NASHVILLE ---More than 750 fans of the Tennessee State men's basketball team got another preseason preview of the squad on Saturday night. Kean Hall was the location of the annual Blue-White game which saw the White team easily defeat the Blue team, 81-69.
The Blue team, guided on the sidelines by assistant coaches Jamal Brown and Darren Tillis, was led in scoring by Rod Flowers (Huntsville, Ala.), who knocked down a game-high 29 points and grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds. Also scoring in double digits were Eric King, who added 17, and rookie Orlando Wright (Largo, Md.), who added 12 points.
Overall, the Blue team shot over 70 percent from the free-throw line, banking 7 of 13 shots. From the field, the squad was 33.8 percent for the game, hitting just 13-32.
The White team, led by head coach Cy Alexander and assistant coach Mark Pittman, was led in scoring by seniors Garrett Richardson (El Paso, Texas)and Cedric Bryson (Memphis, Tenn.), who both added 18 points en route to the squad's victory. Nearly every member of team scored in double digits, including rookie Bruce Price (Minneapolis, Minn.) with 17 points, sophomore Adrian Pritchett (Madison, Ala.) with 10 points and junior Roshaun Bowens (Nashvillem Tenn.) with 12.
Overall, the White team shot 54 percent (17-32) from the floor and hit 81 percent of shots from the charity stripe, including a perfect 5-of-5 performance by Richardson.
The Tigers host Sports Reach in an exhibition game next Friday (Nov. 14) at the Gentry Center. Action is set to get underway at 7 p.m.