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Tyrique Jones leads No. 18 Xavier To 73-51 victory over Towson

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Tyrique Jones had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 18 Xavier to a 73-51 victory over Towson on Thursday night in the Charleston Classic.

The Musketeers are 5-0 for the second time in three seasons and first time since 2018 when they won the Big East Conference regular-season title and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

This Xavier group just might have the pieces for another special season as long as Jones keeps playing like this. The dynamic 6-foot-9 senior had a rim-rattling jam early in the second half and finished with the second double-double of the season and 12th of his college career.

The Musketeers will face either Buffalo or UConn in the eight-team tournament Friday night for a spot in the championship game.

Xavier opened a double-digit lead with a 15-6 run midway through the opening half. Scruggs had a pair of baskets to start things, Dahmir Bishop hit a three, Scruggs added another bucket and Carter finished things with two fouls and an inside basket to put the Musketeers up 15-6.

The Tigers (2-3) struggled against Xavier’s relentless pressure, turning the ball over on three straight positions. They weren’t much more successful when they held onto the ball, going 1 of 14 from the field during one brutal stretch of the period.

Towson got a bit of a lift heading to the locker room as Jakigh Dottin made about a 35-footer as time ran out to draw his team to 31-20 at the break. Still, the Tigers could not get their shots to fall, finishing just 18-of-59 shooting (30.5 percent).

Jason Carter finished with 13 points and Bryce Moore added 12 points for Xavier, including a four-point play with 9:50 to go.

BIG PICTURE

Towson: The Tigers won’t be back home for a game until Dec. 10. They’ll be very used to each other after this seven-game stretch that started at with a loss at Florida a week ago and ends at Vermont on Dec. 7.

Xavier: The Musketeers first four wins all came at home and, while they were not all easy, there was a comfort to not leaving the gym. This week in Charleston is a big test for Xavier, which could wind up playing Florida or Miami in its tournament game Sunday night — either for third place or for its third in-season title in the past five seasons.

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Towson will play the Buffalo-UConn loser Friday.

Xavier will play the Buffalo-UConn winner Friday.

Rhode Island lands perimeter help in graduate transfer from Towson

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Rhode Island added some much-needed perimeter shooting for the season as the team announced the addition of Towson graduate transfer Four McGlynn.

The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 12 points and shot 37 percent from 3-point range to go along with 91 percent free-throw shooting last season.

“We are tremendously excited to add Four to our Rhode Island basketball family,” said head coach Dan Hurley in the release.  “This past season, we established ourselves as one of the premier defensive teams in college basketball.  During this offseason, one of our main objectives is to add perimeter shooting and scoring to our lineup and we feel as though we have done that with Four.”

Joining a backcourt that returns sophomore E.C. Matthews and solid freshman J.T. Terrell, Rhode Island is coming off of a second round appearance in the Postseason NIT and 23-10 record.

Adding another shooter of McGlynn’s caliber off their bench is certainly an upgrade to the roster.

Rhode Island lands impact transfer from Towson

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Rhode Island picked up a transfer in Towson guard Four McGlynn, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 6-foot-2 junior was the leading scorer for the Tigers this past season, as he averaged 12 points per game to go along with 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

McGlynn also provides value as a shooter, as he shot 37 percent from 3-point range and 91 percent from the free-throw line last season.

Since McGlynn is graduating from Towson, he’ll be eligible to play immediately at Rhode Island and gives them another floor spacer who can also help close out games from the line.

 

Towson outlasts Charleston for CAA road win (VIDEO)

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Towson outlasted Charleston 53-50 on Sunday afternoon as the Tigers won an ugly CAA game. The Tigers only shot 33 percent (19-for-57) from the field and turned the ball over 15 times, but they outrebounded the Cougars 51-35.

Timajh Parker-Rivera paced Towson with 12 points and chipped in eight rebounds while Charleston was led by 13 points from Joe Chealey.

Ron Curry’s buzzer-beater lifts James Madison over Towson (VIDEO)

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James Madison was able to squeak past CAA rival Towson on Saturday as junior guard Ron Curry hit a long 2-pointer at the buzzer for the win.

Curry’s buzzer-beating jumper bounced off the rim and the backboard before falling through the net and giving the junior a career-high 27 points.

Towson unveils special uniforms for annual Autism Awareness game

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Last season Towson head coach Pat Skerry and then-Marshall head coach Tom Herrion, who’s now an assistant at Georgia Tech, began an initiative in college basketball geared towards supporting those who have autism and their families. The cause is a personal one for both coaches, as they’re raising children who are on the autism spectrum.

This weekend coaches across the country are participating in the “Coaches Powering Forward for Autism” campaign, and they’ll be wearing a blue puzzle piece lapel pin. Friday, Towson announced that its basketball team will wear special light blue uniforms for its game Saturday against James Madison.

Saturday’s game is Towson’s annual Autism Awareness Game. According to the Autism Speaks website, one in every 68 children (one in every 42 boys) is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. For this weekend, the goal of raising $6,800 per school (representing the 1:68 ratio) has been set.