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Bruce helps Texas Southern win home opener

HOUSTON (AP) Derrick Bruce came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points and Texas Southern held off NAIA-member Huston-Tillotson in its home opener on Thursday night.

Bruce sank 6 of 10 shots from the floor, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and added three steals for the Tigers (3-4). Texas Southern, under first-year coach Johnny Johnson, opened its season with a six-game road trip that including a win on Baylor's home floor, snapping the Bears' 56-game winning streak against teams from the Southwest Athletic Conference. The Tigers concluded their trip with an 89-84 victory over Oregon - ranked 18th at the time.

Jeremy Combs scored 18 on 6-of-8 shooting for the Tigers. Trayvon Reed added 14 points and seven rebounds and Justin Hopkins pitched in with 11 points and eight boards.

The Rams, who trailed 42-37 at halftime, grabbed a 62-57 lead on a 3-pointer by Isaiah Wilson with 12:42 left to play. Huston-Tillotson led 76-71 on a Christian Wilson layup with 2:06 to go, but Reed had a dunk, Bruce nailed a 3-pointer and Texas Southern hit 4 of 5 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hold on.

Christian Wilson paced the Rams with 23 points and 14 rebounds, but he had nine of Huston-Tillotson's 21 turnovers. Alex Doche had 13 points and Isaiah Wilson scored 12.

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Key Players
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Ast. Per Game
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Field Goal %
Three Point %
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Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo 423476
home team logo Texas Southern 3-4 374481
Team Stats
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home team logo Texas Southern 3-4 81.6 PPG 42.6 RPG 15.6 APG
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. PPG RPG APG FG%
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J. Combs 17.6 PPG 9.3 RPG 1.5 APG 60.2 FG%
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