TIGERS EFFORT FALLS SHORT AT IOWA STATE
AMES, Iowa. --- Tennessee State pushed Iowa State to the wire before the host Cyclones were able to escape with a 67-61 victory over the Tigers on New Year's Eve Friday night. TSU trailed by three points (64-61) with 38 seconds left, but had a turnover and a missed shot down the stretch while Iowa State converted a field goal to preserve the win. The Tigers were without the services of leading scorer and rebounder Rod Flowers who left the game in the first half with an ankle injury. "We played with energy, but we missed several shots that could have made a difference," said TSU head coach Cy Alexander. "We must play at this energy level in all of our games." The Tigers trailed 38-33 at halftime, but opened the second with a 9-0 run to take a 42-38 lead. Iowa State bounced back and led by as many as 10 points (58-48) with eight minutes remaining, before the Tigers made their late run to cut into the lead. Wayne Arnold led the Tigers with 15 points. Kareem Grant added 14 and Bruce Price 13 for the Tigers. Roshaun Bowens had a team-high 10 rebounds and just missed a double-double with nine points. TSU connected on 10-of-32 3-pointers in the game. TSU was 27-of-64 for 36 percent. The Tigers held a 37-34 rebounding edge over the Cyclones. Iowa State was led bu Curtis Stinson who scored 19 points. Center Jared Holman scored 17 points and had a team-high 11 rebounds. The Big 12 Conference member Cyclones shot 51 percent (26-of-51) from the floor. TSU continues its two-game New Year's Weekend trip with a game at nationally-ranked Louisville Sunday afternoon.