Turnaround short-lived: BU routs Towson, 67-45 Tigers flat four days after they end slide

January 23, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The Towson University basketball team hit rock bottom last night, just four days after the Tigers ended a school Division I record 10-game losing streak with a victory over Hartford.

Towson coach Mike Jaskulski's new, 11-man rotation was credited with the win over Hartford, but his liberal substitution strategy was no help last night against defending America East champion Boston University at the Towson Center.

The Terriers routed the sometimes-listless Tigers, 67-45, dealing Towson its worst home defeat since Feb. 20, 1985, when George Mason rolled to an 87-62 win.

Towson (3-12, 1-7 in America East) took several steps backward last night after there appeared to be hope for a turnaround after the performance against Hartford.

Walk-on freshman guard Lee Harris and freshman forward Brian Barber played well in their first collegiate starts, and some of the veterans seemed to receive a lift by the exuberance of Harris and Barber.

But Harris and Barber weren't factors last night in their second starts, and nearly every other Towson player had nightmare efforts offensively mixed with brief flashes of defensive excellence.

Ralph Biggs was the most effective Tigers player in all phases of the game, scoring 14 points and contributing four steals, but he didn't start for the second straight game.

By the time Biggs came off the bench last night, Towson was already down 8-0, and he was on the bench again in the second half when Boston U. (10-6, 5-2) began a game-breaking, 16-3 run that sealed the victory.

Towson was down 37-29 with 16: 40 left in the game, but could score only three points over the next 10: 32 and fell behind 53-32 with 6: 52 left in the game.

During that stretch, in which Biggs went to the bench twice, the Tigers had six straight possessions without scoring a point. The home team was hurt by several ill-advised three-point shots.

Jaskulski said there were no problems between him and Biggs, the team's senior scoring leader.

"We're just evaluating people on merit and performance, and the ones who perform the best are going to get the most playing time," said Jaskulski. "We got beat tonight by a very good team. What makes them hard to stop is their great post play, and tonight we didn't defend their perimeter game."

Boston U. hit 11 of 21 three-pointers, and Towson was four of 16 beyond the arc.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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