NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Roper scored 23 points off the bench to lead six players in double figures as Tennessee State pulled away in the second half from NAIA Division-II Reinhardt for a 97-66 win in the season opener Friday night.
Perie Finley converted a layup to pull Reinhardt within a field goal, 47-45 at halftime.
But Tennessee State opened the second half on a 9-2 run and led 71-54 midway through the second half.
The Tigers shot 56 percent from the field, hitting 35 of 62, but were 8 of 13 from 3-point range and held a decisive 54-26 advantage on the boards.
AJ Jacklyn and Dylan Schulte added 12 points each to lead the Eagles.