Towson ends skid at 7 with 61-54 win

Allen, Weatherspoon help Tigers knock off Hofstra

January 16, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

After getting 11 points, six steals and five assists in Towson's 61-54 win over visiting Hofstra last night, Brian Allen briefly summed up how his efforts contrasted with his play the rest of the season.

"This season, it hasn't gone so well," said Allen, after the Tigers ended a seven-game losing streak.

Not only had Allen seen his starting position stripped from him, but against James Madison a week ago he didn't play at all.

It was even worse for fellow senior Gerald Weatherspoon, who was averaging just 5.6 minutes a game before getting 12 points and four rebounds last night to lead the Tigers (4-10, 1-4 Colonial Athletic Association) in scoring.

Allen and Weatherspoon were the cornerstones for a much-needed victory for Towson, which out-rebounded Hofstra (2-12, 1-4) by 42-36.

Not only had Towson been mired in a losing streak, but it also suffered a 90-56 loss to George Mason last Saturday, the school's worst defeat in Towson Center history.

"I was waiting for the opportunity," said Weatherspoon, a projected starter who was the object of several jokes wondering if he had returned from retirement when coach Michael Hunt put him in near the end of the first half.

"[Hunt] gave it to me and I did all I could to take advantage of it, so we got the `W.' "

Weatherspoon made his presence known not long after coming into the game, scoring five points over the last 3:30 of the first half, helping Towson take a 30-27 advantage at the break.

At the 13:08 mark in the second half, Weatherspoon hit two free throws to put the Tigers ahead 42-34. The Pride, however, overcame the absence of its top player Rick Apodaca (suspended) and 32.1 percent shooting to take a 48-46 lead on two free throws by Kenny Adeleke with 6:39 left to go.

Lawrence Hamm hit two consecutive shots to put Towson back ahead for good.

Allen's big play came with the Tigers clinging to a 57-54 lead after two free throws by Hamm (11 points, 11 rebounds) with 41 seconds left. By stealing the ball from Woody Souffrant, he retained possession for Towson, which did not score a basket in the last five minutes.

"Everyone was working hard," Allen said, "so it was easy to work harder."

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