hit the game-winning jumper against Oregon State, ranks second on the team at 9.9 points per game, which is 23rd in the CAA. He ranks 13th in the league in free throw percentage (73.6) and is averaging 12 points per game in CAA play.

Junior transfer Mike Burwell chips in 8.8 points per game as the Tigers top 3-point threat. He averages 1.5 triples per game and in two CAA games is averaging 12.5 points per game. Freshman Jerome Hairston ranks 28th in the CAA in scoring at 8.7 points per game and leads the Tigers in assists (2.4) and steals (1.4) per game. Graduate student Bilal Dixon ranks 11th in the CAA at 6.6 rebounds per game.

W&M leads the all-time series with Towson at 13-10. The road team has won the last five games in the series with the Tribe claiming three wins in Towson. Last season, the College downed the Tigers, 66-49, behind 58.3 percent shooting from the field in the second half and 50 percent overall.

Rusthoven Double-Double
After just missing double-doubles on three previous games in 2012-13, junior Tim Rusthoven tallied his first double-dip of the campaign against George Mason on Jan. 5. The Tribe forward topped W&M with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor to go with a season-high 11 rebounds. It marked the fourth double-double of Rusthoven's career after he totaled three as a sophomore in 2011-12. Rusthoven just missed double-doubles against Wake Forest (11 points, nine rebounds), Richmond (20 points, nine rebounds) and High Point (23 points, nine rebounds), coming up one rebound short on all three occasions. He became the second Tribe player to record a double-double this season, joining junior Kyle Gaillard, who pulled the trick with 13 points and 11 rebounds at Radford on Dec. 8.

Tribe Excels in the Classroom
Along with its work on the court, the men's hoops program continues to demonstrate why Tribe Athletics personifies the term student-athlete with its efforts in the classroom. The team enjoyed another exceptional semester, amassing a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 at the 'Public Ivy' institution for the 2012 fall semester. Last academic year in 2011-12, W&M produced a team GPA of better than 3.1. W&M also placed a league-high seven players on the CAA All-Academic Team in 2012. Under head coach Tony Shaver, the Tribe produced 25 CAA All-Academic team honorees, the most in the CAA since 2004. No other team had more than two CAA All-Academic team honorees in 2012, and W&M put three of its five  starters on the top two All-Academic teams for the second time in three years. W&M was ranked fourth on  America's Top Public Colleges list according to Forbes in 2012 and the sixth-best public university in the country according to U. S. News and World Report in 2013.

Field Goal Consistency
W&M has not only shot the ball at a high level this season, but a consistent level as well. The Green and Gold shot 41 percent or better in 12 of its 13 games this season with the lone exception coming at Vanderbilt on Jan. 2. W&M ranks 31st nationally in field goal percentage at 47.4 percent, as of Jan. 6. The College has shot a better percentage from the floor than its opponent in 10 of 13 games as well, including three games of 50-plus percent from the floor (High Point, Old Dominion and Salisbury). W&M has three players among the top eight in the CAA in field goal percentage as of Jan. 3. Junior Tim Rusthoven is second at 57.5 percent followed by junior Brandon Britt (51.3 percent) and sophomore Marcus Thornton (45.8 percent) in seventh and ninth, respectively.

Three-Headed Scoring Monster

The Tribe's top three returning scorers, sophomore Marcus Thornton and juniors Brandon Britt and Tim Rusthoven, have upped their production in the early going of the 2012-13 campaign. The trio is averaging a combined 46.2 of the W&M's 68.4 points per game (67.4 percent). On the year, all three rank among the top 15 in the CAA with Thornton leading the way in fourth at 18.0 points per game. Rusthoven  and Britt rank 11th and 14th, respectively, averaging 14.4 and 13.8 points per game. On nine occasions one of the trio has scored 20-plus points in a game. Thornton and Rusthoven both tallied 20-point games at High Point and Richmond, while Britt led the Tribe with 21 points at Liberty and a career-high 26 against Howard. Thornton also scored a season-high 24 points in the opener against Hampton, 23 in the win over ODU and had a game-high 21 at Purdue. In the Tribe's game against George Mason, the trio combined for 56 of the Tribe's 66 points (84.8 percent) as Thornton and Rusthoven each tallied 19 points with Britt chipping in 18.

Gaillard Shooting
Junior forward Kyle Gaillard has been extremely effective from the field in 2012-13. The Huntersville, N.C., native ranks fourth nationally according to KenPom.com, as of Jan. 6, in effective field goal percentage at 70.3 percent. He is also ninth nationally in true shooting percentage at 69.5 percent. Effective field goal percentage is the same as field goal percentage but gives teams more credit for 3-pointers made, while true shooting percentage includes field goal and free throw percentage. For the year, Gaillard leads the Tribe at 62.3 percent from the field. He has been even better over the last eight games, shooting 69.6 percent (32-of-46) from the floor.  On two occasions this season, Gaillard was perfect from the field. He was 6-of-6 in the Tribe's 82-49 win over Salisbury on Dec. 21. Earlier this season, he tied a school record, going a perfect 7-of-7 from the field in the Tribe's double-overtime game with Richmond on Nov. 28. He became just the ninth player in school history to shoot a perfect 100 percent from the field, taking at least seven shots.

Among Nation's Best 3-Point Defense
The Tribe has been among the best teams in the country defending the 3-point line this season. The Tribe leads the CAA and ranks among the top 10 nationally limiting opponents to just 26.3 percent shooting from 3-point range. As of Jan. 6, W&M ranked seventh nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense according to the NCAA. The W&M school record for 3-point percentage defense is 31.4 percent set in 1998. W&M opponents are hitting less than five 3-pointers per game (4.9) this season.

Thornton Scoring in Bunches
In each of the Tribe's first 13 games of the 2012-13 season, sophomore guard Marcus Thornton has scored in double digits for the Green and Gold, including five 20-plus point performances. Overall, Thornton has scored in double digits in each of the Tribe's last 15 games dating back to last season. He currently leads the Tribe and ranks fourth in the CAA in scoring at 18.0 points per game, a number that also ranks 54th nationally (as of Jan. 6). He also ranks among the top 15 in the CAA in six statistical categories. He is second in 3-pointers made per game (2.5), third in 3-point field goal percentage (39.0 percent), sixth in free throw percentage (77.6 percent), seventh in minutes played (34.8), ninth in field goal percentage (45.8 percent) and 13th in assists per game (2.5).











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