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Patriots Seek to Rise Above .500

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Where:Towson Center.When:7 p.m.TV:ESPNU.Radio:

WWXX (92.7 FM), WWXT (94.3 FM), WXTR (730 AM), WBAL (1090 AM).Records:Patriots 7-7, 1-3 CAA; Tigers 7-7, 2-2.

Streaks: After defeating North Carolina Wilmington 55-34 on Monday at Patriot Center, the Patriots will attempt to forge their first winning streak since their NCAA tournament run last year. The Tigers, picked to finish seventh in the 12-team CAA, have not beaten the Patriots since joining the league in 2001, a stretch of nine games, and have lost 16 of the past 17 meetings. Their only win during that time came 14 years ago.

Bench Help: Despite shooting poorly, the Patriots earned their first CAA win by limiting UNCW to two field goals and 10 points in the first half. They got a lift from sophomore F Chris Fleming, an Osbourn Park graduate who made his first career start and contributed eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. Coach Jim Larranaga said that, in all likelihood, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Fleming will start again tonight. Larranaga might also turn to Gs Jordan Carter and Dre Smith again after inserting them into the lineup against the Seahawks. "We were looking for something," Larranaga said of the moves. "We've been searching all season long and I think we will continue to search, actually."

Neal for Real: Tigers G Gary Neal's 24.6-point average is tops in the CAA and fifth in the nation. Neal, the only Towson player averaging double figures, is shooting just 41 percent from the field, but 89 percent from the free throw line (85 of 96). He had 27 points in a 75-68 victory at Delaware on Monday and is averaging 31 in his last three games.

-- Steven Goff

-- Steven Goff

Streaks: After defeating North Carolina Wilmington 55-34 on Monday at Patriot Center, the Patriots will attempt to forge their first winning streak since their NCAA tournament run last year. The Tigers, picked to finish seventh in the 12-team CAA, have not beaten the Patriots since joining the league in 2001, a stretch of nine games, and have lost 16 of the past 17 meetings. Their only win during that time came 14 years ago.

Bench Help: Despite shooting poorly, the Patriots earned their first CAA win by limiting UNCW to two field goals and 10 points in the first half. They got a lift from sophomore F Chris Fleming, an Osbourn Park graduate who made his first career start and contributed eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. Coach Jim Larranaga said that, in all likelihood, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Fleming will start again tonight. Larranaga might also turn to Gs Jordan Carter and Dre Smith again after inserting them into the lineup against the Seahawks. "We were looking for something," Larranaga said of the moves. "We've been searching all season long and I think we will continue to search, actually."

Neal for Real: Tigers G Gary Neal's 24.6-point average is tops in the CAA and fifth in the nation. Neal, the only Towson player averaging double figures, is shooting just 41 percent from the field, but 89 percent from the free throw line (85 of 96). He had 27 points in a 75-68 victory at Delaware on Monday and is averaging 31 in his last three games.

-- Steven Goff


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