|February 07, 2019||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||MOR-M|
|FG Percentage||.484 (30-62)||.403 (27-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.292 (7-24)||.350 (7-20)|
|FT Percentage||.700 (14-20)||.731 (19-26)|
HICKS - 3
Final Score: TSU 81, MSU 80
Records: TSU (8-15, 5-6 OVC), MSU (9-15, 5-6 OVC)
Location: Morehead, Ky.
Venue: Johnson Arena
Attendance: 2, 066
MOREHEAD, Ky. --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team is now on a three-game winning streak after defeating the Morehead State Eagles in Kentucky, Thursday evening in double overtime, 81-80.
The Tigers went into halftime of its play at Johnson Arena, down two, 40-38, hoping to repay the Eagles for defeating TSU at home. Big Blue fought back to lead by eight with just 4:02 left in regulation. However, the Tigers were only able to contribute two free throws in those final minutes, providing MSU ample opportunity to come back with three trips to the charity stripe and a soaring three-pointer by A.J. Hicks, the night’s leading scorer (29).
Moving into overtime, the Eagles had more chances for free points at the charity stripe as Emmanuel Egbuta, who finished with nine points and six rebounds, fouled out. A final layup with 11 seconds on the clock gave TSU another run at a road victory.
Double overtime seemed to come and go as both teams were held to two points with only 2:30 to go. Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (DFD) followed through for a three-point shot. The Eagles answered with a Malik Green dunk that would leave them down one with 51 seconds left on the clock. TSU’s defense made the necessary stops to prevent a triple overtime as the Tigers walked away with its third road victory of the season.
Big Blue’s bench continued to make a punch, finishing with 33 points, most from leading scorer (DFD) with 18, his seventeenth game shooting double-figures. Three other Tigers scored in double-digits: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. 12, Michael Littlejohn and Kamar McKnight 11.
The Tigers’ record on the road improved to 3-10, as the Tigers head to stop two, Eastern Kentucky Saturday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 18
- Rebounds: Tripp Davis - 7
- Assists: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 3
- Steals: Dave Morris - 2
- Blocks: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. – 3
- The game ended with 19 lead changes and 10 tied scores.
- Big Blue out-rebounded Morehead State, 40-37.
- TSU shot just three more field goals than Morehead State, the teams shot an even seven three-pointers a piece, and the Eagles had 19-of-26 from the charity stripe, while the Tigers went 14-of-20.
- TSU’s bench has amassed at least 30 points in the last nine games.
- The Tigers are now 2-13 when down at halftime.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Tripp Davis kicked off the momentum for TSU with a mid-range jumper to put the Tigers on the board.
- The pace of play between the teams was quick as both teams were speedy in transition.
- Morehead State maintained a steady two point lead on TSU throughout the first half.
- DFD pushed through a three-point play with 37 seconds left in the half to close gap.
- Down two with 17 seconds left, DFD goes for a quick layup, blocked by Harris. The teams entered their locker rooms at halftime, TSU down 40-38.
- The Tigers outscored the Eagles 7-4 in the first four minutes of the second half.
- Chaffee, Jr. second chance dunk to increase Big Blue’s lead to eight.
- MSU pushed to tie the score in the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime.
- Both teams scored nine points in the overtime. In double-overtime, each school had two shots, TSU’s were just worth more as the Tigers pulled out a victory.
- Big Blue has split the season with the Eagles, winning its second meeting, and are now 36-39 in the all-time series against Morehead State.
- The last time TSU went into double overtime was March 15, 2016 at the CollegeInsider postseason tournament, where Big Blue fell 78-73 to Ball State.
- The last time TSU played two overtime periods against Morehead State was Feb. 20, 1989. Tennessee State lost, 93-92 in Morehead, Ky.
- Dave Morris fouled out with 9:15 left in the second half. Emmanuel Egbuta fouled out in the first minute of overtime.
- TSU is on a three-game win streak, the longest of the season.
Big Blue heads just an hour down the road to Richmond, Ky. to take on Eastern Kentucky, Saturday, Feb. 9 with tipoff set for 6 p.m. CT on ESPN3.