TSU Tigers Crush TNU in Exhibition Victory, 90-52
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
TSU Tigers Crush TNU in Exhibition Victory, 90-52
Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University's men's basketball used a balanced offensive attack as four Tigers reached double-figures in TSU's 90-52 exhibition win over Trevecca Nazarene in front of 4,500 fans at the Gentry Center.

The Tigers shot 55 percent (14-of-27) from the floor, holding the Trojans to just 39 percent (18-of-46) for the game. Tennessee State totaled 10 three-pointers in the victory, while out-rebounding the Trojans 34-22.

Forwards Robert Covington and Jordan Cyphers each tallied 17 points in the victory. Cyphers hit 4-of-7 attempts from the floor, while Covington shot 50 percent (6-of-12) with a team-leading three triples.

Sophomore guard Patrick Miller racked up 14 points and four rebounds in the contest, dishing out five assists.

Redshirt freshman M.J. Rhett made his TSU debut narrowly missing a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Will Peters added a team-best six assists with a trey in the contest.

TSU newcomers saw several minutes of action including Illinois State transfer Kellen Thornton, tallying eight points and six rebounds in his debut.

Freshman Jay Harris and junior transfer Muniru Bawa added five points each in the victory. Forward Michael Green put together four points and three boards in 21 minutes of action.

The Tigers led 41-26 at the midway point, shooting 52 percent (14-of-27) from the floor. The Tigers connected on five three-pointers and edged the Trojans in rebounds 16-to-15.

Covington had 12 points at the conclusion of the first half. Keith Morris led Trevecca Nazarene with a game-high 13 points at the break. Morris finished the game with 22 points and three rebounds.

TNU held their only lead with the first basket of the game. The Tigers went on a 14-to-4 run to take a 23-8 lead with 10:01 left in the opening half.

In the second half, the Tigers capitalized on a 17-to-10 run to take a comfortable 23 point lead.TSU closed out the game on an 18-to-12 run to take their largest lead of the night (38 points).

Tennessee State capitalized on TNU's turnovers, posting 36 points. The Big Blue also cashed in on 16 second chance opportunities.

The Tigers nailed 77 percent of their free throws, connecting on 20-of-26 attempts from the charity stripe. TSU dished out 22 assists compared to TNU's 12, while picking up nine steals in the win.

The season opener for the Tigers is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 when TSU plays at Atlantic-10 opponent Saint Louis. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Chafeitz Arena.