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Scoreless Droughts Doom Tigers in Loss to Belmont
Monday, December 1, 2008

 Tigers Shoot a Season Low in Loss to Belmont 

TSU vs. Belmont Box Score 

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers (2-3) shot a season-low 39 percent from the field, falling to Belmont (2-2) at the Gentry Center, 91-63. The Tigers went scoreless for two or more minutes on three occasions during the game. The loss ends a Tiger two-game win streak.

Jerrell Houston led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points from 6-of-15 shooting. Darius Cox followed with 11 points and eight rebounds with Gerald Robinson, Jr. contributing 10 points.

TSU fell behind 15-10 early in the first half (13:26) before taking the lead, 22-15. The run was capped by back-to-back jumpers by Houston with 10:41 left in the first half. That would be the last time the Tigers led the game. The Bruins poured on a 21-8 run sparked by three consecutive three-point baskets from Matthew Dotson. Dotson led all scorers with 21 points hitting 5-of-9 from behind the arc. The Bruins bench outscored TSU's reserves 44-17.

The Tigers were scoreless for a little over two minutes before scoring a Robinson free-throw with 1:43 remaining in the first half. The Tigers shot 39 percent (11-28) from the field to the Bruins 50 percent to trail at the half, 53-33.

In the second half, the Tigers took advantage of the Bruins' substitutions applying a 12-6 run to chip away at the lead with 10:56 remaining. The Bruins retaliated with a 10-0 run at 7:23 while holding the Tigers scoreless for another two minutes. The Bruins stretched the lead to 31 points with 5:15 left, before sealing the win, 91-63.

The Tigers will be on the road for the remainder of the month making their first stop for conference play against Eastern Illinois, Thursday, December 4th. Tip-off is sceduled for 7:30 p.m.