Tigers' Last Second Turnover Costly in 75-71 Loss to Murray State
Friday, January 9, 2009

Tigers Victim to Last-Second Technical Foul

Murray, Ky. - A turnover, followed by a technical foul in the last seconds, killed the Tigers chance for overtime, falling to Murray State, 75-71, Thursday night at the Regional Special Events Center. The loss snaps a two-game win streak as TSU (5-10, 3-2 OVC) shot 52 percent from the field including 38 percent from three point range.

Jerrell Houston posted his second straight double-double scoring a game-high 18 points (6-of-8) and 12 rebounds while shooting a perfect six-of-six from the free-throw line. Gerald Robinson, Jr. and Parker Smith each added 16 points.

The Tigers shot 50 percent from the floor and 60 percent from three-point range in the first half holding their largest lead in the game, 20-13 (10:27). After tying the game, 23-23, with 4:41 remaining in the half, Murray State (7-7, 2-2 OVC) went on a 12-8 run to take the lead at the break, 35-31.

MSU shot 44 percent in half and 48 percent in the game. The Racers were led by Issac Miles and Ivan Aska with 17 points apiece. Danero Thomas scored 14 points with five rebounds.

There were five lead changes and six ties in the last half. With the game knotted up, 56-56 (7:30), a 9-2 Racer run opened up their largest lead, 65-58, with 4:03 remaining.

TSU rallied, closing the gap, 72-71, behind a Robinson three-point play with :29 seconds left. With no timeouts remaining, the Tigers fouled quickly and Miles hit one-of-two free throws to make it a 73-71 game.

On the ensuing play, the Tigers turned the ball over and committed another foul. Miles connected another free throw with :04 seconds left. On the inbound, TSU was charged a technical foul as a result of calling timeout with none remaining. Another Racer free throw sealed the win.

Next up, TSU will continue conference play when they head to UT Martin (1/10). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.