The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by remembering a first in Tennessee State basketball history.
Just last year, TSU notched its first-ever win over an SEC team with a thrilling, 64-63 win over South Carolina.
The victory over the Gamecocks was the first win over an SEC opponent for Tennessee State in 24 attempts. It also marked the first win over a major conference team since Dec. 30, 2007 when TSU upended Illinois, 60-58.
South Carolina went up by four to start the contest when Covington answered with a three-pointer to make it a 4-3 game. TSU took their first lead in the game with 12:59 left after a three pointer from Kharon Butcher. TSU extended their lead to 22-15 with a made free throw by Kenny Moore.
Back-to-back three pointers by the Tigers put TSU up 30-16 with two minutes remaining in the half.
Jordan Cyphers hit a triple at the 14:49 mark to give TSU the 47-25 lead over South Carolina. The Tigers made 5-of-6 of their first field goal attempts to start the second half.
South Carolina cut the margin back to 11 points after completing a 13-to-2 run with 10:07 remaining. The Gamecocks pulled within six with 7:47 left after Smith connected on a basket plus the and-1.
Moore added three freebies to extend the Tiger's lead to 58-51 with 4:51 left. Kellen Thornton added a layup to give TSU the seven point cushion.
However, USC wasn't done, adding a layup and plus-one. Wil Peters aced a three-pointer with 3:17 left to put the Tigers up 63-56.
South Carolina roared back as Eric Smith hit back-to-back threes to help the Gamecocks pull within 64-62 with 1:11 left in the game. The Tigers turned the ball over, giving the Gamecocks possession with 31 seconds remaining.
The Gamecocks missed a pair of three pointers before the Tigers gained possession after a free throw shot by R.J. Slawson. South Carolina then picked up another TSU turnover, but couldn't get the near the basket as time expired.
Tennessee State shot 40 percent (21-of-47) from the field for the game, including a stout 52 percent (11-of-21) in the second half. The Tigers connected on 10 3-pointers, shooting 46 percent (10-of-22) from the three-point line.
Three Tigers reached double-figures led by forward Robert Covington with 16 points and nine rebounds. The junior from Bellwood, Illinois reeled in eight defensive boards.
Jordan Cyphers reached a season-high 12 points, draining three treys out of five attempts.
Sophomore guard Patrick Miller added 11 points for the Tigers, dishing out six assists and three steals against USC. Nashville native Wil Peters added eight points and picked up three steals in 34 minutes for the Tigers.
The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.
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