James Madison 76, Towson 68
TOWSON, Md. (AP)—Kyle Swanston scored 18 points, Daniel Freeman added 17 and James Madison snapped a 13-game road losing streak with a 76-68 victory over Towson on Thursday night.
Juwann James had 14 points, Jomo Belfour added 12 points and David Cooper contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Dukes (5-17, 2-12 Colonial Athletic Association).
James Madison had not won on the road since beating Virginia Commonwealth on Jan. 26, 2005.
Gary Neal led Towson (10-13, 6-8) with 21 points, but a strong defensive effort by Freeman prevented Neal from scoring from the field in the second half.
Lawrence Hamm had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers.
Towson was outrebounded 44-27, and the Dukes turned 21 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points.
The Tigers collapsed after Hamm’s one-handed floater produced a 58-49 lead— Towson’s largest of the game—with 9:48 remaining. After that, Towson hit only two field goals and James Madison scored the game’s final 12 points.
James’ jumper started a 9-2 run and a left-side 3-pointer by Freeman closed the surge, getting the Dukes within 60-58.
After Dennard Abraham’s back-door layup put Towson up 68-64, Freeman and Donald Cooper hit consecutive 3s for a 70-68 lead the Dukes never relinquished.
Neal had 17 first-half points, helping the Tigers to a 38-37 lead at intermission.