BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior guard Krystal Parnell's bucket with two seconds remaining gave the Tigers a 61-59 victory at Coppin State on Wednesday evening. The Tigers (6-2) won their second straight contest as sophomore guard Tanisha McTiller scored a career-high 22 points in the contest.
"We got lucky at the end of this game," said Towson coach Joe Mathews. "Coppin State never gave up in this game and we were lucky to get the shot off when we needed it. Tanisha definitely came up big for us tonight."
The Tigers led by 12, 55-43 with 3:32 to play in the game. Coppin State (2-6) used a 16-4 run to tie the game at 59-59 with 21 seconds to play. Shawntae Payne had nine points, including the game-tying basket during that run by the Eagles. Parnell then brought the ball up off the inbound and took it to the basket to give the Tigers the victory.
The Tigers opened the game on a 10-4 run as Parnell hit a bucket at 12:23. The two teams would battle on both ends of the court as a jumper from freshman forward Camille Alberson at 8:03 had the visitors up 16-10. Coppin State would use a 10-4 run to tie the game at 20-20 with 2:28 to play in the half. With the score tied at 22-22, the Tigers would score four of the final six points in the half to take a 26-24 lead at the break.
Towson shot 41.7% from the floor in the first half and hit 6-of-8 from the foul line. Coppin State shot 30% from the floor and 50% from the foul line. The Tigers held a 25-12 edge on the boards in the first half.
The Tigers scored seven of the first nine points in the second half to extend their lead to 33-26 with 16:35 to play. McTiller had four of the seven during that stretch for the Tigers. After Coppin State cut the lead to 33-31, the Tigers scored eight unanswered points to make it a 41-31 game with 11:50 to play. Senior guard Krystin Fields had half of the Tigers' points during that spurt. A McTiller jumper at 9:23 gave the visitors' a 45-35 lead in the game. The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes with senior guard Deree Fooks' jumper at3:32 making it a 55-43 game and setting the stage for the final crazy minutes.
The Tigers shot 47.6% from the floor in the second half and 44.4% for the game. Towson shot 58.1% from the foul line for the game. Coppin State shot 41.4% from the floor in the second half and 35.6% for the game. The Eagles finished the game shooting 64.7% from the foul line. Towson held a 45-27 advantage in the rebounding battle for the game.
McTiller hit three three-pointers en route to her career night. She added seven rebounds and two steals for the Tigers. Fields finished with 11 points while Parnell scored 10 points with four rebounds, four assists and five steals. Fooks led the Tigers on the boards with 12 rebounds in the game and added six points.
Payne led Coppin State with 14 points and four assists while Jeanine Manley had 11 points and five rebounds.
Towson returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 10 when it travels to St. Francis for a 4 p.m. game.
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