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Thursday, November 14, 2002
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigers will play their first of two exhibition games when they play host to Sports Reach Friday night. The game will be a part of a doubleheader with the women’s team who play Memphis Express beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center. Coach Nolan Richardson, III returns a solid core of players as he enters his third season as the Tigers’ head coach. The Tigers have been busy since practices began in October. “We have been stressing fundamentals and also seeing how our new guys will make the adjustment to college play and our style of play,” said the TSU head coach. The Sports Reach team is made of several former collegiate standouts, many who played in the Ohio Valley Conference. Sports Reach annually plays several OVC schools in its exhibition tilts. The Tigers return seven letter winners, including four players who saw primary starting duty last season. Guard Garrett Richardson, a preseason second-team All-OVC selection heads the returnees. Richardson averaged 14.1 points a game last season. Also returning is a pair of former Nashville prep standouts who averaged in double figures last season. Senior guard Josh Cooperwood averaged 11.9 ppg and sophomore forward Roshaun Bowens averaged 10.5 ppg. The Tigers will also have an exhibition game Wednesday night when they host the Nashville All-Stars. Season tickets to the 2002-03 season are on sale. For ticket information, contact the TSU Ticket Office at (615) 963-5841. ###