TSU LOSES FINAL EXHIBITION GAME ON LAST SECOND SHOT
NASHVILLE---Despite a dominating double-double performance by sophomore Oby Okafor, a jump shot by Kentucky Wesleyan's Latoshia Lawrence with one second left in the game pushed the Panthers to a 68-66 victory over the Lady Tigers. Okafor had a game high 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Tennessee State. Tiffany Jackson contributed 10 points for the Lady Tigers while Jheri Booker grabbed nine boards. With 8:13 left on the clock in the first half TSU trailed 12-17. A free throw by Oby Okafor ignited a 22-10 run that gave the Lady Tigers a 34-27 lead going into half-time. Tennessee State continued to add to its lead in the second half going up by as many as 15 points with 12:36 left in the game. Kentucky Wesleyan, however, would not go away. The Panthers went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to seven (60-53) with five minutes left in the game. A TSU turnover followed by a 3-pointer by Kentucky Wesleyan's Whitney Espenlaub cut the deficit to one (64-63) at the one minute mark. Holding on to a small one point lead, a missed jumper by Tiffany Jackson gave the Panthers possession of the ball. Kentucky Wesleyan's LaTasha Henry was fouled on a three point attempt and connected on all three shots from the charity stripe giving the Panther's a 66-64 lead with 17 seconds left on the clock. Oby Okafor hit a lay-up assisted by Kendra Appling to knot the game at 66-66 with seven seconds to go in the game but a Latoshia Lawrence jumper with one second left in the contest sealed the game for the Panthers. The Lady Tigers return to the hardwood next Wednesday when they travel to St. Louis to face the Billikens in the first official game of the season. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.