Wilmington 3-pointers too much for Towson

Tigers' troubles in CAA worsen with 61-57 loss

College Basketball

February 01, 2005|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Life in the Colonial Athletic Association continues to be rough for Towson.

The Tigers couldn't stop UNC-Wilmington's early three-point onslaught last night, and their closing rally wasn't sufficient to overcome it in a 61-57 CAA defeat at the Towson Center.

Without Jonathan Pease (knee injuries), the team's best outside shooter and one of the better rebounders, Towson (5-15, 2-8) suffered its fourth consecutive defeat.

UNC-Wilmington made eight of 12 attempts from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes, including a buzzer-beater by Halston Lane, building a 10-point lead en route to its sixth victory in the past seven games.

The difference expanded to 14 twice in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half before the Seahawks went cold and Towson charged, but the Tigers couldn't quite get even.

UNC-Wilmington (13-6, 8-2) fought off the Tigers with free throws while scoring a mere three field goals in the last 11 1/2 minutes.

"We made this real tough down the stretch," said Towson coach Pat Kennedy, who resorted to several gimmick defenses in an effort to contain John Goldsberry, who scored 12 points, all on threes. "We have to try to keep people off balance [on offense]. If they get in a rhythm on us, we're in trouble."

The Tigers pulled within 56-52 on a three-pointer by Mike Green (team-high 14 points) before T.J. Carter, a teammate of Pease's at Chopticon High, hit a baseline jumper to virtually put it away and ruin Towson's attempt to upset the Seahawks here for the second straight year.

"The hardest thing to try to do is play with a lead that is slowly slipping away," Seahawks coach Brad Brownell said. "We shot the ball just well enough to win."

Not so for Towson, which went 4-for-19 from three-point range.

"It was just a question of making some open shots," Kennedy said. "If we get a few more, we have a chance to win. It's a learning process for us."

UNC-WILMINGTON-Lane 2-9 1-1 7, Wyrick 5-11 3-4 14, coombs 3-8 2-2 8, Goldsberry 4-5 0-0 12, Spencer 1-6 2-2 4, Carter 2-5 2-4 7, Lay 2-2 0-0 6, Grkovic 0-0 0-0 0, Kuljanin 0-1 0-0 0, Laue 1-5 1-3 3. Totals 20-52 11-16 61. TOWSON-Hamm 2-8 0-0 5, Tubbs 2-5 6-8 10, Plack 5-8 0-0 10, Fletcher 0-4 2-2 2, Green 6-13 0-0 14, Jackson 2-5 2-2 7, Goode 3-4 1-1 7, Raboin 1-2 0-0 2, McCartney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-49 11-13 57. Halftime-Wilmington 35, Towson 25. 3-point goals-Wilmington 10-20 (Goldsberry 4-4, Lay 2-2, Wyrick 1-3, Lane 2-7, Carter 1-2, Spencer 0-2, Towson 4-19 (Green 2-6, Jackson 1-3, Lamm 1-5, tubbs 0-1, Plack 0-2, Fletcher 0-1, Raboin 0-1). Fouled out-Hamm. Rebounds-Wilmington 37 (Wyrick 10), Towson 28 (Hamm 8). Assists-Wilmington 14 (Goldsberry 5), Towson 12 (Fletcher 4). Total fouls-Wilmington 16, Towson 17. A-1,062.

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