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Tigers Fall to Pirates, Tuesday
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Tigers Fall to Pirates, Tuesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Hampton University 54-62 at Gentry Center on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (2-6) were held to 31.5 percent shooting by the Pirates (2-5) in a defensive battle. TSU was held without a double-digit scorer for the second time this season.

Christian Mekowulu led the offensive effort with nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Jay Harris also had nine points and added four boards, three assists, and a steal.

Dwight Meikle led Hampton with 15 points and went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.

The Tigers were solid starting out, building a quick 6-4 lead heading into the first media timeout. Hampton answered by going on an 11-2 run through the next media break.

TSU got a couple of three-point buckets from Marcus Roper and Rodney Simeon to draw even with 5:33 to go in the half. Both teams traded buckets from there to head into the locker room knotted up at 24.

The defensive struggle continued as neither team hit 50 until the 4:13 mark. TSU pulled within four with only a minute and a half left. Hampton, however, pulled away by hitting eight free throws in the final minute.

The Tigers suffer their fifth loss in a row.

The Tigers will play at Lipscomb this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. TSU will have a 10-day break after the tilt with the Bisons.