TOWSON, Md. — Byron Hawkins and John Davis scored 13 points apiece to pace five players in double figures, as Towson University bolted to a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to an 88-47 win over the University of Rio Grande, Sunday afternoon, in non-conference men’s basketball action at the SECU Arena.
Towson, a member of the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association, improved won for the seventh time in its last eight outings to improve to 8-4.
Rio Grande (10-4) designated the game as an exhibition contest – one of two it will play this season.
The RedStorm shot just 30 percent from the field overall (19-for-63), 17 percent from three-point range (4-for-23) and committed 23 turnovers.
The Tigers, who never trailed in the contest, also outrebounded Rio, 51-38.
Rio trailed just 8-6 with a little more than 17 minutes remaining in the first half, but Towson went on a 19-7 run over the next 6-1/2 minutes to open up a 14-point advantage and settle things once and for all.
The RedStorm got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way, with the Tigers leading by as many as 22 points before settling on a 20-point halftime edge, 45-25.
The onslaught continued in the second half, with the advantage growing to as many as 44 points, 88-44, following a conventional three-point play by Towson’s Alex Thomas.
Hawkins and Davis led a balanced Towson attack which saw all 10 players score at least three points and all play at least 12 minutes.
Arnaud William Adala Moto added 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Walter Foster and Mike Morsell totaled 11 points each in the winning effort. Foster also had 10 rebounds.
Timajh Parker-Rivera pulled down 10 rebounds as well for TU.
Rio Grande was led by senior center Dwayne Bazemore (Columbus, OH), who had 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. He was the only Rio player to reach double figures.
Senior D.D. Joiner (Columbus, OH), the RedStorm’s leading scorer for the season, got into early foul trouble and was limited to just seven points.
Junior Corey Cruse (Fort Mitchell, KY) topped all Rio rebounders with eight.
Rio Grande will return from its holiday break next week with its second exhibition game against an NCAA Division I foe.
The RedStorm will travel to Rock Hill, S.C. to face Winthrop University of the Big South Conference in a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.