CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell 65-58 to Southern Illinois on Tuesday night at SIU Arena.
The Tigers (2-8) were swept by the Salukis (7-4) in this season’s home-and-home set between the two schools. SIU takes an 8-7 advantage in the all-time series.
Two Big Blue players scored in double figures. Marcus Roper had 22 while Jay Harris added 11 to lead the team.
It was a team effort for SIU as five players scored eight or more points.
TSU was balanced on offense in the first half, shooting 42.3 percent from the floor. Roper (10 points on 4-for-6 shooting) and Harris (eight points on 3-for-4 shooting) accounted for two-thirds of the Tigers’ scoring for the first 20 minutes.
The Tigers scored five-straight to begin the game and held a 7-6 lead heading into the first media timeout. The Salukis grabbed the lead straightway after the break, thanks to efficient offensive play (50 percent shooting from the floor), and controlled it through halftime.
The Tigers scored just seven points for the first 12:33 of the final half creating, at one point, a 19 point deficit. They were able to bring it as close as three possessions with one minute to play, but SIU held the lead when the final buzzer sounded.
Roper remained active from the three-point line, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. He finished 6-for-12 from that range.
TSU did hold SIU’s leading scorer, Anthony Beane, to under his season average as the junior scored 15 points (19.9 season average).
TSU will travel to Hampton for their next game this Friday. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.