Boyd shoots Towson by G. Mason

January 07, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

His shooting had been off the mark this season, but last night, guard Devin Boyd was on target for Towson State in its 78-71 victory over George Mason.

Senior forward Larry Brown ended a string of 68 straight appearances with a two-day-old ankle sprain and the Tigers' other front-court regulars, juniors John James and Matt Campbell, both got in foul trouble in the first seven minutes. With regular backcourt mate Scooter Alexander benched in favor of freshman Quintin Moody, Boyd stepped up with his best game of the season.

Playing 37 minutes depite a cold, Boyd scored a game-high 28 points and fought his way inside for a career-high eight rebounds. The senior from Walbrook came in shooting 34.8 percent from the field, 25.0 percent three-point range, but he made 10 of 21 overall and three of eight beyond the stripe to move ahead of Poly coach Bucky Kimmett and into the No. 5 spot on the Tigers' all-time scoring list, with 1,537 points.

"We really needed a win bad," said Boyd, who sat out the 1991-92 season after breaking an elbow in the opener that season. "It wasn't pretty, but maybe it will get us going."

Starting its first four-game regular-season homestand at the Towson Center in more than five years, the Tigers will play Delaware Saturday and begin their first season in the Big South Conference next week.

"It's a very important week for us," coach Terry Truax said. "I wasn't happy with way we played last month, and we needed to pick up the effort."

Towson State (3-5) never trailed after freshman Stevie Thomas dropped in a jumper from the right baseline that put the Tigers ahead 48-47 with 15:41 remaining. They were up 59-51 on Boyd's breakaway with 10:45 left, but George Mason (5-6) had a chance to tie it when Mark McGlone went to the line with 1:31 remaining. He made one of two, cutting the difference to 72-71, but the Tigers gathered themselves and scored the final seven points.

Towson State was burned repeatedly by McGlone, a sophomore forward from Bladensburg who appeared in 11 games with Maryland two years ago. Without Brown leaning on him, McGlone had a career- high 26 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Alexander, who made the all-tournament team at the Connecticut Mutual Classic last week, didn't start for the first time this season, but Truax said "it's not a matter of penalizing Scooter, I wanted to reward Moody."

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