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Tigers steam past Mountaineers

Written by on March 18, 2021

By Dexter Maryland

The mighty Texas Southern University Tigers steamed past the Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary’s University 60 to 52 in the first game of the NCAA Basketball Tournament today.

TSU alumni, students, and Tiger fans, who watched the game outside of Sawyer auditorium, were thrilled with the win.

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“It is a huge steppingstone for not only a HBCU, but Texas Southern University to be a part of the NCAA March Madness. Everyday HBCUs are breaking the glass ceiling and setting new standards. This is why it is more critical than ever to attend an HBCU,” said Student Government Association Vice President D’Angelo Colter.

Freshman students who attended the event were inspired by the victorious win of the TSU Tigers and left feeling ignited.

“As a freshman every school doesn’t get to experience winning the SWAC, let alone moving on to March Madness, so this win lets me know that anyone can win no matter where they come from all you have to do is want it,” said freshman Jalen Jackson.

It was a close game, but the Tigers men’s basketball team clinched on to the victory once they hit an 11-0 run against the Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary’s University in the last minutes of the game.

“A lot of people counted us out in the first game but now we’re in deep. I was super excited once they hit an 11-0 run, that’s when I knew we had it,” said TSU student Alexis Ferguson.

As the TSU men’s basketball team celebrated its win on the court so did the audience watching.

“I’m proud and excited to watch TSU win and exceed in the NCAA Tournament. As an alum, it’s good to see Texas Southern as a whole and the students doing so well,”  TSU Alum Aaron Harrison said.

The TSU Tigers are now preparing to take on the Wolverines of University of Michigan this Saturday at 2p.m., and the students of TSU are full of excitement and ready to cheer their fellow Tigers.

“They say Michigan is ranked number one, but I feel we could win if we continue to do what we’re doing because we shouldn’t let a ranking determine anything. I believe we are on the right path to taking yet another successful win and I’m looking forward to cheering on my fellow Tigers, “ Briana Jackson said.

Featured photo: Courtesy NCAA