Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers held the Hornets scoreless for nearly four minutes in the first half as Tennessee State University walked away with a, 78-63, win over Delaware State at home Saturday afternoon in the ESPN Sears BracketBusters.
TSU moves to 3-2 overall in BracketBuster play with a 2-0 record at home. The win snaps the Tigers' three-game skid and gives them a 9-2 record on their home floor.
The Tigers shot a season high, 59 percent, overall and hit 50 percent from the arc. They dominated the glass over DSU, 39-25, and outscored them in the paint, 40-26. The Tigers also recorded a season high from their bench with 29 points.
Kenny Moore led TSU in scoring with 18 points connecting 7-of-10 from the field. He also hauled in five rebounds.
TSU (12-15) used a 23-2 run in the first half to jump out to their largest lead of the game, 30-8, with 7:50 left before the break. The Hornets then eased into their offense in the closing minutes outscoring the Tigers, 14-8, but still trailed at the half, 38-22.
In the second, the Tigers maintained a double-digit lead hitting 68 percent from the floor. DSU made a late push with an 11-1 run down the stretch but could not climb out the early hole.
DSU shot 38 percent from the floor and recorded the individual game highs of the afternoon.
Three Hornets finished in double figures with Casey Walker's 21 points leading all scorers. Walker also finished shooting 8-of-21 and tallied a game best, two blocks.
Jay Threatt followed with 13 points and a game-high six assists. Trevor Welcher chipped in 12 points and posted the game high in steals with six.
TSU will return to conference play next week when they host Southeast Missouri State. The match-up is slated for Thursday, Feb. 24, inside the Gentry Center with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.