By: Tyler Beard, Assistant Sports Editor
Towson ended its regular season with a 74-68 road loss against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks Saturday.
“I’m really proud of our guys, especially since we had one of the toughest schedules in the conference,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said. “I think we had to play eight out of our nine weekends on the road. But everyone is this league is good and we need to come out prepared to play.”
The loss cemented the Tigers’ (20-11, 11-7 CAA) third-place finish in the CAA standings, which matches them up with the six-seed Northeastern Huskies (17-14, 9-9 CAA) in the CAA Tournament this weekend.
The Tigers led early against the Seahawks (22-7, 14-4 CAA), after a jumper from senior forward Timajh Parker-Rivera put the team ahead 7-3 in the first few minutes of the game.
Both teams battled until UNC Wilmington put together a 11-0 run in the last few minutes of the first half, which gave the team a 37-26 lead.
However, the Tigers ended the half on a 7-0 run and a 3-pointer from redshirt freshman guard Jordan McNeil cut the lead to 37-33 at halftime.
Towson struggled from beyond the arc at 3-of-8 in the first half and finished the game 5-of-16.
The second half opened with a jumper from sophomore guard Mike Morsell and layup from junior guard Byron Hawkins, which tied the game at 37-37.
The lead changed throughout the second half until the Seahawks had a 14-2 run near the last three minutes of the game, which gave the team a game-high 13-point lead.
A jumper from Hawkins cut the lead to 8 points with less than a minute left, but the Tigers missed four 3-pointers after and couldn’t complete a comeback.
Junior forward John Davis finished with a double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Hawkins finished with 15 points and two assists.
“This is a committed group that was unhappy with last year’s performance,” Skerry said. “This year, they really responded and it’s fun to watch.”
The Tigers beat the Huskies 79-72 on the road in their first matchup, while the Huskies beat the Tigers 47-44 at home in the second game.
“We’re going to take this game by game,” Skerry said about the CAA Tournament. “We need to be consistent. We have good players and they know what they need to do. We’re going to have to try and find some good fortune.”
Towson’s game against Northeastern in the CAA Tournament — the third matchup between the teams this year – is Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The winner will play Sunday at 3:30 p.m.