NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State used surges to start the game and end the game on the way to handing Trevecca University an 88-70 exhibition basketball defeat in the Gentry Center Tuesday night.
The Tigers came out of the gates burning; hitting eight of their first nine shots and building a 21-8 lead just five minutes into the contest. TSU
opened as much as 16-point lead before taking a 45-35 lead into halftime.
Trevecca fought back in the second half and closed the gap to one point, at 48-47 at the 15:03 mark of the second half. The Tigers came to extend the lead back to double digits.
The Trojans last scored a field goal at the 7:28 mark on a 3-pointer by Alex Renfroe to make the score 76-65. The Tigers closed the game with a 12-5 run as the Trojans had to settle for five free throws the remainder of the game.
Kareem Grant led TSI with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting as the Tigers placed four players in double figures. Bruce Price added 18 and just missed a double-double with nine assists. Clarence Matthews scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half and Reiley Ervin scored 13.
Jerrod Perry led the Trojans with 18 points. Trevecca already had three games under its belt.
TSU shot 51 percent (35-69) after shooting 50 percent in its opener. Trevecca shot 44 percent (24-54).
Wayne Arnold, who led the Tigers in the first exhibition game in scoring, did not play due to a thumb injury.
TSU opens the season Monday night against Fisk.