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Early Deficit Hurt Tigers in Loss to Alabama
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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).

Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored a team high, 15 points and hauled in seven boards. Darius Cox added 14 points with four rebounds and Parker Smith came off the bench to add 10 points.

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).