Towson beats UMBC behind Thornton & Hairston

December 03, 2008 | Drew Forrester

Towson University connected on a school-record fourteen 3-pointers and got 21 points from Josh Thornton and 19 from Junior Hairston en route to an 82-65 thumping over UMBC before 3,027 at RAC Arena on Wednesday night.

Towson (4-3) snapped a two-game losing streak and rebounded from a dismal shooting performance at last weekend’s Hoop Group Classic at The Palestra in Philadelphia by shooting 54% from the floor and ending UMBC’s 9-game home winning streak in the process.  Chauncey Gilliam (17 points) and Darryl Proctor (15) led the Retrievers (4-3).

The Tigers led 44-37 at the half and started the final 20 minutes by going on a 12-5 run to extend the margin to 56-42 with 13:42 to play.  Over the next eight minutes, Towson went 7-for-8 from the floor and increased the lead to 23 points before the pace slowed down in the final few minutes of the contest.

Towson returns to action on Saturday night when they open their CAA schedule at the Towson Center vs. Hofstra.  UMBC is off until Wednesday, December 10 when they play host to Central Connecticut State.