After last night's 83-68 victory at the University of Maryland Baltimore Maryland last night, Towson State coach Terry Truax was asked what it felt like to win his 100th game.
"In eight years, 100 wins comes out to a little over 12 a year," hsaid. "All I know is that the last 50 have come a lot quicker than the first 50."
Despite the average, it was a milestone night for Truax (100-121 over his career) as the Tigers got 41 points from their starting backcourt -- 21 from Terrance Jacobs and 20 by Devin Boyd -- and continued their roll through the East Coast Conference. Towson (10-6, 6-0 in the ECC) won its fifth in a row and 11th straight over ECC opponents dating to last year.
UMBC (2-16, 1-4) had ended a 14-game losing streak by defeating Delaware on Thursday, but lost to Towson for the second time this season. Guard Skip Saunders made seven three-point field goals -- tying a school and league record -- in scoring a team-high 23 points.
"Skip's shooting the ball well, but it's all for naught when thshots are desperation shots coming when you're behind," UMBC coach Earl Hawkins said. "We have to do a better job. The key was we got beat on on the boards and in transition."
Especially the boards, where Towson had a 50-32 edge -including 24 offensive rebounds. Center William Griffin had nine and Jacobs eight as Towson out-rebounded UMBC, 27-12, in the second half.
The Retrievers, down 33-24 at the half, opened the second half with seven straight points.
But Boyd made a three-pointer during a 7-0 run that increasethe lead to 40-31. After Saunders made a three-pointer to bring UMBC to 42-36 with 16:10 left, Boyd's jumper started an 11-0 run that made it 53-36.