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TIGERS BAD START LEADS TO EASY MOREHEAD STATE WIN
Thursday, January 2, 2003
NASHVILLE --- Things started badly for the Tennessee State Tigers and got worse as Morehead State rolled to a 93-42 victory in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams. The Tigers suffered through a stretch of almost eight minutes without a field goal in the first half as Morehead State built on a five-point lead an opened a 29-10 lead with 7:51 left in the first half. MSU would shoot 65 percent (17-26) in the opening half while the Tigers were making 26 percent (7-27). ?We have had a lot of distractions and were coming off a game (Kentucky) which we were very competitive,? said acting head coach Hosea Lewis. ?We have to play with pride through a tough situation.? The final margin (51) points was the biggest lead of the game for the Eagles, who improved to 5-5 overall. Chez Marks scored 21 of his game-high 31 points in the first half. MSU held a 53-29 rebounding advantage. TSU had one double figure scorer in Roshaun Bowens who tallied 14 points. TSU finished the game 16-56 from the field for 29 percent. The Tigers will look to reverse their fortune when they host Eastern Kentucky Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the women's team.

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