Tigers Down Blue Hens 75-74
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Release: 02/25/2009
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Rocky Coleman Scores 21 Against Delaware
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TOWSON, Md. Rocky Coleman and Tim Crossin celebrated senior night by leading Towson to a 75-74 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Delaware Wednesday night in the Towson Center in the 61st meeting between the two schools.

It’s coach Pat Kennedy’s tradition to start all his seniors on Senior Night and it turned into a special swan song for Coleman and Crossin, who as freshmen combined to make up Towson’s starting backcourt. Over the last couple of years their spots have been taken by younger players but they answered the call Wednesday night.

“The first question my wife is going to ask me is why haven’t you played those guys all year long,” said Kennedy. “Nothing brings more joy to me than the way our seniors played tonight.”

Coleman responded by matching his career high of 21 points while Crossin finished with nine points in 27 minutes after logging just 36 minutes on the floor all season.

The win enabled the Tigers (10-20, 5-12) to sweep the Blue Hens (12-18, 5-12) for 2008-09, having won the earlier contest 62-61 in Newark in a nail biter back on January 5. It was the first sweep for Towson of any opponent in three years.

Delaware’s Marc Egerson, who finished with a game high 23 points, buried a three-pointer and then scored on a breakaway layup in a 7-0 run that lifted the Blue Hens from a 24-23 deficit to a six-point lead with 3:15 left in the first half. There had been three ties and eight lead changes up to that point.

Delaware held the lead through halftime and for the next 15 minutes. Towson clawed its way back finally catching Delaware at the 8:16 mark on Robert Nwankwo’s layup. Coleman then sank back-to-back three-pointers to give Towson its largest lead, 63-57 with 6:30 remaining.

Towson protected its lead the rest of the way but the Blue Hens stayed close. Brian Johnson’s trey with 2:50 left narrowed the gap to 71-70 but Junior Hairston answered with two baskets for a 75-70 lead with 1:35 to play.

Jawan Carter then tallied followed by two Alphonso Dawson free throws with 42 seconds remaining that ended the scoring. The Blue Hens were almost perfect from the free throw line, making 20 of 22 attempts on the night.

Delaware got the ball back on a missed Towson shot with the rebound going out of bounds to the Blue Hens with 11 seconds left.

Delaware put the ball in Johnson’s hands but he was surrounded near the paint and never got his shot off as final horn sounded.

Egerson led four Blue Hens in double figures. Hairston and Calvin Lee each had 13 for the Tigers. Lee tallied 11 of his points in the first half. Hairston added a game high nine rebounds.


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