Delaware's late scoring burst keeps 4-23 Towson down, 74-69

College Basketball

March 02, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senior guard Ryan Iversen scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the final 6:05 as the Delaware men rallied from a six-point second-half deficit and pulled out a 74-69 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Towson in the regular-season finale for both teams last night at the Towson Center.

The victory enabled the Blue Hens (14-13 overall, 9-9 league) to clinch the fifth seed in next weekend's CAA tournament in Richmond, Va. The Tigers (4-23, 1-17), who lost their 13th game in a row, are the No. 10 seed.

Senior guard Gerald Weatherspoon (18 points) converted two free throws, giving Towson a 61-58 lead with 3:28 left. But, Iversen then took over and the Tigers had their school-record 23rd loss of the season.

"Tonight's game was our best effort as a group this season with everyone contributing," said Towson coach Michael Hunt, one of many across the country yesterday wearing a bow tie to honor coach Jim Phelan's final game at Mount St. Mary's. "If we had played like this all season, our record wouldn't be what it is."

DELAWARE-Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Sessoms 4-13 7-12 15, Slattery 1-6 2-2 4, Ames 1-12 1-4 3, Lunn 5-10 2-2 13, Prothro 1-5 4-6 7, Washington 2-2 0-0 5, Iversen 7-11 4-4 21, Hindenlang 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 24-67 20-30 74. TOWSON-Dixon 5-10 1-1 11, Blanks 1-2 2-4 4, McCartney 1-4 0-0 2, Allen 1-8 2-3 4, Weatherspoon 5-11 7-8 18, Gilchrist 3-6 3-5 11, McSweeney 1-3 0-0 2, Hamm 5-12 5-6 15, Goode 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-59 20-27 69. Halftime-Delaware, 38-31. 3-point field goals: Del 6-23 (Iversen 3-4, Washington 1-1, Lunn 1-2, Prothro 1-3, Sessoms 0-1, Slattery 0-3, Ames 0-9); Tow 3-13 (Gilchrist 2-4, Weatherspoon 1-3, McSweeney 0-2, Allen 0-4). Rebounds-Del 43 (Lunn, 10), Tow 44 (Dixon, 10). Assists: Del 17 (Slattery, 6), Towson 16 (Allen, 9). Total fouls: Del 21, Tow 22. Fouled out: none. A-1,106.

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