WASHINGTON -- Freshman forward John James scored four of his nine points in the final 2 minutes, 20 seconds to lead Towson State (14-7) to an 84-75 victory over American University (9-11) at Bender Arena last night.
The Tigers, who defeated the home team for only the second time in 21 games, pulled away in the final minutes, scoring the last 11 points of the game en route to their ninth win in the past 10 outings.
Craig Sedmak, who led American with 20 points, gave the Eagles their final lead when he made a three-point shot with 2:59 remaining to make it 75-73.
Towson State senior guard Lewis Waller hit a short jumper at 2:36 to tie it for the final time, and James sent the visitors ahead to stay when he converted a missed shot by Terrance Jacobs. The 6-foot-8 freshman clinched the decision by making two free throws for an 81-75 lead with 25 seconds left.
Junior guard Devin Boyd led the Tigers with 25 points.