LAS VEGAS --- Tennessee State came off the deck to erase a seven-point deficit in overtime to make a 12-0 run on the way to taking a 75-72 overtime victory over Cal State-Northridge in the Las Vegas Holiday Tournament Friday night.
The Tigers were trailing 70-63 as the Matadors opened their largest lead of the game with 2:35 remaining in the overtime period. The Tigers then began their run on the way to taking the victory. Bruce Price scored TSU's final six points, including the go-ahead field goal with 1:02 left and followed with a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left.
"We are glad to get a win," said TSU coach Cy Alexander. "We made mistakes, but hung tough and it is important for us to get this first win after three tough games to open the season."
The game featured 10 ties and eight lead changes. The Tigers held a 62-59 lead in regulation when Bakari Altheimer hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left.
The Tigers fell behind quickly in the overtime and did not score a field goal until Roshaun Bowens hit a shot with 2:35 remaining. After a 3-pointer by Wayne Arnold pulled TSU to 70-69, Price's shot in the lane gave TSU the lead for good.
TSU placed four players in double figures. Price finished with 19 points and the team got double-doubles from both Bowens (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Rod Flowers with 11 points and a game-high 15 boards. Kareem grant came off the bench to score 13 points and Arnold finished with 10.
CS-Northridge's two leading scorers came off the bench. Devin White finished with 15 points while Ian Boyland scored 14.
The physical game featured 52 called fouls. TSU was 19-27 from the free throw line for 70 percent while the Matadors were 23-26 for 88.5 percent. The Tigers held a 59-40 rebounding advantage.
TSU will now face Delaware State at 4:30 p.m. (central) Saturday. DSU defeated Jackson State 71-56 in the first game on Friday.