Late run can't salvage Towson win Creighton hands Tigers 6th loss in row, 79-70

State men tTCBY: Brant James

December 23, 1997|By CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Towson erased a 16-point halftime deficit with an 18-0 run to start the second half last night, but Creighton got 11 points in the final minutes of the game from little-used reserve Matt West to extend the host Tigers' losing streak to six games with a 79-70 setback.

West, who did not score in the first half, scored a career-high 14 points and accounted for all but seven of the Bluejays' points in the last 6: 39.

West's layup with 6: 39 left gave Creighton (6-3) the lead for good at 61-60, and his six foul shots maintained the advantage as Ralph Biggs scored five in 40 seconds to close Towson within 67-65. West put Towson away with 42 seconds left with a three-pointer that extended the lead to 75-69.

Biggs led the Tigers (2-7) with 23 points, and with a bank shot in the first half became the 20th Towson player with 1,000 career points.

Rodney Buford led the Bluejays, who have won five of their past six games, with 23 points.

Towson appeared lethargic in the first half, falling behind by as many as 19 points as the Bluejays amassed a 26-15 rebounding edge.

Towson went 8: 29 without scoring midway through the first half, allowing Creighton to craft a 13-0 run for a 27-10 lead.

The Tigers went another 2: 35 without a field goal before Raul de Pablo's three-pointer.

Towson coach Mike Jaskulski attributed the second-half comeback to intensity, but did not know why it was missing in the first half.

"I have no idea why," he said. "I guess if I did, we wouldn't be 2-and-whatever."

Navy 80, Harvard 65: Michael Heary set season highs of 27 points and nine rebounds as the Midshipmen (5-5) ended a four-game road losing streak.

Heary made five three-pointers, including one with 2: 40 left that put the game out of reach at 77-59.

After Harvard (6-3) tied the game at 35 with 18: 53 left, Navy built a 10-point lead over the next eight minutes and never trailed.

Harvard pulled within 59-54 with 8: 24 left, but Navy got a three-point play from Seth Schuknecht and three-pointers from Aaron Smith and Heary for a 68-54 lead with 6: 15 left.

The Mids had 10 three-pointers.

Pub Date: 12/23/97

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