Awakening Towson romps over BU, 93-71 12 Tigers score in win

Alexander's 21 lead way

January 14, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Towson State matched its longest winning streak of the season last night, which illustrates just how inconsistent the Tigers have been. But maybe they're on the verge of something big.

The signs are there.

Senior guard Scooter Alexander continued his recent surge with a season-high 21 points, and Towson pulled away in the final eight minutes for its second straight victory, 93-71 over Boston University in a North Atlantic Conference game at the Towson Center.

Twelve players scored for Towson, including senior forward Ralph Blalock with 15 points and senior guard Quintin Moody with 11.

Are the Tigers (7-5, 3-1) ready to bust loose? If it happens, one reason will be the resurgence of Alexander, who has scored in double figures in four straight games. That wouldn't have meant much two seasons ago, when he was tearing up the Big South Conference, but it's noteworthy this winter.

Alexander, who was averaging 11.7 points, had been struggling since coming back from a redshirt season. But lately, he has looked more the part of a preseason All-NAC pick, and the Tigers are benefiting.

"In the beginning, I had my mind in other places. It was just little stuff, personal stuff," he said. "Now, I feel like I'm back straight and playing a lot better."

Alexander had nine points at halftime, and his basket with 19 minutes remaining gave Towson the lead for good, 41-40. And it just kept getting better.

His steal and layup made it 50-46, and he began a fast break that led to a three-point play by Moody and a 52-46 lead.

Even when the Terriers seemed to have him under wraps, he wriggled free. With the shot clock winding down and a defender in his face, Alexander hit a fall-away jumper from beyond the arc to stretch the lead to 13. It brought the crowd to its feet, and it leveled the Terriers.

"I knew the clock was running out, but I had no idea how much time was left. I just knew I had to get it up there," he said.

"Two weeks ago," said coach Terry Truax, "that shot probably had no chance of going in."

Boston (6-8, 3-3) got no closer than nine after that, as the Tigers put together one of their most impressive stretches this season.

Even junior guard DeRon Robinson got into the act, hitting a three-pointer in the waning seconds. He was supposed to redshirt this season, but Towson discovered he wasn't eligible because he had played in an exhibition.

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