HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Junior forward Chuck Lightening shot 10-for-10 from the field and finished with a game-high 21 points, as Towson State clinched the East Coast Conference regular-season championship with a 76-66 victory over Hofstra University (13-12, 6-4) yesterday. A Hofstra win would have kept it in the title race.
This was the eighth straight time Hofstra (13-12, 6-4) had lost to the Tigers (16-8, 10-1), who earned a first-round bye in the ECC tournament, which begins at the Towson Center on March 2.
The triumph was the Tigers' seventh in a row on the road for an overall road mark of 8-3.
Towson State broke away from the 12th tie of the game at 57 when junior guard Devin Boyd hit two free throws with 7 minutes, 49 seconds left. This started the Tigers on a run that opened a 69-64 margin going to the final minute.