Sunday, January 24, 2016

TSU Tigers win streak continues with home victory

HOUSTON, Texas -- After eventually wearing down its opponent with tough physical play and timely buckets the Texas Southern University Tiger Men's Basketball team came away with their sixth straight victory as they beat Mississippi Valley State on Saturday night by a score of 75-60.

The win propelled the Tigers to a 6-0 conference record and elevated the team to a two game lead in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The Tigers shot well at the start of the game as they made 56 percent of their field goals in the opening period.

The pesky MVSU defense forced the Tigers into 12 turnovers in the first period, however, and kept the game close as TSU led by just two points at the half.

TSU came on strong after halftime and played cleaner ball as they pulled away from MVSU after the intermission.

The Tigers outscored Mississippi Valley State 42-29 and never trailed in the second half. TSU got major contributions from numerous players as four Tiger players scored in double figures.

For the game, TSU shot over 49 percent from the field and had 17 assists on 29 made field goals.

Derrick Griffin led the scoring for the team in maroon and gray as he put up 16 points, including a thunderous alley-oop dunk in the second period that brought Tiger faithful to their feet.

He also dominated on the boards as he pulled down 17 rebounds to cap off yet another double-double outing.

David Blanks scored 15 points, Chris Thomas added 14 points and 7 assists while Jose Rodriguez chipped in 13 points to pace a balanced TSU attack.

The Tigers also got it done on defense as they held MVSU to just under 38 percent shooting from the field. MVSU's Isaac Williams was one of the lone bright spots for his team as he led all scorers with 22 points on 8-13 shooting, including 4-7 from the three point line.

The Tigers return to HPE Arena Monday night as they take on the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at 7:30 pm.



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