WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Jerrelle Benimon scored 19 points, and Towson held off UNC Wilmington 79-74 on Wednesday in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.
The Tigers led 59-40 on Marcus Damas' layup with 11:53 remaining, but the Ospreys battled back. They closed to 71-65 on Graham's 3-pointer with 2:24 to go, and 72-68 on another Graham 3-pointer with 59 seconds left. He made four 3-pointers from 59-40 to keep the Ospreys close with the Tigers.
With 20 seconds left, Ponder made two foul shots to narrow the margin to 75-72, but the Tigers held on.
The Ospreys outscored the Tigers 46-35 in the second half.
Citing "an abundance of caution," NC State has pushed its trip to Italy to 2017 after the U.S. State Department warned of "the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe."
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