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Tennessee State Drop 65-63 Decision to Eastern Kentucky
Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tigers’ last second basket fails

The Tennessee State University Tigers (8-11, 5-5) ended a three-game home stand with a heart-breaking 65-63 loss to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (9-10, 6-5) at Gentry Center in Nashville.

Andrae Belton led three Tigers in double-figure scoring hitting a game-high 19 points hitting on a 7-9 from the floor and 5-6 from behind the 3-point arc. Gerald Robinson and Bruce Price added sixteen points each in the TSU effort. Price also had a game-high eight rebounds.

Eastern Kentucky had four players scoring in double-figures, led by Mike Rose (18) with help from Darnell Dialls (15), Adam Leonard (13) and Justin Stommes (13).

Tennessee State took a 30-27 lead into the locker room at halftime in a half that saw the score tied five times with two lead changes.

In the second half, TSU ran their lead up to seven points (42-35) at the 12:47 mark, but the Colonels chipped away at the lead to gain a tie at 57-57 with 3:14 remaining in the game. EKU pushed their lead to four points twice, 63-59 (1:01) and 65-61 (00:13), but two Bruce Price FTs at 00:08 closed the score to 65-63. Gerald Robinson’s lay-up attempt with 00:02 remaining was rebounded by the Tigers and the inbounds pass with :00.2 remaining was slapped away by EKU to preserve their win.

TSU won the battle of the boards 29-28 and shot 44% (23-52) from the field and 73% (8-11) from the line. EKU shot 50% (25-50) from the field and 85% (6-7) from the FT line.