Biggs shoves Towson State past New Hampshire, 71-65 Tigers hand Truax 199th career victory

February 14, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

In a season laden with roadblocks, Towson State found an opening last night.

The Tigers executed skillfully to take advantage and avenge a previous overtime defeat on the road by beating America East rival New Hampshire, 71-65, before 757 at the Towson Center.

"We were determined not to let this one slip away," said Towson forward Ralph Biggs, who packed 16 of his game-high 25 points into the second half. "We've found a lot of ways to let them slip. We wanted to keep this one."

Towson (6-17, 3-13) snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided tying the school record for losses at home.

With the score tied at 60, Michael Keyes put the Tigers into the lead to stay with a jumper at 2: 18. Biggs followed with one of two free throws and a follow-up dunk to shove Towson ahead by five.

Six successive free throws by DaVonn Harp, Keyes and Biggs cemented the 199th career win for Towson coach Terry Truax.

New Hampshire (7-16, 5-10) had a chance to pull away from a halftime tie at 38, but Damon Cason, who missed practice Wednesday, hit two three-pointers to keep Towson within range.

Women

New Hampshire 74, Towson State 73: Senior forward Pam Brandell's layup with 1.5 seconds remaining gave the host Wildcats (14-9, 11-4) an America East win over the Tigers (10-14, 6-10).

Sheila Danker scored a game-high 27 for New Hampshire, which trailed most of the second half until Brandell's free throw tied the game at 68 with 3: 51 left. Brandell scored 22, 19 in the second half.

Trinette Tucker scored 25 for the Tigers, and her three-pointer midway through the second half gave her 1,000 career points.

(Box scores, 6D)

Pub Date: 2/14/97

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