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Friday, January 7, 2005
BIRMINGHAM --- Tennessee State men's and women's basketball team each posted big road victories in their Ohio Valley Conference openers Thursday night and now the teams will turn their attention to Saturday's games at Samford University. The Lady Tigers and Tigers each made the hour-long drive to Birmingham on Friday, fresh from their Thursday wins. The Lady Tigers came away with a 77-74 victory while the Tigers rolled past the Gamecocks in the men's game by a 93-69 win. The TSU women's team put together one of their top offensive outings of the season. The 77 points were the most since the Lady scored 85 against Fisk. The previous high total against a Division I squad was 75 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the second game of the season. Leslie Dean and LaKisha Clay each tallied 23 points for the Lady Tigers. TSU is 4-8 overall and take the conference opener after losing 16 straight OVC contests last season. The rigors of the OVC's toughest non-conference schedule paid off early for the TSU men with their 24 point win. The Tigers jump out to an early lead and never looked back in the game. The Tigers placed six players in double figures, led by Eric King's 21 points. The Tigers are still without the services of leading scorer and rebounder Rod Flowers who is out of action with a sprained ankle. The men will play at 2 p.m. while the women's game has a 4 p.m. start.