MURRAY, Ky. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team dropped an Ohio Valley Conference game to Murray State University 91-72 at the CFSB Center on Saturday night.
The Tigers (3-17, 0-5 OVC) could not overcome the Racers (15-4, 5-0 OVC). Murray State had the lead from the first shot made to the final buzzer
Darreon Reddick and Jay Harris tried to lead the team to a comeback, scoring 25 and 22 points, respectively. Reddick shot 7-for-9 from the floor, 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, and 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Harris followed along with a 7-of-8 shooting performance, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Jarvis Williams led a high-scoring Racer squad. His 20 points (5-for-10 field goals, 10-for-11 free throws) was tops for the game.
1st – Murray State got out to a quick 10-point lead before TSU scored its first points via two free throws from Reddick. The Racers scored 10 more before Reddick dropped in another pair of freebies making the score 20-4.
For the remaining 12 minutes of the half, the Tigers played the Racers to a much closer 22-19 stretch. At the break, Murray State held a 42-23 advantage.
The second half began with two Tigers quickly falling into foul trouble as Harris and Xavier Richards both recorded their fourth fouls within the first four minutes of the half. Any attempt at establishing a comeback trail was met with a “bridge out” sign as the Racers tightened their grip offensively. Murray State was one pass ahead of the TSU defense, early on, extending their lead to 32 leading up to the 13:09 mark.
TSU fought hard until the end, but never brought the deficit to less than 20. Charles Tucker exhibited the fight the Tigers showed as he was diving on the floor for loose balls and beating everyone back on defense.
The Tigers will take a week break before hosting Belmont at Gentry Center next Sunday at 5:30 p.m.