By: Jordan Cope, Sports Editor
A rollercoaster ride of a season came to an end for Towson Sunday when the team fell to the College of Charleston 67-59 in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament.
“Tough loss to Charleston,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said. “The guys battled and we were right there. I’m proud of how these guys faced adversity after we lost Johnnie.”
The No. 3 seeded Tigers got off to a slow start against the No. 2 seeded Cougars. It took the Tigers over eight minutes to score their first field goal of the game, yet they only trailed 5-4.
By the end of the first half, Towson led the College of Charleston 26-21. While the team finished the half shooting just 35 percent from the field, they were beginning to heat up.
Junior guard Eddie Keith II played a strong first 20 minutes. He went 4-for-4 from the field and knocked down the team’s only 3-point field goal of the half.
Pat Skerry, “Unfortunately, our season comes with an asterisk because of what happened to John (Davis).” Towson eliminated from CAA Tourney.
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In the second half, the Tigers and Cougars jockeyed for the lead. The Tigers’ biggest lead of the half was seven points with a little more than 12 minutes left in the game. However, the Cougars clawed their way back and took their first lead of the half with 6:01 remaining.
Down the stretch, Towson trailed Charleston by one point, but Charleston went on a 10-0 run late in the game to clinch a spot in Monday’s CAA Championship Game.
Senior guard Joe Chealey, who did not play last season due to an ACL injury, recorded 29 points and three assists for Charleston.
Sunday’s game for Towson comes after a thrashing of Northeastern Saturday in the CAA quarterfinals round in which the team came away with an 82-54 victory.
“We had an outstanding overall performance versus Northeastern on both ends of the floor,” Skerry said.
The Tigers got off to a fast start over the No. 6 Huskies and never looked back. In the first half, The Tigers shot 42 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
The team only got warmer as the game went on. In the second half, Towson shot 66 percent from the field and 60 percent from downtown.
Freshman guard Zane Martin led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. Senior forward William Adala Moto and junior guard Brian Starr added 12 points to the mix.
Although Towson’s goal of making it into the NCAA Tournament did not come to fruition, the team will most likely be playing in a postseason tournament.
“We will make a decision on postseason opportunities in the next couple of days,” Skerry said. “But 20 wins always signifies success.”
Updates on what tournament Towson could be participating in and the team’s progress throughout the rest of the postseason can be found at thetowerlight.com.