Price Leads Tigers to 60-58 Win At Illinois
The Tennessee State University Tigers (4-7) ended their
non-conference schedule and the year
(2007) with a 60-58 upset win over the University
of Illinois (8-5) in Champaign, Illinois.
Junior guard Bruce Price scored 17 points to lead TSU and Jerrell Houston added 12 points with 6 rebounds to gain the upset win.
The teams played close in the first half, with four ties
through the 7:09 mark at 16-16. TSU went on a 7-1 run for a 23-17 lead at 4:23
and a 29-24 lead at halftime. The Tigers shot 40% (12-30) from the floor in the
first half, and 41.7% (5-12) from three point range. Price scored 11 points
hitting a variety of acrobatic shots and a 3-pointer with five seconds
remaining in the half.
In the second half, the Tigers opened a 13-point lead
(48-35) with 12:56 remaining, but Illinois
slowly chipped away at the lead to close within one-point (59-58) with 1:06
center Shaun Pruitt missed two FTs with 0:09 remaining and TSU’s Jerrell
Houston was fouled on the rebound and hit the second of two shots for the 60-58
missed a final shot at the buzzer and TSU took the win.
guard Trent Meacham scored a game-high 24 points and was the only player in
TSU shot 52.6% (10-19) from the field in the second half and
45% for the game. The Tigers were out-rebounded 40-24, but forced 13 turnovers
while committing just seven.
The Tigers will next host Morehead State
on Thursday, January 3, 2008. This will be TSU’s first home game since November