Thursday, January 5, 2012
Towson sets unwanted record Wednesday
By By Jeremy Lundblad
Towson ties losing streak record
With a 60-27 defeat at the hands of Drexel, Towson tied a record with its 34th straight loss, a streak that began on Jan. 3, 2011. That matches the longest losing streak in Division I history, also done by Sacramento State from 1997 to 1999. NJIT lost 51 straight from 2007 to 2009, but was reclassifying to Division I at the time.
On Wednesday, Towson suffered arguably its most humiliating loss of the current streak. The Tigers’ 27 points were their fewest since moving to Division I in 1979. It also set a CAA record for fewest points in a conference game. In addition, Towson hit only eight field goals, with only one player, Robert Nwankwo, making more than one.
Hoyas climb back against Marquette
Georgetown only missed one 2-point field goal in the second half in its 73-70 comeback win over Marquette. The Hoyas shot 76.2 percent in the second half, including 12-for-13 from inside the arc.
Marquette led by 17 points with 13 minutes to play, but the Hoyas went on a 27-10 run over the next 10 minutes. The final score would be Georgetown’s largest lead of the game. Jason Clark had 18 of his game-high 26 points in the second half. The Hoyas have a D-I best four wins over ranked opponents.
Jayhawks conquer the boards
Kansas owned the boards in its 67-49 win over Kansas State. The Jayhawks held a 50-26 advantage on the glass, including 44-15 when looking at just the starting lineups. It matched a 2002 contest against Oklahoma for the most the Wildcats have been outrebounded in the past 15 years.
Of course, a big reason was Kansas State’s poor shooting. The Wildcats hit on 31.6 percent from the field, their lowest in three seasons. The Jayhawks have now held the rebounding advantage in all but one game this season.
Syracuse bench makes the difference
Syracuse’s 87-73 win over Providence can best be understood through the lens of bench performance. The Orange average 37.3 points per game off the bench, tops in nation. So they technically underperformed Wednesday with 35 bench points.
Both Dion Waiters (13) and C.J. Fair (12) were in double figures off the bench. Meanwhile, Providence used only six players all game. Brice Kofane was the long player to come off the bench, and he scored just one point.
VCU loses ugly
It wasn’t quite on the level of Towson’s anemic offense, but VCU also had an ugly offensive performance in the CAA on Wednesday. The Rams shot just 27.1 percent in a 55-53 home loss to Georgia State. It marked their worst shooting night since Dec. 1999.
Worse yet, VCU’s starters shot just 16.3 percent (7-for-43) from the field, including 1-for-14 from beyond the arc. Rob Brandenberg and Bradford Burgess combined to go 1-for-25 from the field.