Towson withstands BU's rallies

Goodman knocks away inbounds pass in 66-63 win

January 12, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Towson turned back Boston University comebacks for a 66-63 win last night at Towson Center.

Towson (8-8, 4-3 America East) built leads of 12 and eight points during the second half. The team blew the first, 12-point lead, and nearly did it again with the second one, which began with a 63-55 lead and 4:12 remaining.

Towson missed half of its six free throws over the final 2:30, which started with a 63-58 lead. The misses - including an air ball by Sam Sutton (21 points) with 2.6 seconds left - allowed Boston (7-7, 3-3) to get within three points and to have one last chance. But Tamir Goodman helped knock away Boston's inbounds pass.

Boston could have tied the game earlier, down 65-63, with 13 seconds left after a pair of missed field goals by Sutton and Shaun Holtz (19 points). That chance ended when Matt Turner slipped when trying to receive a pass that then went out of bounds.

Towson coach Mike Jaskulski seemed glad that his defense ultimately came through, just as it had held Boston to 43 percent shooting throughout the game.

"I thought we did an admirable job," Jaskulski said. "We were able to make stops when we needed to down the stretch."

Both teams needed this win. Boston had lost three of its last four games. Towson had lost four of its last five. Most recently, the Tigers had lost by 14 to Hartford, which - like Vermont - sits at the bottom of the America East standings.

Still, the win was helpful for Jaskulski, he said, keeping his team one game behind Maine, Delaware, Hofstra and Drexel in the league race.

"Had we won in Hartford, we would have been tied for first place entering this game," the coach said. "We know that the team that wins this league will probably have five or six losses."

Sutton scored 10 points in the first six minutes. It partly helped Towson race to a 25-12 lead at the 8:27 mark. Towson also got some help from Boston, which turned the ball over eight times in the first 10 minutes.

Once Boston stopped bumbling, it came back behind reserves Jerome Graham and Ignacio Rodriguez and narrowed Towson's lead to 31-27 at halftime.

Then Boston completed its comeback with baskets by Ryan Butt (12 points) and Turner tying the game at 31 with 18:46 remaining.

Towson went ahead again. Brian Allen and Goodman, both guards, scored three-point baskets to start a 15-4 run. At the 11:28 mark, Towson held a 51-39 lead after free throws by Gerald Witherspoon and Brian Barber.

Boston came back again. Jason Grochowalski (14 points) and Billy Collins were key figures as their team outscored Towson 10-1 in a period of 3:32. Grochowalski's basket with 7:15 remaining tied the game at 54-54.

Towson moved ahead again and used a 9-1 run to go up 63-58. But the players kept trying to make baskets from three-point range, upsetting Jaskulski.

"If you have a seven- or eight-point lead and you're in the double bonus, you have to go inside," the coach said. "Tonight, the defense covered for the free throws and the ill-advised play when we had the lead."

BOSTON U.-Seymour 1-4 0-0 2, Dhonde 1-3 2-4 4, Butt 4-9 4-5 12, Fitzgerald 1-3 1-2 3, Turner 3-11 0-0 7, Breland 1-4 0-0 2, Graham 3-4 0-1 6, Grochowalski 5-9 2-2 14, Collins 4-7 1-2 9, Rodriguez 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 24-55 12-18 63.

TOWSON-Barber 5-9 2-3 12, Sutton 7-13 4-9 21, Holtz 5-13 6-9 19, Allen 1-5 0-1 3, Goodman 2-7 0-1 6, Weatherspoon 0-3 1-2 1, Augustus 0-0 0-0 0, Shin 1-1 2-4 4. Totals 21-51 15-29 66. Half: Towson, 31-27. 3-point goals: BU 3-10 (Grochowalski 2-3, Turner 1-3, Butt 0-1, Collins 0-1, Breland 0-2); T 9-22 (Holtz 3-6, Sutton 3-6, Goodman 2-6, Allen 1-3, Weatherspoon 0-1). Rebounds: BU 36 (Dhonde 6); T 37 (Holtz, Sutton 9). Assists: BU 10 (Fitzgerald 3); T 15 (Allen 6). Total fouls: BU 21, T 17. A: 1,042.

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