NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team dropped its final game of the 2014-15 season at Belmont University, 88-62, in the Curb Event Center, Saturday.
The Bruins (19-10, 11-5 OVC) scored the first bucket, and never looked back as the Tigers (5-26, 2-14 OVC) could not overcome a terrific three-point shooting performance by their opponents.
Darreon Reddick led TSU with 13 points (6-for-11) in the loss. He added four rebounds and two assists in his 33 minutes.
Craig Bradshaw led all scorers with 23 points (8-for-15) and added four assists.
The Tigers quickly fell behind 8-0 before making their first bucket, three minutes into the game. For the next 10 minutes, a trend developed of TSU falling behind 10-11 points and then charging back to bring the score within two possessions.
From the third media timeout up through halftime, the Bruins built a sizeable advantage. Thanks to a 10-0 run over a 2:33 span, Belmont led by as many as 20 with just over five minutes left.
TSU tried to make some plays to get back in it; the Tigers even cut the lead to as much as 12, but the Bruins kept their foot on the gas, taking a 50-28 lead into halftime. Reddick scored 11 points (5-of-7) in the opening 20 minutes of play.
Belmont sank eight treys in the first half (8-for-14) while shooting 61 percent, overall (20-of-33). The Bruins also held the Tigers’ two leading scorers for the year (Jay Harris and Marcus Roper) to five total points on 2-for-11 shooting.
The Tigers continued to fight in the second half but the deficit was too much to overcome.