Towson sneaks past Mason
Towson recorded its second Colonial Athletic Association win of the season Sunday, defeating George Mason 53-51.
With just under four minutes left in the game, the Patriots (8-15, 3-9 CAA) took a 48-42 lead. But the Tigers (8-16, 2-11 CAA) seized control of the game and never looked back.
Towson scored 11 straight points in the game’s final minutes to take a 53-48 lead. A late three-pointer by George Mason cut the Towson lead to two, but the Tigers were able to hold on and walk out of the Fairfax Center with a victory.
Freshman point guard Dominique Johnson led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. Nine of those points came off of three three-pointers. She also led the Tigers in playing time, staying on the court for the entire 40 minutes.
Junior guard Tanisha McTiller finished the game with 12 points. With 22 seconds left in the game, McTiller made a free throw to reach 900 points for her career, the 22nd player to do so in program history.
Senior forward Michelle Peebles continued her recent success with 10 rebounds, the only Tiger to reach double digits in that category.
The Tigers built on their recent success from three-point range by making seven-of-17 three-point attempts. They also won the rebounding battle 45-43. Towson also remained stout on the defensive end throughout the game, forcing 17 George Mason turnovers.
Prior to playing George Mason, the Tigers also traveled to Atlanta, Ga. to take on the Georgia State Panthers.
The Panthers (12-11, 4-7 CAA) made a season-high nine three-pointers en route to a 66-44 victory over Towson.
McTiller led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. She also added seven rebounds and three steals.
Thirteen of McTiller’s 17 points came in the second half. McTiller’s performance was complemented by the stellar play of Johnson, who finished the game with 11 points and a season-high six steals.
Junior forward Nyree Williams tied McTiller in rebounds with seven. The Tigers finished the game with 34 rebounds, but were outrebounded by eight.
Despite heading into halftime down by only 15, the Tigers couldn’t get things going on the offensive end to begin the second half.
The Panthers scored 21 of the first 28 points in the second half to propel themselves to an uncontested victory.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday as the team hosts Hofstra at the Towson Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.