Towson run good enough to put away Navy, 76-68 Tigers go on 19-0 spurt late in 1st, early in 2nd

November 25, 1996|By Brant James | Brant James,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Towson State played better than Navy for about eight minutes last night, but those eight minutes were rough on the Midshipmen, as the Tigers used a 19-0 run at the end of the first half and beginning of the second for a 76-68 basketball win at the Towson Center.

Towson State (1-1) trailed by its biggest margin of the game, 38-27, with 2: 07 left until halftime before freshman guard Damon Cason (Southern-Baltimore) scored four straight points on a jumper and two foul shots to pull the Tigers within 38-31.

After a DaVonn Harp basket, senior forward Florian Schneider, who had been having trouble finding shooting room against Navy's man-to-man defense, popped open in the right corner and made a three-pointer that drew the Tigers within 38-36.

Navy (1-1) held the ball for most of the remaining 44 seconds of the half, but could not manage a quality chance as the shot clock wound down. Schneider scooped up a loose ball at the foul line with seven seconds left, dribbled downcourt and hit Marlin Wise (Southern-Baltimore) for a layup that tied the score, 38-38, with one second left. Towson State made its first four shots of the second half for a 46-38 lead before Terrell Hickman's bank shot ended the run.

"For a stretch there, we played very well," Tigers coach Terry Truax said. "You want to end the first half happy and carry it over."

Towson junior forward Ralph Biggs, who led all scorers with 19 on 7-for-10 shooting, took charge of the run in the second half, scoring eight points on short jumpers to give the Tigers a 52-44 lead with 15: 09 left in the game.

"At the end of the half, Towson really took us to the woodshed," Navy coach Don DeVoe said. "They were doing what they wanted."

Pub Date: 11/25/96

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