EDINBURG, Texas – The end of March is approaching and the Tigers of Texas Southern University are still playing basketball.
The Tigers advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament after defeating Texas–Rio Grande Valley 94-85 on Monday. Jeremy Combs scored 27 points and pulled in 17 rebounds to lead five Tigers scoring in double-figures.
The CIT re-seeds teams after each round; Texas Southern’s next opponent will be the University of Louisiana at Monroe. It will be another road game for Texas Southern.
The Tigers used a 14-2 run between the 7:26 and 4:27 marks of the second half to take control of what had been a back-and-forth game. A pair of 3-pointers from Tyrik Armstrong and Jalyn Patterson 10 seconds apart capped the run to give the Tigers an 82-73 lead.
Armstrong scored 16 points and handed out seven assists for the Tigers, while Patterson chipped in 10 points. John Jones came off the TSU bench to score 12 points, while Devocio Butler added 11 points for TSU.
The Tigers trailed 41-36 going into halftime but scored 58 points in the second half. TSU shot 73 percent (24 of 33) from the floor after halftime and made five out of their seven 3-point attempts in the second half (71.43 percent).
With the win, the Tigers won their sixth consecutive true road game. It was also TSU’s 12th road win of the season.