|November 23, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||UK|
|FG Percentage||.407 (22-54)||.442 (23-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.375 (6-16)||.267 (4-15)|
|FT Percentage||.632 (12-19)||.659 (27-41)|
Montgomery - 2
Final Score: TSU 62 – #10 Kentucky 77
Records: TSU 2-4, #10 Kentucky 5-1
Venue: Rupp Arena
Location: Lexington, Ky.
LEXINGTON, Ky. --- In a Friday night trip to Rupp Arena, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team fought through a great first half before falling to #10 Kentucky 77-62. The game marks head coach Brian “Penny” Collins’ first against a high-major.
Ole Miss transfer Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey regained his spot as TSU’s scoring leader finishing the night with 18 points – 16 of which were scored in the second half. Emmanuel Egbuta also had a high scoring night, shooting 4-of-10 from the floor and hitting 5-of-7 from the free throw line. The Bronx native added six rebounds and led TSU in steals with two.
TSU led the Wildcats for 8:45 of the first half, holding them to 0-5 from three-point range for the first 11 minutes. Kentucky led Big Blue at the half, 35-27.
Closing the scoring gap that Kentucky increased to as much as 20, TSU finished the night 15 behind the Cats.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 18
- Rebounds: Kamar McKnight - 9
- Assists: Armani Chaney - 4
- Steals: Emmanuel Egbuta - 2
- TSU finished with 29 team personal fouls, sending UK to the courtesy line for 41 shots on the night. Kentucky hit 65.9 percent of its free throws.
- The Tigers limited the Wildcats to 4-of-15 from three-point range.
- Both teams tied for points in the paint with 32.
- Kamar McKnight set a new career-high rebounds, leading TSU with nine.
- Tennessee State led for 8:45 of the first half by as much as six.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kentucky kicked off the game with a turnover and in transition, Stokley Chaffee, Jr. goes up for a second-chance tip-in for the first basket of the night.
- For two crucial minutes early in the half, shots on both sides did not fall. UK was scoreless for 2 minutes in the first half. The freeze broken by a free throw.
- UK took the lead with back-to-back three point shots as TSU missed shots on three separate possessions.
- TSU within three (25-22) with 4:45 left in the first period.
- Kamar McKnight subs in within the last minute of the half, and closes it out with his first three of the night at 0:01 on the clock. TSU moves into halftime down, 35-27.
- UK led by as much as 20 in the second with 7:38 left in the second half.
- A three by Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey cut the deficit to just 11, 70-59.
- The wildcats closed the game with seven final points – three from free throws.
- TSU is 0-5 in the all-time series against the Wildcats.
- The matchup closes out the Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase. Tennessee State finished the showcase 2-1.
- Kentucky entered the game ranked No. 10 in the AP Top 25.
- TSU continues its four-game road trip as it heads to Bowling Green, Ky. for a Saturday Dec. 1 matchup against Western Kentucky in the E.A. Diddle Arena.
- The game will air live on ESPN+ and on the radio on 102.1 The Ville. Tip off at 6 p.m.
HEAD COACH BRIAN "PENNY" COLLINS
“Well first of all, I’m just glad to be here today. Last time I was here was 2008 and we got beat by 50 so to come in and just compete tonight was really good for us. I got so much respect for Coach Calipari and his program, just excited to get the opportunity to compete against them. Its going to be really good for our team to go back and watch this film and just understand how hard we played tonight. If we can get that same kind of intensity when we get in league play, it’s going to get us in the position to have a real good year.”
(On not shooting many threes)
“This season we play fast, and we want to take over the threes, especially when in transition. If we can get a good quick one up, we are going to take it every time. Tonight, with Kentucky being so elite in transition and so great at rebounding, we really wanted to apply the pressure on them by getting multiple hand touches. We want to pass up good shots for great shots and we did that. I felt like this is the lowest amount of threes we have taken in a game this year, but at the same time, it did provide us with the opportunity to stay competitive the entire game instead of coming down taking quick shots.”
(On Tripp Davis’ performance)
“He was quiet tonight. Tripp is a walk on for us and he has been doing an unbelievable job just for on the count and off the court. I just love the young man. He’s got two great parents and the hard work that he’s put in has been showing in the last two games. He had his career high at the second game of the season with six points, and then the next game, he had 24 points was his career high, and then the next game he gets 20. It’s just unbelievable to see him get that kind of love. Everybody’s calling me telling me how good Trip is and I’m so glad he’s getting his recognition. Tonight, they keyed in on him. I don’t know what their game plan was, but he only got 2 shots tonight. He was two-for-two. He played good for us and played really hard. I’m excited about Tripp and excited about his future.”
(On if being even in points in the paint was sheer effort)
“Yeah that’s all that was. We’ve been really hitting on it all year long and telling my guys we can be a good team in the paint, but tonight we just played harder than we did all year really as far as points in the paint. We put the pressure on them by getting in the paint and we felt like that was something we could do against them is drive our bigs. We wanted to use our speed to our advantage, we got in the paint, and some of our bigs got some nice finishes in the paint. We just got to continue to work on it. “