The game was not decided until the final few minutes as BU used a crucial 6-0 run to gain control down the stretch. The 48 points was the second lowest that TSU has scored in a game this season.
Tennessee State fell to 10-15 (7-5 OVC) while Belmont improved to 12-14 (9-4 OVC).
Chelsea Hudson led TSU with 15 points and eight rebounds while Jayda Johnson added 10.
Belmont was led by Taylor Mills’ 13 points while Frankie Joubran recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jordyn Luffman also posted 12 points.
Both teams got off to a slow start as the game was scoreless through the first five minutes of the contest. TSU got on the board first and jumped out to an 8-0 lead but Belmont responded with a 9-1 run to pull even.
From there the teams traded buckets for the rest of the half. The score was tied, 28-28, at the break.
After being outscored, 9-2, in the opening moments of the second half, TSU fell behind, 37-30.
The Lady Tigers, however, responded with ten unanswered points to capture the lead, 40-37, with 10:08 remaining.
A few possessions later, Belmont went back on top, 43-40 before Brianna Lawrence buried a triple to knot the score, 43-all.
The game was tied, 45-45, when Belmont scored six quick points to go ahead, 51-45, with 2:31 remaining.
TSU missed on its next shot attempt and a foul was called on Belmont’s trip down the floor.
Belmont made two free-throws to make the score, 53-45, in favor of the Bruins.
Chelsea Hudson knocked down a triple on the next play but that would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get.
TSU shot 33.9 percent from the field, including a dismal 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three-point range. The Lady Tigers made 7-of-10 from the free-throw line.
BU finished the game shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the charity stripe.
Tennessee State returns to action on Monday at UT Martin. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in the Elam Center.