BOULDER, Colo. -- Towson State may have lost more than its season opener last night.
Senior guard Devin Boyd, the team's leading scorer a year ago, went down with an injured elbow in the second half of the Tigers' 93-83 loss to Colorado. Boyd, who was in considerable pain, was taken for X-rays after the game to determine the extent of the injury
"They're checking to see if there is a fracture," Towson State coach Terry Truax said. "If that's true, then this was a costly loss for us."
Boyd, who kept the Tigers in the game with 29 points, was injured when he collided with Colorado's Donny Boyce while diving for a loose ball with 11 minutes, 41 seconds remaining in the game. His elbow was immediately placed in an inflatable cast.
Towson State trailed, 56-52, when Boyd went down. But the Tigers rallied, as his replacement, freshman Terrance Alexander, scored 14 of his 15 points in the final 10 minutes. Alexander tied the game at 61 with a short, pull-up jumper with 8:56 to play.
But Colorado's Poncho Hodges made a three-point play, and, after a free throw by John James, Buffaloes point guard Billy Law hit a three-pointer and then two free throws to give his team a 69-62 lead.
Matt Campbell's free throw pulled Towson State to 72-68 with 5:48 remaining, but that was as close as the Tigers would get, as the Buffaloes made three straight baskets.
"We gave ourselves a chance to get back in the game, but we gave up too many second shots and didn't take care of the ball," Truax said.
Chuck Lightening added 18 points for Towson, and Terrance Jacobs had 12. Boyce, a freshman, led Colorado with 21 points.
Boyd single-handedly kept his team in the game in the first half, scoring 23 of his team's 33 points. But outside of Lightening, who had eight first-half points, Boyd got little offensive support from his teammates.
The Tigers jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game as Boyd converted a steal into a layup and then canned a pair of three-pointers. But Colorado quickly erased that margin with eight straight points.
Another 8-0 run by the Buffaloes five minutes later had Towson State in a 23-14 hole. The deficit grew to 34-21 with six minutes to go in the half before consecutive three-pointers by Boyd and a basket by Lightening narrowed the margin to 34-29.
But Colorado outscored the Tigers, 9-4, over the last three minutes to take a 43-33 lead at intermission.
"We didn't get off in the first half like we would have liked," said Truax after watching his team commit 14 of its 20 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
TOWSON STATE (83) -- Lightening 7-16 2-3 18, James 0-1 1-2 1, Brown 1-3 1-2 3, Boyd 10-14 3-4 29, Jacobs 4-12 4-5 12, Alexander 6-12 3-9 15, Campbell 1-2 1-4 3, Griffin 0-0 0-0 0, Mason 0-1 0-0 0, Caldwell 1-1 0-0 2, Ray 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 30-63 15-29 83.
COLORADO (93) -- Robinson 6-10 5-6 17, Hunter 4-8 1-2 10, Hodges 3-5 7-11 13, Law 2-4 14-20 19, Boyce 9-14 1-4 21, Dean 5-11 3-4 13, Golgart 0-2 0-0 0, Pullium 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 29-54 31-49 93.
Halftime: Colorado, 43-33. Three-point goals: TS 8-13 (Boyd 6-8, Lightening 2-3, Jacobs 0-1, Alexander 0-1); Col 4-9 (Boyce 2-4, Hunter 1-3, Law 1-2). Rebounds: TS 33 (Brown 6); Col 43 (Dean 11). Assists: TS 13 (Lightening, Boyd, Jacobs, Alexander, Campbell, 2 each); Col 16 (Law 6). Total fouls: TS 35, Col 24. Fouled out: Lightening, James, Brown, Jacobs, Boyce. Technical fouls: Jacobs. A: 4,119.