Kurk Lee, Sr., a Towson basketball player in the 1980s, works at the UA House recreation center. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun video)

On a night when the son of a Towson legend brought back fond memories for Tigers fans, it was the performance of a present-day standout that sent them home happy.

Despite 25 points and five assists from Drexel freshman Kurk Lee Jr., whose father helped lead Towson's program rise to prominence nearly three decades ago, guard Mike Morsell scored a season-high 32 points off the bench as the Tigers topped the Dragons, 104-103, in a double-overtime classic Thursday night at SECU Arena.


After Deshaun Morman nailed a pair of free throws to give Towson the lead with 42 seconds left in the second extra session, Drexel had one last chance to win it. But Lee's driving layup attempt bounced off the rim with three seconds left and time expired.

"On a night when we certainly didn't play our best basketball, it was great to find a way to pull out a win," Towson coach Pat Skerry said. "I was proud they found a way to flip the script."

After blowing a nine-point lead with 2:52 left in regulation, the Tigers (14-10, 6-5 Colonial Athletic Association) made 17 of 20 free-throw attempts in the two overtimes, winning for their sixth time in seven games following an 8-9 start.

Morsell played a huge role in the win. After he was limited to single-digit scoring in eight of his previous nine games, the 6-foot-5 guard finished 9-for-13 from the field, including 5-for-8 from 3-point range.

"I just tried to make plays on defense, and knew the points would come," Morsell said. "I just felt the rim was huge. I just felt like every shot I took was going in. I was in a good rhythm."

Down by three midway through the second half, Towson rode the hot shooting of Morsell to the lead. The junior scored 13 points in a little over four minutes, making three 3-pointers during the stretch as the Tigers built a 69-63 lead.

Forward Arnaud William Adala Moto (21 points, 11 rebounds) and forward John Davis (19 points, 17 rebounds) also came up huge for Towson down the stretch,

Lee, a former Baltimore Sun All-Metro guard from St. Frances, was just as huge for Drexel (8-16, 2-9), controlling the game from the point and scoring 22 points in the second half and overtime.

It was his final shot, however, that will keep him up at night.

"I thought it was [in]," said Lee, whose father was an honorable mention All-American as a Towson senior in 1990 and currently stands sixth on the program's all-time scoring list. "It would have meant everything if it did. I can't dwell on it, but I would've loved to get that shot."

Drexel started strong in this one. After Lee drilled a 3-pointer from the corner on his first shot of the game, the Dragons, behind the strong inside scoring of junior Austin Williams, ran out to a 17-10 lead after the first five minutes.

Towson later trailed by nine before mounting a comeback, quickly pulling to within two on a 3-pointer by Brian Starr, followed quickly by a three-point play by John Davis and a fast-break slam by Morsell.

Then, down by five, the Tigers took advantage of a huge play when Drexel forward Tyshawn Myles, attempting a defensive rebound, committed a foul, then was whistled for a technical foul for continuing to tussle.

The Tigers turned it into a six-point play, with Justin Gorham and Morsell each converting a pair of free throws, and Gorham draining a layup on the ensuing possession with two seconds to play in the first half, giving Towson a 43-42 lead at the break.


The Tigers improved to 2-0 in overtime, a stat that isn't lost on Skerry.

"It's a great win," Skerry said. "You need some of those to get where you're trying to get."

DREXEL (8-16): A.Williams 6-10 0-0 12, R.Williams 10-20 7-10 27, Mojica 5-10 0-0 11, Lee 8-18 7-8 25, Jonsson 5-10 0-0 14, Myles 0-0 0-2 0, Bah 1-1 2-2 4, Peck 0-0 0-0 0, Moran 0-1 0-0 0, Canady 0-0 0-0 0, Overton 1-10 8-12 10. Totals 36-80 24-34 103.

TOWSON (14-10): Thomas 3-5 0-0 6, Adala Moto 6-10 9-13 21, Starr 2-7 2-4 8, McNeil 0-3 0-0 0, Morman 2-5 5-6 9, Davis 5-12 9-11 19, Morsell 9-13 9-11 32, Keith 0-3 1-2 1, Tunstall 0-0 0-0 0, Gorham 2-2 2-2 6, Martin 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 30-62 37-50 104.

Halftime—Towson 43-42. End of regulation—83-83. 1st overtime—96-96. 3-point goals—Drexel 7-20 (Jonsson 4-7, Lee 2-4, Mojica 1-4, Moran 0-1, Overton 0-4), Towson 7-17 (Morsell 5-8, Starr 2-3, Martin 0-1, Adala Moto 0-1, Morman 0-1, Keith 0-1, Davis 0-2). Fouled out—Thomas, Adala Moto, A.Williams, Jonsson, R.Williams, Overton. Rebounds—Drexel 38 (R.Williams 16), Towson 43 (Davis 17). Assists—Drexel 17 (Lee, Overton 5), Towson 14 (Morsell, Martin 3). Total fouls—Drexel 33, Towson 25. A—1,905 (5,250).

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