College Basketball

State hoops: Towson men nip Elon in last :02, 53-51, end 4-game slide

Mike Morsell made the winning basket with two seconds left to lift Towson to a 53-51 basketball win over Elon on Thursday night.

John Davis scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds, while Timajh Parker-Rivera added 14 points and 11 boards as the Tigers (9-11, 2-5 Colonial Athletic Association) won for the first time in five games.


Towson led by as many as nine points before the break but fell behind 48-43 late in the second half before using an 8-3 spurt to tie the game at 51 with a pair of free throws by Walter Foster with 58 seconds to go.

Elon's Elijah Bryant missed a shot at the other end that Foster rebounded, setting up Morsell's winning shot. Bryant missed a 3-pointer just ahead of the buzzer.


Bryant and Austin Hamilton led Elon (10-10, 2-5) with 11 points apiece as the Phoenix lost its fourth straight.

Robert Morris 63, Mount St. Mary's 59, OT: Marcquise Reed hit a pull-up, fadeaway 3-pointer to tie the score with 11.5 seconds left in regulation, and the visiting Colonials shut out the Mountaineers in overtime.

Rodney Pryor hit a jumper and David Appolon made two free throws in overtime to seal it for Robert Morris (9-10, 5-2 Northeast Conference). The Mount missed all eight of its shots in the extra period.

Gregory Graves scored 16 points and Byron Ashe had 13 to lead Mount St. Mary's (8-10, 4-3).

UMBC 76, Maine 59: The visiting Retrievers (3-16, 1-5 America East) made 16 of 20 shots from the field in the second half and reached a season high in points to beat the Black Bears (1-18, 0-6).

Cody Joyce (Southern) scored a career-high and UMBC season-best 28 points, hitting 11 of 16 shots from the field. Freshman guard Jourdan Grant (Southern) tied his season high with 18 points, converting six of eight attempts from the field.


Towson 65, Northeastern 61: The host Tigers (8-11, 4-3 CAA) made a school-record 12 3-pointers to beat the Huskies (4-13, 1-6).


Ciara Webb finished with a career-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, for Towson. LaTorri Hines-Allen recorded the 1,000th point of her career. She has scored 767 points as a Tiger and 239 at Virginia Tech for a total of 1,006.

"There were so many personal bests tonight," Towson coach Niki Reid Geckeler said. "I think the girls know they can win now. The rest of the season will be like this and everyone is coming in fighting. We're trying to get position for the CAA tournament. To be able to get a win like this is big and a confidence-booster for our kids."

Albany 72, UMBC 62: Capree Garner scored 28 points, but the host Retrievers (6-12, 1-4 America East) fell to the Great Danes (12-6, 5-0).