Alexander's 29 boost Towson State, 98-90

February 14, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

Going into last night's game against Radford, Towson State guard Scooter Alexander was faced with perhaps his biggest challenge of the Big South season: trying to stop long-range bomber Doug Day.

Not only did Alexander put the clamps on Day in the second half, he also came through with a career-high 29 points -- including 10 in the last 2:26 of the game -- to help Towson to a 98-90 victory before 1,505 at the Towson Center.

The victory was the fifth straight for Towson (14-8, 10-2), and Radford (12-13, 6-6) had its two-game winning streak stopped.

Day is the NCAA's Division I all-time leader in three-point shots made and attempted. But, after making four of seven three-point attempts in the first half, Day was just one of seven from long range in the second half. Most of that was against Alexander, who got a lot of help.

"They were setting a lot of screens for him," Alexander said. "Our big men stepped out a couple of times and did a good job with the help."

Towson had led by as many as 14 points early in the second half, only to fall behind with 3:55 left after Day scored on a layup that gave Radford an 86-85 lead. But Alexander took control, scoring the next six points -- and 10 of Towson's final 13 -- to allow the Tigers to maintain their lead atop the Big South standings.

"Scooter always plays well," said Towson point guard Devin Boyd, who also scored 29 points. "He's automatic from eight to 12 feet."

That's where most of Alexander's shots were coming from, with quite a few of the opportunities coming after offensive rebounds. After Day's layup gave Radford the lead, Alexander grabbed a rebound off a missed shot by Boyd and hit a 12-foot jumper from the lane that gave Towson an 87-86 lead.

On Towson's next possession, Alexander made a jumper from almost the same spot for a three-point Tigers lead. He scored the first six points of a 9-0 run in the final minutes that gave the Tigers control. Alexander grabbed five rebounds -- all on the offensive end, and many of them resulting in points.

"They were laying back in the lane, and when the shots went up, they weren't looking to block out," Alexander said. "They turned their heads, and I was able to sneak in a couple of times."

Day led Radford with 19 points, but had just two -- the layup that gave Radford the lead -- in the last 11:25. The first half was a different story. Day, who entered averaging 17.5 points, took all of his first-half shots from behind the three-point line and made four from way out.

"One shot, I thought he was six rows behind the bench when he took it," Towson coach Terry Truax said. "We just didn't realize the kind of range that he had."

NB Day's shooting is what helped Radford stay within 47-41 at the

half. Towson looked to run away early in the second half, scoring the first eight points to take its biggest lead, 55-41.

Radford center Tom Gallagher ended his team's drought, scoring six straight points to make it 55-47.

Later in the half, after a three-pointer by Boyd gave Towson a 74-65 lead, Radford slowly began chipping away.

Over the next six minutes, with Towson getting little offense outside of Boyd and Alexander, Radford went on a 21-9 run that -- following the layup by Day -- gave the Highlanders the lead. From there, it was all Alexander.

"We were kind of tired," Alexander said. "We played a lot of games in a short period of time and it showed. We had a couple of long bus trips last week. But it all came together at the end."

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