Towson State used a balanced scoring attack and some solid defense to build a 17-point first-half lead, then wound up with a 67-54 triumph over Loyola College in the second half of the opening doubleheader of the second annual Big Four Classic at Reitz Arena last night.
Coppin State defeated the University of Maryland Baltimore County in overtime, 76-72, in the first game.
Towson State had six scorers between 11 and eight, topped by senior guard Gina Daniel. For Loyola, which shot 32 percent from the field, Traci Borden, a transfer from Santa Clara, had 15 points.
Coppin State, which had won only two of the previous nine meetings and was a 20-point loser when the two met last season, led most of the way before UMBC rallied to tie the game at 64 and force overtime. For its opening game, each side shot 33 percent from the field, and UMBC missed 21 of 43 free-throw attempts.