Towson used a 20-3 second-half run to storm past William & Mary and take over second place in the Colonial Athletic Association with an 85-70 victory on Saturday in Williamsburg, Va.
Guard Mike Burwell scored 23 points to lead the Tigers (17-9, 8-3 Colonial), including a 5-7 performance from 3-point range. Forward Jerrelle Benimon overcame a quiet first half to finish with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
William & Mary (15-9, 7-4) was led by guard Brandon Britt, who scored 16 points off the bench. Guard Omar Prewitt added 15 and forwards Tim Rusthoven and Kyle Gaillard each had 11.
Towson led 41-34 at the half despite getting only three points from Benimon. Burwell had 15 points by intermission and forward Timajh Parker-Rivera 10. But William & Mary began the second half on an 11-4 run to tie the score.
The Tribe took a 62-59 lead on a layup by Prewitt with 9:19 to play, but then the Tigers held the home team to three points in the next 8:02 to put the game away. William & Mary went 1 of 9 from the floor during that stretch and Towson made eight of its nine shots from the field.
The two teams will meet again in Baltimore in the regular-season finale on March 1.