Pease's big game helps Towson win

He records double double, sinks foul shots as Tigers end two-game losing streak

Towson 86 Drexel 77

January 13, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun reporter

Senior forward Jonathan Pease had a double double with a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds yesterday to lead host Towson to an 86-77 victory over rival Drexel.

Pease played a strong all-around game, hitting three-pointers early, making layups midway through the game and then converting five of six free throws in the closing 22 seconds to lock up the victory.

"Going inside and then hitting those foul shots goes back to high school," said Pease, who went to Chopticon High in Mechanicsville. "I made a couple game-winning foul shots in high school, and I really wanted the ball in my hands."

The Tigers, who ended a two-game losing streak, improved to 6-9 overall and 2-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Drexel, led by Frank Elegar's 29 points and 11 rebounds, dropped to 8-9 and 1-4.

"Every time we'd make a run at them, they'd come up with a couple plays to stop us," Drexel coach James Flint said. "Pease? He was knocking them down. Has he been here six years? I told him to keep the box score. The kid had a great game."

Actually, the senior has been with Towson for five seasons as he has dealt with three knee surgeries and missed all of 2005-06. But yesterday, the 6-foot-6 forward who calls himself a natural shooter was definitely on, and he got great support from Josh Thornton (16 points), a Georgetown transfer who has only been in the lineup since mid-December, and Junior Hairston (12 points, seven rebounds).

Rocky Coleman added 11 points, Tony Durant had 10 points and seven rebounds, and point guard C.C. Williams finished with nine points and 10 assists.

The Tigers built a 14-point lead, lost all but two points of it and then re-established their dominance.

"This is a young group in terms of the time we've been together," said coach Pat Kennedy, whose team includes several junior college transfers. "Tony and Vernon [Carr] are beginning to learn their roles and understand that this isn't like junior college ball, that they've stepped up a level."

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

DREXEL-Elegar 9-15 11-15 29, Oveneke 1-2 0-0 2, Rodgers 5-11 5-9 16, Colds 3-12 1-2 8, Harris 2-6 1-2 6, Hawthorne 2-10 2-4 8, Hampton 2-2 0-0 4, Neisler 2-2 0-0 4, Feurtado 0-0 0-0 0, Tribbett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 20-32 77. TOWSON-Hairston 6-13 0-0 12, Pease 8-11 5-7 25, Williams 4-7 1-5 9, Carr 0-2 2-2 2, Thornton 6-8 0-0 16, Crossin 0-2 0-0 0, Coleman 3-10 3-4 11, Kannegieter 0-0 0-0 0, Nwankwo 0-0 1-2 1, Raboin 0-0 0-0 0, Durant 3-7 4-5 10. Totals 30-60 16-25 86. Halftime-Towson 38-36. 3-point goals-Drexel 5-20 (Hawthorne 2-8, Harris 1-2, Rodgers 1-3, Colds 1-7), Towson 10-19 (Thornton 4-4, Pease 4-6, Coleman 2-4, Carr 0-1, Hairston 0-1, Durant 0-1, Crossin 0-1, Williams 0-1). Fouled out-Hairston. Rebounds-Drexel 39 (Elegar 11), Towson 38 (Pease 11). Assists-Drexel 14 (Rodgers 5), Towson 23 (Williams 10). Total fouls-Drexel 24, Towson 26. A-1,923.

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