Men's Basketball Falls at Missouri, 38-68
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Men's Basketball Falls at Missouri, 38-68

Columbia, Mo. - The Tennessee State men's basketball team's three-game win streak was snapped on Saturday when the team fell to Missouri, 38-68 in front of a crowd of 10,338.

TSU (4-6) forced 19 turnovers, but shot 23.8 percent from the field (15-of-63) and made just six of its 24 three-point attempts.

Robert Covington and Jordan Cyphers were the only members of the TSU team to score over ten points, as Covington led the team with 12 and Cyphers added 11.

Patrick Miller tallied a game-high five assists and played all 40 minutes of the game.

Missouri (8-1) won the tip and Laurence Bowers hit his first of seven first half shots, putting Missouri up 2-0 with only 20 seconds gone off of the clock.

Bowers finished with a game-high 18 points and 10 boards.

TSU answered UM's quick score with a layup from Deshawn Dockery and Covington nailed a three-pointer at the 18:19 mark to give Tennessee State a one-point lead.

TSU got up by as many as four when Cyphers hit a wide-open three pointer, but Bowers and Alex Oriakhi were able to keep Missouri in the game by scoring the team's first 19 points.

With the score tied at 15 with 10 minutes left in the first period, TSU's defense clamped down and didn't allow Missouri a single point for nearly five minutes. TSU forced five turnovers during the stretch which helped the team accumulate 11 during the first half of play.

Missouri also played well defensively during the first stanza, as TSU only shot 29.6 percent from the field.

Bowers hit a three-pointer with 45 seconds left, putting TSU down 23-20 at halftime.

Missouri opened up the game after the break, and went on a 14-3 run that spanned seven minutes and 21 seconds.

TSU had a handful highlight reel play during the second half including a pair of strong, breakaway throw downs by Covington. The second was an alley-oop at the 2:52 mark off of a pretty dish by Miller, but it wasn't enough.

Tennessee State scored just 18 points during the second half and lost to Missouri 38-68.

TSU's 38 points was its lowest total since scoring the same number against Westminster in 1960.

TSU was outrebounded 52 to 27, leading to 30 points in the paint for Missouri.

TSU will try to get back into the win column on Sunday, Dec. 16 when the squad hosts Lemoyne-Owen at 4 p.m.

--TSU Tigers--