Bruce Price Jumper Leads Tigers To Victory
The Tennessee State University Tigers (3-5, 1-1) snapped a four-game losing streak erasing a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat the Eastern Illinois Panthers (1-8, 0-2) by a 74-72 score in Charleston, Illinois.
Junior guard Bruce Price scored a team-high 21 points, including the winning shot with 0:04 remaining in the game. Joining Price in double figures were freshmen Gerald Robinson (18) and Darius Cox (11). Cox also led the Tigers in rebounds with five. Eastern Illinois’ Bobby Catchings finished with a game-high 25 points, and Romain Martin scored 24 points for the only Panthers in double figures
The Tigers started the game on even terms with the host Panthers taking a three-point lead 10-7 at the 14:08 mark of the half. EIU surged ahead 24-16 (8:06) and 39-26 at the intermission. In the First half the Tigers shot a dismal 28% from the floor (9-32), 20% (2-10), from 3-point range and 60% from the line, while EIU hit on 45.5% from the field (10-22) and 84% from the foul line (16-19).
In the second half, TSU cut into the double-digit margin at 18:24 when LaDarious Weaver canned a 3-point basket for a 42-33 score, but EIU moved back to a ten point lead (49-39) with 13:53 remaining. The Tigers caught the hosts at 67-67 with 4:12 remaining on a put-back by Rashad Armstrong and the two teams traded leads and ties the rest of the game. With 0:32 remaining, EIU tied the game at 72-72, but TSU’s Bruce Price was able to get free to hit a jumper with 0:04 remaining. EIU got off a 3-point shot when time expired, but it was not good.
TSU outscored EIU 48-33 in the second half, shooting hitting a respectable 68% (18-27) from the floor, 50% from 3-point range (4-8) and 57% (8-14) from the line. The Tigers won the battle of the boards 30-29 and scored twenty points off turnovers. TSU also scored 14 points off fast breaks and 14 points on second chance baskets.
The Tigers will return to action on Monday, December 17th when they play at Belmont University.