4 sure: Hot Tigers win again
Balanced attack survives Dukes’ 2nd-half comeback
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
Towson guard Brian Fobbs looks to shoot as he is guarded by Matt Lewis of James Madison. Fobbs finished with 21 points.