NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State came up short in its exhibition opener Friday night as Sports Reach sealed the victory at the free throw line and with clutch 3-point field goal shooting down the stretch.
The Tigers, playing their first of two exhibtion tilts, fought from behind to take the lead with under five minutes left, but the Crusaders were able to put the game away. Sports Reach converted 33-of-39 free throw opportunities compared to TSU which made all nine free throws it attempted.
Sports Reach placed six players in double figures led Jason Woodward's 20 points. Larry Harrelson scored 15 while former Vanderbilt player Drew Maddux scored 10.
The Tigers made 11 more field goals than the visitors, but were just 4-27 from 3-point range. Roshaun Bowens led TSU with 23 points while Garrett Richardson scored 18.
TSU will host the Nashville All-Stars in its second exhibition game next Wednesday at 7 p.m.