Cookeville, Tenn - After a low scoring first half, the Tennessee State University Tigers could not finish their comeback, losing to Tennessee Tech, 61-56, at the Eblen Center on Saturday night (1/23).
TSU (4-17, 1-8 OVC) dropped their fourth straight and third consecutive OVC game, shooting a season low, 32 percent from the floor.
Robert Covington pulled in a game-high, 11 rebounds, a career best, to go with nine points.
The Tigers held their largest lead of the night early in the first half, 11-4, (15:13). TTU scored eight unanswered points to take the lead, 12-11, before the half experienced a deadlock, 19-19, score.
TSU used a 7-0 run after both teams suffered a three-minute drought to take the lead 26-19. The Golden Eagles answered using a 7-1 run, but, TSU nursed the slight lead, 27-26, at the break.
In the second, TTU opened up the half outscoring the Tigers, 17-9, to post the largest lead of the night, 47-36 (9:50).
In reply, baskets by Nobles, Covington, Peters and Darius Cox mastered a TSU 12-0 run to take the lead, 51-50.
With 3:05 left to play, TTU sealed the game using an 11-5 run, connecting 4-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line.
TTU (10-10, 4-5 OVC) finished with three players in double figures while shooting 48 percent from the floor. Kevin Murphy posted a game-high 18 points (8-of-13) with five rebounds. Alfred Jones (5-of-5) and Jud Dillard (5-of-6) registered 11 points each with Jones pulling in a team-high seven boards.
Next, the Tigers will finally return home when they face Morehead State on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.