Tigers Keep Rolling with 87-82 win over Southeast Missouri
Friday, February 27, 2009

Tigers Win Fifth Straight 

Nashville, Tenn. – Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored a game-high 25 points (9-of16) with Jerrell Houston and Darius Cox posting double-doubles to help lead the Tigers over Southeast Missouri in OVC play, 87-82, Thursday night at the Gentry Center.

Houston tallied his eighth double-double on the year with 19 points (7-of-11) and 16 boards. Cox recorded his fourth double-double performance , scoring 16 points (6-of-10) while hauling in 10 rebounds with three blocks.

Emanuel Gaiter added 11 points and Jeremiah Crutcher dished out a game-high seven assists.

The Tigers extend their winning streak to five games, the longest streak of the season, and sweep the regular season series against the Redhawks.

TSU shot 46 percent from the floor and out rebounded SEMO, 44-30. The Tiger reserves scored 35 points to dominate SEMO's bench, 35-4.

The Tigers (11-17, 8-9 OVC) trailed early in the first half, 12-1, with 16:35 on the clock before using a 16-5 run to to tie the game, 17-17 (12:13). Four tied scores ensued before the game locked up at 29-29 with 7:14 on the clock.  A 14-12 TSU drive gave the Tigers the lead at the break, 43-41.

The Redhawks (3-26, 0-17 OVC) shot 49 percent from the field for the game and 37 percent from beyond the arc. Five players scored in double figures for SEMO.

Kenard Moore led with 22 points and Jajuan Maxwell added 17. Jaycen Herring tallied16 points, Johnny Hill chipped in 15 and LaMont Russell scored 10 points.

TSU in the second half held their largest lead at the 10:56 mark, 65-57. A tight fought ball game followed with four tied scores. The Tigers ignited an 11-5 run on the last tied score with 3:23 left to play holding SEMO to three points in the final minute to hold of the upset.

Next, the Tigers will close out the regular season when they host Eastern Illinois on Saturday, February 28th for Courtside Dining and Senior Night. The winner will lock up the sixth seed in the 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournament next week.