Saturday, January 28, 2012
Towson's record losing streak is no more
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.
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.