NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team dropped a road game at No. 8 Virginia on Tuesday night by a score of 36-79 at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers (5-0) grabbed the lead with their first bucket and never relinquished it, winning the first-ever matchup between the two schools. The Tigers (2-3) were held without a point for the first 7:31 of the second half, creating an insurmountable deficit.
Marcus Roper and Xavier Richards both scored 10 points to lead TSU on offense. Virginia held the Tigers to 29 percent from the floor.
Justin Anderson paced Virginia with 20 points on the night. He was perfect from the floor (7-for-7) making five three-pointers.
36 points is the lowest number of points by a Tiger team in the modern era.
Virginia jumped out to a 13-2 lead as the whistle blew for the first media timeout. The Cavaliers expanded the margin to 25 before the buzzer signaled halftime. Rodney Simeon knocked down a pair of three-pointers to lead the Tigers in scoring for the half.
The Cavaliers held the Tigers 24 percent (6-for-25) shooting in the opening 20 minutes. TSU was out-rebounded 12-27, as well. The defending ACC Champions shut down any inside scoring attempt from Big Blue.
Through the first 25 minutes, the Cavaliers’ Anderson had outscored the Tigers 20-17.
Virginia outscored TSU 37-22 during the final 20 minutes of play. Richards scored all 10 of his points during the half, but the Tigers were held in check on offense, otherwise.
The Tigers will travel to Jersey City for a matchup with St. Peters on Friday. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.