A good finale

The Baltimore Sun

Towson needed to win its final home game last night against Delaware to help salvage something from a season during which it has languished near the bottom of the Colonial Athletic Association.

Tigers coach Pat Kennedy saw plenty of positives as Rocky Coleman tied a career high with 21 points and Towson rallied in the second half for a 75-74 victory. Delaware had a chance to win the game with 11 seconds remaining, but the Tigers played tight man-to-man defense and did not allow the Blue Hens to get off a shot.

The Tigers ended a three-game losing streak, and Kennedy said the difference was the energy of his senior-heavy lineup, most notably Coleman and Tim Crossin.

"For senior night, and in a season that has been somewhat disappointing to us, nothing brings me more joy than having [Coleman and Crossin] play the way they did," Kennedy said. "We've had our ups and downs, but I could not be prouder of this program right now. These are great wins for us coming down the stretch. You can build on this."

Calvin Lee and Junior Hairston each had 13 points for Towson (10-20, 5-12). Lee, a junior forward, went 5-for-8 from the field in reaching a career high in points. Crossin, a 6-foot-1 guard, had nine points and four assists and did not commit a turnover.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Coleman (Walbrook) gave Towson its first lead of the second half, 63-57, with 6:29 remaining. A three-pointer by Brian Johnson (Mount St. Joseph) cut Towson's margin to 71-70 with 2:48 left, but Hairston made consecutive baskets to help the Tigers pad their lead.

"We were just trying to push it up the court to see if we could get some easy baskets," Coleman said. "I just ran up the court ... and knocked the shot down. I was feeling it a little bit. I had some confidence."

Alphonso Dawson made two free throws with 42 seconds left and Delaware trailed 75-74 in the final minute. Towson turned the ball over on the next possession, but its high-pressure defense did not allow the Blue Hens (12-18, 5-12) to get an open look at the basket.

Marc Egerson scored 12 of his 23 points in the first half, and Delaware led 39-35 at the break.

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