TIGERS GO COLD IN SECOND HALF AT SIENA, LOSE 81-69
Playing without senior forward Clarence Matthews , Tennessee State saw their season record slip to 5-6 as they dropped an 81-69 decision to Siena College in Albany, NY. Moraye Ivy scored a season-high 18 points and Larry Turner turned in a 16 point 10 rebound performance. Ladarious Weaver finished the game with 11 points after dropping in eight first half points. It was a tale of two halves for the Tigers, as they jumped out to as much as ten point lead (26-16) at the 9:10 mark of the first half and a 40-35 lead at intermission. In the second half, TSU went cold from the field and allowed the host team to tie the score at 52-52 at the 11:43 mark. The Tigers were outscored 27-5 over the next 6:00 minutes to fall into a 79-57 hole at the 2:17 mark of the game. Only a pair of 3-point goals in the last 2:17 by Moraye Ivy broke a long scoring drought to close the score to the final margin. TSU shot 47.1% (16-34) from the field in the first half and 37.5% (6-16) from beyond the arc. In the second half the Tigers hit just 10-32 (31.3%) from the field and 3-15 (20%) from 3-point range. The Tigers were outrebounded 46-34 for the game and 25-19 in the second half. Tennessee State will return to action on January 2nd when they resume Ohio Valley Conference play at Morehead State.