The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by recognizing two of the most prolific seasons in Tennessee State men's basketball history.
In the 1992-93 and 1993-94 men's basketball seasons, head coach Frankie Allen led the Tigers to two Ohio Valley Conference Championships, one in regular season and one tournament title. Under Allen, Tennessee State appeared in two NCAA tournaments. Following these seasons, Frankie Allen was named OVC Coach of the Year twice.
The 1992-93 basketball season started off with a win against Jackson State followed by three straight losses. However, the Tigers bounced back and began 4-0 in conference play before their lost to Eastern Kentucky. Afterwards, the Tigers went on an eight-game winning streak. The Tigers ended their season with a win over Tennessee Tech for the first OVC Tournament win in school history and a win against Murray State to win the OVC tournament finals. They lost to Seton Hall in the NCAA tournament 81-59, finished 19-10 overall and 13-3 in the conference.
During the 1993-94 basketball season, the Tigers added another milestone with the 148-57 win over Fisk University. This became the second highest winning game score since TSU overpowered Knoxville College 150-8 in the 1958-59 season. The Tigers finished 19-12 and 12-4 in the conference. The Tigers ended their season with three straight Ohio Valley Conference wins against Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech and Murray State advancing them to the NCAA tournament where they would lose to the University of Kentucky.
All-Time letter winners during these seasons include: Carlos Rogers, Tim Horton, and Monty Wilson among a variety of others. Rogers was named to the OVC First Team twice and Horton was named to the Second Team twice. Both Rogers and Wilson were named to the OVC All-Newcomer Team. Rogers added to his career record with 8 blocks in a game against Missouri-Kansas City. Later his teammate Neil Jones added to his individual career record with 14 assists vs. Morehead State. Rogers was also named OVC player of the year in 1993 & 1994 and OVC tournament MVP in 1994.
Rogers went on to be drafted in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft to the Seattle Supersonics. He went on to play for Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers. Rogers along with Anthony Mason were inducted to the Tennessee State University Sports Hall of Fame in November, 2010.
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.
Sports Information Assistant Cierra Joshua contributed to this article.