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Thursday, November 13, 2003
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigers will have their first opportunity to go against outside competition under first-year head coach Cy Alexander when the Tigers play their first exhibition game Friday, hosting Sports Reach. The game begins at 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center. The Tigers have been busy at practice since last month and the tilt against Sports Reach will be the first of two games before the regular season begins for real on Nov. 25. "We are ready to see where we are at this point," said Alexander "We can live with mistakes, but our main goal is to play hard, get after people defensively, and execute well and take good shots on the offensive end." The Tigers will be facing a Sports Reach team that features former collegiate standouts. The Crusaders are 5-4 in their contests against collegiate teams, prior to a Thursday game at Lipscomb. Sports Reach rolled past Ohio Valley Conference member Eastern Kentucky on Monday night before dropping a decision at Morehead State Tuesday. TSU will play a second exhibition game on Tuesday against Vasda USA. The regular season opener will be against Trevecca as part of a doubleheader with the women's team.