Towson Defeats Fairleigh Dickinson 90-87
Balance Is Key For Towson
Towson, MD – Towson withstood a late last minute charge to close out Fairleigh Dickinson 90-87. This was a battle of runs throughout the game by both teams. Towson relied heavily on attacking the lane and playing their physical style of ball. FDU just did not have an answer. Their lack of size and physicality is Towson’s strength, and Towson took advantage. Towson had five players score in double figures, and out rebounded FDU 44 to 29. They also had 52 points in the paint, to only 28 by FDU. Towson also failed to make a three pointer in the game going 0-7. There were 84 total free throws in this game. We see yet again the officials are calling things close.
For FDU they got off to a solid start in the first half and took a 44 to 36 lead into the half. Junior wing Earl Potts Jr. (6’6 205) got off to a hot start in front of his hometown fans. Potts who is from nearby Spalding High School, the school that produced Rudy Gay, made three first half three-pointers. Potts who was the most improved player of the Northeast Conference last season had eleven points at the half. The second half was a different story. Potts struggled to get involved in the offense, and seemed reluctant to attack too much due to his backcourt teammates who were carrying the load. Potts finished with 13 points and six rebounds.
Starting shooting guard Darian Anderson (6’1 182) proved why he was the Knights leading scorer at 17 ppg. Anderson was quiet early on, but caught fire late in the first half hitting three late three-pointers. Anderson finished with four in the first half and had 16 points. Anderson has no filter when it comes to shooting three-pointers. It seems like he is more comfortable taking shots with players in his face. Anderson was super aggressive throughout and scored on several floaters in the lane. He finished with 33 points, six three-pointers, four assists and four rebounds.
Point guard Stephan Jiggetts (6’1 195) also had a solid game. Jiggetts used his body and physical style of play to get into the lane often. He initiates a lot of contact and also has the ability to find the open man. Jiggetts plays under control and provides a good contrast to fellow guard Anderson. Jiggetts finished with 25 points, 12-15 from the free throw line and had eight assists.
Towson like much of the year provided a scoring balance throughout its lineup. The Tigers had six players with nine points or over. Deshaun Morman (6’3 195) had nine points, Alex Thomas (6’9 250) eleven points, Eddie Keith (6’5 220) 13 points, William Adala Moto (6’7 225) 14 points, Mike Morsell (6’5 215) 18 points and John Davis (6’5 235) had 18 points. That is a very tough matchup for any team to game plan for. When you have players that can chip in close to ten points on any given night that gives you a huge advantage.
Mike Morsell used his savvy play to earn most of his points at the free throw line. Morsell drew constant fouls when getting defenders in the air or off balance and drawing contact. Morsell played an unselfish game and impacted it a little differently than normal. Mike came into the game averaging 18 ppg. and did just that and added six rebounds and five assists.
The other big impact player for Towson was senior wing player John Davis. Davis forces his way into the lane often. He can finish with contact and provides consistent effort on the boards. Davis provides a tricky mismatch when he is in the game. He has the strength of a forward but the height of a guard. He can post up smaller guards, or take post players off the dribble. He has a versatile skill set on offense. Davis finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
This was a big win for Towson who had to battle back several times and withstand a late charge to pull out the victory. It was also encouraging for FDU, who now has Potts back looking closer to full strength after returning from injury. Both teams should do well in their respective conferences this season.
Up next for FDU is Wednesday @ Rutgers
Up next for Towson is Saturday @ UMBC