At least it wasn’t another two-point loss for the College of Charleston.
No, this time, the Cougars lost by four points.
Four McGlynn scored 20 points and Mike Morsell added 15 points as Towson held off a furious College of Charleston rally to beat the Cougars, 74-70, Thursday night at SECU Arena.
It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Cougars, who had dropped three straight two-point games to Drexel, UNC Wilmington and Northeastern in the last 12 days.
Another close loss, however, was no consolation for first-year Charleston head coach Earl Grant.
“We’ve got to come into these games believing that we’re going to win and eliminate any doubt,” Grant said. “We’ve got play hard for 40 minutes. Yes, it’s disappointing, but we need more competition in the program. We need more urgency. We need more competition at each position so our guys can get better. We talked about free throw shooting and rebounding before the game, and those were the things that hurt us tonight. We lost another close game because we didn’t do what we’re supposed to do on every possession. We’ve got to learn to be tougher.”
The Tigers (10-12, 3-6 in CAA) came into the game as one of the top rebounding teams in the Colonial Athletic Association. Towson outrebounded the Cougars, 42-26, and collected 15 offensive rebounds which led to 15 second chance points.
“We knew they were a very good rebounding team and they beat us up pretty good on the glass,” Grant said. “We gave them too many second-chance opportunities and we’ve got to do a better job of blocking out. We’ve got to rebound every possession.”
Charleston sophomore forward Terrance O’Donohue did his part, coming off the bench to score a career-high 16 points while pulling down three rebounds.
“Terrance played well and gave us a great a lift off the bench,” Grant said. “He’s gotten his body into a lot better shape. I thought he was overweight two months ago. I think he trimmed down, and he’s moving better than he did earlier in the season.”
As the Cougars (6-16, 1-8) struggled through a dismal shooting performance in the first half, the Tigers built a 19-point lead and took a 33-19 advantage going into the locker room.
“We dug ourselves a hole because we didn’t go strong to the rim and we didn’t finish,” Grant said.
It was an entirely different second half for the Cougars.
Charleston went 15 of 27 — 55.6 percent — from the floor and made five 3-pointers in the second half.
“We played well in the second half, but to be a really good team we’ve got to do it for 40 minutes,” Grant said.
The Cougars got to within a single point, 52-51, on Joe Chealey’s two free throws with 6:34 to play.
All the momentum appeared to be with the Cougars.
But McGlynn nailed a deep 3-pointer to push the Tigers’ advantage to 55-51 with 5:27 to play. Less than a minute later, McGlynn was fouled again and Grant protested the call, thinking that Charleston center Adjehi Baru had been fouled seconds earlier. McGlynn made four straight free throws to extend Towson’s lead to 59-51 with 4:42 to play.
The Cougars, however, didn’t quit and went on an 11-6 run and closed the gap to 65-62 on Chealey’s free throw with 44.9 seconds to play. The Tigers made nine of 11 free throws over the final 42 seconds to put the game away.
Cayon Barry finished with 16 points for Charleston.
The Cougars will take on Delaware at 2 p.m. Saturday.