McGlynn’s 23 points carries Tigers past East Tennessee State
Two days removed from sending Towson to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, sophomore guard Four McGlynn came up huge for the Tigers once again.
After hitting the game-winning, half-court buzzer beater in Wednesday night’s win at USC-Upstate, the former America East Rookie of the Year dropped a season-high 23 points, including the final four free throws in Towson’s 83-77 win at East Tennessee State.
“He was sensational,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said of McGlynn. “We knew they would play a lot of zone and he put it up. He was the best player on the floor today.”
McGlynn was automatic for the Tigers (25-10) all game. He hit 6-of-7 three pointers and 5-of-6 free throws to go along with three rebounds in 27 minutes of work.
Four of McGlynn’s three-pointers came in an 18-4 run that gave the Tigers a 24-22 lead after trailing 18-6 early on.
McGlynn wasn’t the only Tiger to have an efficient offensive game. Towson as a whole played effective offensively, as the offense shot 51 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Senior guard Mike Burwell finished with 13 points and five rebounds, while seniors Rafriel Guthrie and Jerrelle Benimon each scored 12 points. Benimon also added eight rebounds and six assists.
Freshmen forwards John Davis and Walter Foster also played key roles on the offensive end during Towson’s first-half run.
“One thing that I thought was great was our balance, especially our passing against the zone was outstanding,” Skerry said. “We had good ball movement; we were unselfish. We got a lot of really good shots. We were extremely unselfish and shared the ball against their zone.”
While the Tigers were clicking on all cylinders offensively, they played strong defense in key moments. Sophomore forward Timajh Parker-Rivera anchored the way defensively for the Tigers, as he finished with nine rebounds (seven defensive) and blocked five shots. Towson finished with 10 blocks as a team.
The Tigers also held the Bucs (19-16) to 34.6 percent from three-point land.
“He was terrific, which we thought he would be,” Skerry said of Parker-Rivera. “He’s had a really good second half of the season. For him, he had a subpar game the other night but he was tremendous tonight.”
After its first half comeback, Towson kept up strong play in the second half, holding a double-digit lead for most of the half.
However, East Tennessee State made a late surge behind the play of senior forward Hunter Harris and junior guard Rashawn Rembert.
The two combined for 31 points, and five late points from Rembert cut the Towson lead to just four with 22 seconds remaining. However, the Tigers held on to win the game.
“They’re a very good offensive team. We really locked in and guarded the middle 30 minutes of the game,” Skerry said. “The only reason that the score was a little bit close was just that we had a hard time making some free throws late and they’d throw in a couple of threes.”
Towson will now advance to the quarterfinals of the CIT. The Tigers will know their opponents by the end of Saturday, and the game will be played on a campus location.
“I’m really happy for our kids. There’s not a lot of teams in the country that have 25 wins at this point,” Skerry said.