Northeastern 68, Towson 53

January 11, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

BOSTON - Josh Thornton scored 16 of his career-high 25 points in the second half, but the Towson men failed to overcome a 21-point deficit in falling to Northeastern, 68-53, yesterday. The Tigers (7-10, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association) have dropped their second straight game after consecutive one-point victories over James Madison and Delaware. The CAA-leading Huskies (10-5, 5-0) rolled out to a 13-0 lead and never trailed. Troy Franklin's only basket, at the 13:25 mark in the first half, put Towson on the scoreboard at 13-2 before Northeastern extended the margin to 29-8 with 6:15 left. With the Tigers trailing 35-17 at halftime, Thornton tried to bring them back. The junior guard hit two three-pointers in the first 3:34 to pull Towson within 38-25, and his three with 4:37 left brought the Tigers within 58-45. Towson, which shot just 35 percent from the field, trimmed the Huskies' lead to 64-53 with 1:38 left but was held scoreless the rest of the way. Thornton finished 8-for-14 shooting, matching a personal best by going 6-for-10 from three-point range. Jarrel Smith added 17 points for Towson. Manny Adako had 24 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Huskies, who shot 51 percent from the field and hit 20 of 22 foul shots in rolling to their seventh victory in eight games.

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