Scores

Final OT

Lafayette 79

(7-3, 3-1 away)

Towson 69

(4-6, 0-1 CAA)

    7:30 PM ET, December 19, 2007

    Towson Center, Towson, Maryland

    1 2 OT T
    LAF 22 40 1779
    TOWS 28 34 769

    Top Performers

    Lafayette: B. Abdullah 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Towson: J. Pease 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl

    Lafayette 79, Towson 69

    Associated Press

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Matt Betley scored seven of his 14 points in overtime and Lafayette beat Towson 79-69 on Wednesday night.

    Bilal Abdullah added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Deirunas Visockas had four 3-pointers among his 14 points for the Leopards (7-3), who have won six of seven. Lafayette, coming off a 10-day layoff, is 2-1 during a stretch of eight consecutive road games.

    Rodney Spruill led Towson (4-6) with 17 points. Reserve Jonathan Pease had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Junior Hairston grabbed 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who fell to 0-3 against Patriot League foes. Towson has dropped four of five.

    Lafayette, ranked fifth in the nation in 3-pointers, hit three during the extra session, taking the lead for good on Abdullah's 3 from the left corner with 4:43 left in overtime. The Leopards finished 10-for-30 from beyond three arc, converted 16 Tigers turnovers into 11 points and came up with 10 steals.

    Towson, playing for the first time since Dec. 9 and in its second straight overtime game, put together a 10-0 run midway through the second half for a 51-44 lead. Steals set up a pair of transition baskets by Tony Durant and Pease to close out the burst.

    But Spruill missed three free throws in the final 4:44, Towson didn't hit a basket over the last 3:29 and the Leopards tied the game at 62 with 8.1 seconds remaining in regulation when Gruner put in Betley's miss.

    Spruill had 10 first-half points, helping Towson to a 28-22 halftime lead.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAF
    TOWS
    Points 79 69
    FG Made-Attempted 27-66 (.409) 25-64 (.391)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-30 (.333) 4-18 (.222)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-19 (.789) 15-23 (.652)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 7

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