By: Desmond Boyle, Staff Writer
Towson dug itself into a hole it could not get out of in a tough 67-55 loss to the College of Charleston.
The Cougars jump started the game and in just four minutes had an 11-0 lead over the Tigers. Towson kept some composure and managed a 6-2 run to end the quarter 13-6.
“We just missed some wide open shots,” Towson Head Coach Nikki Geckeler said of the slow start. “We created scoring chances but missed some uncontested jump shots and lay ups.”
Charleston regained a double digit lead in the second quarter after the Cougars scored eight of the opening 13 points in the second to earn a 21-11 lead.
The Tigers then had their first significant run of the game, going on a 10-2 run to trail by just two with 1:39 left in the half. The Cougars then scored three points before the buzzer for halftime sounded to take a 26-21 lead into the break.
The third quarter featured more consistent scoring from both teams as Charleston held onto a single digit lead most of the quarter.
Strong shooting from senior guard Dominique Johnson and Raven Bankston, Towson’s only players to score double digits in the game, helped the Tigers stay with the Cougars.
Freshman forward Brittany Tarr made a jump shot with seconds remaining in the quarter to make it a 45-38 lead for Charleston going into the fourth.
Towson quickly made it 45-40 to start the fourth but that five point gap would the closest the Tigers would come to completing the comeback. The Cougars hit 13 of 17 free throw attempts and played solid defense to close out the 67-55 victory.
“I think that this is a young team,” Geckeler said. “These are things that young players go through when playing in a tough conference like the CAA.”
Towson’s next game will be Friday at the SECU arena against University of Delaware at 7 p.m.