By: Tyler Beard, Assistant Sports Editor
Towson’s 27 free throws led the team to a 79-72 road win over Northeastern Saturday afternoon.
“I think we’re actually around third in the country in scoring the most percentage of our points from the foul line, which is pretty good,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said. “It’s a great bounce-back win, but we’re still taking this game by game.”
The Tigers (14-7, 5-3 CAA) jumped out to a 14-10 lead seven minutes into the first half after sophomore guard Eddie Keith hit a 3-pointer.
Towson kept a consistent lead in the first half and sophomore guard Byron Hawkins’ jumper extended the lead over Northeastern (12-9, 4-4 CAA) to 25-19 right before halftime.
The Tigers only shot 37 percent from the field in the first half and got to the foul line just two times. However, the team turned it around the second half and shot 56.5 percent from the field, while also attempting 40 free throws.
Junior forward John Davis made eight free throws in the second half and finished with a team-high 20 points.
“He’s our leader and brings energy every time he’s out there,” Skerry said about Davis’ play. “John was an absolute warrior for us.”
Northeastern came back in the second half and went ahead 44-43 off of two free throws with nine minutes left in the game.
However, the Tigers pulled away with a 16-0 run in five minutes. The run included two 3-pointers from sophomore guard Mike Morsell, who finished with 15 points.
Towson was able to hold off Northeastern in the end, but their senior guard David Walker didn’t make it easy for Towson.
Walker finished with a game-high 32 points, including 26 points in the second half alone.
“I’ll be excited when he graduates,” Skerry said about Walker’s performance. “He’s going to make a lot of money playing basketball.”
Towson’s defense also played its part in the win, as the team had 12 steals in the game, including four steals from Morsell. The win moved Towson into a tie for fourth place in the CAA standings.
Next up for the Tigers is a road game against the Drexel Dragons (3-16, 1-7 CAA).
The Tigers won by 19 points against the Dragons in their first matchup this season.
Tip-off is Thursday at 7 p.m.