Murray, Ky. - The Tennessee State University Tigers dropped their third straight on the road with a 64-53 OVC loss to Murray State at the CFSB Center on Thursday night.
TSU (6-9, 3-2 OVC) got off to a slow start in the first half shooting 29 percent from the floor. TSU trailed 25-15 with 4:49 on the clock before falling victim to a 10-4 run by the Racers to trail at the break, 35-19.
The Tigers shot 38 percent overall while hitting 42 percent from the arc and 92 percent from the charity stripe. Kenny Moore led TSU with 14 points, connecting 5-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point range. Moore also pulled in a game-high eight boards.
In the second, the Tigers trailed by double digits the entire half. They fell behind by the largest margin with 4:30 left to play, 60-37. With clock winding down, TSU outscored MUR, 16-4, but it was not enough to climb out of the early deficit.
Murray State (10-4, 3-1 OVC) picks up their sixth straight win on the season and seventh straight over TSU. Donte Poole shot 6-of-7 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from the arc, for a game-high 16 points. Isacc Miles chipped in 12 points to help the Racers shoot 50 percent overall including 57 percent in the second half.
Murray State keeps their home win streak alive at 25 games. The Racers pulled in 32 rebounds to TSU's 24, outscored the Tigers in the paint, 30-20, while scoring 17 points from turnovers. Murray State was able to get a lift from their reserves recording 37 bench points to TSU's seven.
The Tigers will remain on the road in league play when they visit UT Martin on Saturday, Jan. 8. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside Skyhawk Arena.