HAMPTON, Va. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Hampton University on Tuesday night by a score of 66-54 at the HU Convocation Center.
The Tigers (2-9) dropped the second game of the home-and-home series this season to the Pirates (5-6). The win evens up the all-time series at two wins apiece.
Hampton held TSU to 54 points in both contests this season.
TSU was led on offense by Jay Harris and his 16 points. He shot 3-of-7 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the free throw line.
Christian Mekowulu had a good game, as well, scoring eight while grabbing 13 boards and getting a pair of steals and blocks.
Brian Powers led a triumvirate of scorers for Hampton. His 15, combined with Deron Powers’ 15 and Quinton Chievous’ 15 pushed the Pirates to the win.
TSU held the lead from the first bucket until the 0:53 mark. Hampton went into the locker room with a 29-24 lead thanks to a 14-0 run over the final 4:38 of the half.
The Tigers managed to out-rebound the Pirates in the first 20 minutes 24-18. Hampton, however, outshot TSU 31 percent to 29 percent while out-gunning them from three-point range, making four treys to TSU’s one.
Hampton put its foot on the gas, after the break, and never looked back. The Pirates held onto the lead for the final 20:53 of the game.
Hampton forced TSU to turn the ball over 21 times.
TSU is caught in an eight-game losing skid.
The Tigers have a quick turnaround as they travel to Murfreesboro on Sunday. They will play Middle Tennessee State at 2:00 p.m. for their last game before Christmas.