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Jerrelle Benimon’s ride with Towson continues in CIT, then all-star basketball game

Tuesday, Mar. 25 | By Peter Brewington
Jerrelle Beimon and Towson will next play Thursday. --Courtesty photo
Towson University men's basketball star Jerrelle Benimon missed out on the thrill of the NCAA tournament when his Tigers were toppled in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals after a superb regular season run.

The CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) is proving perhaps more memorable and exciting.

The former Fauquier High star helped Towson (25-10) win dramatic road games in Spartanburg, S.C., and Johnson City, Tenn., as the Towson edged S.C.-Upstate, 63-60, and East Tennessee State, 83-77, respectively.

On Thursday, Towson plays at Murray State in the CIT quarterfinals. Tip time is 8 p.m. EST at the 8,600-seat CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

In addition, Benimon was selected to compete in the 2014 Reese's College All-Star Game on April 4 in Dallas. The game, run in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), begins at 4:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, site of the 2014 Final Four.

The contest takes place on the Friday of the Final Four weekend in an East vs. West format and consists of 20 of the top senior college basketball players in the country who have exhausted their eligibility.

Benimon leads Towson in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.3 rpg) and assists (3.7 apg). His rebounding average ranks second in the NCAA and he is third in the country with 21 double-doubles.

Benimon’s 395 rebounds is just one shy of breaking Dan Roberts’ school record set in 1968-69. The forward only trails Navy’s David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

As far as the CIT, Murray State (20-11) is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and has been to the NCAA Tournament 15 times, including in 2010 and 2012.

The Racers breezed past Omaha, 86-62, on Monday night to advance to the Elite 8 of the CIT.

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