Towson shoots for record vs. Northeastern, 86-71

Tigers tie mark by hitting 70.5 percent from floor

January 14, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Something irked Towson University assistant coach Jay Dull at halftime last night - his team had grabbed just two offensive rebounds.

What nobody told Dull was that to get an offensive rebound, somebody needed to miss a shot. And that did not happen often.

The Tigers tied a 24-year-old school record by shooting 70.5 percent from the field, as they defeated Northeastern, 86-71, in an America East Conference game before 1,102 at Towson Center.

The last time the Tigers shot that well was in 1977 at C. W. Post.

"I was sitting there saying to myself, `Hold up, I'm the main offensive rebounder and there haven't been any to rebound,'" said junior forward Sam Sutton, who scored a career-high 30 points on 13-for-15 shooting and added seven rebounds. "Offensive rebounds are my game, but in the second half when we kept getting layups and dunks, I realized there just weren't any."

Towson (9-8, 5-3), which won for the third time in four games, actually did well on the offensive boards. The Tigers finished 31-for-44 from the floor and got to six of the 13 missed shots.

Freshman guard Tamir Goodman led Towson with two offensive rebounds, but his impact was felt elsewhere. Goodman recorded his first career double double, scoring 15 points and dishing for 10 assists.

Sophomore guard Brian Allen added 11 points and a career-high 10 assists.

"Basketball at this level is just about getting better every night," said Goodman, who entered the evening averaging 4.4 points and shooting 28 percent. "Even when you have a really bad night, you have to learn from that.

"Because we have such good coaches and team support, you can bounce back really well from those bad nights."

Northeastern (2-12, 1-5), which lost its third straight, erased an early 14-point second-half deficit and tied the game, 60-60, on a layup by Ricky Cranford with nine minutes remaining. Towson immediately responded with an 8-0 run, capped by a Sutton dunk following a steal by Goodman.

Two free throws by Marcus Blossom brought the Huskies to within 71-67 with 4:32 to play, but the Tigers again scored eight straight points. A steal and layup by Sutton with 2:54 remaining gave Towson a 79-67 advantage.

In the first half, there were five ties and 11 lead changes, and neither team led by more than four points until the Tigers went on a 9-2 run in the last 1:53.

Towson then opened the second half with six straight points - on a three-pointer by Allen, a dunk by Sutton and a free throw by Allen - to move ahead, 45-31.

"In the first half, we turned the ball over too much, and I think that's what kept the game close," said Towson coach Mike Jaskulski, whose team committed 23 turnovers.

"In reality, we had to play that well offensively, because we struggled guarding them. We're fortunate that we shot 70 percent and had a great games from Tamir, Brian and Sam."

NORTHEASTERN-Cranford 2-5 0-0 4, Hammick 6-12 0-1 12, Aygar 2-4 0-0 4, Bain 6-12 2-2 17, Blossom 6-12 2-3 18, Morris 0-5 1-4 1, West 1-4 0-0 2, Francois 5-8 3-7 13, Amendee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-62 8-17 71. TOWSON-Barber 3-4 1-1 7, Sutton 13-15 3-5 30, Holtz 4-7 0-6 8, Allen 2-4 6-8 11, Goodman 3-6 8-10 15, Weatherspoon 0-0 2-2 2, Augustus 3-5 0-0 6, Shin 3-3 1-2 7, Spalevic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-44 21-34 86.

Halftime-Towson, 39-31. 3-Point goals-Northeastern 7-20 (Blossom 4-7, Bain 3-7, Morris 0-3, Cranford 0-2, Aygar 0-1), Towson 3-8 (Sutton 1-2, Goodman 1-3, Allen 1-2, Holtz 0-1). Fouled out-Aygar, Barber. Rebounds-Northeastern 26 (Hammick 9), Towson 36 (Holtz 10). Assists-Northeastern 20 (Hammick 6), Towson 28 (Allen, Goodman 10). Total fouls-Northeastern 24, Towson 15. A-1,102.

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