TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Gary Neal scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half and Towson defeated Vermont 67-54 Friday night.
Tim Crossin added 13 points for the Tigers (4-3), who had lost three of four. Towson finished with 12 blocked shots -- one short of matching the school record -- and Tommy Breaux had six of the rejections.Joe Trapani led the Catamounts (3-4) with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Trimboli and Kyle Cieplicki scored 11 apiece and Chris Holm pulled down 10 rebounds for Vermont, which has dropped three of four games.Neal, who missed four of his first five shots and scored only eight points in the first half, took control after the Catamounts climbed within 34-30 on a Cieplicki 3 from the left side.Neal had 16 of the Tigers' next 24 points as Towson took a 58-45 lead with 4:58 to go on a pair of Neal free throws.The Tigers led by as much as 67-50 on a slam by Breaux with 1:05 left.Towson tricked the Catamounts into an early up-tempo game they weren't prepared to play. Vermont started 2-for-11 from the field, committed 11 first-half turnovers and trailed 26-22 at halftime.Consecutive 3-pointers by Rocky Coleman and Jonathan Pease capped a 12-4 surge that gave the Tigers a 19-7 lead with 10:08 left in the half.