Towson falls to Delaware, 72-65, in CAA tourney opener


Nwankwo's 27 points, 20rebounds not enough

March 03, 2012|From Sun staff reports

Robert Nwankwo became the first player in Colonial Athletic Association tournament history to score more than 20 points and grab 20 rebounds in a single game, but the Tigers fell to Delaware, 72-65, in opening-round play at the Richmond (Va.) Coliseum on Friday.

Towson (1-31) trailed by as many as 18 in the first half, but behind Nwankwo's career-high 27 points and career-high 20 rebounds, the Tigers roared back to tie the game late in the second half.

Nwankwo joins Virginia Commonwealth's Larry Sanders as the only player in CAA tournament history to grab 20 rebounds. Sanders had 19 points and 20 rebounds during the 2009 conference tournament.

Delaware (18-12), which is seeded fifth in the tournament, advances to the CAA quarterfinals to face Old Dominion today.

Elizabeth City State 66, Bowie State 63, OT: Darren Clark scored 20 points, but the Bulldogs (22-6) fell to the Vikings (15-13) in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association semifinal in Charlotte, N.C.

Elizabeth City State outscored Bowie State 9-6 in overtime.


UMBC 59, New Hampshire 57: Michelle Kurowski scored 10 points and the Retrievers (16-14) scored the final five points to beat the Wildcats (16-13) in an America East quarterfinal at Chase Family Arena in West Hartford, Conn.

Morgan Frame scored a game-high 21 points for New Hampshire. UMBC faces Boston University in Sunday's semifinal at 11 a.m.

Niagara 77, Loyola 63: The Greyhounds (13-17, 9-9) had four players score in double figures but fell to the Purple Eagles (13-18, 10-9) in a quarterfinal of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in Springfield, Mass.

Katie Sheahin led Loyola with 21 points to go with eight rebounds and four steals. Miriam McKenzie added 14 points and eight rebounds while Alyssa Sutherland ended with 12 and Kara Marshall had 11.

Five Purple Eagles scored in double figures, led by Kayla Stroman, who had 14 points and seven steals. Lauren Gatto and Val McQuade had 12 in the contest, with Chanel Johnson adding 11 and Shy Britton finishing with 10.

Shaw 59, Bowie State 44: The defending CIAA champion Bears (22-6) used a 19-5 run in the second half to pull away from the Bulldogs (9-16) in a conference semifinal at Charlotte, N.C.

Chanita Jordan led Bowie State with 16 points. Crystal Harris had 17 points for Shaw.

Johns Hopkins 53, New England 51: Alex Vassila had 15 points and 11 rebounds and recorded her sixth blocked shot of the contest in the final seconds as the Blue Jays (24-4) beat the Nor'easters (26-6) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Tufts University.

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