December 29, 20181st2ndFinal
Tennessee State354176
Vanderbilt405595
Stats at a GlanceTSUMBBVU
FG Percentage.381 (24-63) .500 (29-58)
3P FG Percentage.435 (10-23) .333 (9-27)
FT Percentage.692 (18-26) .778 (28-36)
Offensive Rebounds107
Defensive Rebounds2533
Total Rebounds3540
Turnovers119
Steals45
Bench Points3032
LeadersTSUMBBVU
PointsFITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 16
CHANEY - 16
LEE - 23
ReboundsCHAFFEE JR. - 8
SHITTU - 8
AssistsCHANEY - 3
EVANS - 4
StealsCHANEY - 2
WETZELL - 3
BlocksMOORE - 2
BROWN - 2
Tigers Close Non-Conference Schedule with 95-76 Loss at Vanderbilt
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Tigers Close Non-Conference Schedule with 95-76 Loss at Vanderbilt

BOX SCORE | PHOTO GALLERY (Courtesy of Sam Jordan)

Final Score: TSU 76, Vanderbilt 95
Records: TSU 3-9, Vanderbilt 8-3
Venue: Memorial Gymnasium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: 9,505

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team closed out its non-conference schedule with a 95-76 loss to Vanderbilt in Memorial Gym Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers shot out of the gates with co-leading scorer Armani Chaney and Nashville-native Tripp Davis hitting 3-of-4 from three point distance kicking off TSU’s near 12-minute lead. Big Blue’s largest lead of 10 came in the first half when Michael Littlejohn pulled up for a three as TSU went on a 14-3 run.

Tied at 22, VU’s offense began to heat up using open lanes and trips to the charity stripe to create a five-point lead at the half, 40-35. In the second period, Vanderbilt’s spread offense increased its lead to as much as 22; a late jolt for the Tigers and a three-point field goal from Chaney closed it at 95-76.

The Tigers enter conference play 3-9 after dropping to 0-10 in the all-time series against the Commodores.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Fitzpatrick-Dorsey/Chaney – 16
    • Rebounds: Chaffee, Jr. – 8
    • Assists: Chaney – 3
    • Blocks: Moore – 2
    • Steals: Chaney – 2
  • Three Tigers in double digits and tied for :
    • Chaney notched a season-high 16 points, surpassing the 12 he put up against Fisk.
    • Fitzpatrick-Dorsey co-led the Tigers in scoring, marking the seventh time this season he led TSU, and the ninth time he scored double-digits.
      • Fitpatrick-Dorsey scored 15-of-his-16 points in the second half.
    • Kamar McKnight rounded out the double-digit effort with 10 points.
  • The Tigers hit 10 shots from three-point distance, rekindling the double-digit shots from the distance. TSU was on a six-game streak with less than ten three point field goals.
  • TSU committed just 10 turnovers on the night, the least Big Blue has allowed all season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Vanderbilt committed a turnover to start the game. On its next possession, the Commodores got on the board with a jumper.
  • TSU answered with an impressive 3-of-4 from three-point distance.
  • DaJion Henderson gets on the board with a layup, increasing the Tigers’ lead to eight.
  • Vandy took control after TSU held on to the lead for 11:34 of the first half, with a three-point play by Simisola Shittu.
  • Fitzpatrick-Dorsey on the board 1-of-2 from charity stripe.
  • A Saben Lee dunk electrified Memorial Gym resulting in back-to-back scoring plays for the Dores. TSU called a timeout.
  • A late first half rally by the Dores gave it a quick lead, ending the period up 5, 40-35.
  • The Tiger’s shooting accuracy declined and Vanderbilt’s increased as the Dores entered a 14-8 scoring run before first media timeout.
  • Work at the charity line benefited VU as the black and gold shot 19-of-23 in the second half alone.
  • In the final four minutes, the teams went an even 11-11, but with Vandy’s 23 point lead outpaced the Tigers’ late efforts.

GAME NOTES

  • In the all-time series against Vanderbilt, TSU is now 0-10.
  • The father of Matt Richardson, the Director of Operations for TSU men’s basketball, served as the Assistant coach for Vanderbilt for thirteen seasons.
  • Emmanuel Egbuta fouled out with 8:38 left in the second half.

UP NEXT
The Tigers enter conference play Jan. 3 at home versus Tennessee Tech with tip off at 7:30 p.m.

QUOTES
HEAD COACH BRIAN “PENNY” COLLINS

(opening statement)
It was a really tough game for us today. Vanderbilt is a very good team. I’m glad they’re not in the OVC. It was a great opportunity for us to come over here and play a really good team – a well-coached team. I’m excited about the future of not only Tennessee State, but Vanderbilt, as well, and Nashville basketball altogether. It was a day for the Nashville community to come out. I feel like we had a really good crowd. I’d love to see us continue to play teams like Vanderbilt , in-state games like Memphis. We would also like to see some of those teams come to play at Tennessee State. That’s one reason we played the schedule we played, played a lot of teams that is in this area, and probably get some of these guys in Gentry Center soon.

(on the non-conference schedule preparing the team for conference play)
So, we really don’t know. We’d like to think that the schedule we’ve played has prepared us, but we’ll know for sure once we get into the thick of things once OVC play starts. We do feel like our guys are ready now. We played the schedule that should have prepared us, but I won’t know that until we start playing.

(on the last four-game stretch)
[It was] no tougher than the first six. It’s been a really challenging schedule for our guys. Not only the games we’re playing, just the travelling that we’ve done and the places we’ve been. We’re hoping it has us battle tested for OVC play.

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