Holtz's 19 lead Towson over BU

Tigers earn 71-57 victory, end 3-game losing streak

February 13, 2000|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Shaun Holtz attacked offensively last night, and Towson University followed his lead.

Holtz, who suffered a high ankle sprain a month ago, showcased the most aggressive moves since his return, scoring 19 points off the bench to lift the Tigers to a 71-57 victory over Boston University before 1,383 at the Towson Center.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore center had been averaging 5.4 points over his past seven games.

The Tigers (11-12, 7-8 America East) ended a three-game skid and converted a season-high 56.8 percent of their shots. The Terriers (3-19, 2-11) have lost nine straight.

"I can't tell you how happy I am to see the guy next to me back playing with confidence," Jaskulski said. "It's been a long road back for him from that injury. Anytime you're injured for the first time, it's a tough thing to overcome.

"I think he's been healthy the last three games, but hasn't been back in the flow. Today, he just played free and easy, and then you get Shaun Holtz. And when you get Shaun Holtz, you get a weapon."

With Towson leading 44-37 just five minutes into the second half, it was Holtz who sealed the game. He drove to the basket three straight possessions, which included a flying, two-handed dunk and a three-point play, as he scored the first seven points in a 12-0 run.

Boston University, which has lost a school-record 14 consecutive road games, never cut the deficit below 12 the remainder of the game.

"That's just part of my game," said Holtz, a native of Crystal Springs, Miss., who converted all seven of his shots inside the arc. "Coach brought me into his office and gave me a lot of confidence. He told me not to worry about bad shots, just go out and play my game."

Still, the Tigers have won just two games since Jan. 19, with both victories coming against the league's bottom two teams. During the game-breaking run, Boston University, the America East's worst shooting team, helped out Towson by making just two field goals in the first 12: 19 of the second half.

"It was huge for us to get a win tonight," Jaskulski said. "But I don't think anyone on this team was discouraged in any shape or form. We just had to find a way to win today."

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