Has anyone figured out the men's basketball team at Towson State?
In what has been an unpredictable season, the Tigers have battled two of the toughest opponents on their schedule, losing by three points to then-No. 17 Maryland in the opener and by six to No. 4 Arizona on Nov. 9.
They also defeated Navy by 14 but barely escaped Loyola's Reitz Arena with a win and were lackluster in a 67-61 loss to Pennsylvania in their home debut Wednesday.
They followed the disappointment against Penn by nearly overcoming a 19-point deficit at Arizona, which led to the Tigers receiving a vote in this week's Associated Press poll.
With an abundance of talent and experience, why was Towson only 2-3 and so unsteady going into last night's home game against Washington College?
One reason is the Tigers still were waiting for senior guard Scooter Alexander to get untracked after being redshirted last season. He was shooting 28-for-69 from the field-the only starter below 50 percent-and hardly resembled the player who was a two-time All-Big South selection.
Also, Towson proved it can score from the perimeter and inside, but not necessarily on the same night. When one facet of its game is on, the other seems to disappear.
And none of its opponents were pushovers, including Penn, the three-time defending Ivy League champions.
"For whatever reason, we do not approach every game with the same attitude, the same consistency," said coach Terry Truss. 'You see these guys every day in practice and you know what you want the end product to be, and we're a long way from there, but I feel like we're pretty much on target. Of course, there's an old saying that you can be on the right track, but you'll get run over if you just stand there."
MacLeod praises Loyola
The men's basketball team at Loyola College won't impress anyone with its record, but the Greyhounds keep drawing raves from opposing coaches.
The latest admirer is Notre Dame's John MacLeod, whose Fighting Irish needed a late spurt to secure a 70-62 win last Saturday at Baltimore Arena.
"I like Loyola. They have the makings of a nice team," said MacLeod, who coached 18 seasons in the NBA. "They've got some very, very good young players who will develop into a solid team."
Salisbury State LB honored
When Salisbury State linebacker Marc Hannah (Poly) was named to the American Football Coaches Association College Division II All-American team, he became the first Sea Gull honored since Tom Kress and Bill Maurer in 1986.
Hannah, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior, made 81 tackles and had one sack, one interception, four pass breakups, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery, which he returned 14 yards for his first career touchdown, against Newport News.
He had 17 tackles in his final game, against Albright in the ECAC Southwest Region championship game.
The AFCA team is chosen from all NCAA Division III and NAIA Division II schools.
Navy's women's basketball team is off to its best start at 7-0.... Johns Hopkins senior Chadd Crump (60 goals, 13 assists, 17 steals) was named the Eastern Water Polo Association Division III Player of the Year.... Towson State senior linebacker Marco Cause won the Doc Minnegan Award as the team's Most Valuable Player after recording 75 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions.... The men's basketball team at Goucher has won five games in a row and is 6-2 overall. Junior forward Predrag Durkovlc of Croatia leads the Gophers in scoring at 16.1 ppg and is averaging 8.0 rebounds.... The men's basketball team at UMBC set a school record by shooting 22-for-23 from the line at Morgan State last Thursday.... Competing in the Swarthmore All Corners Meet last weekend, UMBC freshman David Russell (Perry Hall) set school, meet and Swarthmore fieldhouse records by taking first place in the pole vault at 14-2. Also, senior Corey Gabrish (Calvert Hall) set a school record in the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 52-6 at Towson State last Sunday.... Erica Pearson of St. Mary's College leads the Capital Athletic Conference in rebounding, averaging 12.8 a game.... Washington College junior center Eboni Taylor needs 15 points to become the school's first 1,000-point scored. She was named the Centennial Conference's Player of the Week, averaging 18.5 points and 19.0 rebounds in two games.... Western Maryland senior Julie Cox (Liberty) qualified for her second straight trip to the NCAA Division III indoor track championship last Sunday at the Towson State Holiday Relays, posting a time of 8.48 in the 55-meter hurdles.... Western Maryland senior defensive tackle Joe Krema was named to the 1995 Football Gazette Division III All-America honorable mention team.