Towson clinches Big South

February 25, 1994|By Special to The Sun

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Senior John James scored a career-high 26 points, making 11 of 13 shots, as Towson State won its fifth game in a row, an 82-68 Big South Conference victory over Winthrop last night.

The victory, coupled with Campbell's 71-58 loss to UNC-Greensboro, gave the Tigers (19-8, 15-2) the Big South regular-season title for the second year in a row. The Tigers will be the top-seeded team in the Big South tournament at the North Charleston Coliseum next weekend.

The Tigers, who tied their Division I record with their 19th win, jumped to an 8-0 lead. Towson built its lead to 82-58 with 2:17 left before the Eagles (3-22, 4-13) came back to score the final 10 points.

"This is a very good win for us," Towson coach Terry Truax said. "This team was among the top teams picked in the preseason and had to live up to some high expectations. It's a credit to them that they worked hard and accomplished what they have.

James scored 14 of his points in the first half.

Junior guard Scooter Alexander made 8 of 12 shots, scoring 17 points as the Tigers shot 56.7 percent.

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