Tigers Falter Late in 83-74 Loss at Vanderbilt
Sunday, December 23, 2007

Tigers’ Effort Falls Short in 83-74 Loss to #17 Vanderbilt

Tennessee State University (3-7) gave a tremendous team effort against #17 ranked Vanderbilt University (11-0), but their effort came up short, 83-74, at the Commodore’s Memorial Gym in Nashville.

TSU freshman Gerald Robinson, Jr. led all scorers with 24 points (22 in the second half) with support from teammates Bruce Price and Jerrell Houston, hitting 19 and 11 points respectively.

In the first half, the Tigers opened the game scoring at 18:52 on a jumper by Bruce Price but Vanderbilt answered with a dunk by A.J. Olgivie (18:45) for a 2-2 tie. The two teams traded leads and ties (3) until TSU forged ahead for five-point leads at 20-15 (11:15) and 24-19 (9:27). Vanderbilt fought back to tie the game at 30-30 (4:06) and a one-point lead at 3:28 (31-30). The Tigers regained the lead 35-31 (1:07) and held a 35-33 lead at intermission.

TSU shot 41.9% (13-31) from the floor in the first half, while VU shot 37.9% (11-29) in the period.

In the second half, Gerald Robinson scored the Tigers’ first 20 points of the period to push TSU up by eight points (55-47) with 12:29 remaining in the game. LaDarious Weaver’s 3-pointer at 11:51 put the Tigers up by nine points (58-47). Vanderbilt, behind timely 3-point shots by Shan Foster chipped away at the Tigers’ lead until they forged a tie at 60-60 (8:33). TSU fought back to a tie at 65-65 (7:02), but the Commodores weathered the TSU attack and built as much as a ten-point lead 83-73 with 0:22 remaining. Bruce Price hit 1-of-2 FT’s with 0:17 remaining for the final score of 83-74.

Four Vanderbilt players finished in double-figures, Shan Foster (22), Alex Gordon (16), A.J. Ogilvy (14) and Jermaine Beal (12). Foster finished with a game-high 15 rebounds for a double-double.

TSU was outrebounded 44-30, but forced 21 turnovers by VU. Bruce Price was credited with five steals with two assists.

On the game TSU shot 43.1% from the floor, 44% in the second half (15-34) and Vanderbilt hit 47.3% from the floor, 57.7% (15-26) in the second half.

The Tigers next game will be December 30th at the University of Illinois. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00p.