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Robinson Leads Tigers to 73-69 Upset of Austin Peay
Monday, February 18, 2008

Tennessee State University (12-15, 9-9) rallied from a 42-33 halftime deficit to defeat OVC leader Austin Peay (18-10, 14-4) 73-69, on Senior night at the Gentry Center in Nashville, February 18, 2008.

Freshman guard Gerald Robinson led four Tigers in double figures with 17 points. Jerrell Houston added 13 points followed by Bruce Price (12) and Reiley Ervin (10). Price and Houston added seven rebounds each for TSU.

Austin Peay got a game-high 21 points from Todd Babington, who canned 6 of 12 three-pointers in the losing cause. Derek Wright added 16 points and Fernandez Lockett added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Governors.

Tennessee State took the early lead on a steal and dunk by Gerald Robinson (18:23), but Austin Peay gained control over the next five minutes to build an eight-point (15-7) lead at 13:33. TSU fought back to gain a tie (23-23) at 7:31, but again the Governors spurted out to a 42-33 lead at halftime.

TSU chipped away at the APSU lead, and using an 18-7 run, took the lead 51-49 on senior Reiley Erving’s 3-pointer with 11:36 remaining. TSU ran out to a 62-52 lead with 8:20 on a pair of 3-pointers by senior LaDarious Weaver. The Tigers held as much as a 12-point lead (67-55) at the 6:05 mark, before APSU mounted a comeback of their own. The Governors closed the score to 70-67 (01:23) on an Ernest Field tip-in and FT, but were never able to close the final gap against TSU.

TSU shot 39% (24-61) from the floor, 39% (9-23) from three-point range and 55% (16-29) from the FT line. APSU hit 40% (21-52) from the field, 35% (8-23) from beyond the arc and 68% (19-28) from the charity stripe. Tennessee State won the battle of the boards, 38-37.