Poor shoot­ing gives Tigers no shot at vic­tory

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COMMENTARY - By Ed­ward Lee

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

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