Neal's late baskets lift Towson to win

Towson 56 Tenn.-Chattanooga 55

November 25, 2006|By Special to The Sun

LAS VEGAS -- There were 24 lead changes and 10 ties before Gary Neal's driving layup with 7.9 seconds left in the game decided the final as Towson edged Tennessee-Chattanooga, 56-55, in third-round play of the Las Vegas Invitational yesterday at the Orleans Arena.

The victory ended a two-game losing streak for the Tigers, who improved to 3-2.

The largest lead in the game was five points, once in the first half by Towson at 12-7 and once by the Mocs (2-3) at 48-43 in the second half.

The Mocs managed a 30-28 halftime lead to set up a back-and-forth second half.

Keddrick Mays gave Tennessee-Chattanooga its largest lead on a two-point basket, followed by a three pointer to break the Mocs away from a 43-43 tie with 4:13 left in the contest. From there Neal and Tommy Breaux took over, combining for Towson's last 13 points. Neal (Calvert Hall) had nine in the stretch run, including what proved to be the game-winner.

Neal led all scorers with 24 points. Mays was the lone double-figure scorer for the Mocs with 13 points.

Towson closes out the Las Vegas Invitational at 5 p.m. today against Tennessee State.

TOWSON-Crossin 2-3 0-0 4, Coleman 2-5 1-2 6, Neal 9-22 3-4 24, Tubbs 2-4 0-0 4, Williams 1-3 0-0 3, Breaux 2-3 3-3 7, Spruill 1-2 0-0 2, Abraham 1-6 0-0 2, Pease 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 22-52 7-9 56. TENNESSE-CHATTANOOGA-Mays 4-11 1-2 13, Hood 3-5 2-2 9, Wong 3-9 2-3 9, Doaks 3-5 1-1 7, Hartwell 0-2 2-2 2, Watts 1-3 1-2 4, Bridgewaters 2-5 4-5 9, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Troupe 0-0 0-0 0, Gwynne 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 17-46 13-17 55. Half: TC, 30-28. 3-point goals: T 5-21 (Neal 3-12, Williams 1-2, Coleman 1-3, Abraham 0-1, Crossin 0-1, Pease 0-2); TC 8-26 (Mays 4-10, Hood 1-2, Watts 1-3, Bridgewaters 1-4, Wong 1-5, Doaks 0-1, Troupe 0-1). Rebounds: T 32 (Crossin 6); TC 30 (Watts 6). Assists: T 11 (Neal 3); TC 14 (Hood 4). Total fouls: T 21, TC 16. Fouled out: Abraham. A: 975.

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