The Tennessee State Tigers (10-15, 7-9) fought a spirited battle, but fell 78-75 to Tennessee Tech (12-15-9-8) on Saturday, February 9th at the Gentry Center. The loss, TSU’s fourth in a row, leaves the Tigers tied for eighth place in the OVC tournament race.
Two Tigers, Gerald Robinson, Jr., and LaDarious Weaver led the TSU scoring with 18 points each. Between them they hit 8-16 three-pointers. Jerrell Houston finished the game with 15 points and Bruce Price netted 11 points.
Tennessee Tech’s Anthony Fisher led all scorers with 21 points and got support from Daniel Northern (17), Amadi McKenzie (14) and Frank Davis (14). McKenzie had a game-high 13 rebounds.
The game was a battle throughout as the teams saw 15 lead changes and the score tied 7 times. Tennessee State had their largest lead of eight points in the first half (2:55), but Tech closed to within four points, 36-32, at halftime. TSU’s Weaver led all scorers at the half with 15 points on 4-7 three-point shooting.
In the second half, the Tigers moved out to a 43-37 lead (17:23) but TTU went on a 7-1 run to go ahead 44-43 at the 15:34 mark. Another Golden Eagles run (6-0) pushed TTU up 51-43 with 14:04 remaining. TSU tied the score at 56-56 (9:30) and then a lead of 62-58 (7:10). This ebb and flow continued as the teams saw the score tied two more times, last 71-71 at 2:26, and the lead changing at 1:04 (74-73, TSU) and 0:29 (76-74, TTU).
With :11 remaining, TSU’s Bruce Price hit one of two FTs for a 75-76 game, but two FTs by TTU pushed the score to the final 75-78 margin. TSU had a last chance as time expired, but Jerrell Houston’s 3-point attempt was just short and TTU took the win.
Tennessee State shot 42% (26-62) from the floor, 33.3% (8-24) from 3-point range and 63% from the foul line. Tennessee Tech shot 51% (27-53) from the floor, 36% (5-14) from beyond the arc and 68% (19-28) from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles dominated the boards 41-29.