For the Towson University Tigers, there was nowhere to go but up.
Between December 29, 2010, and January 28 2012, the Tigers lost all 41 games that they played. Last year, their win against UNC-Wilmington was their only victory of the year, as they lost all other 31 games that they played. Then over the summer, more bad news came, as the team learned that they would be ineligible for postseason play, meaning no chance to play in even the CAA tournament. However, the Tigers had responded by increasing their win total by seven, which included a red-line upset at Oregon State. They also starting off conference play with a 3-0 record, enough for a first place tie with their opponent, Northeastern, and were riding a four-game wining streak.
When I first walked into the Towson Center Arena, the first place I headed to was the ticket window. However, as soon as I got into line, a woman asked me if I just needed one ticket. I told her that I did, and she offered me her extra ticket for free. I graciously accepted, and headed to my seat, which turned out to be in the first row right behind the Towson bench, not too shabby.
The Tigers struck first, and for much of the first half, things seemed to go their way. A Jerome Hairston jumper opened the scoring, and the Tigers got out to a 12-point lead. However, the Huskies stormed back, going on a 13-0 run to take the lead. Things didn't get any better for the Tigers, and they went into the half down by six points, causing coach Pat Skerry to lay into his players, using some choice words that I won't repeat.
In the second half, Towson got as close as three before the Huskies blew the game open, going on an 18-5 run to blow the game open. The Tigers didn't quit, cutting the lead back down to single digits briefly but eventually ran out of time. The final score was 70-59, and the crowd, many dressed in Baltimore Ravens gear
, headed out to watch the Ravens in their playoff game.
As I was walking to my car, I noticed the progress that was made on Towson's new Tiger Arena, set to open next year. It seems like it is a good time to be a Tiger, and hopefully the new arena will allow them to continue
to progress on the court.