William & Mary hands Towson 11th loss in row

Shooting woes hurt Tigers as Tribe earns 57-50 win

College Basketball

February 27, 2005|By Matt Papuchis | Matt Papuchis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Yesterday's conference game at the Towson Center may have featured the bottom two teams in the league, but there was still plenty for both to play for.

A win would have prevented Towson from being the last seed in next weekend's Colonial Athletic Association tournament, guaranteeing the school at least a No. 9 seed.

Instead, the Tigers extended their losing streak to a season-high 11 games in a 57-50 defeat to William and Mary before 3,106 - by far the largest crowd of the season, and one that included Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich.

Towson shot just 27 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free-throw line.

"It was another game we were in position to win, but we were not able to finish it up," Towson coach Pat Kennedy said. "I feel so bad for these guys. It's just a strange curse as to why William and Mary could step up and make every foul shot, and our guys couldn't make any. And they weren't even close."

Towson (5-22, 2-15 CAA) shot just 27 percent from the free-throw line in the second half, while the Tribe (7-20, 3-15) connected on 76 percent of its second-half free throws.

After Cantrell Fletcher hit a three-pointer to give Towson a 37-36 lead with 9:45 left, the Tigers missed three of their next four foul shots.

Thanks to the poor foul shooting, which would have allowed Towson to break the game open, William and Mary was able to stay with Towson and eventually took the lead with five minutes to play, 47-44, on a three-pointer from Laimis Kisielius (15 points).

Towson never recovered.

But shooting wasn't Towson's only problem. The Tigers were also out-rebounded 53-34. The Tribe had 39 defensive rebounds alone.

William and Mary shot just 35 percent from the field, but its rebounding, coupled with a game-high 17 points from Taylor Mokris, helped seal the win.

Lawrence Hamm led Towson with 11 points. Leading scorer Mike Green, who had started in 55 straight games, only played 15 minutes and didn't enter the game until 12 minutes remained in the first half.

WILLIAM & MARY-Kisielius 6-10 2-5 15, Smith 0-4 1-2 1, Cofield 2-11 7-11 11, D'Antoni 1-5 1-2 3, Mann 1-4 3-4 5, Loehrke 2-4 1-2 5, Ofori Attah 0-0 0-0 0, Markham 0-0 0-0 0, Carrabine 0-1 0-0 0, Mokris 5-9 7-7 17. Totals 17-48 22-33 57. TOWSON-Hamm 4-11 3-4 11, Pease 3-10 0-0 8, Plack 2-7 2-2 7, Fletcher 3-13 1-2 9, Jackson 2-8 1-4 6, Green 0-4 1-5 1, Tubbs 0-1 0-0 0, Raboin 0-0 2-2 2, McCartney 0-2 0-0 0, Dublin 3-7 0-1 6. Totals 17-63 10-20 50. Halftime-Towson 27-25. 3-point goals-William & Mary 1-9 (Kisielius 1-1, Carrabine 0-1, Mokris 0-1, Smith 0-1, Mann 0-2, D'Antoni 0-3), Towson 6-20 (Fletcher 2-3, Pease 2-6, Plack 1-3, Jackson 1-4, Green 0-1, McCartney 0-1, Hamm 0-2). Fouled out-D'Antoni, Pease. Rebounds-William & Mary 53 (Cofield 13), Towson 34 (Hamm 10). Assists-William & Mary 12 (Cofield 3), Towson 10 (Hamm 3). Total fouls-William & Mary 16, Towson 22. Technicals-William & Mary team. A-3,106.

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