Thursday, February 17, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State snapped a 12-game losing streak against Murray State and the Tigers moved above the .500 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play with a 74-68 victory over the Racers Thursday night. TSU (11-15, 7-6) converted 56.5 percent from the field and got a career-high 27 points from junior forward Eric King. Bruce Price added 23 for the Tigers and Rod Flowers scored 14 for TSU which opened a four-game homestand with its first victory over the Racers since the 2000 season. "This was a very big win for our program,' said TSU head coach Cy Alexander. "Our teams needed this win in the conference race and it was hard-fought game between the two teams." TSU erased a 37-35 halftime deficit early in the second half and built its largest lead at 63-48 with 7:07 remaining, thanks to a 17-2 run that broke a 46-46 tie at the 12:42 mark. However, Murray State mounted a late comeback and pulled to within one point following a Darnell Hopkins layup with 1:18 remaining. The Tigers got a key layup from Rod Flowers and were able to overcome 3-of-6 free throw shooting in the final minute to take the win. Trey Pearson led the Racers (14-10, 9-5) with 19 points. Pearson Griffin added 14. TSU will host Tennessee-Martin Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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