Sluggish Tigers Down Stubborn Morehead State, 59-53
Tennessee State (5-7, 2-1) played a sluggish game against a stubborn Morehead State (4-8, 2-3) squad, but prevailed 59-53 at Gentry Center in Nashville Thursday night.
Bruce Price was the only Tiger in double figures, scoring 11 points. Gerald Robinson tallied 9 points and Jerrell Houston scored 8 points while collecting a game-high 9 rebounds.
Both teams started the game slowly, with Morehead scoring the first basket at the 18:30 mark of the game. The Eagles gained their biggest lead 7-4 with 14:30 left in the first half but TSU moved ahead 8-7 with 12:17 left. After an 8-8 tie (11:07) the Tigers took control of the half and took a 28-18 lead into the half.
Starting the second half, TSU improved their lead to twelve points, 30-18, in the opening minute (19:38), but the Eagles chipped the lead down to 38-31 (13:33). The Tigers surged their lead back to double-digits, 52-41, with 4:23 remaining, but again, the Eagles closed the score to 56-53 remaining on a pair of free throws by Jamyron Steward. TSU closed out the game hitting three free throws in the final thirteen seconds.
Morehead State’s Jamyron Steward led all scorers with 15 points and Maze Stallworth added 12 points. Steward also had 7 rebounds in the Eagles’ effort.
Although there was not a lot of scoring by TSU, the Tigers shot 52.4% from the floor (22-42) compared to 36% (18-50) by Morehead. The Eagles out-rebounded the Tigers 32-31.
Tennessee State will travel to play at Murray State on Saturday, January 5th .