Towson took another step closer to a record it doesn't want to own.
The Tigers lost their 33rd consecutive game Monday night, fading in the final minutes as Northeastern pulled away for a 57-48 victory in a Colonial Athletic Association match-up at the Towson Center. Towson now is one loss away from tying the NCAA record for consecutive defeats by a Division I team.
Sacramento State holds that mark (34), set from 1997-99. Towson (0-14, 0-2) hasn't won since edging La Salle in overtime, 93-90, on Dec. 29, 2010. The Tigers lost their final 19 games last year and now the first 14 this season.
Towson's next two games are on the road. The Tigers meet Drexel Wednesday and then go to Old Dominion Saturday.
"You just look at it as a new day," said Towson forward Erique Gumbs. "You can't forget and you're not going to forget. You have to just take the positive and carry that over more than the negative and you just have to start doing things to cut the negative out."
The Tigers were coming off a strong performance in last Friday's 57-50 loss to No. 23/24 Virginia but struggled from the start in this game.
Towson led in the first half, but Northeastern (5-7, 1-1) went in front a few minutes later and never trailed again. Gumbs and Marcus Damas each scored 14 points for Towson, who cut the Northeastern lead to 41-39 with 8:21 left.
The Huskies then scored 11 of the next 14 points to take command. Jonathan Lee led Northeastern with 13 points, eight of which came in the second half.
First-year Towson coach Pat Skerry said his team needs to learn how to sustain good play for 40 minutes in order to get victories and make the losing streak end.
Skerry said the streak hasn't even been an issue with his team this season.
"I've never even brought it up," Skerry said. "There's nothing to talk about. What we always talk about is what we need to [do] to put ourselves in a position to win basketball games."
The Tigers were in that position for most of this game. Towson was able to control the tempo throughout, but the Huskies converted their chances, forcing 12 steals and turning 19 Tiger turnovers into 27 points.
"They're getting better and better," Northeastern coach Bill Coen said. "Their effort is there, which is one thing you would expect would wane after multiple losses. They've just got to get over the hump and once they see that one victory go in, I think they'll be fine."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun