Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State used a balanced offensive attack en route to a, 92-55, victory over the LeMoyne-Owen Magicians on Monday evening at the Gentry Center.
Three Tigers reached double-figures as TSU evened its' overall record to 6-6. Offensively, the Tigers shot a season-best 56 percent from the field (34-of-61). TSU dominated the inside presence with 49 rebounds compared to just 25 for the Magicians (4-2), while outscoring LOC 41-to-22 inside the paint.
TSU opened the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back, leading at the half, 49-28. The Tigers went on to take a 41 point lead with 3:24 left in the game.
Monday was another strong performance for TSU's Robert Covington. The junior notched his second consecutive double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Covington was efficient from the field, recording a 57 field goal percentage (8-of-14). He filled out the stat line with three steals and two assists in 23 minutes.
The Bellwood, Ill., product is just 26 points away from reaching 1,000 points in his career. Monday evening's game also marked his 11th consecutive double-figure game.
Guard Jordan Cyphers scored 19 points in 19 minutes of action, tying a season-high with five triples.
Junior Kellen Thornton managed his sixth double-digit game this season, making 5-of-7 baskets for 12 points with four rebounds.
The duo of Patrick Miller and Wil Peters combined for 14 assists (7 each), nine points and three steals.
Tashan Fredrick reached season-highs in points (eight), steals (three) and rebounds (two) in 14 minutes of playing time.
To start the contest, the Tigers jumped out to a 10-2 advantage with triples from Covington and Cyphers.
LeMoyne-Owen went on a short 5-2 run, but the Tigers answered spread their advantage to 21-9 with 10:45 on the clock.
The Magicians fought back as Samuel Hill scored five straight points to put the Magicians within six. However, the Tigers closed out on a 24-to-9 run to end the half, taking their largest lead of 49-28 into the locker room.
Covington led TSU with 18 points and nine boards. Cyphers had 11 and Thornton had 10 for TSU during the first stanza.
The Tigers shot a season-best 63 percent (19-of-30) from the field in the first half and out-rebounded the Magicians 22-to-7.
TSU started the second half with an 8-to-2 run. The Magicians fought back from a 28-point deficit to make it a 63-41 contest with 11:35 on the clock.
In the final few minutes of the game, the Big Blue stretched the lead to 36 with 5:40 remaining on the clock and eventually opened out to a 41 point lead with 3:24 remaining.
Tennessee State's margin of victory was the most since defeating Fisk 85-50 last season.
TSU's final game before the holiday will be against SWAC-foe Alabama A&M at 7 p.m. inside the Gentry Center on Wed, Dec. 21. Fans who purchase a ticket for the game on Wednesday, will receive free admission to the Lady Tigers/Florida A&M game on Thursday. For tickets, call 615-963-5841.
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