By: Jordan Cope, Sports Editor
Towson split a pair of non-conference contests at SECU Arena this weekend, falling to Robert Morris Saturday but defeating Stony Brook Friday.
The Tigers (3-3, 0-0 CAA) fell to the Colonials (2-5, 0-0 NEC) 67-66 Saturday.
“Hats off to Robert Morris,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said. “I can just say it’s the most disappointing loss I’ve ever been a part of here. We didn’t guard, you know that’s on me. We didn’t have good leadership, that’s on me. I’m just really surprised, especially in our veteran guys, that weren’t ready to play tonight.”
In the first half, Towson took a 16-9 lead over Robert Morris when junior guard Deshaun Morman got behind the Robert Morris defense and slammed the ball into the basket.
Later in the half, the Tigers opened up a 29-20 lead. However, the Colonials went on a 5-0 run to make it a 29-25 game going into the locker room.
In the second half, Towson jumped out to a 37-29 lead thanks to a pair of layups from junior guard Mike Morsell and senior forward John Davis. Towson continued to build upon its lead, but Robert Morris mounted a late comeback.
The Colonials took a 62-61 lead over the Tigers when senior forward Billy Giles hit a jumper in the paint.
Robert Morris managed to further its lead over Towson to 65-61 when senior forward Kavon Stewart banked a three-pointer off the glass with 58 seconds left in the game.
The Colonials managed to make their free-throws down the stretch and earn their second victory of the season.
“Just a disappointing, putrid performance by our entire operation” Skerry said. “Unless we figure it out, we will fall short of where we want to get to. I don’t mind starting the season with some unknowns, but you can’t finish the season with unknowns. We had a lot of guys that just didn’t show up to play tonight.”
The Tigers used a late run in the first half of Friday’s game to defeat the Seawolves (1-4, 0-0 AEC) 88-63.
“I think our guys were pissed about [the Maryland and Boston College games],” Skerry said. “They responded the right way tonight.”
Towson started off the first half sluggish, but went on a 32-2 run to take a 50-28 lead into halftime.
The second half was a much closer battle, but the lead that the Tigers built in the first half proved to be insurmountable.
Morsell led the way for Towson in scoring with 21 points. Morman added 18, Davis added 13 and sophomore forward Alex Thomas added 12 to help the team cruise to its third win of the season.
The Tigers will be back in action Wednesday night against Goucher. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside SECU Arena.