Newcomers Sain and Nobles 20-point Performance Leads TSU in Exihibition Win
Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team jumped out to an early 27-9 lead and shot 55 percent (34-of-62) overall to defeat Trevecca Nazarene, 91-62, in exhibition play Tuesday night (11/3) at the Gentry Center.
Sain scored a game-high 21 points, connecting 8-of-14 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from three-point range. He also added four assists and three steals.
Nobles followed with 20 points, hitting 6-of-10 from the floor while connecting 4-of-6 from behind the arch. Both Sain and Nobles were perfect from the free-throw line with Sain going 3-of-3 and Nobles shooting 4-of-4.
Freshman Robert Covington tallied a double-double with 11 points and a game high 11 rebounds. Jeremiah Crutcher shot 4-of-7 from the field for 11 points while Darius Cox and Tashan Fredrick each chipped in eight points apiece.
The Tigers went on eight scoring runs of 10 or more points while shooting 71 percent from the charity stripe. Defensively, TSU racked up 11 steals while out rebounding TNU, 34-27. In the reserve, TSU's bench contributed 38 points in the effort.
The Trojans were led by Michael France's 6-of-14 from the field for 15 points with Matthew Elliott and JP Nyadaro each scoring 13 points.
The Trojans narrowed the Tigers' lead in the first half, 37-22, after scoring nine straight points with 5:08 remaining. However, Sain's eight points pushed the Tigers' momentum for the half time lead, 45-22.
In the second half, TSU held their largest point margin of the night at the 6:14 mark, holding an 82-42 advantage. TNU's 15-3 run with less than four minutes remaining chipped away at the Tigers' gigantic lead but could not recover from the large deficit early in the game.
TSU will open their regular season when they host top ranked Siena at the Gentry Center on Friday, Nov. 13th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.