College of Charleston as well as Towson both were chosen near all-time low of the CAA in preseason basketball surveys, however it’s Towson that’s become a shock group in the Colonial Athletic Association.The Tigers proceeded the most effective begin in program background with a 74-67 triumph over the Cougars on Jan. 20 at SECU Arena in Towson, Maryland.Nicolas Timberlake racked up 17 indicate lead Towson(
14-5, 5-1 ), which has actually won 5 right after being selected to end up behind College of Charleston(9-7, 1-3 ). Betting simply the 3rd time in January, the Cougars fired 32.8 percent from the flooring as well as made 6 of 22 from 3-point variety while shedding a 2nd straight ready simply the 2nd time this season.John Meeks racked up 16 factors, done in the 2nd fifty percent, to lead Charleston, and also fresher Ben Burnham included
12 factors. Fresher Reyne Smith, that appeared to burst out of a racking up dry spell with 17 factors in an 86-78 loss to UNC Wilmington on Monday, went 0 of 10 from the flooring and also missed out on all 7 of his 3-point shots. “Towson is a truly excellent group and also are as skilled as any person in the organization,”Cougars train Pat Kelsey claimed on his post-game radio program.” We recognized to prepare that we remained in for a stinking fight which it was mosting likely to be a rock battle, which it was.”Unfortunately, the sphere simply really did not enter the container tonight, which’s sort of just how it goes … Your constantly have
to attribute your challenger, yet I seem like we had a lot of appearances and also a lot of shots that usually enter.”Brenden Tucker racked up 7 straight factors throughout a late flurry that offered the Cougars an opportunity near completion.
His soak as well as swipe reduce the Tigers ’cause 63-60 with 2:26 left.But Towson’s Juwan Gary toenailed a clutch 3-pointer at the various other end for a 66-60 lead, and also the Cougars never ever obtained closer than 4 after
that.Towson finished the very first fifty percent on a 10-0 run for a 32-24 lead at the break. The Cougars had extra rebounds (30 )than factors in the very first 20 mins, missing out on 30 of 39 shots to fire 23.1 percent.Burnham had 10 factors in the initial fifty percent, striking 2 of the Cougars ‘3 3-pointers as leading markers Smith as well as Meeks stopped working to scrape, incorporating for 0 of 8 from the floor.Charleston goes to James Madison on Jan. 22 prior to returning residence to play William & Mary on Jan. 25. Adhere To on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC