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Towson dominates Morgan State inside for win

By: Theresa R. Barnes

The game was billed as “The Battle for Greater Baltimore” between two schools located only five miles away and it was the Towson Tigers that took the 69-61 victory over the Morgan State Bears on their home court at SECU Arena. From the amount of turnovers Towson Tigers had at the end of the first half it seemed as it Towson was going to let the game slip away but they out-rebounded the Bears 49-35 and made it to the foul line nearly four-times as often.

“We did statistically what we normally do, we defended, we rebounded and we get to the foul line,” Skerry said. “There’s a reason why we were fourth in the country in percentage of points at the foul line, that’s something we do.”

Byron Hawkins was able to slash inside and draw fouls at a high rate against Morgan State and finished with 15 points.

Byron Hawkins was able to slash inside and draw fouls at a high rate against Morgan State and finished with 15 points.

Towson made 24 of 38 free throw attempts. Point guard Byron Hawkins did a good job slashing to the rim and led the team with an 8-for-12 effort from the line as he finished the game with 15 points to go with three assists and five rebounds.

“I missed a lot of free throws that I normally make, I did a bad job controlling the team at the start of the game, I did a better job in the second half,” Byron Hawkins said.

Towson had 11 turnovers by the half and 18 at the end while Morgan State only had five turnovers at the half and 14 in the game. Although the Tigers turned over the ball to Morgan State, the Bears weren’t able to make adequate shots, shooting only 25-percent in the first half. Towson made 37.9-percent of their shots in the first half and 40-percent after halftime.

That prevented the Bears from taking advantage. The most they led by was four points but after taking that least the Tigers went on a six-point run to take a lead and out-scored the Bears 12-6 over the final seven minutes of the first half to take a seven-point lead into the break.

Still, neither team was either to pull away. Towson got out to an arms distance multiple times in the second half, but never closed the door on Morgan State. After Andre Horne hit a jumper to cut Morgan State’s lead to only three, 60-57, with 1:16 remaining the Bears had an opportunity to get the comeback victory but the Tigers went 8-for-10 from the line down the stretch. The Bears only made two more shots in between.

Andre Horne made five three’s as he scored 27 of Morgan State’s point to go with nine assists and Phillip Carr also had nine assists. But the Bears could not contend with the Tigers inside. John Davis went 7-for-12 from the floor in a 16 points effort. Walt Foster had 11 points and seven assists and Timajh Parker-Rivera finished with an eight-point, eight-rebounds game.

“That’s what we do, that’s what you have to do to help our team win games,” Timajh Parker-Rivera said. “You got to crash the glass, you got to be gritty. I think we did a good job of that tonight.”

Towson earned their first win of the year and will next travel to Charleston, South Carolina to participate in the Gildan Charleston Classic. They will play Oklahoma State in their first game. Bradley, George Mason, Long Beach State, Ole Miss, Seton Hall and Virginia are also participating in the tournament.

“I am really excited about this group [but] we got work to do,” Skerry said. “We didn’t play as well tonight as we did against a good LaSalle team in a hostile environment, but we’re kind of learning as we go a little bit.”

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Theresa R. Barnes

Staff Writer
It seemed as if Theresa was meant to report the news ever since she could say a complete sentence. She has always been in the know of what is going on around her since she was just a young child. Many have titled her as nosey, for there was very little that she didn't search high and low to find out about. Although she would often find herself in trouble for being in others business, you could say that she knew that her tenacious effort would soon open a door to her passion for journalism. From elementary to high school, reporting the news in school and around her church became easy and eventually expected from others. Journalism has always been a passion, but she had never narrowed down what type of reporting she likes most. Upon her studying journalism at Morgan State University, she came across a Sports Reporting and Writing class with a professor who knew how to make sports come to life with words. Not knowing much about sports writing at the time, she was a bit hesitant to cover the MCEAA High School Basketball Championship but did anyway. After that class, she realized that sports journalism was best for her. The continuation of that beat blossomed into becoming a writer for So Much Sports. Theresa also writes her own daily blog, TheresaReneeGenesis.

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