CHARLESTON, Ill. --- Tennessee State came off the deck from a 12-point deficit in the second half to post a 60-59 Ohio Valley Conference road victory over host Eastern Illinois Saturday night.
The Tigers faced their largest deficit with 5:26 remaining at 51-39. The Tigers were down 56-50 when TSU freshman guard Bruce Price hit a 3-pointer. Price would score the Tigers final 10 points including what proved to be the winning shot on a layup with 50 seconds left.
TSU then made a pair of defensive stops the rest of the way to preserve the one-point win. The victory was TSU's first OVC road victory since a win at Southeast Missouri early in the 2001-02 season.
"This is a breakthrough win for our team," said TSU first-year head coach Cy Alexander. "To come back and get a win as much as we were down shows you that good things can happen when you work hard and believe. This is a great road win for us."
Price led the Tigers with 19 points, 15 coming in the second half. Roshaun Bowens and Jeremy Jackson each scored 12.
TSU improves to 4-11 and 3-1 in the OVC. The Tigers begin a four-game OVC homestand Thursday night against Tennessee-Martin.