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Towson coach Pat Skerry hopes Walter Foster's performance vs. Elon becomes norm

Towson's Walter Foster fights Navy's Edward Alade for the jump ball in December.
Towson's Walter Foster fights Navy's Edward Alade for the jump ball in December. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

The hero of Towson's 57-53 win against Colonial Athletic Association opponent Elon on Monday night wasn't leading scorer Four McGlynn or double-double machine John Davis.

That honor fell to sophomore Walter Foster. Entering the game averaging 4.7 points and 4.8 rebounds, the 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward had game highs in both points (13) and rebounds (10) in the victory over the Phoenix.

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In six previous games since returning from a two-game absence, Foster had averaged 4.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. But he opened some eyes with his performance against Elon, and coach Pat Skerry said Foster could be rounding into the form the coaches hoped for.

"We're really high on him," Skerry said Tuesday during his weekly conference call organized by the CAA. "He's a big, strong kid. He's worked at it. I think the one thing that jumps out is, we got him more touches. We had better ball movement last night, and that's just something we've got to continue to harp on.

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"A lot of teams in our league do a good job scouting and take away some of the initial action. We've got to continue to move the ball and play off two feet and get guys shots. If we can do that, I think we've got some guys that can knock it home. But yeah, we're happy for him. I would anticipate him having more performances like that moving forward. I normally think that when guys sit in January of their sophomore years, you ask, 'Is this a guy we can win with, we can rely on?' We felt that way with [forward] Timajh Parker-Rivera last year, and we feel that Walter will give us more performances like that."

Foster's development paired with the emergence of Davis, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound sophomore forward who has averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds and leads the CAA in double-doubles with six, would give the Tigers (8-7 overall and 1-1 in the conference) a formidable inside presence.

That would greatly benefit a Towson offense that Skerry said is still trying to gain traction with its outside perimeter game.

"We've got to get on the glass, which they both do a good job on," he said of Foster and Davis. "Where we've been good offensively is, we're in the top 10 percent in the country in offensive rebounding percentage and percentage of points we score at the foul line. I'm really happy about that. Where we're struggling is, we can't turn the ball over and then we don't get to the foul line and we don't get on the glass. Those guys help us in those two areas."

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