At times last night, as Devin Boyd went slashing through defenders on the way to a career-high 32 points, it seemed as if Kurk Lee had returned from the New Jersey Nets to play again for Towson State.
Boyd looked like a carbon copy of Lee most of the evening at the Towson Center, as he used flashy assortment of shots and drives to the basket against Rider College.
When Boyd was finished, Towson State had a 75-71 East Coast Conference victory and was off to a 3-0 ECC start for the first time in nine years in the league.
Boyd also became the 14th Towson State basketball player to score 1,000 points or more in his career.
Boyd reached 1,000 with 12 minutes, 51 seconds left in the second half when he hit a free throw.
"Devin's doing the same things for us now that Kurk did last season," said assistant Towson State coach Jimmy Meil. "He's stepping forward and being a leader, and we need that."
With 25 seconds left in the game, Boyd enabled Towson to take a 74-71 lead when he stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a layup.
Chuck Lightening (17 points, 7 rebounds) helped preserve the lead when he blocked a shot by Marcus Pryor with eight seconds left.
Lightening had given Towson (7-6, 3-0) a 72-71 lead with one minute left when he hit a jumper in the lane.
Rider (6-8, 1-2) has lost 10 in a row at the Towson Center. The home team has won the last 16 Towson-Rider games.
Towson coach Terry Truax said, "Chuck needs some help with his defense, but I'll give him some credit for defense for blocking that late shot."
Truax said he found out about 10 minutes before the game that fighting had broken out in the Persian Gulf but he decided not to tell his players.