Vermont keeps Towson reeling 10th straight defeat most since Tigers joined Div. I

Loyola women rout Rider

State

January 17, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Senior scoring leader Ralph Biggs tried hard, but he really couldn't explain where it all has gone wrong for the Towson basketball team this season.

But one thing is certain: There will be a major shakeup in the tentative Tigers before they take the court tomorrow for a 1 p.m. home game against Hartford.

Enough is enough, said first-year coach Mike Jaskulski last night after a 55-45 loss to the University of Vermont in an America East game at the Towson Center.

After their 10th straight loss last night, Jaskulski promised changes.

The defeat broke the record for consecutive losses since the school became a Division I program in the 1979-80 season. The Tigers lost nine in a row in that first season of Division I play.

That wasn't much of a surprise.

But 18 years, two NCAA tournaments and two coaches later, no one expected anything close to this kind of nightmare.

"There is no other way to do it than to make changes," Jaskulski said. "We have to shake things up. For the first time in a long time, our effort was poor tonight and there is just no excuse for it.

"These guys have only 100 games in their career and need to play their hardest in every one of them. It's time to give some of the other guys on the team who have worked hard since Oct. 17 a chance to play."

The first two moves Jaskulski is considering are inserting 6-foot-4 freshman forward Brian Barber and 6-3 freshman guard Lee Harris into the starting lineup.

Both would be major changes since Barber (Annapolis High) has played only 18 minutes all season and scored his first two points last night, and Harris (Frederick High) saw his first action last night.

Harris played the final four minutes of the game last night and hit his only shot -- a three-pointer.

"I'll decide after I look at the tapes," Jaskulski said. "Not in my wildest dreams did I ever expect anything like this [losing streak] to happen. I think our upperclassmen are carrying a lot of baggage from the past here, and when things go wrong, they think too much about it. They've had some bad experiences from losing in the past."

Biggs led Towson (2-11, 0-6 America East) with 12 points, but it was the shooting of Vermont freshman Tony Orciari (22 points) that decided the outcome early in the second half when the Catamounts (10-5, 6-2) used a 14-0 run to break a 30-30 tie.

Johns Hopkins 53, Emory 41: Kamau Coar scored 14 and Greg Roehrig 13 for the host Blue Jays (9-4, 5-2 UAA), who won their 13th straight regular-season home game.

Women

Loyola 72, Rider 50: Junior center Mary Anne Kirsch scored 21 to lead the Greyhounds (10-4, 5-1) past the Broncs (4-9, 2-4) in a Metro Atlantic Athletic League game.

Vermont 72, Towson 50: Karalyn Church scored 22 as the host Catamounts (10-4, 6-1) downed the Tigers (9-6, 5-2) in America East play. LaTonya Joyner led Towson with 13.

Johns Hopkins 75, Emory 62: Leslie Ritter scored 19 to lead the Blue Jays over eighth-ranked Emory (8-2, 3-1) in UAA action. The win was the 14th straight at home for Hopkins (11-2, 6-1).

College of Notre Dame 87, Mary Baldwin 28: Emily Yanero (Mount Hebron) scored 14 to power host CND.

Pub Date: 1/17/98

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