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Tigers Top University of Detroit, 78-75
Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tigers win fourth straight moves to 2-1 in ESPNU Bracketbusters play 

Nashville, Tenn. – Five Tigers posted double figures and a Darius Cox blocked shot with seven seconds remaining secured a non-conference 78-75 win over University of Detroit Mercy in the ESPNU Bracketbusters inside the Gentry Center Saturday night.

In front of a crowd of more than 3, 700, TSU (10-17) wins their fourth straight for their longest winning streak of the season and moves to 2-1 in ESPNU Bracketbusters.

Jerrell Houston scored a game-high 17 points hauling in six rebounds shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Jeremiah Crutcher shot 5-of-8 from the floor, 5-of-7 from beyond the arc for 16 points while dishing out eight assists. Parker Smith scored 14 points (5-of-11) including 3-of-7 from three-point range, Gerald Robinson, Jr. tacked on 13 and Darius Cox posted 10 to help the TSU shoot 54 percent from the field.

The Tigers trailed early in a tightly fought first half with the Titans holding their largest lead of the game at the 7:36 mark, 26-20. An 8-6 TSU advantage set the score at the break, 32-28, in favor of Detroit.

Michael Harrington (14 points), Chris Hayes (10 points) and Eulis Stephens (13 points) led the Titans (7-20) to a team average, 59-percent shooting from the floor. The Titans won the battle on the boards 30-23, scoring 34 points in the paint while their bench outscored the Tiger reserves, 41-18.

In the second half, the score was knotted-up seven times before a TSU 27-14 run gave them their largest lead of the game, 55-46, with 10:38 left. UDM answered back outscoring the Tigers 20-10 to take the lead 66-65 with 3:42 remaining.

Crutcher hit back-to-back three-point baskets and the Tigers never looked backed leading 77-70 with 1:18 left to play. TSU's one-of-five shooting from the free-throw line with under minute gave the Titans a chance.

UDM scored three unanswered points and a lay-up with 37 seconds made the score, 78-75. On the next, possession, the Tigers turned the ball over on a steal but defense by Cox, pinning the ball on the backboard, preserved the win.

The Tigers will resume OVC play when host Southeast Missouri State next week, Thursday, February 26. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.