Tigers Hold-Off Fighting Illini for 60-58 Upset Win
Sunday, December 30, 2007

Price Leads Tigers to 60-58 Win At Illinois

The Tennessee State University Tigers (4-7) ended their non-conference schedule and the year (2007) with a 60-58 upset win over the University of Illinois (8-5) in Champaign, Illinois.

Junior guard Bruce Price scored 17 points to lead TSU and Jerrell Houston added 12 points with 6 rebounds to gain the upset win.

The teams played close in the first half, with four ties through the 7:09 mark at 16-16. TSU went on a 7-1 run for a 23-17 lead at 4:23 and a 29-24 lead at halftime. The Tigers shot 40% (12-30) from the floor in the first half, and 41.7% (5-12) from three point range. Price scored 11 points hitting a variety of acrobatic shots and a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in the half.

In the second half, the Tigers opened a 13-point lead (48-35) with 12:56 remaining, but Illinois slowly chipped away at the lead to close within one-point (59-58) with 1:06 remaining. Illinois center Shaun Pruitt missed two FTs with 0:09 remaining and TSU’s Jerrell Houston was fouled on the rebound and hit the second of two shots for the 60-58 score. Illinois missed a final shot at the buzzer and TSU took the win.

Illinois guard Trent Meacham scored a game-high 24 points and was the only player in double figures.

TSU shot 52.6% (10-19) from the field in the second half and 45% for the game. The Tigers were out-rebounded 40-24, but forced 13 turnovers while committing just seven.

The Tigers will next host Morehead State on Thursday, January 3, 2008. This will be TSU’s first home game since November 11, 2007.