Tigers Drop Close One to Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. - With a new starting line-up, the Tigers (3-9) faced their fourth straight high-major team. A second-half push by Georgia Tech (8-4) handed TSU their fifth-straight loss, 63-58, Tuesday night (12/30) inside the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
The Tigers held the lead on three occasions shooting 35 percent from the floor while scoring 16 second-chance points from 33 rebounds.
Never intimidated, the Tigers opened the first half leading 9-6 (16:06) courtesy of a Jerrell Houston 3-pointer. Houston shot 4-of-8 and was perfect from behind the arc (3-of-3) scoring 11 points. Gerald Robinson scored 16 points finishing with four rebounds and five assists. In his second start of the season, Emanuel Gaiter scored nine points and Stephen Evans added eight points with four boards. Darius Cox led the team with ten rebounds.
At the 10:11 mark, TSU regained the lead, 17-14. However, the Yellow Jackets went on a 12-5 run with 7:17 remaining to take the lead at the break, 33-26. Georgia Tech's Zachery Peacock led all scorers with 22 points (9-of-11) and seven rebounds. Gani Lawal tallied the game's only double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Opening the second half, the Tigers went on a 13-2 run to take the lead, 39-37, behind a Robinson lay-up with 14:54 left. The Yellow-Jackets scored seven unanswered points but three free-throws by Parker Smith put TSU within two points (44-42) with 10:21 remaining. Smith finished with seven points shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Down the stretch, the Tigers clawed back to within five points (55-50) with 2:37 on the clock. TSU's pressure defense put Georgia Tech at the foul line and the Yellow Jackets capitalized in the final minutes shooting 7-of-10 from the stripe to hold the off the Tigers.Next, TSU will resume conference play when they host Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 3rd at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.