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Thursday, November 11, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State built a 45-point halftime lead on the way to rolling past VASDA USA 107-67 in exhibition men's basketball play Thursday night in Gentry Center. After trailing 2-0, TSU scored nine answered points and never looks back in defeating the team of former collegiate players. Five TSU players scored in double figures for the Tigers, playing their second exhibition tilt in three nights. After shooting 57 percent (27-47) in the first half, the Tigers finished the game at 52 percent (44-84). TSU held a 58-31 rebounding edge and the Tigers also had 34 assists. "We shared the basketball well and had a balanced attack and I was pleased with our rebounding," said TSU coach Cy Alexander. "One thing that concerned me was our defensive intensity in the second half, but that can be contributed to having the large lead." Rod Flowers scored 19 points and while Kareem Grant added 17 and had a team-high nine rebounds. Jeremy Jackson scored 14 and Roshaun Bowens, coming back fromillness that sidelined him Tuesday, scored 11 points and had seven rebounds in 13 minutes of play. Bruce Price did not play in Tuesday's game due to a back injury, but handed out nine assists and had three steals. Freshman Reiley Ervin complimented Price with eight assists. VASDA was led by former Tennessee Tech player lead Leigh Gayden who scored 37 points and made nine 3-point field goals in the game.