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Tigers shoot the roof off in second half comback

Mike Morsell scored 15 points after halftime. The TIgers were red-hot shooting in the second half, making 63-percent of their shots.

Mike Morsell scored 15 points after halftime. The TIgers were red-hot shooting in the second half, making 63-percent of their shots.

Amazingly, after missing all 13 of their shots from beyond the arc in the first half, the Towson men’s basketball team lit it up from distance in an offensively dominant second half on their way to a 78-72 victory over local-rival Morgan State at Hill Field House.

It took the team’s ability to make shots longer to get to Morgan State than the team did. They went just 8-for-32 from the floor and 0-fer from distance in the first half as they trailed 30-25 at halftime. But the Tigers made as many 3-pointers in the second half as they had total field goals in the first and more than doubled their scoring out-put on their way to the victory to improve to 2-0 to open the season.

Morgan State shot a far superior 43.5-percent in the first half while Tiwian Kendley scored 12 points before halftime, but the Bears were unable to put the Tigers away. Nine first half turnovers ended possessions early and aided in only allowing the Bears to hold a 30-25 at halftime.

The Tigers were still caught in a battle in the second half had the Bears saw a pretty big increase in points, but a 10-point run in which Mike Morsell and William Adala Moto nailed back-to-back three’s pushed Towson ahead 39-34 early in the second half and got right back into the game.

Morgan State did score six-straight points to take a 40-39 lead just over a minute later, but a John Davis steal and layup gave the Tigers a lead back that they would not drop.

The lead was built up to as much as eight points with a 3-pointer by Eddie Keith II with 10:50 remaining. Their lead got cut immediately with back-to-back three’s by the Bears. Towson just kept hitting key shots to maintain their lead, however.

An old-fashioned 3-point play by Morgan State’s Phillip Carr made it a three-point game at 65-62 with 6:24 remaining, but Towson put things away with seven-straight points to get ahead by double-digits three minutes later and held the Bears scoreless for another minute after that.

Four minutes had gone off the clock between Carr’s follow up free throw and Kyle Thomas’ free throw to end the scoring drought. And he only made one of his two. Their next basket didn’t come until a minute later. Kendley’s shot got Morgan State back withing seven, but their was a second less than two minutes remaining.

With Towson’s 63-percent shooting in the second half holding up, the Bears didn’t have enough time and couldn’t get enough stops to get any more than within four points.

Morsell led Towson with 22 points, including 15 after halftime. Adala Moto and John Davis each registered double-doubled for the Tigers. Adala Moto had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Davis had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Kendley led the Bears with 26 points off 6-for-18 shooting from the floor and an 11-for-12 performance from the foul line. Thomas was second on the team with 12 points. Carr and David Syfax has 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Towson will stay on the road but with another in-state game with they go to College Park to take on the Terps at 2 pm. The Bears will host Wilmington University on Thursday at 7:30 pm.

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