Early Drought Cost Tigers
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The Tigers chopped away at an early double-digit deficit but could not manufacture enough points needed down the stretch, dropping their second straight game with a loss to Alabama, 75-66. The Tigers (3-6) did not shoot the ball well in the first and gave up 22 second-chance points to the Crimson Tide (6-3).
The Tigers early 4-2 lead quickly vanished when Alabama jumped on a 21-8 run. TSU trailed by 22 points with 1:30 on the clock in the first half, but scored seven unanswered points including a Cox three-point buzzer beater to end the half. The Tigers, down 39-25 at the break, shot 10-of-31(32 percent) from the floor in the first.
The first-half late run gave the Tigers a boost in the second half. Trailing 46-28 at the 18:03 mark, the Tigers ignited a 12-3 run and narrowed the score 49-40 with 12:43 remaining. Alabama went on a 9-4 (12:15) run behind Alonzo Gee and answered the Tigers assault increasing their lead to 14 with 3:38 left.
Gee finished with a game high 24 points.
The Tigers shot 14-of-33 in the second for 43 percent while holding the Crimson Tide to five points in the closing minutes. The Tigers narrowed the lead on a 10-1 run to end the game, 75-66.
The Tigers will stay on the road for the remainder of 2008 when they face Kentucky (12/22), Marshall (12/28) and Georgia Tech (12/30).