TIGERS FIGHT BACK FROM 29-POINT DEFICIT ONLY TO FALL SHORT
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State came back from a 29-point deficit in the second half to pull to within four points, only to see visiting Southeast Missouri hold on for an 89-82 win over the Tigers Saturday night in TSU's final game of the season. The Tigers trailed 41-18 at halftime and were down 49-20 early in the second half. Southeast maintained a big lead and was lead 64-39 when the clock crossed the 10-minute mark. The Tigers then began climbing back into the game. The Tigers made a 17-3 run to pull to 67-56 near the 7-minute mark. TSU cut the margin to 81-77 with 51 seconds left after Roshaun Bowens' layup. The Indians were able to escape with the win by making all eight free throws the rest of the way. Bowens led the comeback, scoring 22 of his team-high 24 points in the second half. All four Tiger seniors, playing their last collegiate game, all tallied in double figures. Josh Cooperwood scored 14, Arvid Caldwell 11, and Thaddeus Jones and Willie Hendricks each scored 10. Caldwell and junior Garrett Richardson each had doubles-doubles. Caldwell had 10 rebounds while Richardson had 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Richardson finished with eight points. The Tigers put 64 points on the board in the final half after scoring just 18 in the opening half. TSU shot 58 percent (22-38) in the final half. Brett Hale's 31 points led Southeast. Southeast made 24-28 free throws for 86 percent.