3-pointers lift Towson over Winthrop, 93-85

January 24, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

When Towson State began play in the Big South Conference this month, coach Terry Truax said the thing he noticed about the new league was the teams' willingness to shoot three-pointers.

Truax isn't fond of the three-point shot, but it bailed him and the Tigers out last night, as Towson turned back Winthrop, 93-85, at Towson Center for its fifth straight victory.

"We haven't done it [shoot threes] that well, and we don't defend it that well, either. But it worked tonight," said Truax.

The Tigers (8-6, 5-0) hit eight of 17 three-pointers -- and shot 53 percent overall from the field -- in maintaining first place in the league.

Senior guard Devin Boyd, who had a game-high 26 points, hit six three-pointers, which tied his school record.

"Devin Boyd shot the ball as well as he has since he's been here," said Truax. "With Devin, I want him to continue to gain some confidence with that."

Boyd and freshman guard Ralph Blalock, who had Towson's other two three-point shots, did their damage during a three-minute span of the second half when the Eagles (8-6, 2-2) were threatening to close a six-point deficit.

Blalock hit two three-pointers and Boyd hit three, the last coming with 3:33 left and giving Towson an 83-75 lead. That effectively closed the door on a Winthrop comeback.

Blalock had eight points. Sophomore Terrance Alexander had 22 points for Towson.

Winthrop was a bit scrappier than the Tigers players had figured, emerging from the dressing room at halftime with an 11-2 run that gave the Eagles a 55-49 lead with 17 minutes left.

The Eagles repeatedly exploited Towson inside, and starting interior players Eddie Gay and Mark Hailey combined for 43 points and 14 rebounds.

"I thought Winthrop did just about everything they wanted to do offensively. Luckily, we were able to respond," said Truax.

The first half had nine ties and five lead changes, with crisp

passing and impressive offense from both sides.

Winthrop began with a 12-4 run in the first 2:30 on three-pointers from guard LaShawn Coulter and forward Carlo Wilkins.

The Tigers' response was behind jumpers from Boyd and Alexander and narrowed the gap to 16-11 on a three-pointer from Boyd with 14:12 remaining.

But the Eagles began to assert themselves on the offensive boards, getting as many as three shots on some possessions for a 7-5 edge in offensive rebounds in the first half.

Hailey and reserve forward Jeff Pickard combined for 25 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, mostly on put-backs and shots within five feet of the basket.

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