|February 14, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BEL||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.473 (26-55)||.375 (21-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.208 (5-24)||.320 (8-25)|
|FT Percentage||.741 (20-27)||.762 (16-21)|
MURPHY - 4
- 2||CHAFFEE JR.
EGBUTA - 1
Final Score: TSU 66, Belmont 77
Records: TSU (8-17, 5-8), Belmont (20-4, 11-2)
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Gentry Center
NASHVILLE --- Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (DFD) led the Tigers with 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals in Thursday night’s 77-66 loss to Belmont in Gentry Center.
A first half riddled with 21 missed shots hurt Tennessee State as the Bruins shot 51.6 percent from the field heaving them to a 41-30 lead at the break.
A locker room speech lit a fire under the Tigers as Big Blue came out hot scoring 17 points in the first four minutes. Belmont’s Kevin McClain and Windler answered with a combined 27 points hoisting the Bruins to its 11th Ohio Valley Conference win of the season.
TSU is now 8-17 on the season, 5-8 in the league.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 19
- Rebounds: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey – 8
- Assists: Michael Littlejohn – 2
- Blocks: Emmanuel Egbuta/Stokely Chaffee, Jr. – 2
- Steals: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey – 2
- The Tigers outscored its first-half efforts 30-36, matching Belmont in the second period.
- TSU scored 17 points off of Belmont’s 15 turnovers.
- The Bruins finished with 40 points in the paint.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- DFD kicked off the night for TSU with a mid-range jumper.
- Belmont’s quick transition helped the Bruins create a 12-point lead early in the first half.
- Littlejohn three-point play, followed by an actual three from the corner, followed by a McKnight trey ,followed by a Littlejohn steal brought Gentry to their feet as the Tigers gained momentum.
- DFD knocked in a second-chance tip-in off of his own shot.
- Tigers decreased the Bruins lead to just six.
- Belmont headed to the locker room up 11.
- A Chaffee, Jr. hook shot straight out of the gate proved TSU was ready to battle for the win.
- The Tigers went on a 5-0 run, giving them their first lead of the game.
- An Egbuta put back combined with a Belmont foul made for another three-point play.
- Belmont closed the night with two threes, increasing its lead to 11 with 53 seconds on the clock.
- TSU is now 13-20 in the all-time series against Belmont.
- Stokley Chaffee, Jr. fouled out with 7:52 left in the game.
The Tigers head to Jacksonville State this Saturday to take on the Redhawks in the reconstructed Pete Mathews Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
HEAD COACH BRIAN "PENNY" COLLINS
[on how the team played tonight]
I would say the second half the guys played a lot harder and a lot more disciplined than we did in the first half, and if the guys would have had that same kind of passion and urgency in the first half, it would have been a closer game.
[on Belmont’s zone defense]
Coach Byrd did that against us at Belmont, too and I knew that was coming at some point, and when it came, it just stifled us and it took us out of rhythm.
[on locker room speech]
I didn’t really have a conversation, I just took all the water bottles and slung them against the board, and they got the point. They came out in the second half and they played with the same fire I had in the locker room.
He’s starting to really find his rhythm. He still has to work on his shot selection. There were a couple shots tonight I wish we would have gotten back as soon as he let them go, but when he’s playing at that caliber, I think he’s an all-league type of guy, and we need him to be that way every night.
[on foul trouble with the big guys]
That’s been plaguing us all year long, we can’t keep our hands off people apparently.
[on the 6th man]
I love our TSU fans. I just love that they’re here supporting us, especially right now when we’re going through this transition as we’re trying to figure out who we are. This fan base, I just want them to stay positive and stay behind these guys because once we figure it out, whether now or next year, it’ll be a really fun place.