NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State played its second consecutive unbeaten opponent on the road, losing a series renewal to Vanderbilt by an 85-64 count at Memorial Gym Wednesday night.
The Commodores, now 6-0 on the season used a combination of their inside game and outside shooting to build a 46-28 halftime lead. Vanderbilt shot 50 percent in the opening half while the Tigers were shooting 35.5 percent from the floor.
TSU Head Coach Cy Alexander says he hopes the series continues between the two schools as he rebuilds the Tiger basketball program.
"I think this game (TSU vs. Vanderbilt) is good community," said the TSU head coach. "We know in the future it will be more competitive. We just need to improve on both sides of the ball and that comes with recruiting and having more experienced players."
The Tigers fell behind to Vanderbilt by as many as 32 points before making a late run to pull to within 19 points in the final minute of play. Vanderbilt scored a basket as the horn sounded to account for the final margin of victory.
Junior forward Roshaun Bowens led the Tigers with 22 points, Senior Garrett Richardson chipped in 18 points and also had a game-high five steals.
Vanderbilt was led by 7-2 center Dawid Przybysewki who came off the bench to score 17 points. Matt Freije, the Southeastern Conference Preseason Player of the Year, tallied 16 points.
The Tigers will play the third game of their current six-game road swing when they travel to Alabama A&M on Friday night.