Hempstead, NY - Towson used an 8-0 second half run to take a 38-34 lead it would not relinquish as the Tigers posted a 62-56 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Hofstra Thursday evening at the Mack Sports Complex.
Towson, which won its third straight game, evened its record at 7-7 overall and is now 1-0 in the CAA. Hofstra slipped to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in CAA action.
Towson jumped out to an 11-5 lead over the first 5:10. LaTorri Hines-Allen scored six points for Towson in the run. The pride would score the next four points, two on free throws from sophomore guard Asia Jackson and a jumper from sophomore forward Dee Thomas-Palmer to pull within two at 11-9 with 13:36 to go. Towson would then use a 7-2 run to take an 18-11 lead with 8:46 to play in the opening stanza. Dominque Johnson had a three-pointer to start the run, while Tanisha McTiller and Hines-Allen added baskets in the spurt.
Senior forward Anma Onyeuku scored four straight points to pull Hofstra within three, 18-15, before Towson would go back up by six, 21-15, on a pair of McTiller free throws with 5:03 to play. Trailing 27-22 in the final minute, the Pride would score the final five points of the half to tie the game at the half. Senior guard Annie Payton drained a three-pointer with 59 seconds left and Thomas-Palmer would hit a jumper to knot the score at 27 with 24 seconds to play.
The Pride would take their first lead of the game, 29-27, at the start of the second half as Onyeuku hit a jumper on Hofstra’s first possession of the half. A three-pointer by Towson’s Camille Alberson put the Tigers back up by one, 30-29, but a layup by sophomore guard Alexis Carter and one free throw from freshman forward Elo Edeferioka gave the Pride a 32-30 advantage. A layup from sophomore forward Ruth Sherrill put Hofstra up four, 34-30, before the Tigers used an 8-0 run to reclaim the lead at 38-34 with 13 minutes to play. Towson would take its largest lead of the game, 48-39, with 7:07 play following a pair of McTiller free throws and matched that advantage at 52-43 on another two free throws by McTiller.
But the Pride would score the next seven points on a three-point play from Edeferioka, a layup from Payton and a jumper from Onyeuku to pull within two, 52-50, with 4:35 to play. The Tigers would storm right back with a 5-0 run as Markell Smith hit a jumper and Alberson connected on a three-pointer for a 57-50 lead with 3:27 remaining. The Pride cut the deficit to four, 57-53, on a three-pointer from freshman guard Krystal Luciano with 1:38, but Towson scored the next four points and Hofstra would not get closer than five points the rest of the way.
Onyeuku and Payton led the Pride with 10 points each, while Thomas-Palmer chipped in with career-highs of nine points and six rebounds. Edeferioka grabbed a team-best seven rebounds including five on the offensive glass.
McTiller led all scorers with 19 points. Hines Allen added 13 points and a game-best 11 rebounds. Alberson also had 13 points and was 3-for-3 from behind the arc.
Hofstra returns to action Sunday with a road contest at UNCW. Game time in Wilmington, NC, is scheduled for 1 p.m.