Boyd's 28 give Towson 77-62 win

December 19, 1990|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,Special to The Sun

WASHINGTON -- Devin Boyd scored a career-high 28 points and added a school record for free-throw accuracy to lead Towson State to a 77-62 victory over Howard before 780 last night at Burr Gymnasium.

"I knew I had a lot of free throws, but I didn't feel I had a great day," said Boyd, who converted all 15 of his free throws to better the 12-for-12 mark Kurk Lee set against Drexel in 1989. "I took a few bad shots, but I feel I played better than I had this season."

Boyd added six steals and three assists in 28 minutes, as the 6-foot-2 junior point guard eclipsed the 27 points he scored against Gettysburg as a freshman. He also had the distinction of twice making three free throws on one trip to the line after being fouled beyond the three-point line.

"I told him, 'There's only one guy dumber than you on those shots and that's the guy who fouled you,' " said Tigers coach Terry Truax, whose squad evened its record at 3-3. "He knew they weren't very good shots."

The Tigers, who started three juniors and two sophomores, trailed, 22-16, with 11:02 left in the first half before running off 20 unanswered points to grab a 36-22 advantage with 2:52 remaining.

The Bison's 8-minute, 35-second drought ended 17 seconds later on a layup and foul shot by Martin Huckaby.

Howard narrowed the score to 38-30, but didn't come closer the rest of the game. William Griffin's dunk off a lob from Chuck Lightening with 12 seconds on the clock and Terrence Jacobs' layup at the buzzer on an underhanded feed from Boyd put TSU up, 42-30, at the break and the Tigers were able to maintain a double-digit margin throughout the second half.

"Basketball is a game of spurts, but I think when we went to zone, Howard had trouble adjusting," said Truax. "They became passive and stopped attacking the basket."

Howard's program has fallen on hard times, going 18-46 since the beginning of the 1988-89 season after recording 12 consecutive winning campaigns.

Truax said he doesn't expect to win against Syracuse or even Alabama, the Southeastern Conference foe next up on the Tigers' schedule. "The big thing is not to be intimidated by Syracuse," said Truax. "I'll be interested to see how we respond."

TOWSON STATE (77) -- Day 0-1 0-0 0, Boyd 6-10 15-15 28, Waller 2-4 0-0 4, Jacobs 4-12 4-7 12, Manns 0-0 0-0 0, Caldwell 0-1 1-2 1, Mason 0-1 0-0 0, Valentine 1-3 0-0 2, Campbell 1-1 1-1 3, Griffin 5-9 0-0 10, Lightening 1-5 3-5 5, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Heidler 0-0 0-0 0, James 1-4 3-4 5, Brown 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 24-54 28-36 77.

HOWARD U. (62) -- Bynum 3-7 0-0 7, Huckaby 2-3 1-1 6, King 0-1 6-8 6, Dodson 0-0 0-0 0, McNeil 7-13 0-0 15, Gibbs 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 4-10 0-0 9, Riddick 0-3 0-0 0, Chase 1-1 1-2 3, Hollis 0-0 2-2 2, Price 0-2 0-0 0, Bass 0-4 0-0 0, Powell 4-12 2-4 10, Sturdivant 0-3 1-2 1, Cole 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 14-21 62.

Halftime--Towson St. 42 Howard 30. Three-point goals--Towson St. 1-7 (Day 0-1, Boyd 1-2, Waller 0-1, Jacobs 0-2, Mason 0-1), Howard U. 4-14 (Bynum 1-3, Huckaby 1-1, McNeil 1-3, Brown 1-4, Riddick 0-2, Powell 0-1). Fouled out--Bynum. Rebounds--Towson St. 40 (Waller 4, Jacobs 4, Campbell 4, Griffin 4, Lightening 4, Brown 4), Howard U. 33 (Powell 6). Assists--Towson St. 18 (Jacobs 5), Howard U. 15 (Brown 4). Total fouls--Towson St. 19, Howard U. 25. A--780.

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