Hofstra ends Tigers' 10-game streak Towson loses, 89-87, on three-pointer

February 23, 1992|By Special to The Sun

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- An off-balance three-point shot by Keith McMillan with 1:02 left was the difference yesterday, as Hofstra defeated Towson State, 89-87.

The loss ended the Tigers' winning streak at 10 and prevented Towson (14-12, 9-2) from clinching the East Coast Conference regular season title for the third straight year. It also ended their nine-game winning streak against Hofstra and marked the first time since 1987 that they had lost to the Dutchmen (16-8, 8-2).

McMillan, who had 15 points and made all three of his three-point attempts, hit his desperation shot for an 86-82 Hofstra lead.

After a free throw and steal by Terrance Jacobs and a breakaway dunk by Chuck Lightening pulled Towson to within 86-85 with 33 seconds left, Hofstra's Joe Larsen made one of two free throws with 23 seconds remaining for an 87-85 edge.

However, Lightening missed on a foul-line jumper and Larsen rebounded, was fouled and hit both free throws. A layup by Matt Campbell at the buzzer pulled Towson to within two.

"I can't say I'm displeased with our effort," said Towson coach Terry Truax, "but we could have played smarter. Hofstra played very determined. They might have been more determined than we were because they'd lost to us nine times in a row.

"A loss magnifies a team's mistakes, and we haven't had too many losses to deal with lately. So, maybe this will be good for us in the long run."

Lightening led all scorers with 28 points, hitting 11 of 15 from the field. Jacobs had 21, and Larry Brown scored 10 on 5-for-5 shooting.

Hofstra, bothered by the Tigers' press in a 10-point loss at the Towson Center two weeks ago, committed only seven turnovers.

The Dutchmen were led by Demetrius Dudley with 25 points and seven assists. They were 11-for-16 from three-point range, including freshman John Mavrouskas' 4-for-7.

Towson's winning streak was the fourth-longest in the nation behind Nevada-Las Vegas (20), Princeton (13) and Delaware (12). The first-place Tigers are only a half-game ahead of Hofstra in the ECC standings.

TOWSON STATE -- Alexander 7-11 2-2 16, Jacobs 6-18 7-9 21, Lightening 11-15 4-5 28, James 1-4 0-1 2, Brown 5-5 0-4 10, Caldwell 1-2 0-0 2, Valentine 1-4 0-0 2, Campbell 2-3 2-2 6. Totals: 34-62 15-23 87.

HOFSTRA -- Kiernan 1-2 2-4 4, Nason 1-4 0-0 2, Larsen 2-2 3-5 6, Dudley 9-18 4-7 25, Shanahan 6-12 0-0 13, Mavrouskas 6-9 1-2 17, Cosgrove 2-7 2-2 4. Totals 31-62 16-24 89.

Halftime--Towson State 46-43. 3-point goals--TS 4-12 (Jacobs 2-7, Lightening 2-2); HU 11-16 (Mavrouskas 4-7, Dudley 3-4, McMillan 3-3, Shanahan 1-2). Rebounds--TS 35 (Alexander 7); HU 32 (Shanahan 7). Assists--TS 10 (Jacobs 3); HU 18 (Dudley 7). Total fouls-- TS 19; HU 23. Fouled out--James, Kiernan. Technicals--Campbell, Hofstra bench. A--1,922.

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