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Tigers edge Coppin State in overtime, 81-77

Byron Hawkins was able to get to the foul line with easy and scored 11 of his team-best 20 points from there.

Byron Hawkins was able to get to the foul line with easy and scored 11 of his team-best 20 points from there.

Like the last two times they played, Towson and Coppin State went down to the wire but it was the Tigers that would claim the victory, just like the last two times they played, edging the Golden Eagles 81-77 in overtime.

Byron Hawkins continually got to the foul line as he made 11 free throws in his team-leading 20-point effort. William Adala Moto has his best outing since scoring 28 in the season opener with 17 points and John Davis scored 15 against Coppin State.

Like always, Towson used their size and physicality inside to beat their opponent. The Tigers out-rebounded Coppin State 44-28. The biggest was from Hawkins with seven seconds left in overtime. Josh Treadwell threw up would have been the game-winning three, but he missed but instead of Coppin State grabbing hold of the ball for a layup that would have tied the game, Hawkins came down with it, went to the line and gave the Tigers a four-point lead with almost no time left on the clock.

the Tigers started off hot, scoring the first seven points of the game. That early cushion allowed them to carry a lead for almost the entire first half, but after a jumper by Jordan McNeil gave them a 10-point lead with 8:44 remaining the Golden Eagles caught fire.

Lucian Brown-Lee hit a three and after a turnover by Walter Foster, Keith Shivers hit a layup to make it a five-point game. Foster was able to get hit a mid-range jumper in response and Timajh Parker-Rivera made the first of two free throw attempts to get the Tigers back up bu eight, but Coppin responded with 14-straight points. Towson went four minutes without scoring and seven without a field goal while the Golden Eagles took a 35-33 lead.

Towson was able to tie it and regain the lead with five-straight points off free throws and took a 38-37 lead into the break, but they were still struggling to shoot the ball. They were doing their damage from the foul line and that continued in the second half.

The Tigers took 48 free throw attempts and it resulted in 31 points. Coppin State attempted only 27 free throws and most of them came after halftime.

Neither team took much of an advantage in the second half. It was more just a back-and-forth battle. but with the game tied with only seconds remaining after Treadwell hit two free throws and Moto missed a three, Coppin State took the ball up the court, Treadwell got inside and as time expired tried to get the potential game-winning shot off, but Parker-Rivera swatted it away and sent things to overtime.

Towson led almost all of the extra period but pulled away at the end. After Hawkins grabbed Treadwell’s miss Hawkins was fouled and gave the Tigers a two possession lead. Trevon Seymour hit a quick layup but the Golden Eagles had no choice but to send Moto to the line and hope he would misses to give them a chance at winning or tying the game, but he made two to give the Tigers the very late four-point lead back.

Coppin State had five players score in double figures. Treadwell led the team with 15 points. Shivers had 14 while James Syvester, Christian Kessee and Seymoure has 12, 10 and 10, respectively.

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