ATLANTA (Jan. 22) - Towson guard Krystal Parnell hit six-of-six free throws in the final 1:09 to lead the visitors to a 56-52 win over Georgia State in a Colonial Athletic Association game at the GSU Sports Arena.
Towson, who has gotten to the free throw more than its opponents in 17 of its 18 games this year, accomplished that again today, making 21-of-36 free throws. Over the final five minutes of the game, the Tigers made 8-of-12 free throws and made just one basket (2:42 on the clock). GSU shot 13-of-18 from the charity stripe, exactly one half of what Towson attempted.
Georgia State closed the gap to two points three different times in the final five minutes, but each time Towson got to the line and upped the margin. The crucial play came when GSU's Brittany Johnson made a steal with 33 seconds left and the score 52-50, giving GSU a chance to tie or take the lead. But, a double-dribble call with 16 seconds wasted that golden opportunity.
Towson (12-6, 3-4) was led by Parnell's 16 points (7-10 FT) and guard Tanisha McTiller's 16 points (despite 5-for-20 field goal shooting).
Georgia State (6-12, 0-7) got a double-double game from Chan Harris with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while guard Kendra Long added 13 points. Guard Jerlisa Taylor added nine rebounds, six assists and five points.
Georgia State held Towson to 25 percent field goal shooting, but the Tigers made up for that with a 51-43 rebound advantage that included 26 offensive rebounds, leading to 19 second-chance points.
The game had four lead changes and two ties in the first half as Towson built a 25-19 halftime lead. They grew the lead to 32-19 at the start of the second half (17:02) before GSU climbed back into it at 39-38 with 10:25 to play and 41-40 with 9:55.
"They didn't shoot free throws all that well today, but No. 1 made them when they needed them at the end," said coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "We didn't make our lay-ups today, or that many other shots for that matter, and we have to do a better job and take what they're giving us. The team played with intensity those final 5-10 minutes and if we learn to play like that for all 40 minutes, we might be OK."
The Panthers travel to James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va., for a Thursday game at 5 p.m.