The Tigers of Texas Southern University and their high-profile guard Trae Jefferson claimed a piece of history Wednesday with their 64-46 win over North Carolina Central in the NCAA Division I Tournament “First Four” round.
Making their eighth appearance at the NCAA’s Division I Tournament, the Tigers (16-19) claimed their first-ever win at college basketball’s premier event. TSU’s trip to the 2018 Tournament is the fourth in five seasons.
The win sends TSU to Nashville, Tenn., for a matchup with the West Region’s No. 1-seeded team, Xavier. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 6:20 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
In leading the Tigers to the win, Jefferson, a 5-foot-7-inch guard from Milwaukee, scored 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds. He joined TSU’s 1,000-point club with his final basket of the first half, which gave him 17 points for the opening half and 1,001 for his young career.
With a dazzling array of moves on the offensive and defensive end of the court, Jefferson led – or tied for the team lead – in scoring, rebounds, assists (3), and steals (3). Trayvon Reed scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while blocking a game-high six shots for TSU. Donte Clark scored 18 for the Tigers.
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