CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. --- On a history-making night, Tennessee State put up a gallant effort against the Ohio Valley Conference's hottest men's basketball team, but a late first-half drought proved too much for the Tigers to overcome in a 71-56 setback Thursday night.
Led by Athletics Director Teresa Phillips for the one game as interim coach Hosea Lewis served his mandatory Ohio Valley Conference one-game suspension for Monday's altercation at Eastern Kentucky. The Tigers proved to very competitive against an APSU team which won for the eighth straight time, is unbeaten at home after 10 games, and had rolled to an 82-57 decision over the Tigers just nine days ago.
TSU led 22-21 after Roshaun Bowens layup at the 6:17 mark of the first half. However, after that point the Tigers would not add another point in the first half while the Govs scored 17 consecutive to carry a 38-22 halftime lead.
?We just went through that stretch where we couldn't score,? said the Tigers' acting coach. ?We played with great effort and intensity, but we were without one of our key offensive players (Josh Cooperwood) and we knew that was a concern going into the game.?
The Tigers continued with great effort in the second half and pulled to within 11 points (47-36) with 10:48 remaining. However, the Tigers could get no closer as Austin Peay would make 26 free throw attempts the rest of the way and just two more field goals.
TSU was led by sophomore Roshaun Bowens who had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Adrian Pritchett score d11 points and Garrett Richardson added 10. Richardson reached the 1,000-point plateau when he scored his seventh point of the contest on a 3-pointer in the first half.
Anthony Davis led the Govs (16-6, 9-2) with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Maurice Hampton came off the bench to score 12.
The Tigers (2-21, 0-12) held an OVC opponent to under 82 points for the first time in a game this season. TSU also held APSU to 39 percent shooting, only the second time a foe has shot under 40 percent against the Tigers in a game all season.
Phillips, the former Lady Tiger head coach, who has 19 years of experience on the Division I level, is the first woman to lead a team on the sidelines in a Division I game. TSU will be off from game action until Feb. 22 when Tennessee Tech comes to the Gentry Center.