IOWA CITY, Iowa --- Tennessee State stepped into Big Ten Conference play Saturday night and host Iowa built an early lead on the way to handing the Tigers an 84-51 defeat.
After leading 3-2 into the second minute of the game, the host Hawkeyes made a 12-0 run to build the lead to 14-3 at the 15:32 mark. The Tigers fought back to cut the margin to 27-19 after a 3-point field goal by Josh Cooperwood at the 6:02 mark.
Iowa led 39-25 at halftime and began the second half with a 16-2 run. The Tigers scored their first field goal of the second half at the 14:33 mark.
?We had a tough time coming out into the power play of the Big Ten Conference,? said Tiger head coach Nolan Richardson, III. ?We are more of a finesse team and we had a tough time of it. Iowa executed very well here tonight.?
The Tigers made nine of their total field goals from 3-point range. Brandon Lockridge hit four of the 3-pointers and led TSU with 14 points while Josh Cooperwood added 12. Arvid Caldwell had 12 rebounds as TSU was out-rebounded by the much larger Hawkeyes 44-38.
TSU shot 29.5 percent overall (18-61) from the field. Iowa shot 52 percent (33-64.
Glen Worley and Chancey Leslie each scored total points for Iowa (3-0). Jared Renier had 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
TSU returns home to Oral Roberts Monday in the Gentry Center at 7 p.m.