NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State carried an eight-point lead into halftime, but the Tigers saw host Lipscomb University post a second-half rally behind key 3-point shooting to lead the way to a 97-85 victory.
The Tigers jumped to an 11-0 lead before the Bisons scored 17 straight points to take a 17-11 lead at the 14-minute mark of the opening half. The Tigers regained momentum to lead 47-39 at intermission.
Russell Hankins connected on six 3-pointers as the Bisons made a 16-2 run to lead 58-53 just four minutes into the second half. Hankins hit four of the 3-pointers during the stretch.
The Tigers were able to bounce back and the game was tied at 75-75 for the final time with 6:18 remaining. Ryan Roller's 3-pointer gave Lipscomb the lead it never gave up and the Bisons were able to pull away for the win.
"We came out very aggressive to begin the game, but we have to learn to sustain it," said TSU head coach Nolan Richardson, III. "Lipscomb came out in the second half and made a lot of big shots."
Lipscomb made 29-48 free throws, going to the line 20 more times than the Tigers. Three TSU players fouled out of the contest.
Josh Cooperwood led TSU with 21 points while Roshaun Bowens scored 15 and Brandon Lockridge added 14. TSU shot 50 percent in the opening half before slipping to 32 percent in the final half and 40 percent for the game.
Hankins led all scorers with 25 while Roller finished with 19.
The Tigers will be off until a Dec. 18 game at Morris Brown.