BOULDER, Colo. --- Tennessee State rallied from a 20-point deficit to close the gap to 10 points with less than nine minutes remaining, but host Colorado outscored the Tigers 21-4 the rest of the way en route to a 71-44 victory Friday night.
The Tigers had trailed 36-18 at halftime and by as many as 20 early in the second half before they began cutting into the Buffaloes' lead. TSU pulled to within 10 points after Bruce Price's 3-point field goal at the 8:38 mark.
The Tigers had a chance to cut the margin to single digits on two occasions, but came up short. Colorado was able to pull away and kept the Tigers from scoring another field goal the remainder of the game.
"I thought we played well in spurts throughout the game," said TSU Head Coach Cy Alexander. "We are a new team trying to learn how to win.
"This is our eighth loss and five of the eight have been rough. The team has it engrained in them to lose and we need to learn how to win."
Bruce Price, who missed Wednesday's game with a strained back, came off the bench to score 29 points to lead TSU and was the only Tiger in double figures. TSU leading scorer Roshaun Bowens was held to four points and fouled out with two minutes left to play.
TSU shot 28 percent (16-58) from the field. The Tigers were out-rebounded 49-33.
Colorado (6-1) was led by Michel Morandais with 17 points. David Harrison had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers play the final game of a six-game road trip Monday night at Chattanooga.