The Towson Tigers hosted the Morgan State Bears Tuesday night, and were able to ride the momentum gained from their last game to a thrilling last second victory against the Bears.
Both teams came in to the game looking for a second consecutive win early in the season. This was the first chance for Tiger fans to see the home team in action.
In the first half the largest lead was only eight points and the Tigers saw themselves playing without one of their best players. Junior forward Nyree Williams found herself in early foul trouble and had to sit out most of the first half. Later on, junior guard Tanisha McTiller also ended up in foul trouble.
These two players, who are the most experienced on the team, eventually fouled out leaving a void in the young Tigers team.
“When your two returning players that play the most for you, and the most experienced, and need to be your best players, foul out playing limited minutes those kind of things challenge the rest of the group”, said Tigers head coach Joe Mathews.
Coach Mathews credits forwards Camille Alberson and Michelle Peebles, who combined for 25 post points off the bench, for helping to fill the void left by their teammates. Alberson scored a team high 14 points from off the bench.
Alberson, held to four points in the first half, stepped up her level of play in the second and gave her team a much needed spark.
“I wasn’t losing“, said Alberson “I had to step up and get the job done with people being in foul trouble”.
Alberson’s efforts helped the Tigers go the entire second half without trailing their opponent. Even though the Tigers did not give up their lead in the second half the Bears were able to tie the game when Williams committed her final foul which sent Bears guard Tracey Carrington to the free throw line where she tied the game 56-56.
With the game tied the Tigers turned to freshman Krystal Pearson. Pearson converted a three point play in the final seconds of the game, in addition to providing her teammates with crisp passes that lead to points. The freshman demonstrated her play making ability when her team needed it most and propelled her team to a 61-57 victory over the Bears.
The Tigers do not play again until next Tuesday when they travel to take on the UMBC Retrievers. The time between games should give the Tigers a chance to catch their breath after playing two close early season games.