Poor shooting gives Tigers no shot at victory
With his team facing four Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball games in eight days — including one Monday against Hofstra — Towson coach Pat Skerry would usually give his players Sunday off.
But after watching the Tigers sleepwalk their way through a 61-45 setback to visiting Northeastern before an announced 1,102 at SECU Arena in Towson on Saturday, Skerry had no choice but to inform the players that they would indeed practice on their off day.
“Normally, I’d go into tomorrow with the four games in eight days and be worried about contact,” he said, referring to upcoming games at the College of Charleston on Thursday and UNC Wilmington on Saturday. “But we clearly have to practice [Sunday]. I don’t know any other way to get better with things other than practicing.
“I believe we’re better than what we showed on offense, but we certainly didn’t show that today.”
Those needing a reminder of winter during Saturday’s near-balmy conditions simply could have watched Towson’s frigid shooting display against the Huskies.
Sophomore guard Allen Betrand led the
Tigers (6-7, 0-1 CAA) with 16 points but had to hoist a team-high 15 shots, missing eight and all four from 3-point range. His performance was indicative of an offense that converted just 34% of its overall attempts (17 of 50) and only 9% of its shots from behind the 3-point line (1 of 11).
“It’s a surprise,” Skerry said. “We were just so bad on offense. We turned it over, we missed layups — it was definitely our worst performance of the season. Unfortunately, [it came] in a big game.
“It’s even more numbing because our