William & Mary tops Towson 31-17, now one win away from CAA title

WILLIAMSBURG (WAVY) – All is well in Williamsburg these days. The William & Mary men’s basketball team opened its season with an upset 85-68 win at North Carolina State, while the football team is now one win away from a CAA regular season championship. The Tribe (8-2, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association) earned a 31-17 win against Towson for their sixth straight win, and finishing a perfect 5-0 at Zable Stadium.

Steve Cluley missed all of two passes, connecting on 21 of 23 for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns, both to Kevin Hart. Mikal Abdul-Sabor powered the running attack with 77 yards on 13 carries, followed closely by junior teammate Kendell Anderson who tallied 69 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

Cluley’s first strike to Hart, a 5-yard throw in the second quarter, gave William & Mary a 10-3 lead. Zach Fetters made it 17-3 by picking up a Connor Frazier lateral pass that hit the turf and returning it 36-yards to the endzone. Towson managed to cut into the deficit when Darius Victor dashed 13 yards for a touchdown that made it 17-10 Tribe.

With Towson eight yards away from a tying touchdown, Mike Barta intercepted a Frazier pass to the endzone to halt any Tiger comeback. The ensuing drive ended with a 35-yard touchdown toss from Cluley to Hart. The Tigers never got closer than a touchdown after that.

William & Mary will play at Richmond next weekend. The Spiders (8-2, 5-2 CAA) are a game behind the Tribe for first place, which means the winner of next weekend’s game will claim the regular season championship.

 

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