The Tigers (18-13, 13-5 Colonial Athletic Association), who are ineligible for the postseason because of NCAA academic progress rules, improved by 17.5 games over last year's 1-31 finish, based on the difference in both wins and losses, divided by two. That bettered the mark of plus-17 by Mercer in 2002-03 and UTEP the following season.
Jerrelle Benimon had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Towson for his 20th double-double this season. His two free throws tied the game 55-55 with 3:52 left, and two by Rafriel Guthrie made it 57-55. Benimon's three-point play stretched the lead to 62-55 with 1:08 remaining.
Illinois coach John Groce says forward Leron Black has rejoined the team but will sit out the first six games next season after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault.
Penn State's board of trustees has approved allowing some fans to buy alcohol at the university's football and basketball stadiums, as well as other athletic facilities.
Auburn point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen will not play his senior season after battling shoulder problems over the last two seasons.