Towson State is off mark vs. Old Dominion, 93-75

November 27, 1994|By Kevin Doepp | Kevin Doepp,Special to The Sun

NORFOLK, Va. -- Towson State played like a basketball team playing for the first time this season.

With no exhibition games before their matchup with Old Dominion yesterday, the Tigers didn't shoot well, and their inexperience showed.

They were outplayed and soundly beaten by a much bigger veteran Monarchs team, 93-75, in front of 3,925 at Scope Arena.

Towson shot only 37 percent from the field for the game, despite getting 27 points from preseason All-Conference guard Ralph Blalock.

Stevie Thomas (21 points) and DeRon Robinson (10) were the only other Tigers in double figures.

"We are a better shooting team than we showed," said assistant coach Jim Meil, who filled in for head coach Terry Truax at the post-game news conference.

"They attacked our zone defense well and their pressure defense hurt us too."

Truax apparently scratched an eye, which was almost swollen shut, putting in his contact lenses and sat with an ice pack on his eye for most of the game.

The Tigers did show signs that they would stay in it. Down 27-11 with 8:38 to play in the first half, Towson went on a 12-4 run led by three Blalock baskets to cut Old Dominion's lead to 31-23.

For most of that stretch the Tigers were out-hustling the Monarchs on the boards. They were getting a lot of second shots and at one point got six straight offensive rebounds.

After calling a timeout, the Monarchs went on a 16-4 run to end the half with a 47-27 lead.

The Tigers did a good job shutting down Odell Hodge, the Monarchs' main man in the blocks. He was held to four first-half points and finished the game with 13.

However, Old Dominion guard Mike Jones hurt Towson. He went 4-for-6 on three-point attempts and finished the half leading all scorers with 20 points.

"We did a good job on Hodge," said Meil. "He has good, strong moves and passes the ball real well. We did what we could with him."

In the second half it was all Old Dominion. The Monarchs took a 31-point lead, 83-52, with 6:23 left.

Towson then ended the game with a 19-10 run, as Old Dominion went to its bench.

"Towson looked a little nervous," said Old Dominion coach Jeff Capel. "Their timing on offense wasn't there and a lot had to do with our defense."

If the Tigers are to contend in the Big South (they were picked second in the conference in the preseason poll) they are going to have to get more scoring from players other than Blalock.

"Ralph is our only proven scorer," said Meil. "He feels the urgency to score. We need to get other players to step up."

L The Tigers next play Tuesday night against Mount St. Mary's.

TOWSON STATE -- Schnedier 0-4 0-0 0, Lexer 0-8 0-0 0, Thomas 9-16 3-4 21, Blalock 10-18 3-4 27, Moody 2-5 4-4 8, Biggs 2-8 0-0 4, Robinson 4-9 0-0 10, Durrant 1-1 1-2 3, Keyes 1-7 0-0 2, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-78 11-14 75.

OLD DOMINION -- Sessoms 5-15 6-6 17, Mullen 4-6 3-3 11, Hodge 5-9 3-3 13, Jones 7-11 2-2 20, Dunlap 1-2 0-0 3, Samuels 2-2 3-6 8, Sherod 0-3 3-6 3, Harvey 3-5 1-2 7, Johnson 2-2 0-2 5, C.Parker 0-2 0-0 0, D.Parker 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 31-61 23-32 93.

Halftime--Old Dominion 47, Towson St. 27. 3-point goals--Towson 6-16 (Thomas 0-1, Blalock 4-7, Moody 0-1, Robinson 2-4, Keyes 0-3), Old Dominion 8-18 (Sessoms 1-7, Mullen 0-1, Jones 4-6, Dunlap 1-1, Samuels 1-1, Sherod 0-1, Johnson 1-1). Fouled out--Biggs, Anderson. Rebounds--Towson St. 41 (Thomas 9), Old Dominion 44 (Sessoms 10). Assists--Towson St. 10 (Lexer, Thomas, Moody 2), Old Dominion 24 (Dunlap 10). Total fouls--Towson St. 26, Old Dominion 18. Technical--Harvey. A--3,925.

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