Towson hoops: Tigers rally for big win

January 03, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Trailing throughout the entire game, Towson rallied for a gritty come-from-behind win over James Madison on Saturday night at the Towson Center, edging the Dukes, 58-57.

James Madison led 33-27 at the half and had a 5-point lead at 50-45 with just over five minutes to play.

Towson led early in the game at 5-3, then didn’t have the advantage again until Junior Hairston hit a pair of foul shots with just under a minute to play to give the Tigers the 58-57 lead.  James Madison got the ball back with 30 seconds to play but failed to get off a shot and called timeout with 3.8 seconds to play.  Their inbounds play offered little more than a desperation heave at the buzzer and it was off the mark, giving Towson an almost-improbable win.

Hairston led Towson with 16 points.  Seldom used guard Rocky Coleman had his best game of the year with 12 points, while Jarrel Smith and Troy Franklin each chipped in 10.  Towson used only eight players the entire night.  Juwann James led JMU (8-6) with 24 points.

“We just kept on fighting until the end,” said Pat Kennedy in his radio interview afterwards.  “I told the guys we have to play all 40 minutes because it’s definitely going to come down to the final possession of the game.”

Kennedy was right on the mark with that statement.  

Towson improves to 6-8 overall and 1-1 in the CAA. 

They travel to Delaware on Monday night to take on the Blue Hens, 81-79 winners over VCU earlier today. The Tigers then come back home to host George Mason on Wednesday, then visit Northeastern on Saturday. Virginia Commonwealth makes their first visit to the Towson Center in nearly two years on Wednesday, January 14.

This Wednesday’s game vs. George Mason is “WNST Night”.  $5.00 ticket coupons are available at and can be redeemed at the Towson Center Box Office on the night of the game.  Anyone using a coupon receives a $5.00 gift card from Uno Chicago Grill.