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TEXAS SOUTHERN Record: 4-4 (0-0 SWAC) Head Coach: Mike Davis
17th season, 5th at TSU (317-213)
The TSU Tigers basketball team will square off versus Louisville this week as the Tigers look to add another impressive road win to their resume. Since becoming the head coach at Texas Southern Mike Davis has captured four championships and in 2014 he led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament marking the programs first appearance in the Big Dance in over a decade. No stranger to championship success in 2002 Davis led Indiana to the NCAA Title game. This years team is headlined by SWAC Preseason Player of the Year Derrick Griffin and transfer guard Zach Lofton. Lofton averages a team leading 21 points per game. Griffin currently ranks 2nd in the NCAA in offensive rebounds and 9th in double-doubles.
TIGERS SET TO TRAVEL AND FACE LOUISVILLE ON THE ROAD
DATE OPPONENT TIME 11/12 UT-Arlington L 89-82 11/13 Delaware State W 74-61 11/16 Rice W 71-68 11/19 LaSalle W 77-76 11/21 James Madison W 67-56 11/27 Louisiana Lafayette L 84-73 11/30 Arizona L 85-63 12/3 Southern Illinois L 74-70 12/10 Louisville 1:00 pm 12/13 Cincinnati 7:00 pm 12/17 LSU 5:00 pm 12/18 TCU 5:00 pm 12/21 Baylor 6:30 pm 1/2 Alcorn State 7:00 pm 1/4 Southern 7:30 pm 1/7 Prairie View A&M 7:30 pm 1/14 Grambling State 7:30 pm 1/16 Jackson State 7:30 pm 1/21 UAPB 7:30 pm 1/23 Mississippi Valley 7:30 pm 1/28 Alabama State 7:30 pm 1/30 Alabama A&M 7:30 pm 2/4 Prairie View A&M 7:30 pm 2/11 Grambling State 5:30 pm 2/13 Jackson State 5:30 pm 2/18 UAPB 7:30 pm 2/20 Mississippi Valley 7:30 pm 2/25 Alabama State 5:00 pm 2/27 Alabama A&M 7:30 pm 3/2 Alcorn State 7:30 pm 3/4 Southern 7:30 pm 3/7 SWAC Quarterfinals TBD 3/10-11 SWAC Tournament TBD
2016-17 SCHEDULE Time/Results
Texas Southern currently averages 72.1 points per game as a team TSU faced Cal-Poly and Arizona the last two times the team participated in the NCAA Tournament (2014 and 2015) TSU has claimed a league title in four straight season dating back to 2012-13 Texas Southern won the 2014 and 2015 SWAC Tournament Title Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis reached 300 career victories in 2015-16 Tigers Derrick Griffin was named the 2015-16 SWAC Player of the Year
Transfer guard Zach Lofton has be one of the anchors on the Tigers basketball aver- aging a team leading 21 ppg
The last time TSU made consecutive NCAA Tourney appearances was 1994 and 1995
TSU currently has three players that average double digits in scoring
TSU head coach Mike Davis is one of only a handful of coaches to win league titles in three different Division I conferences
Mike Davis was named the 2014-15 SWAC Coach of the Year
TSU starts the season playing their first 16 games on the road
THE OPENING TIP
Home games listed in BOLD
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
#2 Zach Lofton G #4 Kevin Scott F #12 Dulani Robinson G #23 Derrick Griffin F #24 Marvin Jones C
IMPRESSIVE ROAD WINS
Since becoming head coach at Texas
Southern Mike Davis has captured impres-
sive road wins over some of the nations
top basketball programs. TSU defeated
Michigan State 71-64 in overtime
(12/20/14). The year before that TSU
knocked off Temple 90-89 (12/18/13). This
season the Tigers have posted road wins
over Rice, La Salle, and James Madison.
GRIFFIN TABBED PLAYER OF THE
TSU forward Derrick Griffin has estab-
lished himself as one of the most exciting
players to watch in college basketball as
he was named SWAC Player of the Year
last season and Preseason Player of the
Year heading into this year. The 6-7 big
man has had the ability to consistently post
double-doubles and last season he set a
new league record for consecutive double-
doubles. Griffin is a standout athlete and
has also spent time playing on the football
field at wide receiver.
Derrick Griffin currently ranks 2nd in the
NCAA in offensive rebounds. He also has
been a double-double machine as he
ranks 9th in the nation in that category.
LOFTON CONTINUES TO POST SOLID
TSU transfer guard Zach Lofton has been
a big part of the Tigers success this sea-
son as he currently leads the team in scor-
ing with 21.0 points per game. Lofton has
been named the SWAC Player of the
Week twice this season.
ROBINSON HELPS ADD ONE-TWO
Another guard that has played well for the
Tigers is Pacific transfer Dulani Robinson.
Robinson average 12.9 points per game
and averages a team high 5.3 assists per
SIU 74, TSU 70
CARBONDALE, Ill. – Despite a furious second half comeback attempt the Texas
Southern Tigers fell to Southern Illinois 74- 70 on Saturday. TSU was trailing 36-27, when they stormed back as Dulani Robinson's 3-pointer with 1:30 left gave Texas Southern the lead, 70 -68 in the second half of play. Robinson was called for a foul with 1:11 left, sending Mike Rodriguez to the line for two free throws. After making the first, Tex- as Southern was called for a technical foul and SIU's Armon Fletcher connected on one of two from the line, after which Rodri- guez returned to hit the second of two. SIU added two more points from the chari- ty stripe with eight seconds remaining to help seal the game for the Salukis. Derrick Griffin posted another double- double with 12 points and 13 boards while Kevin Scott chipped in 13 points for the Tigers. UA 85, TSU 63 TUCSON, Ariz.- Texas Southern competed hard but the Tigers fell behind early in a 85 -63 loss at #16 Arizona on Wednesday night. Arizona was able to build a 13-point lead in the opening five minutes of play. The Ti- gers would subsequently go into intermis- sion trailing by 19 points. The second half of play was a much tighter game with Arizona only outscoring TSU 40 -37 but unfortunately the Tigers were not able to get enough stops defensively to mount a comeback. Texas Southern was once again led in scoring by Zach Lofton who contributed 19 points while fellow teammate Jalan McCloud added 14. Derrick Griffin posted another impressive double-double with 12 points and 11 re- bounds. Texas Southern will have a few days off before returning to the hardwood to face Southern Illinois on the road on Saturday, Dec. 3
ULL 84, TSU 73
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Texas Southern
Tigers had their four-game win streak
snapped by Louisiana-Lafayette, as TSU
fell 84-73 to the Ragin' Cajuns.
The Ragin' Cajuns were aided by an ad-
vantage on the offensive boards as the
Tigers allowed 15 offensive rebounds and
were out-rebounded 41-30.
TSU trailed 43-42 going into intermission
but the Tigers were outscored by 10 points
(41-31) in the second half thanks in part to
an 18-4 run by ULL that helped turn the
game in their favor.
Zach Lofton scored 24 points, connecting
on 9-of-14 from the line, to lead Texas
Southern. Dulani Robinson added 19
points and Derrick Griffin posted a double-
double grabbing 11 rebounds to go along
with 10 points.
TSU 67, James Madison 56
HARRISONBURG, Va.- The Texas South-
ern Tigers basketball team won their fourth
consecutive game while improving to 4-1
overall on the season after another impres-
sive road win.
TSU defeated James Madison 67-56 be-
hind a balance scoring attack of three play-
ers in double figures.
Dulani Robinson led all scorers with 17
points and 7 assists. Zach Lofton contribut-
ed 16 points while Derrick Griffin racked up
a double-double with 10 points and 11 re-
The Tigers led 35-26 at intermission and
never looked back from that point as they
added on 32 points in the second half to
increase their lead to double digits.
Texas Southern is now off to its best start
in the Mike Davis era while also playing
solid basketball early in the season against
TSU will have the next few days off from
competition before returning to the hard
wood to face Louisiana-Lafayette on the
road on Sunday at 4:00 pm.
TSU 77, La Salle 76
PHILADELPHIA – Dulani Robinson's 3-
pointer as time expired lifted the visiting
Texas Southern Tigers to a thrilling 77-76
win Saturday at La Salle.
Robinson drove approximately two-thirds
the length of the court and connected on
the game-winning shot after La Salle's De-
metrius Henry missed the front end of a
one-and-one free throw trip with five sec-
onds remaining. Henry' shot was rebound-
ed by TSU's Derrick Griffin, who got the
ball to Robinson for last-second heroics.
The win was Texas Southern's third
through the first four games of 2016-17,
giving the Tigers the best start to a season
since head coach Mike Davis was hired in