Nashville, Tenn. - Every member of the Tennessee State men's basketball team had a field goal en route to an 86-56 rout of the Trevecca Trojans in Monday night's exhibition.
Senior forward Kellen Thornton led all scorers with 18 points, but three other Tigers finished with double-figures as well, including junior Michael Green and seniors Jordan Cyphers and Robert Covington.
Covington also had a double-double, leading TSU with 11 boards.
The Tigers opened the game by going on an 8-2 run that was started by a jumper from Thornton at the 19-minute mark. TSU later added another 8-2 run to take a 12-point lead in the early going. The second scoring streak was highlighted by a powerful dunk from Covington.
Covington finished the first half with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds, including six of the Tigers' first 11 boards.
With just under 13 minutes left in the half, Trevecca's Maliek Daniels nailed a three-pointer to put the Trojans within nine of the lead. Sophomore guard Kharon Butcher answered right back with a three of his own to put TSU up 19-7.
Jordan Cyphers canned his first three of the game with only four seconds remaining on the shot clock and Thornton added to TSU's lead on the next possession with a pretty post move, giving the Tigers a 16-point lead with seven minutes left in the half.
By that point, all 11 dressed out players had entered the game for the home side, and all had played at least three minutes.
TSU added to its cushion with a minute left to go when Covington stripped the Trojan ball carrier, and passed the rock up to Thornton who promptly laid it in the hoop. The score gave TSU its biggest lead of half at 18 points.
Tennessee State forced 13 turnovers in the opening period and shot 50 percent from the floor attributing to the Tiger's 43-27 halftime lead.
Trevecca came out much stronger to start the second half, and even drew within 11 of the Tigers with 14 minutes left to go in the game.
TSU clamped down from that point and went on a 14-2 run to make the score 68-45 in favor of the Tigers. Cyphers led the charge with seven of his 11 points during the stretch.
Sophomore guard Jay Harris became the 11th TSU player to score when he tallied a layup with four minutes remaining in the contest.
The score put TSU up by 31-the largest lead of the night- and allowed the Tigers to roll to a victory.
Tennessee State had 30 of its 46 points in the paint during the second half, and finished the game with 32 points off of turnovers, as well as 32 points from the bench.
Hear Thornton's and Covington's thoughts on the game, below:
TSU will start the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 when the team tarvels to Provo, Utah for a date with the Cougars from BYU.