When Defiantly Dutch and I came back from the UNCW - James Madison post game conference, Delaware was only up 7-5. Six minutes later it was 18-9. Four minutes later it was 30-13. As expected, the Blue Hens were pulling away from the Tigers.
In the scariest moment of the day, during the first half, there was a battle for a rebound and a Towson player fell with all his weight on Delaware's Hakim McCullar, who was slammed to the floor with a loud sickening noise. The Richmond Coliseum crowd went completely silent for several minutes as McCullar lied motionless for a few minutes. Then he sat up for a few minutes, then the Delaware staff helped him walk off the court. He ended up having concussion like symptoms, but thankfully was okay otherwise.
No one exemplified the above statement than Tigers senior forward Robert Nwankwo. For forty minutes, he got offensive rebound after offensive rebound. But either he missed the followup shot or he was fouled. Nwankwo was eight of twenty two from the field on the day. However, he was eleven of fifteen from the line.
The Tigers dominated the glass, outrebounding the Blue Hens 51-33. Towson had twenty four offensive rebounds, twelve came from Nwankwo. Nwankwo's final stat line was twenty seven points and twenty rebounds. It was the first twenty twenty stat line in the history of the CAA Tournament and the twenty rebounds tied the CAA Tournament record which is also held by Larry Sanders in the 2009 CAA Championship game.
You wished Nwankwo could play another season so that he could be a part of the development of Towson. However, he will have to watch them from afar next season, even if it seems like his heart will always be with them.