Second-Half Troubles Continue for the Tigers in Loss to Murray State
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tigers Second Half Shooting Not Strong Enough to Pull Off Win 

Nashville,Tenn. – The Tigers were out scored in the second half, 52-28, losing their fourth straight in OVC play to Murray State, 88-58 Wednesday night inside the Gentry Center. TSU gave up 22 points off 16 turnovers and was outrebounded 35-25.

The first half was closely fought with three ties and four lead changes with TSU (6-16, 4-8 OVC) trailing at the break, 34-30. Jerrell Houston led all scorers at the break with his game total, 10 points.  Houston also raked in seven rebounds before fouling out in the second.

Murray State (11-9, 6-4 OVC) ignited a 26-4 run to open the second half. TSU was held to four points with ten minutes of play remaining trailing 60-34. MSU extended their lead in the closing minutes (3:38) holding their largest point margin, 82-50. The Tigers could not hack at the lead coming within only 28 points of the deficit.  

Wil Peters and Gerald Robinson , Jr. scored 13 points apiece. The point-total is Peters' career-high. He shot four-of-five from the floor including three-of-four from beyond the arc.

Murray State's bench tallied over half their point-total with 48 points while the Tigers' reserves chipped in 22. TSU shot 43 percent in the game and the Racers connected 59 percent of their baskets scoring 42 points in the paint. Danero Thomas' 17 points, Donte Poole (15 points) and Ivan Aska (14 points) led MSU in scoring.

The Tigers will look to bounce back when they host UT Martin on Saturday, February 7th inside the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.