Towson did Saturday what it has done often this season, absorb a close defeat that simply adds to an already miserable season.
The Tigers took a 63-60 home loss to Georgia State, a setback that dropped them to 0-13 in the CAA and kept them winless in 2011.
Only five other Division I non-independents have yet to win a league game --- Fordham (Atlantic 10), DePaul (Big East), Texas-Pan American (Great West), Georgia Southern (Southern) and Centenary (Summit). And while the Tigers (4-19) have endured their share of blowouts, seven of their conference losses have come by single digits.
In short, it's not a great situation for Towson, but probably not one worthy of already knowing it will be wearing road jerseys on the first day of the CAA tournament (because 4-win Northeastern plays both 5-win Georgia State and 5-win UNC Wilmington, one of the three has to be an eighth team to reach six victories).
The Tigers also established a most unwanted mark Saturday, passing 1985 East Carolina and 2006 James Madison for the most consecutive losses at the start of a conference season in CAA history.
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The good news for Towson? That comes in a couple areas. It has no more games left against the top third of the CAA, and has a recent history of improving toward the end of the regular season. Throw in the plethora of close games, and chances are the Tigers will break through with something before long.
It just won't be in time to avoid a dubious conference record.