Hairston comes back, lifts Towson

NJIT drops 36th game in row

Barney helps Loyola top JMU

November 25, 2008|By From Sun staff reports

Junior Hairston scored 13 points in his return from a three-game suspension to lead Towson to a 61-48 victory over New Jersey Institute of Technology, extending Division I's longest losing streak to 36 games.

Hairston's seven unanswered points midway through the second half gave the Tigers (3-1) a 41-29 lead in their sixth straight home victory in the Philly Hoop Group Classic.

The Highlanders (0-3) got a career-high 23 points from Gary Garris in their closest loss this season.

The Tigers ran their home winning streak to six, but it wasn't the work of art that coach Pat Kennedy would have liked.

Kennedy reshuffled his lineup to start the second half trying to put more distance between his Tigers and the Highlanders.

The biggest boost for Towson came from Hairston, who made his 2008-09 debut after serving a three-game suspension to open the season. Hairston, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season as a junior, celebrated his return with 13 points in 20 minutes of relief action.

Calvin Lee matched Hairston for game-high honors with 13 points and had eight rebounds.

Jarrel Smith, the Tigers' leading scorer this season, was held to 10 points.

LOYOLA 64, JAMES MADISON 54:: Sophomore guard Jamal Barney scored 13 straight second-half points to carry the Greyhounds over the Dukes in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Davidson, N.C.

The Greyhounds took a 22-11 lead in the first 10 minutes as senior guard Marquis Sullivan (Archbishop Spalding) hit three straight three-pointers during the run. Loyola led 28-14 with 2:30 left in the half and held a 30-19 advantage at intermission.

James Madison roared back in the second half, taking a one-point lead after going on a 14-0 run that Barney ended with a three-pointer with less than nine minutes to play.

After a Dukes basket and subsequent timeout, the sophomore scored the next 10 points, the final two off an alley-oop from Brian Rudolph with 3:30 left.

Barney finished with a game-high 23 points. Brett Harvey had 18 for the Greyhounds.

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