February 21, 20191st2ndFinal
SIU-Edwardsville473885
Tennessee State335184
Stats at a GlanceSIUETSUMBB
FG Percentage.439 (25-57) .519 (27-52)
3P FG Percentage.467 (7-15) .300 (6-20)
FT Percentage.903 (28-31) .800 (24-30)
Offensive Rebounds77
Defensive Rebounds2127
Total Rebounds2834
Turnovers1214
Steals84
Bench Points3126
LeadersSIUETSUMBB
PointsJACKSON - 22
KINCHEN - 22
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 23
ReboundsUZUEGBUNEM - 7
CHAFFEE JR. - 10
AssistsWILLIFORD - 3
WILLIAMS - 3
DAVIS - 3
StealsMCFARLAND - 4
DAVIS - 2
BlocksCHAFFEE JR. - 2
Men's Basketball Records a 51-Point Half in 85-84 Loss to SIUE
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Men's Basketball Records a 51-Point Half in 85-84 Loss to SIUE

BOX SCORE | PHOTO GALLERY (By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics) | RADIO CALLS

Final Score: TSU 84, SIUE 85
Records:  TSU (8-19, 5-10), SIUE (9-18, 5-10)
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Gentry Center
Attendance: 2,301

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team scored 51 points in the second half of its game Thursday night versus SIU-Edwardsville to eventually fall to the Cougars in the final 0.7 seconds, 85-84.

An inefficient and low energy first half put the Tigers in a 14-point hole going into the break.

Junior point guard Michael Littlejohn  came out of the locker room with a layup to start the half. The fans knew this would be a hard-fought half. As the Tigers closed the gap to single digits, Gentry’s volume increased ten-fold.

Five Tigers moved into double-figures led by Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey who finished the night with a game-high 23 points, rounded out with two free-throws to increase the Tigers’ lead to two with less than 30 seconds left on the clock. A Cougar three-point shot closed the night, leaving the Tigers heartbroken after outscoring SIUE, 51-38 in the second half.

TSU is now 8-19, 5-10 on the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 23
    • Rebounds: Stokely Chaffee, Jr. - 10
    • Assists: Dave Morris – 5
    • Blocks: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. - 2
    • Steals: Tripp Davis – 2
  • Stokley Chaffee, Jr. registered a double-double for the second time this season with a 12 point, 10 rebound effort.
  • Five Tigers scored in double figures: Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (23), Kamar McKnight (15), Stokley Chaffee, Jr. (12), Armani Chaney (11) and Emmanuel Egbuta (10).
  • TSU committed 12 turnovers in the first half and just two in the second.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • SIUE put up three to kick off the night.
  • Chaffee, Jr. hit the first two baskets for Big Blue three minutes into the half.
  • A 4:23 minute scoring drought for Big Blue allowed SIUE to go on a 14-0 run.
  • A Chaney three-point play cut SIUE’s lead to 10.
  • Dave Morris hit Egbuta down low for a typical E-Man Slam.
  • SIUE led the Tigers by 14 at the half, 47-33.
  • Michael Littlejohn layup to start the Tigers momentum in the second half.
  • Tigers shooting 64 percent seven minutes into the period, closing the gap to just seven.
  • TSU fights to bring the game to one possession with a Chaney three. Another three-point shot by Chaney gave TSU the first lead of the game.
  • With .7 seconds left in the game, SIUE hit a three to take the win.

GAME NOTES

  • The Tigers are now 8-3 in the all-time series against the Cougars, 5-1 at home.
  • The season’s starting point guard, Armani Chaney made his first appearance since UT Martin in late January.
  • Emmnauel Egbuta fouled out with 1:44 to go in the game.

UP NEXT

Big Blue closes out its home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 23 as TSU hosts Eastern Illinois for Senior Night and Courtside Dining.

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