LAS VEGAS --- Tennessee State made it two-for-two in its games in Las Vegas as the Tigers held on to defeat Delaware State 75-69 Saturday night to claim fifth place in the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational.
The Tigers, who had opened their tournament play with road games at Vanderbilt and Southern Illinois, opened the Las Vegas portion with a 75-72 overtime win over Cal State-Northridge on Friday and concluded its tournament appearance with the win over the Hornets from Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
TSU enjoyed as much as a 15-point lead on two occasions in the second half, before DSU was able to get to as close as three points (68-65) with 2:14 remaining. TSU senior Rod Flowers made a layup to extend the lead back to five points and after a defensive stop, Bruce Price made two free throws and Flowers converted on three free throws in the final minute of play to give TSU an 8-point lead. DSU made a field goal as the final horn sounded.
"We hope this gives us momentum," said TSU coach Cy Alexander. "It was our goal to come here and win two games. Now, we go home and have our first homestand."
Flowers, who was named to the all-tournament team, led TSU with 21 points, 15 in the second half. Flowers also had a game-high nine rebounds. Kareem Grant came off the bench to supply another double figure scoring night, finishing with 14. Price finished with 12 and Roshaun Bowens had 10 as TSU placed at least four players in double figures for the second straight game.
TSU shot 60 percent (28-47) from the field and 13-18 (72 percent) from the free throw line. DSU was 21-49 (43 percent) from the field and 20-27 (74 percent) from the line.
The Tigers carried a 10-point lead into halftime (38-28). TSU connected on six of 10 3-point field goal attempts with Price leading the way by making all three of his shots. TSU was 14-22 overall in the opening half for 64 percent.
TSU will have its home opener Tuesday night against Trevecca University in the Gentry Center.