Tribe Beats Tigers, 76-54
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Release: 02/18/2009
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Junior Hairston Comes Up With A Block Against W&M
Courtesy:Scott Thornton

TOWSON, Md. Junior guard David Schneider was on the bench nursing an injury in the first Towson-William & Mary meeting back on January 28th in a Colonial Athletic Association game won by the Tigers. He was very much present in the rematch Wednesday night in the Towson Center where he scored a game high 26 points to lead the Tribe to a 76-54 victory.

The Tribe improved to 9-17 and 4-12 in the league to pull even with the Tigers who dropped to 9-19 and 4-12 in CAA play.

Schneider led the Tribe on a shooting spree that bolted William & Mary to the front early. After taking a 5-2 lead on Schnieder’s first points, a three-pointer from the top, the Tribe never trailed.

It was a beginning to forget for the Tigers. Junior Hairston scored the game’s first points on a put back at the 19:38 mark. The Tribe then held Towson scoreless for over eight minutes. During the drought the Tigers missed 11 shots. It didn’t get any better for Towson as the game progressed. The Tigers missed 40 field goals for the game, shooting 31 per cent (18 of 58).

“Things like this happen,” said Tiger coach Pat Kennedy. “When they do occur you wish you could just stop it and start the game all over again.”

Josh Thornton got hot from the beyond the arc for a while. His two treys helped the Tigers climb back into it. David Brewster’s baseline jumper trimmed William & Mary’s lead to four, 18-14, at the 7:11 mark.

The Tribe pumped the lead back up to nine before Towson rallied, cutting the margin to four points, 31-27, when Tony Durant beat the first half buzzer on a slam.

That was as close as Towson would get the rest of the way. The game spiraled out of Towson’s control in the second half with the Tribe shooting 53 per cent from the floor. The Tigers struggled making just seven of 24 attempts in the final session.

With 3:55 left to play the Tribe led by 26 (73-47).

Freshman Quinn McDowell was the only other Tribe player in double figures. He finished with 16 points. Freshman Kendrix Brown grabbed a game high 10 rebounds. Schneider just missed a double-double with nine boards to go along with his 26 points.

Hairston and Thornton paced the Tigers with 13 points each.

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