It was the fourth straight win for the Tigers (8-4, 3-1) and ended a two-game win streak for the Huskies (8-4, 2-2).
Pilione had 14 points and four assists for Towson, which converted 12 of 20 field goals (60 percent) in the second half. Tesha Tinsley (Western) led Northeastern with 20 points and eight assists.
Trailing 42-33 with 15: 28 remaining, Pilione began a 17-6 run that put Towson ahead 50-48. Tinsley gave Northeastern its last lead of the night, 55-54, with two free throws at the 1: 25 mark.
The Tigers' Kim Wright then hit one of two free throws and Tinsley missed on the other end to set the stage for Pilione's game-winner.
UMBC 56, Wagner 45: Kim Brown scored a career-high 18 and Monica Logan tied a personal best with 23 rebounds as the host Retrievers (7-6, 5-2) downed the Seahawks (8-7, 6-3) in a Northeast Conference game.
Logan, the nation's leading rebounder, pulled down 11 on the offensive end to help UMBC out-rebound Wagner 44-29.
Mount St. Mary's 93, Robert Morris 76: Five players scored in double figures as the Mount (9-4, 7-0 NEC) routed the visiting Colonials (5-9, 4-4) for their eighth straight victory.
Deanna Butters had 22 points and five steals in 27 minutes off the bench for the Mount.
Morgan State 58, Bethune-Cookman 50: The host Bears hit 30 of 44 free throws and received 10 points and 12 rebounds from Monique Liddell to turn away the Wildcats in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.
UMES 82, Lehigh 77: Nicole Council had 28 points and six steals to propel host UMES past Lehigh. Nykesha Thompson added 15 points and Marlena Smith had nine points and 11 rebounds for UMES.
Florida A&M; 68, Coppin State 58: The visiting Rattlers (6-8, 5-2 MEAC) made only one basket in the last six minutes but held off the Eagles (6-8, 4-2), who committed seven turnovers down the stretch.
Pub Date: 1/12/99