Robinson Scores 25 in Loss at Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. - The Tigers went scoreless in the first six minutes and trailed Kentucky from the start, dropping their third straight, 102-58. Shooting troubles played a factor with the Tigers (3-7) hitting 19-of-59 for 32 percent from the floor including 27 percent in the first half.
Kentucky (9-3) out-rebounded the Tigers 49-27, and scored on 29 second-chance points. Tennessee State missed seven shots in the early minutes allowing Kentucky to open up a 15-point lead. Gershom Jordan's six straight points finally put the Tigers on the board with Kentucky still holding the advantage, 20-6.
Jordan scored a career-high 10 points hauling in seven boards. Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored 25 points to lead TSU, shooting 7-of-16 including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Jerrell Houston added 10 points.
The WIldcats shot 64 percent in the first, finishing with 57 percent in the game. Kentucky fueled their lead scoring 28 points from TSU turnovers with an additional 56 points in the paint. The Wildcats led at the break, 59-24.
Kentucky's Patrick Patterson finished with a game-high 33 points with 11 rebounds. Jodie Meeks complimented with 32 points shooting 10-of-19 including 8-of-15 from behind the arc.
In the second-half, the Tigers found a rhythm while improving their shot selection, hitting 40 percent from the field. Robinson scored 15 points in the second but Kentucky jumped on several double-digit runs to strengthen their lead.
The Tigers will finish up 2008 on the road against Marshall (12/28) and Georgia Tech (12/30).