Towson's long nightmare is over.
The Tigers defeated UNCW 66-61 on Saturday to snap an NCAA record 41-game losing streak and earn their first win in over a calender year. The team opened 2011-2012 with an 0-22 record after dropping its last 19 games of 2010-2011, but a 48.9 percent shooting effort from the field helped Towson to its first victory since Dec. 29, 2010 when it topped La Salle 93-90 in overtime.
Marcus Damas led the way for the Tigers, scoring 18 points on 5-12 shooting in the win. Three teammates joined him in double figures: Deon Jones had 15 points, Robert Nwankwo scored 12 points and Enrique Gumbs put up 11 points.
The Tigers were just 1-8 from 3-point territory in the game and committed a sloppy 17 turnovers, but held UNCW to 39.3 percent shooting to seal the win.
Now 1-10 in Colonial Athletic Association play, Towson will face fellow 1-10 conference foe Hofstra at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, with the winner moving out of the league's basement.