NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Lipscomb University on Saturday evening at Allen Arena 77-68.
The Tigers (2-7) improved their shooting, but were unable to hold the Bisons (3-5) offense for 40 minutes as they pulled away through the final three minutes of the game. TSU falls to 1-3 all-time against their cross-town foe.
Marcus Roper’s 21 points (7-for-14 FG, 4-for-9 3FG) led the Tigers as he recorded his second 20-plus point game of the season.
Malcolm Smith paced the Bisons with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
The first half was a close battle that saw the Bisons take a five-point lead in to the locker room. The Tigers shot 39 percent from the floor and went 4-for-11 from beyond the arc. They also made all but one free throw attempt (5-for-6) through the first 20.
A trey from Charles Tucker put TSU on top 14-13 with 8:12 left to go in the half with a point-for-point battle ensuing. The Tigers held a lead with as little as 3:19 left in the half, but the Bisons used a 13-5 run to mold its halftime advantage.
An 11-3 Tiger run for the first 2:26 of the second half gave them a 42-39 lead. TSU held the advantage until the 9:11 mark when Nathan Moran hit a trey to put Lipscomb up 58-56.
Attempting to dowse a 9-2 run, head coach Dana Ford called timeout with 7:50 left to go. From there the Bisons held off the Tigers while shooting 4-for-6 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the foul line.
Despite snapping a five-game streak of scoring less than 60 points the Tigers dropped their sixth-straight game.
The Tigers will take a ten day break to focus on finals with their next game coming Tuesday, Dec. 16 at Southern Illinois. The Tigers and Salukis will begin their contest at 7:05 p.m.