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Tigers Jump Back in Win Column with 80-70 Victory over Jacksonville State
Monday, February 9, 2009

Tigers snap skid behind Robinson's 23 points

Jacksonville, Ala. – Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored 23 points (7-of-12) including 9-of-11 from the free throw line for a game high leading the Tigers pass Jacksonville State, 80-70, in conference play at the Pete Mathews Coliseum Monday night.

The win breaks a five-game losing streak and puts TSU in a three-way tie for seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference with Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State.

The Tigers (7-17, 5-9 OVC) shot a season-high 59 percent from the floor and connected 16-of-22 free throws for 73 percent.

Jerrell Houston scored 19 points (9-of-12) and tacked on six rebounds and three blocks. Darius Cox and Parker Smith added 10 points a piece. Cox led TSU with a team-high eight rebounds and four blocks.

In the first half, TSU trailed 22-12 at the 10:00 mark. A Houston dunk ignited a 20-12 run and the Tigers narrowed the gap at the break 34-32.

The Gamecocks (11-12, 5-9 OVC) shot 38 percent from the field and 47 percent from the charity stripe (15-of-32). JSU finished with three players in double digits. Brandon Crawford had a team high 14 points, Jonathan Toles chipped in 12 points and Nick Murphy added 10.

TSU took the lead in the second half, 48-46, from a Cox mid-range jumper with 11:53 on the clock sparking  a 23-13 run. TSU held the largest lead of the game with 4:06 remaining, 71-59. The Gamecocks crept within nine points with less than a minute left but free-throws from Robinson, Jr. and Wil Peters sealed the win.

Up next, TSU will head to Clarksville, Tenn. to match-up with Austin Peay in the Dunn Center, Saturday, Feb. 14th. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.