VIDEO: Towson rallies late to stun Hens
Towson shot 59 percent in the second half to overcome a late six point deficit and hand Delaware their first conference loss with a 69-66 win at the Bob Carpenter Center Wednesday night.
Delaware led most of the evening, and had stretched their advantage to 61-55 with 3:40 left after a Josh Brinkley 8-foot shot in the paint.
Towson responded with an 8-1 run thanks to four made free throws and a pair of layups inside the Hens' defense which was fighting extreme foul trouble down the stretch.
Jamelle Hagins, who set Delaware's career rebounding record with his first carom of the game, made a pair of free throws to cut it to 65-64. Jerome Hairston then responded with two of his own for Towson.
Devon Saddler then hit a layup with 17 seconds left making it 67-66, when Delaware called time out.
Due to Hagins and Kyle Anderson having four fouls, they were taken out of the contest in case of an intentional foul needing to be used. This proved costly when Saddler stole the ball in the backcourt, setting up Terrell Davis for an off-line 10-foot shot, that was rebounder by fellow reserve Marvin King-Davis who could not get the put back to go.
Following two more free throws by Marcus Damas, Delaware had a chance to force overtime but Saddler's off balance 25-foot heave slammed off the rim no-good to drop Delaware to 3-1 in the CAA.
The Blue Hens led by as many as nine in the opening half, but Towson was able to rally to make it just a 31-28 game at intermission.
Delaware failed to make a three-point shot in a game for the first time since November 28, 1990, and shot just 38 percent in the second half, although 24-of-27 shooting at the free throw line for the game kept them close.
The Blue Hens remain home to face conference-leading Northeastern Saturday at 2pm.
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