The Tennessee State Tigers (14-16) returned to Morehead State (15-15) five days after a disappointing eight point loss to the Eagles. This time the Tigers virtually led from wire to wire and claimed a 68-61 win, advancing them to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament semifinals in Nashville.
Bruce Price led all scorers with 22 points while handing out eight assists. Three other Tigers tallied double figures, Jerrell Houston (16), Gerald Robinson (13) and LaDarious Weaver (11).
Morehead State got double figure scoring from Jamyron Steward (18), Kenneth Faried (14), Leon Buchanan (12) and Maze Stallworth (10).
Morehead scored the game’s first basket a 18:52, but Jerrell Houston’s jumper at 18:29 was the last tie in the game as TSU went on a 16-4 run for an 18-6 lead midway through the half (10:12). The Eagles managed to close the Tigers’ lead to 32-26 at the half.
In the second half, the Eagles rallied to cut the Tigers’ lead to one point (56-55) with 5:04 remaining, but TSU weathered the charge to take the win.
The Tigers advance to the Ohio Valley Conference semifinals for the first time in ten years, and will face Murray State at 8:00p on Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. The game will be telecast live on ESPNU-TV.