TU struggles down the stretch vs. Tribe
Senior guard Quinn McDowell scored a game-high 26 points to lead his visiting William & Mary Tribe to a 66-49 victory over the Tigers at the Towson Center Wednesday night.
The game was tied at 42 with 11:09 left in the contest, but the Tribe (4-13, 2-4 Colonial Athletic Association) shut the door on Towson’s hopes of securing its first victory of the season by going on a 24-7 run to close out the game.
“We lost sight of our assignments,” Towson sophomore forward Marcus Damas, who led the Tigers with 14 points, said. “We practice every day and we kind of went away from it. We had the tools and we had the right coaching, but we just didn’t follow through with it.”
Head Coach Pat Skerry said that lack of communication is a large part of why the Tigers (0-17, 0-5 CAA) have not been able to win.
“Our concentration, which I would consider our communication, I’m not happy with. They’re not sustaining it,” Skerry said. “We have a group of guys that play very hard but haven’t proven to sustain it concentration wise and communication wise. We won’t get any [wins] if we don’t communicate and have great effort and concentration for 40 minutes, that’s reality.”
Senior forward Robert Nwankwo scored 11 points and snagged eight rebounds, while blocking three shots in the contest. Freshman guard Deon Jones contributed 10 points.
Towson provided a sign of improvement when it comes to taking care of the ball. The Tigers surrendered just 11 turnovers, after coughing up 22 against Old Dominion on Saturday.
However, freshman point guard Kris Walden continues to struggle in the turnover department as he has had five turnovers in each of the past two games. He went 0-8 from the field and finished with zero points against William & Mary.
Even though the Tigers outrebounded the Tribe 32-30 margin, Skerry said he is still not pleased with his team’s effort on the glass.
“We have to offensive rebound the ball even better,” Skerry said. “We need to be plus 10 on the glass for the game.”
At this point in the season Skerry said that his players should make the most of their time on the court to make a good impression heading into next year.
“Every chance to play, at this stage of the program, it’s an evaluation and an audition for guys,” Skerry said. “So, we try to see during the crunch of the game who can execute and make winning plays.”
Towson will head back out on the road when they travel to Georgia State on Saturday.