TIGERS SEE VOLS PULL AWAY DOWN THE STRETCH
KNOXVILLE --- After fighting back to cut the deficit to 64-56, Tennessee State saw host Tennessee score the game's final 17 points en route to an 81-56 victory over the Tigers Friday night. The Tigers had rallied from a double-digit margin and cut the difference to eight points following a Jeremy Jackson 3-point field goal at the 4:31 mark. However, the Tigers would not score the rest of the game as UT took the win. "We learned some things about ourselves tonight," said TSU first-year head coach Cy Alexander. "I liked the way we fought the entire game. We bounced back in the second half after not playing exceptionally well in the first half. It hurts when you get off to a slow start." TSU was led by senior Garrett Richardson's 18 points. Roshaun Bowens scored all of his points in the second half for the second straight game and finished with 10 points before fouling out near the five-minute mark. Tennessee placed four players in double figures, led by Brandon Crump's 13 points. UT made 20-of-33 free throw attempts. TSU attempted just two free throws that were made by Richardson in the second half. TSU finished the game 23-of-74 from the field. Cedric Bryson led TSU with nine rebounds. The Tigers return home to host Chattanooga Monday night.