In sports, there are winning streaks and there are losing streaks. The thing about losing streaks is that eventually they come to an end. That is the No. 9 moment on the 2011-12 Top Ten Moments.
It was Jan. 28 of this past season and the Tiger men’s basketball team was hosting UNC Wilmington in the Towson Center. Towson was looking to snap a 41-game losing streak that had reached some 395 days at that point.
Towson trailed by as many as seven in the first half before a lay-up from Will Adams with 20 seconds remaining sent the home team into the half down 32-29.
In the second half, a three-pointer by Marcus Damas with 14:19 to play gave Towson its first lead since the seven minute mark of the first half. The Tiger lead would fluctuate between one and six points over the next eight minutes before UNC Wilmington tied the game at 52-52 with 6:09 to play.
Damas would then hit a jumper with 5:42 remaining, putting the Tigers back on top for good. Towson pushed its lead to 60-52 with 1:33 remaining in the game. The Seahawks would stage a valiant comeback effort in the final 85 seconds as a three-pointer with 45 seconds left made it a 61-59 game.
After Towson hit one of two from the foul line, the visitors got a bucket with 33 seconds left to pull to within one at 62-61. Perhaps the biggest play of the game came from Robert Nwankwo with two seconds remaining. The Tigers held a 64-61 lead when Nwankwo blocked a three-point attempt from UNC Wilmington to preserve the victory. Deon Jones made two more free throws for the Tigers to seal the 66-61 victory.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Tigers had snapped the longest losing streak in NCAA history and had given Coach Pat Skerry his first victory with the Tiger program.
Four Tigers scored in double figures in the game, led by Damas’ 18 points and seven rebounds while Nwankwo had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Check Towsontigers.com on June 19 for the No. 8 moment in this year’s countdown.