HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – TSU men’s basketball kept up its winning ways as three players scored in double figures during a 68-58 win over Alabama A&M Monday night.
Once again, TSU opened with its foot on the pedal as they stormed out to a 13-0 lead before AAMU knew what hit them. AAMU finally scored with 14:02 left but TSU kept on charging with a 9-0 run which was capped off by five points from John Jones for a 22-6 lead with 10 minutes left. The Tigers would begin to slow somewhat offensively as AAMU cut its deficit to 26-16 four minutes later but Jordan Gilliam scored four straight points followed by a Michael Weathers’ free throw to up its lead to 31-16. AAMU would draw to within 11 on two occasions but a late basket from Weathers with eight seconds left gave TSU a 35-22 halftime lead.
The Tigers saw a different AAMU team come out the locker room as they opened the half on a 14-8 run to draw within 43-36 at the 14:13 mark. AAMU closed to within seven (45-38) once again but TSU answered with a 13-0 run to push its lead to 58-38 with 8:43 left as Galen Alexander, Karl Nicholas and Weathers sparked the team with key baskets. TSU would enjoy a double digit lead for the next few minutes but AAMU had one late charge left in them as they trimmed its deficit to single digits with 2:29 left. However, Weathers scored the final seven points to seal the win and give TSU its 16th straight win over AAMU and 26th win in the past 27 match-ups.
Weathers led the way with 18 points and three assists while Alexander and Nicholas added 13 apiece. Yahuza Rasas added 10 rebounds and eight points while Alexander capped off the night with a double-double as he grabbed 11 rebounds.
TSU is back at home for its final two regular season games versus Alcorn State and Southern on Thursday and Saturday. On Saturday, the contest against Southern has been changed to 3 p.m.