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Towson's record losing streak is no more

1/28/2012

The calendar is approaching February and we are on the cusp of endless talk of bubbles and nonconference résumés.

But it's hard to think of a more-gratifying game for any team in the country on Saturday than the Towson Tigers' 66-61 win over UNC-Wilimington.

Towson's official Division-I men's record losing streak ends at 41 games. The Tigers' last win was a 93-90 overtime win at La Salle on December 29, 2010.

Towson Losses By Margin
During 41-Game Losing Streak

This was the Tigers' first win:

• in regulation since December 11, 2010 at UMBC (86-77).

• at home since December 1, 2010 against Western Michigan (75-73).

• vs. a conference opponent since March 5, 2010, also against UNC-Wilmington (91-74).

• in a regular-season conference game since February 27, 2010 against Delaware (81-66).

Along the way, Towson's 41 losses came by a combined 675 points or 16.5 PPG. Towson also lost in 10 different states during the streak.

The previous closest chance for the Tigers to snap the streak came a year ago also to the Seahawks but UNCW's Chad Tomko scored 11 of his season-high 31 points in overtime and they rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun Towson, 95-93. That was the 14th straight loss in Towson's skid.

How did they do it?

Towson entered the day turning the ball over in a Division-I worst 30 percent of its possessions. Against a similarly-youthful Seahawks team that also sported six freshmen on its roster, the Tigers still turned it over 17 times which was just below that ugly season average. But they held a 41-29 rebound advantage and punished UNCW with a 21-to-4 advantage on made shots from the charity stripe.

The nation now turns its eyes to upstate New York as there is still one winless team left in Division I men's basketball. That team is Binghamton, which lost earlier today to Maine and fell to 0-21 on the season.