Rally carries Towson to 8th win in row, 82-65


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Devin Boyd scored 23 points and East Coast Conference-leading Towson State (13-6, 8-0) overcame a 13-point, first-half deficit to win its eighth straight game, an 82-65 conquest of Rider College (8-12, 2-4) yesterday afternoon.

The Tigers fell behind 9-0 and trailed 23-10 after 7 minutes, 25 seconds. From there, Chuck Lightening scored eight in a 16-0 burst. A three-point goal by Rider's Darrick Suber forged a halftime tie at 45.

In the second half, Towson State senior Lewis Waller scored 11 of his 15 and the visitors checked the Broncs on 22 percent shooting from the floor (4-for-18).

The win was Towson State's first at Rider since 1984 and broke a seven-game losing streak at Alumni Gym. It was also the team's 13th straight victory over an ECC team dating back to last season, and its 8-0 start this season is the best start for a conference team since Bucknell went 9-0 in 1983-84.

"I wasn't concerned when we fell behind early," said Towson State coach Terry Truax, "because we weren't playing badly. We are becoming an experienced team that keeps its composure, and I thought we'd come back.

"In the second half, we became more aggressive on defense and pressured their outside shots."

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