Towson, MD – Towson (3-2) used a huge 30-0 run to separate themselves from winless Stony Brook (0-4) in a 88-63 win. Mike Morsell led the way for the Tigers with 21 points, while his teammate Deshaun Morman had 18.
The Seawolves of Stony Brook got off to a good start early in the first half leading 26-18. Towson then turned up the pressure and went on a massive 32-2 run to take a 50-28 lead into half. Early on for Stony Brook junior forward Akwasi Yeboah (6-6, 230) showed his versatile skill set helping his squad jump out to an early lead. Akwasi scored ten of Stony Brook’s first 16 points. He made two three’s and drove to the basket with ease early. The unfortunate part about this is that is all the points Akwasi scored in the entire game. Akwasi finished with ten points and one rebound.
Leading scorer Tyrell Sturdivant (6-7, 224) struggled to find any rhythm throughout the game on offense. He came into the game averaging 15 points and nine rebounds, but missed several close range hook shots and putbacks. Stony Brook will not be able to afford having Sturdivant struggle on offense if they want to remain competitive throughout the year. He is their only post presence and is trying to help fill the void left by current NBA D-Leaguer Jameel Warney, who the team’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and games played.
For Towson, much like last year, balance was the key to getting the win. The Tigers had five players score in double figures. Leading the way was Morsell (6-5). He showed the ability to pull up from three with fluidity, while also being able to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. Morsell is becoming a better all-around scorer this year and he is now displaying better consistency from deep as well. With his 21 points Morsell hit 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from three. He also chipped in three rebounds. Morman (6-3) had a breakout game in his first home contest of his Towson career. A Cincinnati transfer, he was a playmaker on both ends of the floor. Morman used his defensive prowess when Towson started pressing Stony Brook mid-way through the first half. This allowed Morman to create turnovers and get out on the break where he excels in the open floor. He scored on several breakaways and was attacking the lane at will. Deshaun was rewarded with ten free throws, converting seven of them and added 18 points, four rebounds and four steals.
The other three players for Towson that finished in double figures were William Adala Moto (6-7) with eleven points, seven rebounds and three assists; Alex Thomas (6-9) 12 points and five rebounds and John Davis (6-5) with 13 points and ten rebounds.
This game was a part of a campus tournament Towson is hosting as part of the Barclays Center Classic. With Maryland, Boston College, Richmond and Kansas State playing in Brooklyn; Towson is hosting a four team tournament with Hampton, Stony Brook and Robert Morris.
This article was written by Greg Walter, a correspondent and scout for NetScouts Basketball. You can subscribe to our RSS feed from the upper right corner of our home page, follow us on Facebook, or on twitter.
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