FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -Guard Bruce Price scored 16 second-half points as Tennessee State defeated Alaska 78-64 Thursday in the opening round of the BP Top of the World Classic.
Price, limited to five points in the first half, took off in the second on a variety of drives and jump shots. He also shot seven for 11 from the free throw line.
Division II Alaska (2-1) led 14-9 early in the first half but the Tigers (2-1) went ahead for good 23-20 with 6:19 left in the first half on a 3-pointer by Andrae Belton. The Tigers led 36-28 at halftime.
Tennessee State got a huge boost from its bench, which accounted for 34 points. Nanook reserves scored eight, including just three in the second half.
Price finished with 21 points and had five assists. Belton added 17, hitting all three of his 3-pointers, and Gerald Robinson scored 16, including 14 in the first half.
Colin Matteson and Kevin Atkins led the Nanooks with 17 points each.
The Tigers will play the winner of the Colorado State-Oregon State game Saturday in the tournament semifinals.
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