Nashville, Tenn. - Four players scored in double figures but it was not enough to maintain the comeback effort for Tennessee State University's second-half surge. TSU dropped their fourth straight with an, 87-72, loss to Belmont on Monday night in the Gentry Center.
Robert Covington finished with a game-high in consecutive games with 18 points from 5-of-13 shooting. Wil Peters and Kenny Moore each pitched in 15 points. Peters hit 5-of-10 from the floor for a season high while dishing out five assists. Moore hauled in a team-high five rebounds. Patrick Miller added 14 points (5-of-10) and three assists.
The Tigers (1-5) shot 43 percent overall after hitting 38 percent in the first half. From the line, TSU hit a season-high 94 percent. After opening the game with the first two buckets, the Tigers fell behind on a 23-6 run by the Bruins at the 10:17 mark and would trail, 49-23, at the break.
In the second half, TSU trailed, 61-38, with 14:50 remaining. Verkeneo Mann sparked a TSU 17-5 run with two three-pointers for a career-high six points. TSU cut the deficit with 7:41 left, 66-55, shooting 47 percent in the half. Belmont answered back increasing the lead to 20 points, 76-56.
TSU climbed back out the hole to close the gap to within 11 points (79-65) but Belmont would knock down six straight free-throws to close out the game.
The Bruins (4-1) shot 51 percent from the floor including 42 percent from behind the arc. They hit 26-of-27 from the charity stripe for 96 percent.
Belmont's Mick Hedgepeth scored 15 points from 5-of-9 shooting, 5-of-5 from the line, while recording a game-high eight rebounds. Scott Saunders went 4-of-5 for 14 points, J.J. Mann posted 13 (5-of-9), and Kerron Johnson chipped in 11, getting most of his scoring done from the free-throw line hitting 6-of-6.
The Tigers will open Ohio Valley Conference play next when they head to Charleston, Ill. to face Eastern Illinois. The game is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Lantz Arena.