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CAA Opening Night Game 1: Newcomer Elon Wins First CAA Tournament Game over Towson

2015_CAA_Champions_Logo_COLOR_Full-300x300In a tightly contested battle, eighth seeded Elon outlasted the hometown ninth seeded Tigers of Towson 74-69 in overtime. The Phoenix led for the majority of the game but squandered chances to put away the Tigers late in the second half. With 19 seconds left, Towson guard Four McGlynn knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the game at 62-62. An Austin Hamilton jumpshot at the buzzer rimmed out and forced overtime in the tournament’s first overall game.

It was the Phoenix that came out firing in extra frame, led by junior guard Tanner Samson. Samson scored 7 of his 12 points in overtime including a three ball that gave them a 67-64 lead. They never again trailed from that moment and actually took their largest lead of the game on their next possession, after Towson committed its 16th turnover, on an Austin Hamilton three pointer.

The Difference of the game was the turnover battle, which the Phoenix dominated 16-6. Ten of the Tigers Sixteen turnovers came after halftime. It probably didn’t hurt Elon that they also nailed 13 three point field goals to Towson’s two. Phoenix Freshman Elijah Bryant led all scorers with 21 points, making four of those three pointers. In all, five Elon players scored in double-figures including Hamilton, who missed the game-winner in overtime, but hit that huge three in overtime.

For Towson, freshman Mike Morsell shined brightly in his first ever conference tournament game, leading the way for his Tigers with 18 points, but the freshman fouled out early into overtime. Four McGlynn finished with 13 and Tamajh Parker-Rivera added 12 for Towson.

Elon will take on William & Mary tomorrow at 12pm.

 

Scott Zolotorow