Nashville, Tenn. - Wil Peters and Patrick Miller combined to score 27 points, but the second-half surge wasn't enough as Tennessee State fell 75-62 to the Belmont Bruins at the Curb Event Center on Tuesday evening.
The Tigers (3-6) pulled within three points with less than five minutes remaining. However, the Bruins (6-2) went on a 17-7 run to notch their sixth consecutive victory over TSU.
For the game, TSU shot a season-best 41 percent (24-of-58) on the road, including 32 percent (7-of-22) behind the arch. Belmont knocked down 24 shots of 50 attempts (48 percent). In the second half, the Bruins were 62 percent (13-of-21) from the field.
Miller led the Tigers in scoring for the second consecutive game, totaling a game-high 17 points and pulling in four defensive boards. Miller also dished out three assists and two steals in the loss.
Peters, a Nashville native, scored all 10 points in the second half. He pulled in two boards, dished out a pair of assists and picked up two steals.
For the 49th time in his career Robert Covington reached double-figures, notching 11 points and seven boards in the loss. Covington had two assists, a block and a steal.
Freshman M.J. Rhett reached a season-high, going 3-of-5 from the field for eight points. He also grabbed three boards and swatted away one shot.
BU out-rebounded TSU 36-to-30 and had 25 shots at the free throw line compared to TSU's 10. The Tigers forced 14 Bruins turnovers, while just turning over the ball 11 times.
The two squads swapped baskets and were tied at 6 with 15:39 left in the first half. Belmont's J.J. Mann hit three consecutive triples to give the Bruins a 17-12 advantage with 11:37 remaining in the half.
Jordan Cyphers drained a triple to put the Tigers within two, before Belmont went on another eight point run. TSU answered with a five-point run from Patrick Miller to pull within 31-25 with 3:30 on the clock.
Miller hit a jumper in the final seconds to put the Tigers within three, 35-32, at the break.
Both teams shot 38 percent at the half, with the Tigers outrebounding Belmont 22-19. Miller had 12 points and four assists for the Tigers.
The Tigers pulled within four at the 16:05 mark after Peters knocked down his first triple of the game. Miller hit a trey at 12:53 to put TSU up briefly, 47-46.
The Bruins rallied to take a 50-47 lead at the 11:42 media break. The Bruins proceeded on an 8-to-3 run to take an eight point lead.
TSU cut the deficit to 58-55 after Rhett completed a basket and the plus-one. However, Belmont went on a five point run to go up 63-55 with 3:14 left. The Bruins added more points down the stretch to pick up the sixth consecutive victory over the Tigers.
On Saturday, the Tigers return home to the Gentry Center to host Mid-American Conference opponent Central Michigan. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.
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