Towson's charge puts away Northeastern, 72-69 Biggs' 27 in second half lead rally from 12 down

March 01, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

NEWARK, Del. -- It was a truly unforgettable second-half performance by Ralph Biggs last night.

He scored 27 points and led the Towson State Tigers on a frantic rally that turned back Northeastern, 72-69, in a first-round America East tournament game.

Biggs finished the game with 30 points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist. He and Towson wiped out a 36-24 first-half Northeastern lead as the Tigers advanced in the tournament. They'll meet second-seeded Drexel at 7 tonight in the quarterfinals.

Even people close to the Towson team say it will take some sort of minor miracle for the 10th-seeded Tigers to beat Drexel.

But Biggs believes Towson is capable of that as long as "my angel" is on the floor with him.

Angel?

That happens to be freshman point guard Damon Cason, who was up to his old tricks last night during the torrid comeback in which the Tigers outscored Northeastern 48-33.

"Damon is my angel on the floor," Biggs said. "He always knows where I am. We've played so much together on outside courts that we just seem to click."

Cason and Biggs teamed for the play of the game with 10: 50 left in the second half, with Cason feeding Biggs for a dunk on a perfect fast break that cut the Northeastern lead to 43-41.

The pass to Biggs seemed to light even more of a fire under a Towson team (9-18) that was already on its way back against the Huskies (7-20).

Cason also tossed in a 15-foot jumper with 5: 51 remaining, pushing the Tigers ahead 56-54 and setting the stage for an exciting finish.

Those were Cason's only points of the game, but he finished with three assists and three rebounds in 19 minutes of all-out play.

Cason hit the floor twice but bounced back to help Towson and Biggs finish off the Huskies.

Biggs put on an exciting scoring performance that featured an assortment of dunks, jumpers and drives to the basket.

The junior Towson forward acknowledged he was playing for a cause last night.

"I didn't make the first-, second- or third-team all-conference [teams] and my teammates couldn't believe it," Biggs said. "They all said I deserved to be on one of those teams, so I went out and played hard to back up that kind of confidence in me."

Derick Newton and Ryan Lexer added 11 points each for Towson, and Michael Keyes had 10 points and six assists. Lexer led Towson with 11 rebounds.

Pub Date: 3/01/97

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