BALTIMORE, Md. – Tracey Carrington scored 30 of her game-high 35 points in the second half to lead Morgan State to a 69-63 comeback win over the Towson University women’s basketball team on Wednesday evening. Senior guard Tanisha McTiller led the Tigers with 20 points and 12 rebounds for her fourth “double-double” of the year.
The Tigers (4-6) opened the game on a 12-7 run as McTiller and sophomore guard Dominique Johnson had four points each in the early going. Five straight points pulled Morgan State (2-7) to within two, 12-10 with 11:38 to play in the half. Johnson scored the next four points in the game to push the Tiger lead back to six, 16-10 with 8:37 remaining. The two sides traded baskets as sophomore guard Alliyah Berger hit a lay-up with 5:54 to play which gave Towson a 23-14 lead. Johnson’s lay-up with 4:12 remaining in the half gave Towson a 27-16 lead, its largest of the half. An 8-1 run by the Bears cut the Towson advantage to 28-24 with 32 seconds left in the half. Redshirt junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen connected on a jumper with five seconds left to send Towson into the half with a 30-24 lead.
Towson shot 34.4% from the field to Morgan State’s field goal percentage of 29%. The Tigers outrebounded the Bears 29-19 in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Tigers opened the second half on a 10-5 run to push their lead to 40-29 with 14:37 to play. Towson’s lead would fluctuate between eight and 12 points over the next 3:37 of play. McTiller’s lay-up at 11:00 put Towson on top 48-36. However, that was the last basket scored by the Tigers till Hines-Allen’s bucket at 5:42. In between the Towson baskets, Morgan State went on an 18-0 run to turn a 12-point deficit into a six-point advantage. Carrington scored 11 of the Bears’ 18 points during that stretch. After Hines-Allen’s basket at 5:42, Carrington scored four straight points and Morgan State led 58-50. A 5-0 run by the Tigers cut the visitors’ deficit to 58-55 with 3:23 remaining in the game. McTiller was responsible for all five of the Tigers’ points during that stretch. Carrington responded by scoring four straight from the foul line to make it a 62-55 game with 1:18 to play. Towson scored eight points in the final 46 seconds and cut the deficit to three twice, but Morgan State went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe during that stretch to seal with 69-63 victory.
Towson shot 31.7% from the field in the second half and 32.9% for the game. Morgan State shot 62.5% in the second half and 40.4% from the field for the game. The Bears were 26-for-29 (89.7%) from the free throw line in the game while Towson was just 12-for-25 (48%). The Tigers dominated the rebounding battle in the game, 51-35.
In addition to her “double-double” performance, McTiller had six assists and two steals. Johnson finished with 18 points and three assists while Hines-Allen had 14 points and seven rebounds. Redshirt senior forward Nyree Williams tied McTiller for the team lead in rebounds with 12 and contributed three blocks.
Carrington had 35 points and was an impressive 18-for-19 from the foul line in the game. She also had seven rebounds. Danielle Forrest finished with 11 points for Morgan State.
Towson is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 21 when the Tigers travel to Maine for a 2 p.m. game.