Towson men break D-I record with 35th consecutive loss

January 08, 2012|From Sun staff reports

After scoring a season-low 27 points on Wednesday and tying a Division I record, Towson set a new one by shooting 31 percent and falling to host Old Dominion, 75-38, Saturday night.

The Tigers (0-16, 0-4 Colonial Athletic Association) now own the NCAA Division I record for consecutive losses with 35. New Jersey Institute of Technology set the overall record of 51, but did it when transitioning from Division II to Division I.

The Monarchs (8-8, 3-1) converted 22 turnovers into 37 points. Old Dominion shot 54.7 percent from the field and had a 42-18 advantage in the paint and 18 fast-break points.

Robert Nwankwo led the Tigers with 11 points and tied his season-high with five blocked shots. The forward also pulled down seven rebounds to lead Towson in the category for the 12th time this season. Freshman Deon Jones joined Nwankwo in double figures with 10 while classmate Kris Walden chipped in nine and handed out three assists.

CAA Preseason Player of the Year Kent Bazemore led the Monarchs with 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting, and the senior hit four from beyond the arc while adding five rebounds, five assists and three steals to his stat line.

Towson scored the first two buckets of the game to grab an early advantage and, after a Walden jumper at the 13:29 mark of the opening stanza, the Tigers led 8-7. Bazemore hit his first 3-point field goal of the game just over a minute later to give ODU a 10-8 lead that it would not relinquish. The Bazemore triple ignited a 24-1 Monarch run and Old Dominion went into halftime leading 38-17.

The Monarchs connected on 60 percent of their second-half field-goal attempts to halt any Towson hopes of a comeback.

The Tigers return home to take on William & Mary at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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