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Tigers? Hoops Fall to Hot Shooting Colorado State, 87-68
Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team saw their record slip to 2-2 after dropping an 87-68 contest to Colorado State at the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Three Tigers players scored in double-figures, Bruce Price (18), Dontrell Taylor (16) and Jerrell Houston (10). Their performances, however, were cancelled by Colorado State’s Marcus Walker who scored a tournament-record 43 points leading the Rams in a 65.3% shooting performance for the game, they shot 70.8% in the first half. TSU shot a chilly 43.5% from the floor on the game and 40.7% during the first half.

The Tigers got off to a poor start, falling behind 0-3 (19:06) on a Walker 3-pointer and got their only lead of the game, 7-6 (16:24) on LaDarious Weaver’s 3-pointer. During the rest of the first half Colorado State gradually stretched their lead to a 13-point advantage, 41-28, at halftime. Colorado State’s Marcus Walker had 22 points at the half.

In the second half, the Tigers were able to cut into their double-digit deficit at the 10:13 mark, after a Darius Cox lay-up drew the score to 50-59, followed by a TSU 5-0 run that drew the score to 53-59. Colorado State moved back to an 11-point lead, 64-53 at 5:52 and never looked back as they cruised to their final victory at 87-68.

TSU will next face the Akron Zips at 3:30p in their final game of the tournament. The Tigers are 2-3 all-time against Akron. The last time the teams met was in the 1991-92 season when the Zips took an 82-71 win in coach Frankie Allen’s first year.