Towson marches to 7th win in row

McGowan scores 17 points against Dulaney

7-1 start is Generals' best since '89

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 06, 2000|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,SUN STAFF

Perhaps the Towson boys basketball team was motivated to win one for head coach Randy Dase, who was out with the flu.

Or maybe Dulaney, the Generals' opponent, took them too lightly.

Of course, it's also possible that Towson really is just this good.

The Generals marched into rival Dulaney's gym yesterday and walked out with an impressive 59-50 victory over the athletic Lions.

Towson, which went 9-12 last season, won its seventh straight game after a season-opening loss to Friends and improved to 2-0 in Baltimore County Division I. The Generals' 7-1 start is their best since 1989.

"Anytime you beat Dulaney we're thrilled. They're a very nice team and well-coached," said Towson assistant coach John Offerman, who learned at 1 p.m. yesterday that he would be filling in for the ailing Dase. "We're a young team with a lot of juniors and I think we can get even better."

Three of those juniors came up big for Towson yesterday, as Scott McGowan scored 17 points and Bryant Dull and Kelley Lange added 13 points apiece.

Nathan Hopkins and Julius Crossland scored 18 and 17, respectively, for the Lions (6-3, 1-1).

McGowan, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward, seized control of the game in the fourth quarter, where what was once a 15-point Generals lead was reduced to two. He went 4-for-4 from the field with four rebounds and two assists in the last period.

"We knew what we were going against. We've been practicing for this type of game for a while," McGowan said. "I just did what I had to do [in the fourth quarter]. I knew I could take the guy that was guarding me, so I took him."

The Generals, who played strong interior defense with a sagging man-to-man, had outscored the Lions 17-6 in the second quarter to take a 25-16 halftime advantage, and took their biggest lead -- 31-16 -- midway through the third quarter.

Dulaney, however, came storming back, cutting its deficit to 39-31 after three quarters, and then scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter to pull to 39-37 with 6: 17 remaining.

That's when McGowan took over. He fed Oliver Peterson, who scored inside and was fouled. Peterson missed the free throw, but Lange's tip-in gave Towson a 43-37 lead with 5: 58 left.

McGowan then scored six of Towson's next eight points as the Generals extended their advantage to 51-43 with 2: 48 remaining.

Crossland's three-pointer brought the Lions within 51-46, but they would get no closer. The Generals scored the next six points, capped by McGowan grabbing a defensive rebound and taking it the length of the floor to give Towson an 11-point lead with 1: 06 left.

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