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Tribe Hosts Towson on Saturday Night
Updated: Sunday 01/25/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball returns home to face the Towson Tigers on Saturday, Jan. 26, night, opening a stretch of four home games in six outings for the Green and Gold. The game will also be a part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend and is slated for a 7 p.m. tip at Kaplan Arena. 

Tribe fans can follow the action on the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Bill McDonald and Charlie Woollum 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. The Tribe Athletics TV video stream is also available for purchase at TribeAthletics.com.

  Game Day Information  -  Game 19 vs. Towson
When:     Saturday, Jan. 23, 2012, 7 PM
 Where:    Williamsburg, Va.  |  Campus Map  |  Visiting Williamsburg
Venue:    Kaplan Arena  |  Seating Chart
Broadcast:    Watch Online  |  Listen Online  | Live Stats
Tickets:    TribeAthletics.com
Game Notes:  William and Mary  |  Towson  |  CAA
Season Stats:  William and Mary  |  Towson  |  CAA
Highlights: 
Tribe at Northeastern (Jan. 23)  |  Tribe vs. Drexel (Jan. 19)
Blogs:  
CAA Hoops Scoop  |  CAAHoops.com

News and Notes

- As of Jan. 24, the Tribe leads the CAA in field goal percentage (.451) and defensive 3-point percentage (.284), while ranking second in scoring (68.4), assists (13.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0).

- Coaches from both teams will be sporting sneakers along with their suits on Saturday as part of the ninth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend. W&M students will also be handing out turquoise ribbons at all entrances for sexual assault awareness.

- Over the last three games, junior forward Tim Rusthoven is averaging 21.3 points and nine rebounds per game, while recording a pair of double-doubles.

- With its double-overtime setback at Northestern on Wednesday, W&M is the only team in the country with three games that have gone to double overtime. In fact of the 27 contests nationally that have gone two OTs or more, the Tribe has played three of those games.

Scouting Towson
One of the best turnarounds in the country, Towson enters the contest with the Tribe at 10-11 overall and tied for third in the CAA standings at 5-3 after winning just one game in 2011-12. The Tigers opened the conference slate at 5-1, including a double OT win over W&M, but have lost their last two contests at home to Georgia State, 71-69, on Monday and George Mason, 77-67, on Wednesday. The game with the Tribe will be the Tigers' third this week. Towson is led by second-year head coach Pat Skerry, who was an assistant at W&M from 2000-03.

The Tigers lead the CAA in rebounds (39.6), blocked shots (5.3), rebounding margin (+5.7) and defensive rebounds (25.9). Nationally, Towson is 40th in rebounding margin and 23rd in blocked shots. The Tigers are second in the CAA in offensive rebounding (13.7) and second in defensive field goal percentage (39.2), which also ranks 43rd nationally. Towson scores 66.4 points per game and allows 65.8 points per game, which both rank fourth in the CAA.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon has been one of the top players in the CAA after transferring from Georgetown. He leads the Tigers and ranks fifth in the league in scoring at 17 points per game, while adding 11.5 rebounds per contest, which ranks third nationally. Benimon leads the country in double-doubles with 14. The Tigers have a trio of players behind Benimon that rank among the top 25 in the CAA at better than nine points per game. Junior Marcus Damas is second on the team at 9.9 points per game. Junior Mike Burwell chips in 9.2 points per contest, while ranking ninth in the league in 3-pointers made (1.6) and 10th in 3-point percentage (31.4). Freshman guard Jerome Hairston rounds out the group at nine points to go along with 2.4 assists per game.

W&M leads the all-time series with Towson at 13-11, including an 8-3 mark in Williamsburg though the Tigers have won the last two contests in Williamsburg. Earlier this season, Towson rallied from a nine-point deficit with two minutes remaining to force overtime, before pulling out a 99-86 victory in the second OT period.

Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend
Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), is slated for the weekend of Jan. 27-29, 2013, including the Tribe's Saturday game against Towson. The Tribe men's basketball staff as well as participating NABC member coaches will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits during weekend games to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. By lacing up sneakers with their suits on the event's ninth annual awareness weekend, college and high school basketball coaches across the country will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. Fans may support this cause by texting COACH to 20222 from any wireless phone to make a $5.00 donation toward Coaches vs. Cancer and help in the search for a cure. For more information, visit the Coaches vs. Cancer Facebook page, facebook.com/coachesvscancer.

Rusthoven Leading the Way
In each of the last three contests, junior forward Tim Rusthoven led the Tribe in scoring, averaging 21.3 points and nine rebounds per game over the stretch. He is shooting 54.8 percent (23-of-42) from the field and 81 percent (17-of-21) from the free throw line in the last three games. Twice over the stretch, the Winfield, Ill., native produced double-doubles with 20 points and 10 rebounds at Georgia State on Jan. 16 and a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds at Northeastern on Jan. 23. Overall, Rusthoven ranks 10th in the CAA at 15 points per game and eighth in rebounding at 7.3 per contest. In league games only, he has upped his numbers to 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Thornton Scoring in Bunches
In each of the Tribe's first 18 games of the 2012-13 season, sophomore guard Marcus Thornton has scored in double digits, including seven 20-plus point performances. Overall, Thornton has scored in double digits in each of the Tribe's last 20 games dating back to last season. He currently leads the team and ranks third in the CAA in scoring at 18.1 points per game, a number that also ranks 45th nationally (as of Jan. 24). Thornton's scoring average is the 17th-best single-season mark in W&M history and the best since Adam Hess averaged 20.3 points per game in 2004. His seven 20-point games this season rank fourth in the CAA. Thornton also ranks among the top 15 in the league in six other statistical categories. He leads the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.8), ranks second in minutes played (36.4), third in 3-point field goal percentage (39.7 percent), fifth in free throw percentage (80.8 percent), 11th in assists per game (2.6) and 15th in field goal percentage (42.2 percent).

Working Overtime
The Tribe played its third double-overtime game of the season at Northeastern on Jan. 23, marking the first time in program history W&M played three 2OT games in a single season. In fact, as of Jan. 24, the Green and Gold was the only program nationally to play three double-overtime games in 2012-13. In total, the Tribe has accounted for three of the 27 games nationally that have gone at least two overtimes this season. W&M is one of just 26 schools to play at least three OT contests in 2012-13. The Tribe three extra session games are the most for a W&M team since the 1991-92 squad had a school-record five games go to overtime. Overall, it marks the sixth time in school annals that W&M played three or more overtime games in a single season.

The Sultan of Swat
In the Tribe's double-overtime game at Northeastern, junior forward Tim Rusthoven blocked a career-high five shots, which marked the 11th-best single-game total in W&M history. It was the most blocked shots for a Tribe player since Marcus Kitts blocked five on Jan. 8, 2011 against James Madison. Over the last two games, Rusthoven is averaging four blocked shots per game, boosting his season total to 16, which ranks 15th in the CAA. He has 52 blocked shots for his career, which ranks 13th in program annals and is just four shy of the top 10. His 0.74 career blocked shots per game average is the eighth best in program history.

Thornton Shooting the 3
Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton is shooting the ball exceptionally well from 3-point range. He currently leads the CAA at 2.8 3-pointers per game, a number that also ranks 35th nationally as of Jan. 24. On four occasions this season, he has knocked down five or more 3-pointers in a game. His 2.8 threes per game rank second on the W&M single-season list behind only the three 3-pointers that David Schneider averaged per game in 2010. Thornton has been even better in CAA contests, hitting 3.7 3-pointers per game. His 39.7 percent from 3-point range on the year ranks third in the CAA and 48th nationally, as of Jan. 24. Thornton is already moving his way up the W&M career lists ranking seventh in 3-point percentage (36.9), eighth in 3-pointers per game (1.74) and 19th in total threes made.










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