Tusculum Uses Threes To Beat AU

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tusculum College poured in 15 three-pointers, including eight by Kyle Moore, as the Pioneers defeated visiting Anderson University, 86-62 Wednesday night at Pioneer Arena. Moore finished with 26 points, while shooting 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. Tusculum (5-5), playing in their first home game in more than a month, shot 58 percent from the floor, including 69 percent in the second half. TC blistered the nets from long-range going 15-for-26 (57.7%) on the evening, including 8-of-10 in the final 20 minutes. Jordan Lear and Lavonti Jeter each posted 12 points, while Jimmy Boone added 11 points. Ryan Troutman accounted for nine points and a game-high eight assists in the victory. Anderson (3-7) was led by Nayte Russellís 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Brandon Young accounted for 19 points, while Jarret Johnson tallied four points and a team-best eight rebounds in the loss. The Trojans jumped out to 7-2 lead in the opening 3:12 of the game following a three-pointer by Russell. Tusculum answered with seven unanswered points during the next 1:40 including a trey by Moore to move TC up 9-7. Leading 20-15 with 11:12 left before halftime, the Pioneers went on a 20-6 run during the next eight minutes, including 11 points by Boone as TC led 40-21 at the 2:43 mark. Russell scored the final five points of the half, including a three-point play and a dunk to give the Pioneers a 40-26 lead at the break. In the second half, TC opened with a 13-2 spurt during the first five minutes, including three-pointers by Moore, Lear and Darren Hobbs as the Pioneers led 53-29. AU responded with a three-point play and a three-pointer by Russell to trim the deficit to 53-35 with 13:57 remaining. Tusculum put the contest away with a 29-9 run to take its biggest lead of the night at 82-44 with 5:12 left in the game after a three-pointer by Troutman. Tusculum won the boards by a 36-24 margin, led by Learís eight rebounds, and seven boards each by Jeter and Hobbs. Anderson's next action is Jan. 5 at home against Mount Olive. Box: Tusculum 86, Anderson 62 Anderson University Men's Basketball Statistics
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