Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University outscored Vanderbilt in the second half, 46-41, but a large deficit in the first half shattered any hopes for a win. The Tigers eventually fell to Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium, 84-71, Saturday afternoon (12/19).
Robert Covington scored 13 points and pulled in a game-high eight rebounds. Lonnie Funderburke scored a career-high 12 points while hauling in six boards and Jeremiah Crutcher dished out a season-high seven assists to compliment seven points.
TSU (3-9, 0-2) shot 36 percent from the floor and shot a season best from the free-throw line, 88 percent.
After the score was knotted up, 9-9, with 14:02 in the first, Vanderbilt outscored the Tigers, 34-16, to lead at intermission, 43-25.
In the second half, TSU trailed the Commodores by the largest lead of the night, 76-52 with 5:34 remaining. TSU mustered a late 14-4 run with three minutes to play, but, the early deficit played the dividend.
Vanderbilt (7-3) dominated the paint, scoring 58 points underneath and winning the battle on the glass, 34-27. The Commodores shot 68 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the arc.
Jeffery Taylor, John Jenkins, A.J. Ogilvy, and Festus Ezeli finished in double figures for VU. Taylor scored a game-high 20 points with Ogilvy following with 11 points and a team-high, six caroms. Jenkins posted 12 points and Festus chipped in ten points.
The Tigers return to the hardwood during the winter break when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to tangle with the University of Alabama. The game is slated for December 30, at 7:30 p.m.