NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Hampton University 54-62 at Gentry Center on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (2-6) were held to 31.5 percent shooting by the Pirates (2-5) in a defensive battle. TSU was held without a double-digit scorer for the second time this season.
Dwight Meikle led Hampton with 15 points and went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.
The Tigers were solid starting out, building a quick 6-4 lead heading into the first media timeout. Hampton answered by going on an 11-2 run through the next media break.
TSU got a couple of three-point buckets from Marcus Roper and Rodney Simeon to draw even with 5:33 to go in the half. Both teams traded buckets from there to head into the locker room knotted up at 24.
The defensive struggle continued as neither team hit 50 until the 4:13 mark. TSU pulled within four with only a minute and a half left. Hampton, however, pulled away by hitting eight free throws in the final minute.
The Tigers suffer their fifth loss in a row.
The Tigers will play at Lipscomb this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. TSU will have a 10-day break after the tilt with the Bisons.