USC Upstate Loses Heartbreaker To Towson In C.I.T. -

USC Upstate Loses Heartbreaker To Towson In C.I.T.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C - USC Upstate Athletics

Four McGlynn’s buzzer beater just inside the half court line lifted Towson to a 63-60 victory over USC Upstate Wednesday night in the opening round of the Postseason Tournament from the Hodge Center.

Jodd Maxey put Upstate ahead 58-55 with just over four minutes remaining when he hit a baseline jumper off a feed from Ty Greene. Marcus Damas answered for Towson two possession later with a three-pointer from the wing to tie the game 58-58 with 3:08 remaining.

The two teams went scoreless for the next three minutes before Jerrelle Benimon gave Towson a 60-58 lead with a basket in the lane with seven seconds remaining. Following an Upstate timeout, Greene took the inbounds pass, raced the length of the floor and converted a layup to tie the game with 1.6 seconds left on the clock.

Benimon threw an outlet pass up the court where a waiting McGlynn lifted a shot over the Upstate defense that found its way into the bottom of the net to setup a matchup at ETSU Friday night in the second round of the tournament.

Benimon led all scorers with 20 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Damas and Mike Burwell each had 11 for Towson.

Maxey paced Upstate with 15 points and added seven rebounds, while Torrey Craig finished with a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Greene scored 10 points and had three assists.

USC Upstate (19-15) shot 58.3 percent in the first half and used nine points and five rebounds from Maxey to build a 39-26 lead at halftime.

Towson (24-10) opened the second half on an 11-0 run and pulled within 39-37 less than three minutes into play. Upstate pushed its lead back to eight points at the 14:40 mark when Greene and Craig hooked up for an alley-oop.

The Tigers took their first lead of the game at the 8:33 mark following a basket from Rafriel Guthrie. Towson pushed its lead out to 55-52 on a layup from Timajh Parker-Rivera, but Upstate scored the next six points to go back up by three points.

Upstate ends its 2013-14 season after another successful run under 12-year head coach Eddie Payne. The Spartans reached the semifinals of the A-Sun tournament for the second consecutive year and played in the postseason in two of the last three years. 

Along the way, Upstate knocked off both Virginia Tech and South Carolina to earn the school’s first-ever victories over an Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference opponent.

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