TIGERS OPEN EXHIBITION PLAY WITH VICTORY
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State was without three players and lost another with a first-half injury, but the Tigers overcame the obstacles to roll to an 84-56 men's exhibition basketball victory over Brescia University Tuesday night. The Tigers were without returning starters Bruce Price (back) and Roshaun Bowens (sinus infection), and transfer Wayne Arnold (back) to begin the game. The Tigers also lost forward and St. John's transfer in the first half after the he received a cut above the eye, leaving TSU with seven players to complete the game. Freshman point guard Reiley Ervin led the Tigers with 22 points and also handed out nine assists. Senior Herley Maclin added 21 points and Cincinnati transfer had a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Flowers scored 16 of the points and had 11 of the boards in the second half. "I saw some good things, and some things that were not so good," said TSU head coach Cy Alexander. "It was god to have this game and see where we are at this point." The Tigers never trailed in the game against the Bearcats from Owensboro, Ky., which returned three starters off last season's 24-10 squad. TSU led 16-13 under the 13-minute mark of the first half and expanded the lead, carrying a 35-18 advantage into halftime. The closest Brescia would get in the second half was 65-50 near the six-minute mark. The Tigers final margin of victory matched their largest lead. TSU shot 29-67 for 43 percent while limiting Brescia to 33 percent (20-60) shooting for the game. TSU held a 49-38 rebounding edge. The Tigers also had just eight turnovers. The Bearcats were led by Wes Johnson's 15 points and 12 rebounds. TSU will play its second exhibition game Thursday against VASDA. VASDA was defeated by Tennessee Tech 99-89 Tuesday night.