Towson beats Charleston Southern, 75-58 Pressure defense sparks Tigers win

January 26, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

After a lackluster start, Towson State awoke, using a full-court pressure defense to account for 12 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 75-58 win over Charleston Southern in a Big South Conference game before 1,217 at Towson Center.

Charleston Southern -- which set a conference record Saturday at UMBC by committing 35 personal fouls -- picked up where it left off, fouling at will in attempts to throw off the Tigers' running game.

And, for a while, it worked.

The Buccaneers shut down the Towson State offense early, holding the Tigers to three field goals in their first 17 attempts, and matched them point for point the first 15 minutes.

But when Towson turned up the pressure, Charleston Southern threw away the game.

The Buccaneers committed turnover after turnover, succumbing to Towson's double teams in the backcourt, and the Tigers blew open the game with a 34-5 run that gave them a 48-21 lead well into the second half.

Guards Scooter Alexander (24) and Devin Boyd (23) scored 47 of Towson's points, many on layups off turnovers by Charleston Southern (5-9, 2-5).

The win was the Tigers' sixth straight and eighth in their last 10 games. They improved to 9-6 overall, and 6-0 in the Big South.

But early in the evening, such an outcome didn't appear certain.

Charleston Southern got off to a fast start hitting its first three shots, on Travis Brewster's jumper and a pair of layups by Christian Wober, to take a 6-0 lead.

The Tigers hit one of their first seven shots and three of their first 17.

The Tigers' inaccuracy was largely due to a barrage of fouls from a physically dominant Charleston Southern team. The Buccaneers fouled early and often.

The Buccaneers committed 15 first-half fouls, most of them in the first 10 minutes. They took leads of 14-12 and 16-14 before the Tigers picked up the pressure with a dominating full-court defense that quickly turned the tide.

The Tigers forced five straight Charleston turnovers, turning them into easy opportunities on offense and scoring the game's next 12 points, the last three coming on a Boyd jumper from 20 feet to give Towson a 26-16 lead.

The Tigers hit 15 of 25 foul shots for the half, and led 34-21 at halftime.

Darnell Sneed, the leading scorer in the Big South, who had 39 Saturday in the Bucs' loss to UMBC, had just four points, and one field-goal attempt, in the first half.

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