December 18, 20181st2ndFinal
Tennessee State283260
Akron Zips424082
Stats at a GlanceTSUMBBAKR
FG Percentage.365 (19-52) .481 (26-54)
3P FG Percentage.278 (5-18) .448 (13-29)
FT Percentage.708 (17-24) .654 (17-26)
Offensive Rebounds97
Defensive Rebounds2428
Total Rebounds3335
Turnovers1916
Steals106
Bench Points2211
LeadersTSUMBBAKR
PointsFITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 11
JACKSON - 23
ReboundsFITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 8
IVEY - 7
JACKSON - 7
AssistsMcKNIGHT - 3
JACKSON - 6
StealsDAVIS - 3
EGBUTA - 3
UTOMI - 2
BlocksCHAFFEE JR. - 2
EGBUTA - 2
RIAK - 1
Turnovers Costly in Loss to Akron
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Turnovers Costly in Loss to Akron

BOX SCORE

Final Score: TSU 60, Akron 82
Records: TSU 3-7, Akron 7-4
Venue: James A. Rhodes Arena
Location: Akron, Ohio
Attendance: 2151

AKRON, Ohio --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team notched 60 points in the Tuesday night loss to former Ohio Valley Conference team Akron in James A. Rhodes Arena. 

A rough shooting night for the Tigers resulted in redshirt junior guard Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey registering the only double-digit score of the night with 11 points, adding a team-high eight rebounds.

A season-high 19 turnovers allowed Akron to capitalize and score 24 points off of TSU's turnovers. 

Down 14 at the half, the Tigers closed the deficit to 12 before the Zips three-point shooting moved TSU further away from a win, leading by as much as 22, twice in the second period, and finishing 82-60.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 11
    • Rebounds: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 8
    • Assists: Kamar McKnight - 3
    • Blocks: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. and Emmanuel Egbuta – 2
    • Steals: Emmanuel Egbuta and Tripp Davis – 3
  • TSU outpaced Akron in the paint, 28-26.
  • Akron scored 24 points off of 19 Tiger turnovers.
  • Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey was the sole Tiger to score double-digits, while leading the team in rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Kamar McKnight steal on Akron first possession – Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey through three defenders for a jumper.
  • Akron answered with a 6-0 run before first media timeout.
  • Stokley Chaffee, Jr. puts down the first dunk of the night to cut the lead to one.
  • Akron’s shooters shot 50 percent (7-of-15) from the three-point line in the first half.
  • TSU enters the half, down 42-28.
  • Zips start second half 9-6 with crucial points in the paint from Chaffee, Jr. and Tripp Davis.
  • A quick kick out from Fitzpatrick-Dorsey to Daniel Cummings for a three, closed the gap to just 13 – the smallest lead in the half.
  • The final three shots were Akron free throws by Jimond Ivey and Tyler Cheese to increase the Zips lead to 22. 

GAME NOTES

  • TSU is now 2-4 in the all-time series against the Zips, and 0-2 in the James A. Rhodes Arena.
  • Big Blue is 1-5 away from the Gentry Center.

UP NEXT

  • The Tigers continue their three-game road swing at Memphis as the two Penny’s face off Dec. 22

QUOTES

HEAD COACH BRIAN “PENNY” COLLINS

(opening statement)

Akron is a really good team. I think their team is going to win a lot of games in conference play. I feel like tonight’s game was a good opportunity to see where we are against a team that is a NCAA tournament caliber team. We played well, but we didn’t play well enough to take care of the ball.

(on 19 turnovers)

That was the key to the game. We had to limit turnovers and in the first half we had 12, and in the second half, we didn’t do much better. So, we have to do a good job of taking care of the ball, and do a better job of that, and if we do a better job at that, we’ll have a better chance to win. That’s something that’s been hurting us the last few games and its something we have to correct. 

(on keys to the game)

We’re having continued improvement in our post players. Stokley did a really good job, Egbuta did a really good job. Daey Daey came in and gave us some really good minutes tonight, and that’s something we have to get out of those guys. Especially when we’re in conference play, those are the guys that will have to continue giving us points in the paint. If we can score like that against the Kentucky’s and Western Kentucky’s and the Akron’s of the world, when we get in conference play, we’re going to be able to compete as well.

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