ESTERO, Fla. -- Mike Morsell scored 18 points and led four players into double figure scoring as Towson edged Penn, 79-71, to advance to the championship game of the Gulf Coast Classic tournament Tuesday night.
The Tigers will face George Southern in the championship game Wednesday night.
The victory was the 100th career win at Towson for coach Pat Skerry, who becomes the third coach in school history with 100 wins.
Towson (4-1) shot 24 of 52 from the field, including 7 of 16 from long range, and converted 24 of 37 attempts from the free throw line. Zane Martin added 13 points and Eddie Keith II contributed 12.
Penn (3-3), led by Ryan Betley's 25 points, shot 28 of 58 (48.3 percent) from the field and knocked down 6 of 18 shots from long range, but managed just 14 free throw attempts. Darnell Foreman had 16 points for the Quakers.
DAYTON, Ohio — Sam Jones, who took all his shots from 3-point range, sank a pair of key 3s late in the game as Penn held off a surge by Dayton to defeat the Flyers 78-70 on Saturday.
Dayton had made a six-point push to draw within 62-61 on a John Crosby layup, prompting a Penn timeout with 4:30 remaining. After the huddle, Jones hit a clutch trey, and then another to make it 68-63. Penn made eight of 10 free throws down the stretch.
Jones scored a season-high 15 points, his first game in double figures this season, making 5 of 6 shots. Antonio Woods scored 17 to lead Penn (8-4), Ryan Betley added 14 and Darnell Foreman 12. The Quakers had 20 assists on 26 made baskets led by AJ Brodeur with seven.
Dayton (4-5) cut the gap to 74-68 on a Crosby 3-pointer with one minute left, but the Flyers missed four times from distance in the last 48 seconds. Josh Cunningham scored 21 points with eight rebounds, while Crosby added 15 points for Dayton.
EASTON, Pa. -- Ryan Betley scored 16 points, A.J. Brodeur added 15 and Pennsylvania held off Lafayette 73-68 on Wednesday night.
Penn led 70-59 on a Caleb Wood layup with 2:55 to play but the Leopards charged back. Justin Jaworski started the charge with a 3-pointer and his layup with 22 seconds to go made it 70-68. The Quakers missed two shots, then had a turnover and missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Betley made two free throws to end the drought with 21.4 seconds remaining and from there the Leopards missed three straight 3-pointers.
Penn (7-4) led 33-24 at the half as Brodeur scored 10.
Matt Klinewski had 18 points for Lafayette (1-7) and Jaworski added 16.