Tigers go cold against Hoyas

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

After getting out to a 7-1 start to the season following a victory Wednesday over Coppin State, the Tigers were looking to make a statement in Washington, D.C. against the nationally recognized Georgetown Hoyas.

However, Towson came out flat and were outscored 40-17 in the first half, going on to lose 78-46 to fall to 7-2.

In their four previous games, the Tigers had scored at least 77 points, but they made just five shots in the first half against the Hoyas (5-2), shooting 23.8 percent from the floor and missing all nine of their three-point shots.

Junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had nine points for the Hoyas in the first, as did freshman forward Paul White, who came off the bench.

Four McGlynn, Towson’s leading scorer on the year, missed all three of his shots from beyond the arc.

In the first half, the Tigers only had one assist, which went to freshman point guard Josh Ivory, compared to Georgetown’s nine.
The second half was much kinder to the Tigers, but the deficit was far too much for them to make up.

McGlynn made three of his five shots in the second, and power forward Timajh Parker-Rivera missed both of his attempts. As a team, the Tigers shot 56.5 percent from the floor.

The Hoyas were able to keep up, though, making 50 percent of their shots in the second half and scoring 38 points to keep Towson at bay.
Again, the Tigers struggled to pick up assists, finishing the game with just three in the second half, while Georgetown double its assists. Heading into the game, four Tigers had double-digit assists.

Turnovers also plagued Towson once again, finishing the game with 17.

Prior to Sunday’s games, Towson was 266th in Division-I in assist-to-turnover ratio (.78) and were tied for 210th in turnovers per game (14).

Sophomore forward John Davis was once again a bright spot for Towson. A game after scoring 23 points in 30 minutes against Coppin State on Wednesday, he had another double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 boards in 28 minutes.

Sophomore center Walter Foster also returned to the team for his first game after a brief time away with what Head Coach Pat Skerry said was because Foster “failed to live up to some expectations.”
Foster was arrested over Thanksgiving break and has been charged with several crimes for a single incident, including two counts of second-degree assault.

The big man appeared in 26 minutes, scoring five points and grabbing five rebounds.

Towson will travel again Wednesday up to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to take on the Temple Owls.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., and can be seen on ESPN3 or heard on CBS Sports Radio, 1300 AM.

The Tigers will then host La Salle on Dec. 20 and travel to Annapolis to face Navy on Dec. 22.

The Colonial Athletic Association season will begin Jan. 3 in Harrisonburg, Virginia when Towson hosts the James Madison Dukes.

The Tigers will look to make  their second straight CAA tournament.

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