The Tennessee State University Tigers, (13-16, 10-10) ended their regular season with an 89-70 win at the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (14-15, 10-10) and grabbed a sixth place seed in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The sixth place seeding will have the Tigers playing at Morehead State on Tuesday, March 4th at 6:00p CT.
In the Eastern Kentucky game, Bruce Price led the Tigers scoring with 20 points and a game high six assists. Three other Tigers were in double figures, Jerrell Houston (19), Gerald Robinson (18) and LaDarious Weaver (12).
EKU had three players in double figures, Adam Leonard (20), Darnell Dialls (15) and Mike Rose (13).
TSU led 38-37 after a tightly contested first half that saw seven lead changes and the score tied eight times.
The second half, the Tigers outscored their hosts 51-33. TSU moved ahead 40-37 on a jumper by Gerald Robinson (19:54), but EKU answered with a dunk (18:49) for a 40-39 score. From that point onward, the Tigers took control of the game gradually increasing their lead to as much as seventeen points, 71-54 (7:52) and then the final margin of 89-70 at game’s end.
TSU shot 58% (31-53) from the floor (62% in the second half), and 71% (15-21) from the foul line. EKU shot 49% (25-51) from the field and 77% (10-13) from the charity stripe. The Tigers won the battle of the boards 30-23.
The Tigers’ next contest will be the OVC Tournament first-round game on Tuesday, March 4th, when they play at Morehead State. The Eagles defeated TSU on Thursday, February 28th, 84-76 after TSU had a 22 point second half lead.