TIGERS START SLOWLY IN LOSS AT SIU
CARBONDALE, Ill. --- Tennessee State started slowly while host Southern Illinois dominated play early on the way to handing the Tigers an 83-60 loss Tuesday night in the Tigers second appearance in the Las Vegas Tournament. TSU shot 5-17 from the field in the opening half and SIU controlled the rebounding department 24-9 on the way to building a 38-17 halftime lead. The Tigers came back to play the Salukis almost even, as SIU outscored the TSU 45-43 in the final half. "We came out in the first half and it was like we were in awe and intimidated by their defense," said TSU coach Cy Alexander. "It took us the final 20 minutes to play with the effort like we are capable. This is very disappointing for us." The Tigers two leading scorers in the game scored all of their points in the second half. Bruce Price led TSU with 14 points while Kareem grant came off the bench to score 12. Rod Flowers, TSU's leading scorer through two games, scored 10. SIU placed four players in double figures, led by Jamaal Tatum's 17 points. SIU (2-0) held a 40-25 rebounding advantage. The Tigers now head to Las Vegas where they play Cal State-Northridge Friday at 4:30 p.m. (central time). SIU plays Vanderbilt Friday night.