Much as it did Wednesday night against Northeastern, Towson erased a big halftime lead by Colonial Athletic Association leader Delaware on Saturday afternoon, but the Tigers again came up short, 83-76, in Newark, Del.
Dominique Johnson was on her way to a youth basketball tournament nearly 10 years ago in Hershey, Pa., when she spoke on the phone with her brother, Josh, a former student at Laurel High who had moved out of the area.
The host Tigers could not solve the Huskies' zone defense or Scott Eatherton and sophomore guard David Walker canned a deep 3-pointer as time expired to give the Huskies a 57-54 win before an announced 1,177 at SECU Arena in Towson.
Facing a UNC Wilmington team intent on shutting down Towson's outside shooters, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association player of the year stepped up with 20 points — including 16 in the second half — and 17 rebounds, as the host Tigers held off UNC Wilmington, 60-53, before an announced 1,750.
After sharing the Colonial Athletic Association title but not making the postseason in 2012, the Tigers won an FCS playoff game for the first time, compiled a single-season record 13 victories and advance to their first national championship game this season.
Towson is fully aware that North Dakota State is the prohibitive favorite in Saturday's Football Championship Subdivision title game. The Bison have won their past 23 games heading into the 2 p.m. final at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Towson running back Terrance West expressed frustration Friday about reports stating he will skip his senior year and declare for the NFL draft after the team¿s clash with North Dakota State in the Football Championship Subdivision title game.
Sitting out Towson's march to the Football Championship Subdivision title game has been more agonizing for Leon Kinnard than the foot injury that ended the senior wide receiver's season two months ago.
Eric Schuster, of Laurel, has hardly posted impressive statistics during his career on the football team at Towson University. The school is in the midst of a magical season that will culminate in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national title game Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas, against defending champ North Dakota State.
While fans, alum and maybe even some of the players revel in Towson's march to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision tournament championship, coach Rob Ambrose has not sat back to enjoy the moment.
Towson quarterback Peter Athens did not suffer a broken collarbone or a separated shoulder against Eastern Washington. His status for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision championship against North Dakota State on Jan. 4 is undetermined.
The Towson football team has already set benchmarks that will be difficult to match or exceed in future years: a single-season record of 12 victories, two NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff wins and the program's first-ever appearance in the tournament semifinals.
Terrance West had an FCS playoff-record 354 yards and five touchdowns on 39 carries Friday night as the Tigers advanced to the FCS semifinals with a 49-39 win over No. 2 Eastern Illinois at snowy O'Brien Field.