Gilchrist's timing perfect for Towson

5 points in last 40 seconds help beat Delaware, 70-68

College Basketball

January 11, 2004|By Donovan Burba | Donovan Burba,SUN STAFF

Of the 23 minutes that Jamaal Gilchrist was on court last night, none counted more than the final one.

The Towson senior guard scored five of his 15 points in the last 40 seconds of the Tigers' 70-68 win over Delaware at the Towson Center, including the game-winning layup with four seconds left.

The Blue Hens still had a chance to win, but Chris Prothro's three-pointer at the buzzer hit the front of the rim, ending a 15-game Colonial Athletic Association losing streak for Towson (4-8, 1-2).

"My whole mind-set was, this game wasn't going to overtime," Gilchrist said of his game-winner. "If the ball was in my hands, we were going to win. That's all I had in mind, winning the game."

Mike Ames' three-pointer put Delaware (7-5, 1-2) up 66-65 with 53 seconds to play, but Gilchrist drove to his left, drawing a foul by David Lunn and sinking a layup. The free throw put the Tigers up 68-66, but Harding Nana then tied it with a layup.

Towson called a timeout with 23 seconds left, and Gilchrist took over from there.

"We wanted to play [Gilchrist] tough and force him into help," Delaware coach Dave Henderson said, "but we allowed him to get free up top and he started his drive a lot sooner than we wanted to allow him to."

The Tigers led 31-27 at the half, taking advantage of 17 first-half Delaware turnovers. Delaware trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, but Mike Slattery kept the Blue Hens in the game, at one point scoring 11 of his team's 13 points. Slattery's 20 points led all scorers.

Towson's Andrius Petkunas made the most of his first start of the season, scoring 12 points and contributing four assists in 32 minutes.

Tigers coach Michael Hunt pointed to Petkunas' energy and enthusiasm as reasons the Lithuanian guard got the start.

"If you watched our team this year, Andrius has had three or four games early in the year where he didn't play at all, but he led our team in cheers," Hunt said. "I don't know how he does it, how he can have that much energy on the bench to cheer the whole game like he does, but he never got discouraged."

Towson tries to continue its winning ways Wednesday against CAA opponent William and Mary at the Towson Center.

DELAWARE--Nana 5-11 2-2 13, Madera 5-11 0-0 10, Slattery 9-13 2-3 20, Ames 3-4 2-2 9, Lunn 2-5 2-4 6, Prothro 2-5 0-0 4, Maepa 0-0 0-0 0, Washington 0-1 0-0 0, Courtney 0-1 2-2 2, Wentt 1-2 0-0 0, Smith 1-3 0-1 2. Totals 28-56 10-14 68. TOWSON--Hamm 7-10 3-3 17, Dixon 2-6 0-0 4, Green 4-11 4-5 12, Petkunas 5-7 1-1 12, Gilchrist 5-13 4-5 15, Jackson 2-5 0-1 4, Tubbs 0-0 0-0 0, Goode 3-4 0-0 6, Plack 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 12-15 70. Half--Towson, 31-27. 3-point goals--Delaware 2-9 (Ames 1-1, Nana 1-3, Washington 0-1, Prothro 0-1, Slattery 0-3), Towson 2-8 (Petkunas 1-2, Gilchrist 1-2, Jackson 0-1, Green 0-3.). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Delaware 31 (Nana 7), Towson 30 (Hamm 7). Assists--Delaware 6 (Slattery, Lunn 2), Towson 18 (Gilchrist 6). Total fouls-- Delaware 19, Towson 21. Technicals--Nana. A--1,364.

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