|February 02, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SEMO||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.340 (17-50)||.527 (29-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.579 (11-19)||.786 (11-14)|
BREWER - 2
McKNIGHT - 2
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 2
Final Score: TSU 79, SEMO 50
Records: TSU 7-15, 4-6 OVC, 3-6, SEMO 7-16, 2-8
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- Emmanuel Egbuta led the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a dominating 79-50 win over Southeast Missouri Saturday evening in the Gentry Center. The junior forward scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down six rebounds.
The Tigers pulled together a first half riddled with three-point shots (6-of-12) while shooting a season-best 58.6 percent from the field, resulting in its largest lead at the half against a Division I opponent this season, 45-20.
SEMO shot out of the gates after the break, improving its shooting by almost 20 percent, giving the Tigers a tough battle in the second half. The Redhawks outscored their first period efforts by 10, but a late push by Egbuta and freshman guard Dave Morris, outlasted SEMO’s bench (17 points in the second half), to win TSU’s second Ohio Valley Conference game in-a-row, 79-50.
TSU is now 7-15, 4-6 in conference play, and are tied for seventh.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Emmanuel Egbuta - 19
- Rebounds: Michael Littlejohn - 7
- Assists: Kamar McKnight - 3
- Blocks: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. - 1
- Steals: Dave Morris, Donte Fitpatrick-Dorsey, Kamar McKnight - 2
- TSU hit 50 percent from three-point distance in the first half.
- No Redhawk scored in double-digits.
- Big Blue grabbed 39 boards to SEMO’s 30.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- TSU came out hot with shots on each of its first seven possessions.
- Consistent offensive prowess put the Tigers up 21 with 6:50 on the clock in the first period.
- Big Blue entered the locker room with its largest lead at the half since Fisk earlier this season – 45-20, its best against a Division I opponent.
- SEMO’s Alex Caldwell hit the first two shots of the second half – a three and a fast break layup thanks to two straight turnovers by TSU.
- Scoring efficiency fell to .400 points per possession early in the second. SEMO outscored TSU 9-2 in the first four minutes in the half.
- Michael Littlejohn hit a three from the corner to put the Tigers back on track.
- Three-point play Dave Morris, followed by a mid-range jumper.
- Egbuta punctuated his career-game with a free-throw and final layup.
- TSU improves to 27-22 in the all-time series against the Redhawks, 17-7 at home.
- Stokely Chaffee, Jr. fouled out with 3:43 left on the clock.
The Tigers hit the road to take on Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky in its OVC matches next week. First stop, Morehead State on Thursday night with tipoff set for 6:35 p.m. CT.
HEAD COACH BRIAN "PENNY" COLLINS
“Once again I always like to give credit to the other coaches. Rick Ray is somebody I’ve been watching since Mississippi State. I think he is an inspiration for coaches, especially young black coaches like myself. He’s doing a great job at SEMO. Our guys made shots tonight. I know they are a really tough team. I’m not looking forward to going up there and playing them a couple weeks from now. I’m glad to see our guys get a tough win at home.”
- Opening thoughts on the game
“When we recruited Emmanuel that’s the type of games I thought he would have all the time. Sometimes when guys come in as JUCO transfers, they kind of have to get used to how it is on this level. And he played how I’ve been expecting him to play this whole time and I’m juts glad to see him play that way and he has to continue on that same path. When he’s playing that way we’re a really good team.”
- On the play of Emmanuel Egbuta.
- When our guys are coming out making threes its always kind of a catch 22. We don’t want to fall in love with it. But when our guys are making those shots and they’re open and they can take them on balance, we want them to take them all the time. We were making them in the first half and it was great. In the second half, especially early, I told my guys don’t fall in love with it, lets get to the paint. Besides the dunk Emmanuel had on the first play of the second half, maybe five out of six possessions were threes. I told our guys at the next media timeout, that we had to get in the paint and get some paint touches. When we’re making shots, we’re a tough team. Those guys have to continue to shoot with confidence.”
- On the three-point shooting
“Our guys were flying around, diving on the floor for loose balls. Anytime you thought they were going to make a layup, we got a hand in there and got a strip. Fifty-fifty balls, we were getting to them. We just played with a lot of passion and urgency. I would like to think that came from how we went about practice the last 72 hours. We’ve been harping on that this week was do-or-die for us. We want to stay in the hunt to go to the OVC Tournament and we really felt like we needed these two games. I was glad to see our guys some out with two wins.”
- On the team’s effort