BIG BLUE STORMS TO FIRST OVC VICTORY
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. --- Tennessee State jumped out of the gates early and began Ohio Valley Conference play successfully by rolling past host Jacksonville State 93-69 Thursday night. The Tigers placed six players, including all starters, in double digits in posting the victory. TSU never trailed in the game to improve to 6-9 overall on the season. The victory was also TSU's first on an opponents' home court this season. "I am finally glad to get a road win, and fortunately for us it is an OVC win," said TSU head coach Cy Alexander. "A key was our defensive intensity, and I thought Bruce Price did a great job on (JSU point guard) Walker Russell on the defensive end to manipulate the ball." TSU led 10-2 four minutes in the game on the way to building a 44-25 halftime advantage. The Tigers would allow Jacksonville State to get no closer than 17 points early in the final half and built as much as a 27-point lead on two occasions. "We showed good offensive balance and I was pleased that we came ready to play," said Alexander. "We have little time to enjoy this, however, as a staff we will work tonight on getting ready for Saturday's game at Samford." Eric King led TSU with a season-high 21 points. Kareem Grant tallied 13 of his 17 points in the first half. Rounding out the Tiger double-fugure scorers were Bruce Price 14, Wayne Arnold 11, and Roshaun Bowens and Jeremy Jackson scoring 10 points each. Price had a season-high eight assists. TSU finished the game shooting 55 percent (36-65), their best effort since a 59 percent afternoon against Delaware State. The Tigers also had a season-low 10 turnovers. JSU was led by freshman Dorien Brown's 15 points. Russell, the team's leading scorer coming into the game at 16.3 ppg, was held to four points, all in the final half. TSU continues its two-game swing in Alabama with a game Saturday at Samford at 2 p.m.