State hoops: Slow start costs Towson men at Temple

Pat Skerry
(Jed Kirschbaum, Baltimore Sun)

A solid night from senior guard Will Cummings and help from the Temple bench proved enough for the Owls to get by visiting Towson, 76-64, at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

The two teams started the game a combined 3-for-26 from the field, but the Owls took a 25-20 lead into the half, and things started to heat up after the break.


The Temple advantage was at its largest at 48-33 with 11 minutes remaining, and though Towson got it down to as few as six with seven minutes to play, it got no closer.

Cummings had a season-high 22 points and junior wing Quenton DeCosey added 16.

Sophomore guard Josh Brown and freshman forward Obi Enechionyia played well in reserve minutes, scoring eight and seven points, respectively.

The Tigers dominated the Owls on the glass 50-38, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 31.7 percent shooting performance from the field.

Towson sophomore forward John Davis, a Philadelphia native and the Colonial Athletic Association's leading rebounder (9.2 per game), led his team's rebounding effort with 14, but was just 4-for-18 from the field. Towson was much better on 3-point attempts, going 9-for-19.

Junior guard Four McGlynn led the Tigers with 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

Temple will look for its third straight win when it travels to No. 8 Villanova on Saturday, while Towson will host La Salle on Dec. 20 as it hopes to end a two-game losing streak.

Central Connecticut State 65, UMBC 53: Brandon Peel had a doubledouble with 16 points and 14 rebounds, helping the host Blue Devils (2-7) past the Retrievers (0-9).


The game was tied at 28 at halftime before Central Connecticut State slowly took over.

The Blue Devils used a 10-4 run to grab a 50-42 lead. Peel scored six of those 10 points, and UMBC never drew closer than five points again.

Guard Matt Mobley and forward Faronte Drakeford each scored 16 points for Central Connecticut State. Blue Devils guard Khalen Cumberlander finished with 11.

Guard Wayne Sparrow led UMBC with 17 points. Forward Cody Joyce (13 points) and guard Will Darley (11) also scored in double figures.

Hofstra 105, Coppin State 64: Guard-forward Ameen Tanksley scored 23 points and guard Brian Bernardi added 20 as the visiting Pride won its fourth consecutive game.

Guard Juan'ya Green added 17 points with 10 rebounds, and guard-forward Jamall Robinson had 14 points for the Pride (7-2). Guard-forward Malik Nichols scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Hofstra, which has won three straight road games.


Guard Sterling Smith led Coppin State (1-8) with 12 points, and guard Taariq Cephas added 11. Guards Christian Kessee and Shomari Triggs had 10 points apiece for the Eagles (1-8), who were playing just their second home game and have yet to beat a Division I opponent this season.

Mount St. Mary's 81, Coppin State 65: Jacqueline Brewer and Jenn Carney combined to score 50 points to power the host Mount (2-6) past the Eagles (1-7).

Brewer finished with a game-high 28 points and Carney had 22 points. Jordan Swails led Coppin State with 19 points.