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Athletics Roundup: Men’s basketball team edges Elon, 57-53

The Towson men's basketball team fell in its CAA opener against James Madison over the weekend.

The Towson men’s basketball team fell in its CAA opener against James Madison over the weekend.

An early second-half run was too much to overcome for the Towson men’s basketball team, which fell at James Madison 61-52 in the teams’ Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener last Saturday. The Dukes opened the second half with a 14-2 run and the deficit proved too much for the Tigers to overcome.

John Davis led the Tigers with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and added a team-high six rebounds. Byron Hawkins added 14 points, including 12 in the second half.

Towson rebounded from the tough loss at JMU by defeating Elon Monday night at SECU Arena, 57-53. Tigers’ sophomore Walter Foster was “as cool as the other side of the pillow,” leading all scorers with 13 points.

Towson next plays Drexel this Thursday and Northeastern on Saturday, both at SECU Arena.

Women’s Basketball falls in final seconds to James Madison

The Towson women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on the road Sunday, falling 67-66 at James Madison. The Dukes are the defending CAA champions and were the coaches pre-season pick to win the league crown again.

With the Tigers leading by one point, James Madison hit a pair of free throws with 17 seconds on the clock. A game-winning shot fell short for Towson in the game’s final seconds.

Redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen led the Tigers with a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds in loss. Junior Dominique Johnson added 15 points.

Towson (4-9) will attempt to get back on track when it hosts William & Mary on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at SECU Arena.

Women’s Swimming and Diving have strong showing in Tennessee 

The Towson women’s swimming and diving team had a solid performance at the Tennessee Diving Invitational over the weekend.

“This was a great team effort,” Towson diving coach Maureen Mead said. “It was nice to see them show off what they are capable of at a meet with this level of competition. We had consistent diving from all of the girls.”

Saturday saw the team compete in the three-meter dive event Senior Lyndsey Dickson paced the Tigers by finishing 22nd. Juniors Molly Arceri and Hannah Ostrem put up solid performances as well by finishing 31st and 32nd respectively.

Towson wrapped up the Invitational on Sunday with the one-meter diving event.
Junior Natalee Szopo was the highest placing Tiger, finishing at 25th. Arceri and Dickson finished right behind Szopo to place 27th and 30th respectively.

The Tigers return home on Saturday, Jan. 10 to host McDaniel at 1 p.m.

Gymnastics opens season on Friday

The Towson University Gymnastics team will open its’ season on Friday, Jan. 9. The Tigers will travel to the University of Missouri in a meet that will also feature Kent State.

Towson returns 10 experienced gymnasts and welcomes a talented five-member freshman class.

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