NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigers go for their second victory of the young basketball season as nearby Fisk University makes the short trip to the Gentry Center Monday night for the 7 p.m. contest.
The Tigers opened the season on a successful note Monday note with a victory over another cross-town opponent. TSU defeated Trevecca University 107-94 in an offensive shootout Friday night in the Gentry Center.
TSU opened as much as an 18-point advantage in the first half and ended up racing to a 61-48 halftime advantage. TSU made eight of its first nine 3-point field goal attempts to build the margin.
The team’s three leading scorers from last season led the Tigers. Roshaun Bowens and Garrett Richardson each scored 24 points while Josh Cooperwood tallied 23 points. Richardson just missed a triple-double by adding 10 assists and finishing with nine rebounds.
TSU’s Arvid Caldwell led TSU with 12 rebounds and added 10 points. Junior guard Brandon Lockridge came off the bench to score 12 points, all coming from 3-point range in just eight minutes of action.
The Trojans kept in the game thanks to their shooting. Trevecca shot 50 percent in each half.
“We know we have some things to work on toward being a good team,” said Tiger coach Nolan Richardson, III. “It was a good game for us to start and we look for improvement in some areas heading into our second game.”
The Tigers will be meeting Fisk for the second straight year. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 86-72 last Dec. 2 in the Gentry Center.
Following the Fisk game, the Tigers will visit Iowa Nov. 30 before returning home to host Oral Roberts Dec. 3