Towson beats Hofstra in CAA tourney

March 07, 2008 | Drew Forrester

For the second straight season, Pat Kennedy’s Towson Tigers have moved into the CAA Quarterfinals after disposing of Hofstra, 81-66, earlier today in Richmond, VA.

The Tigers – the #9 seed – will take on top seed Virginia Commonwealth tomorrow in Richmond at 12:00 noon.  The game can be seen locally on CN8.

Josh Thornton scored a career high 22 points for Towson, who raced out to a 31-13 halftime lead, went ahead by 20 at one point in the second half, only to see Hofstra cut the margin to 3 points with about 10 minutes left in the game. The Tigers got superb late game play from Tony Durant and C.C. Williams to pull away down the stretch and advance to Saturday’s match-up with VCU. 

VCU and Towson played just once in the ’07-08 regular season with the Rams winning easily at home.

Elsewhere in local college hoops, UMBC opens America East conference play tomorrow in Binghamton, NY, as they play the winner of tonight’s opener between Stony Brook and Maine.  Loyola and Fairfield face off in their MAAC opener tomorrow in Albany, NY, while Morgan State begins MEAC tournament play next Wednesday in Raleigh, NC against either SC State or Bethune Cookman.