4 sure: Hot Tigers win again

Bal­anced at­tack sur­vives Dukes’ 2nd-half come­back

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Ed­ward Lee

TOW­SON 69, JAMES MADI­SON 61

Dar­ius Banks wished he had a lit­tle more time. The Tow­son men’s basketball team was glad he didn’t.

Banks, a ju­nior shoot­ing guard for James Madi­son, ex­ploded for 22 of his game-high 27 points in the se­cond half, but the host Tigers were able to out­last the out­burst and se­cure a 69-61 win be­fore an an­nounced 1,320 at SECU Arena in Tow­son Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

Se­nior shoot­ing guard Brian Fobbs (21 points and five re­bounds) led a trio of play­ers who scored at least 15 points for Tow­son, which col­lected its fourth straight vic­tory. At 10-9 over­all and 4-3 in the Colo­nial Athletic As­so­ci­a­tion, the Tigers are above .500 in the con­fer­ence for the first time since be­gin­ning last sea­son 1-0 af­ter a 77-60 win at Elon on Dec. 28, 2018.

Sopho­more shoot­ing guard Allen Be­trand chipped in 16 points and four re­bounds, and red­shirt se­nior cen­ter Nakiye San­ders had 15 points and seven re­bounds. But they and Fobbs were over­shad­owed by Banks, a 6-foot-5, 220pound wing player who con­verted eight of his 11 shots (in­clud­ing 5 of 6 from be­hind the 3-point arc), col­lected five of eight re­bounds, and made three of four steals in the se­cond half.

“I just felt like I had to help my team come back some­how,” said Banks, who scored 14 con­sec­u­tive points and 17 of the Dukes’ 18 points at one point in the se­cond half. “… I think that started with me on de­fense, get­ting my steals. I think I had

KARL MER­TON FERRON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Tow­son guard Brian Fobbs looks to shoot as he is guarded by Matt Lewis of James Madi­son. Fobbs fin­ished with 21 points.

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