Nashville, Tenn. – After dropping the first two games
of the season, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team hopes that the third
time will be the charm when the squad takes on Minnesota on Thursday night.
In TSU’s last contest at South Dakota State, the
Tigers fell behind by 15 at halftime, but dominated the Jacks in the second
half. Still, TSU fell short, 71-78.
Forward Robert Covington was back to usual form for
TSU, scoring 23 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Covington played big minutes in the game against the
Jacks, but guard Patrick Miller played the entire 40 minutes for the Tigers.
Miller had a double-double with 12 points and a
career-high 10 assists, but he attempted 18 shots while only making five.
Shooting was a problem all night for TSU as the team
only made 37 percent of its shots.
However, the Tigers’ defense came up big for the team,
forcing 16 SDSU turnovers and stealing the ball 13 times.
TSU will need to replicate that defensive performance
against Minnesota on Thursday night, as the Golden Gophers have outscored
opponents this season by an average of 31 points per game.
Minnesota is led by Austin Hollis and Rodney Williams
who have combined to average 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game so far this
The Gophers are also coached by the legendary Tubby
Smith who has amassed 492 career victories. While this is the first meeting
between TSU and Minnesota, Smith is 2-0 versus the Tigers all-time.
The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. Fans
can watch the game, here.
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