Towson edges Delaware, 88-84, in OT Boyd's 38 spark 2nd-half comeback

January 31, 1991|By Jerry Bembry

It was only fitting that Devin Boyd, who scored a career-high 38 points, would sum it up best after the Tigers beat Delaware, 88-84, in overtime last night.

"A winning attitude has really sunk in, and we're never going to give up," said Boyd, after scoring the most points by a Towson player at the Towson Center. "We think together, play together -- we feel like we can't lose."

Towson can't be faulted for its "can't lose" feeling after coming from eight down with 2 minutes, 45 seconds left in the second half to tie the game at 73 and force overtime.

The East Coast Conference-leading Tigers (12-6, 7-0) won their seventh straight, their longest streak since moving to Division I in 1979. It also was their 13th straight win over ECC opponents and gave them an 8-1 record in January.

"This is a great win for us, to be down and come back and shothe character that we did," Towson coach Terry Truax said. "I'm really not concerned who we play -- I'm concerned with how we played."

Boyd posted the big numbers to keep Towson in the game, bufellow guard Terrance Jacobs hit the key shot to tie the game in regulation and two big baskets in overtime.

After blowing a 68-60 lead, Delaware (7-11, 2-4) still led, 73-70after two free throws by Anthony Wright with 40 seconds left. On Towson's next possession, Jacobs had the ball to the left of the key, looked briefly for Boyd, who was guarded, then shot a three-pointer that tied the score with 16 seconds left and forced the overtime.

"I wasn't looking to shoot the shot -- I was looking to go to thbasket," said Jacobs of his sixth three-pointer of the year. "[The defender] just backed off, and I took it. Fortunately, it went in."

Delaware led, 76-75, early in overtime, but Matt Campbell -- whplayed 24 quality minutes -- fed Jacobs for a layup to put Towson up, 77-76. Delaware led, 82-81, on a three-pointer by Ricky Deadwyler, but Chuck Lightening (15 points, 10 rebounds) hit a jumper and Jacobs followed with a layup, as the Tigers outscored Delaware, 7-2, the rest of the way.

The game was even more exciting for the players than the 85-8win over Bucknell Jan. 4, during which Boyd hit two three-pointers in the final seven seconds -- including one at the buzzer. "This was more satisfying because we didn't play well at all against Bucknell," said Boyd, who was honored in a pre-game ceremony for scoring his 1,000th point this season. "We just went out and ran our offense."

Truax said of Delaware, the preseason pick to win the ECC: "They're probably the most athletic team in the conference. Nobody blocked our shots [seven blocks] like that -- not even Syracuse."

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