Normal, Ill. - The Tigers cut into a 17-point halftime deficit to trail by three with 18 seconds on the clock, but, missed an opportunity to tie as Tennessee State University dropped a 73-68 decision to Illinois State on Wednesday night.
The Tigers (1-2) shot a season-high 48.2 percent including 41.7 percent from behind the arc.
After trailing 43-26 at the break, TSU outscored ISU 42-30 in the second half for a chance to pull off the come from behind win. The Tigers jumped on a 15-3 run early in the half and used a 17-9 run to give the Redbirds a scare after trailing by as much as 22 points. ISU shot 2-of-4 from the free-throw line in the final seconds to secure the win.
The Redbirds scored 45.3 percent from the floor, 47.8 percent from three-point range, and 50 percent from the free-throw line. ISU outrebounded TSU, 41-29, with both teams scoring 28 points in the paint.
For the second straight game, the Tigers finished with five players in double figures. Wil Peters and Patrick Miller each scored 14 points to lead the team. Peters hit 5-of-8 from the field, 4-of-5 three pointers and handed out four assists. Miller scored all of his points in the second half including three big buckets down the stretch while dishing out five assists.
Kenny Moore shot 5-of-9 for 11 points to go with six boards. Robert Covington and Chris Conner chipped in 10 points apiece. Covington pulled in a team-high, eight rebounds, and Conner shot 4-of-7 including 2-of-4 from the arc.
For ISU (2-0), Justin Clark scored a game-high 20 points (7-of-14) and Jackie Carmichael added 11 points and seven rebounds. Anthony Cousin had a game-high six assists.
TSU will be back in action when they play the Air Force Academy on Saturday, Nov. 20. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Colorado Springs, Colo.