COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell on the road to Tennessee Tech University 71-52 at the Eblen Center on Thursday night.
The Tigers (5-21, 2-9 OVC) continued their road woes by falling to the Golden Eagles (12-13, 4-8 OVC). TSU has yet to win a game away from Gentry this season.
Tech now holds a 30-28 advantage in the all-time series.
Marcus Roper led all scorers with 21 points (6-of-14), making it two-straight games with over 20 points.
Dwan Caldwell led Tech with 17 points (6-of-9) while reigning OVC Newcomer of the week, Charles Jackson, scored six points (1-of-4) and had nine rebounds.
TSU got off to a slow start, offensively, scoring seven points in the first 11 minutes of the game.
Tech clamped down on TSU, holding the team to 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from the floor for the first 20 minutes.
Roper scored 13 points (3-for-6) in the first half, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Coming out of the locker room, TSU tried to get the comeback engine stirring. Tech, however, stifled any attempt for the first half of the final 20 minutes, pushing their lead to as large as 18.
The Golden Eagles kept the pedal to the floor, allowing the Tigers to get only as close as 12 the rest of the way.
After Tech took the lead early in the first half, turnovers and a myriad of offensive rebounds by Tech kept TSU out of the game.
Just five games remain on the docket for the Tigers
The Tigers will return home this Saturday to host the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Gentry Center as the two schools will meet for the second time in seven days.