DESPITE LOSS, TIGERS GAIN BERTH IN OVC TOURNEY
Thursday, February 26, 2004
BIRMINGHAM --- Tennessee State fell to Samford as the Bulldogs used their 3-point shooting as the key weapon on the way to an 86-70 win over the Tigers Thursday night. Despite the defeat, the Tigers have secured a berth in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament as a result of Southeast Missouri's 76-63 loss at Murray State. TSU will be on the road for a first round game against an opponent to be determined after the Tigers' regular season finale at Jacksonville State on Saturday. The Tigers (7-19, 6-9) saw the Bulldogs make 10 3-pointers in the first half on the way to building a 40-23 lead at intermission. TSU had started out of the gates hot from the field, scoring 18 points just over six minutes into the game to lead 18-14 at the 13:48 mark. However, TSU would score just one field goal over the next 13:44 as Samford made a 22-2 run before Bruce Price hit a 3-point field goal with four seconds remaining in the first half. TSU could get no closer than 12 points in the final half. Samford finished the game shooting 58 percent from the field (29-50) and 52 percent from 3-point range (15-29). Roshaun Bowens led TSU with 23 points, 17 coming in the second half. Price finished with 22 points and Garrett Richardson added 11. TSU finished the game shooting 41 percent (29-71). Samford (12-15, 7-9) was led by Eddie Harper's 27 points. Tyson Dorsey added 16 points.

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