Nashville, Tenn. In their final exhibition game, the Tigers starting five each scored in double figures enroute to an 86-67 victory over the Kentucky State Thorobreds (KSU) inside the Gentry Center Tuesday night.
KSU took the lead in the early minutes of the first half before the Tigers closed it out with a 29-14 run for the lead at the break, 40-30. TSU shot 15-of-28 in the first half, shooting 54 percent from the field.
Jerrell Houston tallied a double-double to lead all players in both categories with 21 points (9-of-17) and 12 rebounds. Houston hit three jumpers in a row to jump start the Tigers' first scoring run and led all scorers at the half with 11 points.
Gerald Robinson, Jr. chipped in with 20 points (6-of-9) and four assists. Darius Cox (12 points, 8 rebounds), Stephen Evans (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Parker Smith (10 points, 2-of-3 from three-point range) contributed respectively. Lonnie Funderburke came off the bench adding seven points in the contest and Jeremiah Crutcher scored three points while leading the team in assists with five.
On the night, TSU shot 59 percent (33-of-56) from the field and 44 percent (4-of-9) from three-point range.The Tigers won the battle on the boards collecting 38 rebounds to the Thorobreds' 26.
In the second half, the Tigers kept a double-digit lead through the remainder of the game. At the 14:13 mark, the Tigers extended the lead to 16 with a 59-43 margin. With less than ten minutes remaining, the Tigers went on a 16-2 run (8:02) to account for their 64 percent (18-of-28) field goal shooting in the last half.
Houston and Robinson combined for 20 points in the last half. Two crowd erupting dunks by Cox and three blocks by Evans eliminated the Thorobreds' hope of making a comeback attempt and the Tigers sealed the win, 86-67.
The Tigers will start the regular season when they face Cumberland University on Friday, November 14th inside the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.