NAHSVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team closed out its home stand to begin the season with a 75-60 win over Fisk University on Thursday night at Gentry Center.
The Tigers (2-1) claimed the Battle of Jefferson Street over the Bulldogs (0-7) for the 14th time in the series. TSU used a second half surge of shooting to pull off the win.
Xavier Richards had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead a Tiger team that had three players record double-doubles. Darreon Reddick notched 14 points and had a game-high 13 boards while Zachary Lee put up 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Fisk received a couple of outstanding performances that kept them close for most of the game. Walter Arnold and Chris Pollard both put up 12 points, mostly via the three-pointer, to lead the Bulldogs.
A close first half saw strong defense from TSU as it held Fisk to 24 percent from the floor. They also out-rebounded the Bulldogs by a slight 26-23 margin. Zachary Lee pulled down 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action.
Offensively, the Tigers were held to just one trey in seven attempts (14.3 percent) and 10 buckets, overall. All but one Tiger that touched the floor scored as they held a 29-22 lead going into the locker room.
About four minutes into the second half Fisk tied the game at 33. From there TSU outscored them 42-27. Richards knocked down 17 of his 21 in the final 20 minutes on 7-of-8 shooting (.875 field goal percentage) to help ice the cake.
The Tigers made 70 percent of their free-throws (14-20) in the final frame. They got to the charity stripe seven more times in the half then Fisk did for the game.
Overall, the Tigers were able to pull away in a physical game. They finish the season-opening home stand 2-1.
TSU will go on the road for their next five games starting with a showdown on Sunday with Vanderbilt. The two Nashville schools will tip off at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium.