ATLANTA, Ga. --- Tennessee State built the early lead and then held back Morris Brown's late rally attempt to post an 87-78 victory over the host Wolverines Wednesday night.
The Tigers never trailed in the contest, jumping to a 7-0 lead before Morris Brown scored its first points almost three minutes into the game. TSU opened as much as a 16-point lead on two occasions in the opening before carrying a 44-34 lead into halftime.
In the final half, TSU was leading by as many as 15 points (77-62) with 7:37 remaining before MBC cut into the Tigers' margin. MBC cut the difference to six points twice under six minutes left, but TSU was able to answer at the free throw line.
Tiger sophomore Roshaun Bowens scored a game-high 23 points and helped seal the victory by making all 10 second-half free throw attempts. Bowens made 13-14 attempts in the game. Josh Cooperwood added 15 points and TSU got a season-high 13 off the bench and another 12 off the bench from freshman Adrian Pritchett.
The Tigers were 28-49 from the field for 57 percent. TSU was hurt by 24 turnovers.
Reshard Alonza led Morris Brown with 17 points. Aimen Hicks had 16 points and grabbed 20 of MBC's 35 rebounds.
The Tigers' next game will be at Texas-El Paso Saturday night. The game will be played at 7 p.m., changed from the original time of 3 p.m.