Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men's basketball team fell to rival Middle Tennessee State, 48-77, on Tuesday night.
The Tigers had two players with double-figure point totals in Robert Covington (17) and Patrick Miller (12). Covington was 4-of-17 from the field while Miller was 4-of-12.
TSU did draw 23 fouls in the game, and did a good job at the charity stripe, draining 19 of the team's 29 attempts.
Tennessee State (5-7) won the tip, but MTSU scored the first basket with a jumper at the 19:17 mark. The bucket set the tone for the first period, as TSU would never lead during the first 20 minutes.
Miller added to his OVC leading 2.3 steals per game with a swipe near half court at the 16:23 mark. The junior promptly found a streaking Michael Green who slammed the ball down with a dunk, making the score 7-4 in favor of the home team.
Green finished the half tied for the team lead with Covington and Kellen Thornton with six points. Miller (two points) was the only other Tiger to score in the half.
From there, the Blue Raiders went on an 11-3 run that put TSU behind 7-18. The Tigers were unable to recover during the opening frame, as they committed 13 first half turnovers while making six of 19 shots (36.8 percent).
MTSU went on a 13-5 run that spanned 6:49 to end the half and it was the Blue Raider bench that was leading the charge which outscored TSU's reserves 14-0.
Down 20-43 to start the second stanza, Tennessee State couldn't mount a comeback. The team went without a field goal from 17:20 to 10:02 and shot 29.8 percent (14-of-47) for the game.
Tuesday's game was the third time this season that TSU has shot under 30 percent as a team.
Covington had a strong break-away dunk with 2:16 left, but it did little to change the final outcome. TSU lost the game 48-77 and made just one of its 14 three-pointers (7.1 percent).
As a team, the Tigers forced 13 turnovers, but had 20 of their own while racking up just three assists.
MTSU finished with 30 points in the paint and outrebounded TSU 37-34.
TSU will try to get back into the win column on Friday when the team hosts South Carolina Upstate at 7 p.m.
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