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Towson drops record 35th straight game

8 January 2012 By Sam Smith, Associate Sports Editor No Comments
TU manages only 38 points against two-time CAA champ Old Dominion

After recording a season-low 27 points against Drexel on Wednesday, the Tigers’ struggles on the offensive end continued Saturday night as they posted 38 points in the conference match at Old Dominion. All 11 Monarchs that saw the floor reached the score book as the defending two-time Colonial Athletic Association Champions cruised to a convincing 75-38 victory.

“We need to get some of our guys that are capable of making shots, we need to get them going. We need every point we can get,” Towson Head Coach Pat Skerry said. “I would like to get the ball inside more but we kill ourselves with turnovers.”

The loss was Towson’s 35th straight defeat, a new NCAA Division-I record for consecutive losses.

The Monarchs, who are just 5-7 out of conference, have found success in CAA play with a 3-1 record against conference opponents. After losing their first CAA game to George Mason on Thursday, the Monarchs are back at .500 with an 8-8 record.

“They were clearly a locked team coming off a bad performance,” Skerry said of the Monarchs. “Four of their top six are seniors. They got the kid [Kent] Bazemore, who is potentially an NBA guy. They are a good club but I can’t speak to why they have been inconsistent.

After shooting just 21 percent from the field against Drexel on Wednesday, the Tigers (0-16, 0-4 CAA) shot 31 percent, making 13 of their 42 field goal attempts against ODU.

Senior forward Robert Nwankwo led the Tigers with 11 points and seven rebounds, while freshman guard Deon Jones added 10 points.

Sophomore forward Marcus Damas, who has been an offensive bright spot for the Tigers, scored only four points on 1-9 shooting. He also committed five turnovers.

Senior guard Kent Bazemore was the game’s leading scorer with 14 points, going 4-5 from 3-point land.

Redshirt freshman guard Dimitri Batten added 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench.

Although rebounding was strength for the Tigers early on in the season, it has lately become the team’s Achilles’ heel. Towson was out rebounded by a 36-26 margin.

Inconsistency in taking care of the ball has been another major issue in the eyes of  Skerry. After surrendering 15 turnovers at Drexel, the Tigers gave up the rock 22 times against ODU.

Towson will return home to host William & Mary on Wednesday.

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