Tigers Hold Off Eagles, 71-64
Monday, January 5, 2009

Robinson, Jr. Scores 19 and Houston Tallies Double-Double in Win

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers' defense and free-throw shooting down the stretch held off a late Morehead State  (MOR) run to secure a 71-64 win Monday night inside the Gentry Center. TSU (5-9,3-1) captured their third-straight conference win putting them in a three-way tie for first in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). 

TSU shot 43 percent from the field and 46 percent from the arc. The Tigers held the Eagles (6-9, 3-1) to 37 percent from the floor including 18 percent (2-of-11) three-point shooting.

Jerrell Houston tallied his fourth double-double on the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Gerald Robinson, Jr. led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points (6-of-12) hitting 6-of-6 from the free-throw line while handing out four assists. OVC Freshman of the Week, Parker Smith, scored 5-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range for 15 points.

TSU went on a 16-3 run (5:51) and held a 17-point advantage at the 1:38 mark in the first half. Morehead State (6-9, 3-1) answered with an 8-0 run of their own, to close the gap at the break, 37-28. Smith led all scorers at the half with 13 points.

In the second half, MOR held the momentum capitalizing on Tiger turnovers and second chance points to even the score, 53-53, with 5:03 remaining. Leon Buchanan and Robert Murry led the Eagles' late charge. Buchanan led MOR with 19 points and eight boards while Murry contributed 14 points (6-of-12) scoring 12 in the second half.

With 1:51 left, a Robinson lay-up gave the Tigers some breathing room with a 64-57 advantage. A three-point shot by Maze Stallworth and two free throws by Brandon Shingles narrowed the Tiger lead, 64-62, with :43 seconds left. Soon after, Robinson connected four free throws and Wil Peters added two from the charity stripe to repel the Eagles' last minute run.

The Tigers will resume conference play when they travel this week to face Murray State (1/08) and UT Martin (1/10). Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tip-off.