Five players scored in double figures as Texas Southern shot above 50 percent for the second consecutive game as the Tigers rolled to a 95-58 win over Mississippi Valley State Monday night.
The Tigers took control of the game early as they jumped out to a 21-6 lead within the first seven minutes. During the run, the Tigers sizzled from the field as they shot 9-of-13 while connecting on a trio of three-pointers. The Delta Devils struggled from the field as the TSU defense forced them to miss eight of its first nine baskets.
The contest would turn into a shootout over the next six minutes as MVSU began to heat up from the outside. The Delta Devils hit four three-pointers to get back into the game while TSU cooled off from the field but did damage from the free-throw line as they hit 6-of-8 from the charity stripe as TSU led 35-23 at the 4:58 mark.
Aside from lull offensively, the Tigers woke back up in a huge way as they closed out the half on a 19-2 run which saw them connect on seven straight shots. Defensively, the Tigers kept the heat on as MVSU finished the half 1-of-7 en route to a 54-25 halftime lead.
Both teams were pretty much even to open the second half as TSU led by as much as 33 after A.J. Lawson’s layup at the 14:16 mark. The Tigers never let their guard down on both ends as they led by as much as 41 en route to their ninth straight win over MVSU dating back to Jan. 23, 2017. In addition, TSU has also won 17 of the last 18 games over the Delta Devils.
John Walker III led TSU with 16 points, six rebounds, and two blocks while AJ Lawson added 15 with five rebounds. Bryson Etienne had another solid game with 10 points and six boards followed by 10 each from Justin Hopkins and Brison Gresham. Gresham also had eight rebounds while Yahuza Rasas and PJ Henry had two blocks.
The Tigers will hit the road and travel to Mississippi where they will take on Alcorn State for their next game on Saturday, Jan. 15. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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