Jasmin Shuler leads TSU in overtime win over Morehead State
Friday, January 20, 2012
Jasmin Shuler leads TSU in overtime win over Morehead State

Nashville, Tenn. --- Tennessee State University Junior Jasmin Shuler exploded for a career-high 38 points to lead the Lady Tigers to an, 86-80, overtime victory over Morehead State Thursday night in the Gentry Center.

Tennessee State (7-12, 3-4 OVC) saw its, 39-32, halftime lead disappear after Morehead State opened the second stanza with a 17-2 run but the Lady Tigers clawed from behind late to force overtime. In the extra frame, TSU outscored MSU, 10-4 to seal the win.

Jasmin Shuler posted a career-high 38 points to lead TSU while Avery Jones tallied 12 points and nine rebounds. Kesi Hess came off the bench to score 10 points for the Lady Tigers.

Linda Dixon had 27 points and eight rebounds for Morehead State while Ashar Harris recorded a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Courtney Lumpkin also tallied 19 points for the Eagles.

TSU was trailing, 10-7, when Jasmin Shuler knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to even the score. TSU went ahead, 14-10, following a bucket by Destiney Gaston but MSU answered with a triple to close within one.

The Lady Tigers built another, 19-13, lead but the Eagles responded with a run to pull even at 21-all.

The lead went back-and-forth until TSU used an 8-1 run to close out the half and carry a, 39-32, lead into the break.

TSU saw its halftime lead disappear within a matter of minutes as the visitors used a 17-2 run to grab a, 49-41, lead at the 15:12 mark.

A three pointer by MSU put the Eagles on top, 53-42, before a triple by Jasmin Shuler sparked a 7-0 run that cut the deficit down to, 53-49.

The Lady Tigers pulled to within four on a couple of occasions before the Eagles stretched the advantage to 71-63 with 4:54 left in game.

Down the stretch, Morehead State seemed to be in control but Tennessee State continued to fight. Kesi Hess knocked down a three-pointer to pull TSU within five, but MSU hit a couple of freebies to go on top, 73-66, with 3:32 left to play.

On TSU's trip down the floor, Jasmin Shuler hit two free-throws before nailing a triple to chop the deficit down to two, 73-71, with 2:47 remaining. Avery Jones pulled down an offensive rebound and scored a putback to even the game at 73-all.

A lay-up and a free-throw gave the lead back to MSU before Kim Haynes knocked down a three-pointer from near the top of the key to knot the score, 76-76, with 47 seconds left.

After the Eagles missed two three-point shot attempts, TSU came away with the rebound with seconds remaining. The Lady Tigers were unable to get off a shot and the game went to overtime.

In the extra frame, Kesi Hess knocked down a jumper to get TSU on the board. Jasmin Shuler followed with a bucket before an old fashioned three-point play by Hess gave the Lady Tigers an, 83-76, lead (2:58).

MSU scored its first point of the extra frame at the 2:44 mark on a free-throw by Ashar Harris and pulled within five on another freebie by Courtney Lumpkin.

The Eagles cut the Lady Tiger lead down to four, 84-80, with less than a minute to play but that would be as close as they would get. Kim Haynes hit a free-throw with seven seconds left to ice the win.  

Tennessee State shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field in the win, including 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from three-point range. Morehead State went 25-of-77 (32.5 percent) from the field while only connecting on 24.3 percent (9-of-37) of its three-pointers.

Despite committing 26 turnovers, TSU held the advantage in rebounds, 51-44.

The Lady Tigers return to action on Monday, Jan.23 when they travel to Charleston, Ill. to face the Panthers of Eastern Illinois. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Lantz Arena.