COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Tennessee State upends Illinois 60-58

Monday, December 31, 2007

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Bruce Price scored 17 points to lead Tennessee State to a 60-58 upset road win against Illinois on Sunday.

Jerrell Houston added 12 points for Tennessee State (4-7), which last played Dec. 22 in an 83-74 loss to No. 15 Vanderbilt.

The Tigers led 29-24 at halftime behind 40 percent shooting from the field and five 3-pointers. Tennessee State ended the game 8-of-19 from 3-point range.

The Tigers' second-half advantage increased to 47-33 before Illinois (8-5) rallied to cut the lead to 48-45 on a Trent Meacham 3-pointer. Meacham hit five 3-pointers, including one with 1:04 to play that brought the score to 59-58. But the Tigers held off the Illini for the win.

Meacham led Illinois with a game-high 24 points.

Illinois senior forward Brian Randle injured his head at the end of the first half when he collided with a Tennessee State player going for a rebound. Randle did not return and finished with six points.

-- AP

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