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TSU Legend Mason Passes Away

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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Tennessee State men’s basketball legend Anthony Mason passed away due to heart complications, Saturday, at the age of 48.

Mason played for Tennessee State University from 1985-88 and left as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 2,076 points. The Miami, Fla. native also tallied 894 career rebounds, ranking him sixth in the school’s record book.

The forward was so dominant down-low during the 1987-88 season that he was fouled and put on the line a TSU record 247 times, making 191.

After becoming the school’s first All-Ohio Valley Conference Player in 1988, Mason was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the third round of the 1988 NBA Draft. He went on to play with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat, averaging 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in his 13-year NBA career.

Mason really blossomed in New York, leading his team to the Finals in 1994 and winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 1995. He was named to the 1996-’97 All-NBA Third Team and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He led the league in minutes played in 1995-’96 (3,457), also setting a Knicks record with the number.

Mason’s oldest son, Anthony Jr., played for St. John’s while his other son, Antoine, plays at Auburn after transferring from Niagara.

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Jacksonville State edges out TSU 55-50

Jacksonville State edges out TSU 55-50

Posted on 22 February 2015 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Jacksonville State University 55-50 at Pete Matthews Coliseum on Saturday evening.

The Tigers (5-23, 2-11 OVC) saw the Gamecocks (12-17, 5-9 OVC) go on a last minute rally to win the game. It is the 10th win in the all-time series for JSU.

Demontez Loman put together a nice game, scoring 11 points (5-for-6), grabbing eight boards, and blocking three shots in 30 minutes of action.

DJ Felder and Jamal Hunter led the attack for JSU. Felder had a game-high 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting while Hunter scored 13 on 6-of-10 from the floor. Hunter added eight rebounds to his ledger as well as three blocks.

Both teams ramped up the offense, compared to their last matchup. When they played in Gentry, the score at halftime was 22-19. This time around, however, TSU led 23-20 with 6:29 still on the clock.

The advantage on the scoreboard changed hands only once through the first 15 minutes of the opening frame, but neither team built a lead larger than six. To that point, eight Tigers had touched the floor and all but two had registered at least one bucket.

JSU was able to take a one-point lead just before halftime on a layup by DJ Felder. The score was 28-27.

The close nature of the game continued inot the second half. JSU pushed their lead to five, early on, but the Tigers clawed back and tied it up at 37 heading into the second media break of the half. Charles Tucker made a nice pass into the paint to Loman who slammed it home for the equalizer, eight minutes into the half.

JSU retook the lead and the game became a back-and-forth skirmish with each basket by one team met quickly by a basket from the opposing squad.

With a little over four minutes left in the game, TSU employed a half-court trap defense that began to trip up JSU. Led by Loman up top, the defense stymied the Gamecocks and allowed the Tigers to grab the lead at the 3:50 mark at 48-47.

With 1:47 left to play, Malcolm Drumwright hit a pair of free throws to give JSU a one-point lead. For the few clicks remaining, the Gamecocks outscored the Tigers 6-2.

The result is the 16th loss on the road this year for TSU.

The Tigers will have a quick turnaround as they host Morehead State on Monday at 7:00 p.m. This is the makeup date that was set due to this past Thursday’s inclement weather.

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EKU thumps TSU, 69-41

EKU thumps TSU, 69-41

Posted on 15 February 2015 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team dropped a 69-41game to Eastern Kentucky University at the Gentry Center on Saturday night.

The Tigers (5-21, 2-9 OVC) never led in the game. The Colonels (15-9, 7-4 OVC) made the first basket of the game 1:49 in. TSU tied it up seconds later, the only time in the game that happened, but a trey by Ja’Mill Powell gave EKU a lead it would never give up.

The Colonels now hold a 30-25 series advantage.

Christian Mekowulu led all scorers with 16 points (5-for-6) while Jay Harris scored 10 (4-for-10).

After scoring over 20 for his last three games, Eric Stutz led EKU in scoring with 15 points (5-for-10).

The first half started out all EKU. They employed a trap defense that forced eight turnovers by TSU through the first eight minutes of the game. The Tigers trailed 18-5 heading into the second media timeout.

The Tigers came back over the next eight minutes, going on a 14-4 run to pull within three points. The Colonels ended the half on a run of their own, heading into the locker room with a 26-19 lead.

TSU cut back on the turnovers for the final 12 minutes of the half, but still ended the first 20 minutes having committed 12 turnovers.

90 seconds into the second half, the Colonels scored seven straight points putting the Tigers down 14 before they could blink an eye. TSU tried to stab at the lead, but unlike last Saturday in Richmond, EKU maintained a healthy advantage on the scoreboard, ranging from 10 to 14 points.

The Colonels kept the pedal to the floor, extending their lead to its largest at 19 with 8:08 to play. The Tigers’ offensive woes continued as they proceeded to shoot XX percent for the final 20 minutes of the game.

With only four games left on the slate, TSU will host Morehead State next Thursday night at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

With the win, EKU stays in first place in the OVC East Division. The Colonels are a half game ahead of Belmont with four games to play in the regular season.

The Colonels will be back in action Tuesday against Austin Peay in McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Colonels top TSU for Third Straight Win

Colonels top TSU for Third Straight Win

Posted on 08 February 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team survived a wild finish in McBrayer Arena Saturday, beating Tennessee State University 77-72.

With two minutes to go, Tennessee State (5-20, 2-8 OVC) junior guard Marcus Roper hit a three from the right wing to cut the EKU (14-9, 6-4 OVC) lead to three. On the ensuing inbound play, guard Jay Harris stole the ball and laid it in to bring the lead to just one.

An Eric Stutz backdoor cut and lay-up brought the Eastern lead back to three, but on the next possession Roper hit another three to tie the game at 72 with 39 seconds to go.

Two Corey Walden free throws made the lead two again in the Colonels’ favor. Roper missed a three-pointer at the other end with 24 seconds left that was defended by junior guard Tommy Matthews.

Matthews, a reserve guard, is averaging only 4.8 minutes per game.

“That’s the biggest thing, the fact that I trust him enough to put him in the game with 22 seconds left,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said.

EKU made three free throws after the miss to seal the win.

“The greatest skill you can have in life is knowing how to win,” Neubauer said. “And we did do enough here tonight to win.”

Senior guard Timmy Knipp finished with a career-high 23 points, shooting 6-of-8 from three-point land. Knipp scored 12 of the first 21 points for the Colonels, starting the game 4-of-4 from deep.

Eastern Kentucky also had huge contributions from fellow seniors Corey Walden and Eric Stutz. Walden finished with 22 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals. Stutz contributed 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting and added four rebounds.

“I thought Corey Walden was really special tonight, he only ended up with five assists but had a dozen great passes.”

Roper was a star for the Tigers. The junior had 32 points and finished 7-of-13 from three-point land.

Both teams had success from the field and three-point range. EKU shot 50 percent from the floor and the Tigers finished at 49 percent. The Colonels made 10-of-25 from deep and Tennessee State had nine threes for the game.

The Colonels turned the ball over 13 times, but forced 16 Tiger turnovers.

EKU led 42-30 at the half, but was outscored 42-35 in the second half. Knipp, Walden and Stutz combined for 32 of the 42 points at the break.

The Colonels will play host to rival Morehead State on Wednesday for another nationally televised game. Tip-off at McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

EKU leads the all-time series 31-25. The Colonels are now 18-11 against the Tigers in Richmond. Eastern has won nine of the past 12 meetings overall and seven straight in McBrayer Arena.

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TSU tops Jacksonville State University 45-43

TSU tops Jacksonville State University 45-43

Posted on 02 February 2015 by Allen

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After trailing by 15 with 13 minutes left in the game the Tennessee State University men’s basketball team defeated Jacksonville State University 45-43 at Gentry Center on Saturday night.

The Tigers (5-18, 2-6 OVC) held the Gamecocks (9-15, 2-8 OVC) to four points over the final 12-plus minutes of the game to secure their first come-from-behind victory of the season.

This, along with the victory over Tennessee Tech, makes for the first back-to-back wins of the season.

TSU was led by Darreon Reddick and his 14 points (5-for-11). Demontez Loman (11) and Charles Tucker (11) gave the Tigers three double-digit scorers. Loman added eight rebounds on the night.

Darion Rackley led all scorers with 16 points (5-for-12) in a losing effort for JSU.

The first half saw a low-scoring affair. The Gamecocks went into the locker room with a 22-19 lead. The 19 points was tied for the second lowest first half point total of the season for the Tigers. They also scored 19 at TCU (Dec. 29).

TSU was held to 8-for-26 from the field (30.8 percent), 2-of-7 from behind the arc (28.6 percent) and made just 1-of-7 free throws (14.3 percent).

The Tigers offensive woes continued as they didn’t make their first bucket of the second half until a Demontez Loman jumper 9:59 into it. Despite over 13 minutes without a bucket, TSU was still within eight points after the made shot. A three-point play, the old fashioned way, by Xavier Richards brought the score to 36-31, Gamecocks ahead, with 8:16 remaining.

After Charles Tucker made it a four-point gap with a trey in the corner by the TSU bench, JSU called timeout with 7:38 to play.

With 4:45 left, Reddick drained a three-pointer to put TSU ahead 39-38. After making a crucial rebound and calling timeout to ensure possession, Jay Harris was met on the floor by head coach Dana Ford who fervently praised the senior leader’s effort.

TSU was able to close out its most dramatic win of the season.

Jacksonville State’s 43 points is the lowest total that the Tigers have held an opponent to since Tennessee Tech’s 42 in 1997-98.

The Tigers will take to the road next week as they travel to Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. Game time with Eagles is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.

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SIEU knocks off TSU, 45-38

SIEU knocks off TSU, 45-38

Posted on 10 January 2015 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to SIU-Edwardsville 45-38 Saturday night at the Vadalabene Center.

The Tigers (3-15, 0-3 OVC) were held by the Cougars (7-8, 3-1 OVC) to 20 percent from the field in the second half. That, along with five-straight points by SIUE led to the first loss in the head-to-head series suffered by TSU.

Christian Mekowulu led all scorers with 12 points while pulling down 12 boards for his second career double-double.

TSU held Kris Davis to six points, but his second three gave SIUE the game-winning advantage. Rozell Nunn led the Cougars with 10 points and had the steal and break-away dunk that gave SIUE

Darreon Reddick led off the Tiger scoring barrage with a triple that gave TSU an early 3-2 lead. Both defenses flourished during the first dozen minutes of the game as neither team shot over 30 percent.

TSU stretched their lead to as much as nine in the first half as the Tiger D came up with eight stops in a row, at one point. Consistent rebounding on the defensive end also kept SIUE to one shot per trip. With 3:30 to play in the half the score was 19-10 and the rebounding margin was 19-10.

The Tigers held the Cougars to just five more points making the score at the break 21-15 in favor of the Tigers. The SIUE 15-point total is the stingiest the TSU defense has been all season. Big Blue held the Cougars to 26.1 percent shooting for the first 20 minutes.

Both defenses dictated the flow of the game for the first eight minutes of the half until SIUE, down as much as eight, went on a 9-0 run to take a 28-27 lead with 11:33 to play. A trey followed by a Keaton Jackson block brought a generally quiet crowd to a roar.

TSU and SIUE spent the next handful of minutes trading buckets and leads. With 7:19 to play, Xavier Richards drove through the lane, absorbed contact from the defense, and knocked down a layup to give TSU a 33-31 lead.

A tense atmosphere developed as each basket made by TSU was countered by a basket from SIUE. With the score tied at 38 and 1:01 left to go, Kris Davis hit a trey for SIUE. On the ensuing possession, Rozell Nunn stepped in front of a pass and took it to the hoop to give the Cougars a 43-38 lead over the Tigers with 37.9 seconds left. SIUE would close out the win from there.

The result is the second loss in a row despite a half-time lead for TSU.

The Tigers will next take on rival Austin Peay. Tip-off is scheduled for next Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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SEMO tops TSU 77-62

SEMO tops TSU 77-62

Posted on 04 January 2015 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team opened up Ohio Valley Conference play by falling to Southeast Missouri State University 77-62 at Gentry Center on Saturday night.

The Tigers (3-13, 0-1 OVC) fell to the Redhawks (7-8, 1-1 OVC) for their first loss of 2015. SEMO outshot TSU for the game 50 percent to 37.7 percent. The outcome of the game brings the all-time series between the two teams at 23-19 in favor of TSU.

Marcus Roper and Jay Harris scored 13 points, apiece, while Christian Mekowulu scored 11. Harris shot 50 percent from the floor while Roper hit 40 percent of his attempts. Mekowulu was 1-for-3 from the floor and 9-for-12 from the foul line.

Jarekious Bradley came into the game as the highest scorer for either team, and he left that way. For the game, he scored 29 points (10-of-12) and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.

Despite Harris knocking down a last-second trey, the Tigers went into the locker room down 42-30. SEMO outshot TSU 46 percent to 34 percent through the first 20 minutes.

Harris scored 11 points in the first half, shooting 4-for-6 from the floor and 3-for-4 from behind the arc. The senior provided a spark off the bench as head coach Dana Ford started the same lineup that beat Kennesaw State consisting of five freshmen.

Both teams combined for 22 fouls for the first half (11 apiece).

TSU traded shots with SEMO for the first five minutes of the second half, but ultimately could not erase the earlier deficit. The Tigers were able to cut the lead to eight with 3:24 left in the game, but the Redhawks never allowed the lead to shrink any more.

Fouls piled up for both teams, as they combined for 18 more in the final half of play. All total, there were 40 fouls called.

The Tigers will wrap up a three-game home stand with Eastern Illinois on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The game will again be the second half of a doubleheader as the Lady Tigers also host the Panthers. Tip time for the women’s game is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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TSU tops Kennesaw State 73-62

TSU tops Kennesaw State 73-62

Posted on 01 January 2015 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team rang in the new year with a win as they defeated Kennesaw State 73-62 at Gentry Center on Wednesday afternoon.

The Tigers (3-12) snapped an 11-game losing streak thanks to efficient shooting. They shot 54.8 percent against the Owls (4-11) for the game. In turn, TSU held their opponents to 32.1 percent from the floor.

Christian Mekowulu recorded his first career double-double with a team and career-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. It is the first double-double by a TSU player since Zachary Lee, Xavier Richards, and Darreon Reddick each had one against Fisk (Nov. 20).

Reddick also tied for the team-high in points with 16 on 6-of-9 shooting (66.7 percent).That total is a new career high for the freshman. He nabbed seven boards and added three assists.

Yonel Brown scored a game-high 21 points for Kennesaw State in the loss. He shot 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the floor.

TSU went into the locker room with a 30-24 lead. It was the most points they’ve scored in the first half since scoring 31 at Lipscomb on Dec. 6. The Tigers held the Owls to 25 percent shooting for the first 20 minutes.

Gaining the lead after 4:23 of play, TSU maintained their advantage on the scoreboard for the remainder of the half. KSU scored the first five points of the game but then missed their next 14-straight attempts. The Tigers zone defense forced the Owls to settle for less-than-ideal jump shots.

The Tigers kept the petal to the metal, only allowing the Owls to pull as close as three possessions at any point during the final half. TSU shot a staggering 21-28 (75 percent) from the charity strip in the last 20 minutes to close out KSU.

Charles Tucker scored nine of his 11 second-half points from the foul line (9-for-9).

The Tigers were able to secure the win thanks to a 71.4 percent clip from the floor for the second half. Reddick scored 11 of his 16 points while Mekowulu scored nine.

The win means TSU will have some momentum to begin conference play as they welcome Southeast Missouri to Gentry Center on Jan. 3. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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TCU rips TSU 60-40

TCU rips TSU 60-40

Posted on 30 December 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Texas Christian University on Monday night SCORE at the University Rec Center.

The Tigers (2-12) battled with the Horned Frogs (13-0) for much of the second half but fell victim to a five minute scoring drought, ultimately meaning that TCU would stay unbeaten.

Jay Harris led TSU with 10 points (4-for-8) on the night. He also recorded his first block of the season. The senior has had one block in each season of his career.

Kyan Anderson led all scorers with 16 points, shooting 4-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

The Tigers burst out of the gates with an 8-7 lead over the Horned Frogs by the time the first media timeout came around. They had three blocks and six defensive boards in those first six-plus minutes.

TCU then flipped the script and outscored TSU 26-11 the rest of the half. Heading into the locker room, the Horned Frogs had staked their claim on the boards with 22 rebounds compared to 12 for the Tigers.

TSU was 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the free-throw line, through the first 20 minutes, giving them an advantage in that area. They struggled from beyond the arc, though, going just 2-for-7 (28.6 percent).

The Tigers pulled within eight points thanks to a 12-6 run beginning the second half. The bench erupted when Darreon Reddick sliced through the defense and knocked down a layup while drawing a foul. His free-throw brought TSU to as close as they would get the rest of the way.

TCU countered the TSU resurgence with a 13-0 run between the second and third media timeouts. The Tigers stared at a 52-34 deficit with 5:42 to play. The Tigers were held to six points in the final 10 minutes of play by the Horned Frogs.

It is the 11th straight loss for TSU.

The Tigers will end their non-conference schedule at home on New Year’s Eve against Kennesaw State. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. at Gentry Center.

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Vols thump TSU

Vols thump TSU

Posted on 28 December 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to the University of Tennessee by a score of 67-46 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday night.

The Tigers (2-11) shot 47.8 percent from the three-point line, but were turned over 15 times by the Volunteers (7-4). Tennessee held TSU to a 29.2 percent clip in the second half.

Marcus Roper led the Tigers with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Jay Harris pitched in 15 points, shooting 5-for-12 from the floor.

Kevin Punter led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 from the three-point line.

TSU held a 6-4 lead at the first media timeout but Tennessee quickly stole the advantage. At one point, the Volunteers held a lead as big as 14.

The Tigers were forced to live and die from beyond the arc as the Volunteers vehemently denied any attempt in the paint.

Trailing 27-13 at the 5:36 mark, TSU used its three-point shooting to cut the deficit to thee before half. The Tigers were 6-of-11 from three-point land in the first half.

Big Blue had 8 assists, as a team, for the first 20 minutes. The season average for the Tigers is 9.6.

TSU turned the first 10 minutes of the final half into a dogfight, but Tennessee’s post defense held strong and pushed them onto the victory.

With 14:26 to play in the game, Jay Harris hit his second straight trey in a row to give the Tigers a 38-37 lead. For the next seven minutes, the Volunteers went on a 16-2 run, powered by an electric crowd, which gave them the space they needed for the win.

Having averaged 21.9 fouls per game so far this season, TSU committed just nine for the night.

The Tigers 14 assists is the most they’ve had in five contests.

TSU has lost 10-straight games.

The Tigers will fly to Fort Worth for a game at Texas Christian on Monday. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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TSU falls to Hampton

TSU falls to Hampton

Posted on 20 December 2014 by Allen

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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.

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SIU tops TSU 65-58

SIU tops TSU 65-58

Posted on 17 December 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell 65-58 to Southern Illinois on Tuesday night at SIU Arena.

The Tigers (2-8) were swept by the Salukis (7-4) in this season’s home-and-home set between the two schools. SIU takes an 8-7 advantage in the all-time series.

Two Big Blue players scored in double figures. Marcus Roper had 22 while Jay Harris added 11 to lead the team.

It was a team effort for SIU as five players scored eight or more points.

TSU was balanced on offense in the first half, shooting 42.3 percent from the floor. Roper (10 points on 4-for-6 shooting) and Harris (eight points on 3-for-4 shooting) accounted for two-thirds of the Tigers’ scoring for the first 20 minutes.

The Tigers scored five-straight to begin the game and held a 7-6 lead heading into the first media timeout. The Salukis grabbed the lead straightway after the break, thanks to efficient offensive play (50 percent shooting from the floor), and controlled it through halftime.

The Tigers scored just seven points for the first 12:33 of the final half creating, at one point, a 19 point deficit. They were able to bring it as close as three possessions with one minute to play, but SIU held the lead when the final buzzer sounded.

Roper remained active from the three-point line, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. He finished 6-for-12 from that range.

TSU did hold SIU’s leading scorer, Anthony Beane, to under his season average as the junior scored 15 points (19.9 season average).

TSU will travel to Hampton for their next game this Friday. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.

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Lipscomb takes out TSU 77-68

Lipscomb takes out TSU 77-68

Posted on 07 December 2014 by Allen

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Behind a season high, 22-point effort from senior forward Malcolm Smith, the Lipscomb men’s basketball downed cross-town foe Tennessee State 77-68 on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.

The veteran hit 8-of-11 from the field and added six free throws at the line and hauled in a game-high eight rebounds to lead the Bisons (3-5).

“Malcolm definitely carried us in the first half and the best part about it from a coaches’ perspective is that he did all within the framework of the offense,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “He played within himself and that’s something that he can give us. In a time when we’re struggling to find ourselves it’s nice to have a senior, veteran, successful player step up and take the lead.”

The Clarksville native was part of a dominating performance in the paint by Lipscomb that saw the Purple and Gold hold a 44-16 advantage down low over the Tigers (2-7).

“If a team is going to crowd us at the 3-point line like a lot of teams are going to do, then that’s what we have to do to counter that,” said Alexander.

Malcolm Smith was joined in double figures by freshman guard Nathan Moran who scored 13 overall, including 11 in the second half, and sophomore guard Josh Williams, who added 11.

“Nathan was really good down the stretch,” noted Alexander. “He made a huge three and sank his free throws. I’m proud of him. He’s played so well and he’s inserted himself as an important player for us already.”

Tennessee State’s Marcus Roper led the Tigers with a 21-point effort hitting 7-of-14 from the field and 4-of-9 from deep. Roper led the Tigers to 10-of-21 shooting from deep that helped them keep the game close.

The Bisons would turn the heat up defensively in the last eight minutes of the contest to seal the win allowing TSU to score just 10 points down the stretch to secure the win.

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TSU falls at home to Hampton

TSU falls at home to Hampton

Posted on 03 December 2014 by Allen

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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 Roperand 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.

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