Towson rolls past UNC-Wilmington

Tigers men never trail in 91-74 win

Loyola men and women ousted

March 06, 2010|By From Sun staff and news services

RaShawn Polk scored 14 of his season-high 20 points in the first half and Towson routed UNC-Wilmington, 91-74, on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Richmond, Va.

The eighth-seeded Tigers (10-20) will put their season-best three-game winning streak on the line against top seed Old Dominion in the semifinals. Towson won its fourth straight first-round tournament game.

Ninth seed UNC-Wilmington (9-22) lost 14 of its last 17 games.

Towson dominated the first half, setting a season high with 52 points en route to a 22-point lead. Calvin Lee began the run, scoring eight points in the first 6:54 as the Tigers ran off to a 20-10 start.

The Tigers, who never trailed, shot 54.8 percent from the field.

Towson stretched its lead to 82-52 with 10:55 to play. The Seahawks pulled no closer than 18 points in the second half.

The Tigers, who set season highs for points and field goals, placed five in double figures. Along with Polk, Troy Franklin (Mount Carmel) had 18 points, Isaiah Philmore (John Carroll) scored 14, Josh Thornton 13 and Lee 12.

The Seahawks were led by Dominique Lacy's 13 points. Keith Rendleman, Johnny Wolf and Ahmad Grant each added 10.

Manhattan 94, Loyola 79: Rico Pickett scored a career-high 33 points to lead the ninth-seeded Jaspers past the eighth-seeded Greyhounds in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in Albany, N.Y.

Darryl Crawford added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Manhattan (11-19), which avenged a 71-59 loss to Loyola to close the regular season.

Shane Walker had 26 points for the Greyhounds (13-17), who also got 13 from Jamal Barney (Southwestern).

Fairfield 70, Loyola 66: The third-seeded Stags' 58.1 percent shooting from the field in the first half was too much for the sixth-seeded Greyhounds to overcome, as Loyola fell in the MAAC quarterfinals in Albany, N.Y.

The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Greyhounds (14-16), while Fairfield extended its streak to eight straight victories.

Miriam McKenzie (Oakland Mills) had 20 points and six rebounds to lead Loyola.

Stephanie Geehan led Fairfield (18-12) with 22 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.

Boston University 60, UMBC 49: Despite getting team highs of 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals from senior guard Carlee Cassidy, the sixth-seeded Retrievers (13-17, 7-9) saw their season come to an end with a loss to the third-seeded Terriers (16-13, 11-5) in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament in Hartford, Conn.

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