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TSU Tigers Outman Fisk, 81-57
Thursday, November 17, 2011
TSU Tigers Outman Fisk, 81-57
Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team dominated the glass and used a physical game to defeat the Fisk University Bulldogs, 81-57, in front of 7,548 fans at the Gentry Center.

TSU (1-2) out-manned Fisk (0-4) 53-to-30 in the rebounds column, including 28-to-9 on the offensive boards. The Tigers forced 25 Fisk turnovers and picked up 12 steals in the game to earn their first win of the 2011-12 regular season.

Junior forward Robert Covington was three points shy of his career-high, totaling 24 points and six rebounds in the win. Covington shot 67 percent (10-of-15) from the field, including two three-pointers.

Philadelphia native Kenny Moore also reached double-figures, posting 16 points and five rebounds. Junior Kellen Thornton tallied double-digits, scoring 10 points and picking up five rebounds in the game.

Dishing out the assists, Patrick Miller and Wil Peters recorded four each against Fisk. Miller added eight points, while Peters scored four points and six rebounds.

Sophomore Michael Green swatted away a season-best three blocks in the victory. Green finished with eight points.  

Despite shooting 31 percent (11-of-35) in the first half, the Tigers held a 31-17 advantage at the break.

Tennessee State opened on a on a four point run before the Bulldogs took a brief 12-8 lead with 14:11 left in the half.

TSU proceeded on a 21-to-5 run, taking a 31-17 lead into the half. Moore added seven points to help give separation for the Tigers. He hit a three-pointer and a pair of layups to put the Tigers up 18-14 with 10:15 left in the game.

In the span of 30 seconds, Covington took home a layup, while slamming home a dunk to give TSU the 28-14 edge with 3:57 left in the half. TSU added three more points, taking a 31-17 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, TSU started the second half on an 11-to-2 run to break open a comfortable 42-21 advantage.

Kellen Thornton's layup at 12:50 gave the Tigers their largest lead, 50-25. With 2:08 left in the game, Moore added a layup to give the Tigers a 22-point cushion.

Covington added another layup with Jordan Cyphers draining two free throws to give the Tigers the 79-57 edge. Another dunk by Covington closed out the game for the Tigers.

For the game, Tennessee State was 5-of-20 from three-point land, holding the Bulldogs to three treys.

Tennessee State resumes action by partaking in the Las Vegas Invitational starting on Sunday, Nov. 20. The Tigers visit SEC-foe South Carolina on Sunday, before playing at No. 1 North Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 22. TSU will then play two games in Las Vegas on Nov. 25 and 26.