Tigers Take On Streaking Huskies
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Release: 01/19/2010
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Game 18: Tigers Host Northeastern



January 20, 2010 | 7:00 p.m.



Towson Center



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The Tigers are hoping to put an end to the nation's fifth longest active winning streak when they host Northeastern Wednesday night in the Towson Center. The Huskies have won nine in a row and have revenge on their minds after Towson upset them in the quarterfinals of last year's CAA Tournament. Northeastern is currently locked into a four-way tie for first place in the league with William & Mary, Old Dominion and George Mason - all sharing a 6-1 conference record. The Tigers are tied for 11th with Delaware at 1-6.

HOT HUSKIES: The Tigers host the CAA's hottest team, the Northeastern Huskies, who were picked to finish second in the CAA pre-season poll. They've won 9 in a row and aren't showing any signs of a let up. The Tigers and Huskies are meeting for the 22nd time. Towson leads the series 11-10 thanks to last year's 58-54 win over the Huskies in the CAA Tournament quarterfinals, an upset Northeastern isn't likely to forget soon. Thirteen of the games in this series were played when Towson and Northeastern were both members of the America East Conference. The Tigers won 8 of them. Towson's five America East losses to the Huskies were by a total of 11 points. The Tigers' three losses since the  two schools have been CAA members have been by an average of 12.7 points while the margin of victory in the 3 victories over the Huskies averages 7.6 points. Last March the 11th-seeded Tigers rallied from an early second half deficit to overcome Northeastern in the waning moments and claim an upset quarterfinal victory that earned Towson its first CAA tournament semifinal berth. It was the first time in CAA Tournament history that the 11th seed had ever advanced to the semifinals.

TURNED BACK: The Tigers erased an early deficit and took an 8-point lead but couldn't hold it as St. Joseph's rallied to hand the Tigers a 64-57 loss  Monday night. After a slow start the Tigers got hot, or rather, Josh Thornton got hot. Thornton, whose participation was questionable because of a sore ankle, lit  up the scoreboard, rallying the Tigers from a 10-5 deficit to their largest lead, 27-19, with sharp three-point shooting. He scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half, going 4 of 5 from the beyond the arc as Towson took a 29-23 lead into halftime. The Hawks regained the lead early in the second half by going on an 11-4 run in the first 4:25 of the period. From that point there were 6 lead changes before St. Joseph's took the lead for good, 53-52. The Hawks stretched it to 62-54 before Thornton's last three-pointer with 11.7 seconds left ended Towson's scoring. Jarrel Smith came off the bench to chip in 17 points. Robert Nwankwo grabbed a game high 14 rebounds and blocked 5 shots.
ON A TEAR: Fourteen players scored when Northeastern routed UNC Wilmington 79-56, stretching the Huskies' winning streak to nine consecutive games for the first time since 1987. It ranks as the 5th longest active winning streak in the country. The streak is the program's first since an 11-game winning stretch from Feb. 7, 1987 to March 7, 1987. Only five NU teams have had longer winning streaks than the current team's run. The six-game winning streak in conference play is the team's longest since joining the CAA in 2005. Chaisson Allen led Northeastern against the Seahawks with 14 points and tied a season high with 7 assists. Nkem Ojougboh added 12 points and 2 blocks while Manny Adako chipped in 10 points. All 14 players scored, including Joel Smith, who had a career-high 8 points. Matt Janning, who ranks 5th in the CAA in scoring, leads the Huskies with a 15.4 average. He has been the Huskies top point getter in 13 of the 18 games. Allen is second on the scoring list at 13.6 while Adako is third at 10.3. Ouougboh is the top rebounder at 8.2.

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