CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Towson State has given ranked teams fits, but last night, there wasn't much of a surprise. Towson suffered through scoring droughts at the start of both halves and fell to 25th-ranked Virginia, 72-49, at University Hall.
The Tigers (17-10) fell to 0-15 lifetime against Atlantic Coast Conference competition, and it was an unsatisfactory performance to coach Terry Truax.
"I'm disappointed in our team's play," said Truax, an assistant at Virginia during the 1971-72 season. "I thought we were mature enough and experienced enough to at least put forth a better effort.
"I didn't see any of our players go to the floor for loose balls in the first half. At a program like ours, you should point to a game like this all year, and I don't think we were ready to play."
Forward Chuck Lightening led the Tigers with 14 points, and guard Terrance Jacobs added 13.
Point guard Devin Boyd, the club's leading scorer, suffered a hip pointer with 12 minutes, 48 seconds and sat out the rest of the game. He could miss two days of practice, but he is expected back by Sunday, when the Tigers play their first ECC tournament game.
"It's a painful injury, but it's not a serious injury," said Boyd, who scored five points. "I should be OK."
Towson lost to then-No. 3 Syracuse by five early this season and had stuck with then-No. 1 Oklahoma in the first round of last year's National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. The Tigers were competitive for a while last night.
Towson State got within 34-26 with 18:53 left when Boyd made the play of the game, a driving layup in which he put the ball behind his back while in midair.
"We wanted to just keep it up," Lightening said. "We knew we could score, but we knew we needed to play defense to get the job done."
The Tigers failed to score on their next six possessions, but the Cavaliers (20-9) went on an 8-0 run. The Tigers' deficit was 42-26, and it would grow.
"I don't think we were mentally prepared to come out and play on their level," Boyd said. "In order for us to win a big game like this, we have to execute every play we have."
The Cavaliers saw things from a different perspective.
"If you're from Towson State and you see 72-49, maybe you say, 'We didn't come to play,' " said Tom Perrin, the Virginia assistant who scouted the Tigers. "But I'd like to think we played pretty well. They're not bad. Coming in, I was concerned about the fact that they're good. They're not an ACC team, but they're good."