Drexel hands Towson first ECC loss 3-pointer at :07 beats Tigers, 78-75

February 14, 1991|By Jerry Bembry

A game that began with Towson State looking to clinch the East Coast Conference regular-season championship ended instead with a center-court celebration by Drexel.

A three-pointer by Drexel's Clarence Armstrong with seveseconds left lifted the Dragons to a 78-75 win before 1,480 at the Towson Center.

The loss kept Towson (15-8, 9-1) from clinching the conferenctitle and ended the Tigers' unbeaten conference record, their 14-game ECC winning streak and a seven-game winning streak against the Dragons (10-14, 5-4).

"It was like an ECC tournament game, and it's unfortunate thawe couldn't win the regular-season title on our home court," said Towson coach Terry Truax of his team's last regular-season home conference game. "Now, we have to go and do it at either Hofstra or Delaware."

Armstrong's jumper capped a frantic final five minutes, which has become the norm in Towson home games this season. Six of Towson's 10 home games have been decided by four points or fewer.

This time, the Tigers took a 67-62 lead with 6 minutes, 4seconds left, only to have the Dragons respond with seven straight -- five by Michael Thompson (25 points) -- to take a 69-67 lead with 4:22 remaining.

Thompson later hit a three-pointer to put Drexel up, 73-70, buDevin Boyd (24) answered with a three-pointer to tie the game with 2:22 left. Terrance Jacobs scored on a layup with 1:25 left for a 75-73 Towson lead, but Drexel came back with an 18-foot jumper by Mike Wisler.

On Towson's next possession, Matt Campbell committed turnover when he tried to pass to Chuck Lightening in the lane with 42 seconds left. The turnover set up Armstrong's game-winner. Towson had a final chance to tie, but Lewis Waller bobbled the inbounds pass, and his rushed shot fell short.

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