November 29, 20191st2ndFinal
North Florida304373
Tennessee St.384381
Stats at a GlanceUNFTSU
FG Percentage.397 (25-63) .536 (30-56)
3P FG Percentage.313 (10-32) .375 (6-16)
FT Percentage.867 (13-15) .652 (15-23)
Offensive Rebounds1311
Defensive Rebounds1925
Total Rebounds3236
Turnovers1618
Steals76
Bench Points640
LeadersUNFTSU
PointsGandia-Rosa - 22
Hendricksen - 22
Marshall, Jr. - 13
Harris - 13
Egbuta - 13
ReboundsJames - 7
Harris - 8
AssistsGandia-Rosa - 9
Freeman - 6
StealsSams - 2
Freeman - 2
BlocksWashington - 3
Tennessee State Defeats UNF, 81-73, for Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Title
Friday, November 29, 2019
Tennessee State Defeats UNF, 81-73, for Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Title

Final Score: Tennessee State 81, North Florida 73
Records:
TSU (5-3, 0-0), UNF (5-4, 0-0)
Location:
Las Vegas
Venue:
Orleans Arena

LAS VEGAS – Tennessee State ended its eleven-day road swing with "Champion" behind its name as the men's basketball team defeated North Florida 81-73 in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational title game Friday afternoon in the Orleans Arena.

Carlos Marshall Jr. and Wesley Harris, two Tigers who hadn't produced for the Tigers since its game at Texas Tech, combined for 26 points, 13 a-piece against the Ospreys. Marshall went 3-of-6 from three-point distance, while Harris dropped each of his five free throws and went 4-of-5 from the floor, adding a team-high eight rebounds. 

The Tigers outworked UNF 38-30 in the first period, holding the Ospreys to just 38 percent (10-of-26) shooting. However, guard Ivan Gandia-Rosa returned from the break to knock down an impressive 19 points, 12 from three-point distance to keep North Florida in the running. Hefty shooting by Garrett Sams and Carter Hendricksen contributed to UNF's comeback. 

As many games have, the afternoon ended on the charity stripe, Mark Freeman and Jon Brown free throws lifting the Tigers to its 81-73 victory and Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Championship. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders:
    • Points: Carlos Marshall Jr/Wesley Harris - 13
    • Rebounds: Wesley Harris - 8
    • Assists: Mark Freeman - 6
    • Steals: Mark Freeman - 2
    • Blocks: Jy’lan Washington - 3
  • Tennessee State’s bench contributed 40 points.
  • Over 30 points were scored on the fast break for Big Blue.
  • The Tigers worked the paint, scoring 44 points in the block.
  • North Flordia capitalized with 22 points off of TSU’s 18 turnovers.
  • TSU held the Ospreys to 39.7 percent from the field.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Shooting foul. Trip to charity stripe. First two points.
  • Carlos Marshall Jr. hit a three to put TSU on the board, 7-3 and then followed that with two more threes and then a jumper – all within a minute of play.
  • UNF’s Hendrickson ended a 5:10 scoring drought and 16-0 Tennessee State run with a long ball. TSU leads the Ospreys 19-12.
  • Emmanuel Egbuta drove through the lane for a possible three-point play, missing the free throw. The senior answered with a blocked shot and a two-handed dunk with an assist by Mark Freeman.
  • Garrett Sams entered the game and put up eight-straight points for North Florida.
  • Hot shooting from the Osprey’s took the Tiger lead down to just two, 30-28.
  • Jy’lan Washington, Ravel Moody and Emmanuel Egbuta combined for an eight-point TSU streak.
  • The Tigers entered the locker room up 38-30.
  • Littlejohn knocked down his first shot of the afternoon to kick off the second half.
  • North Florida took to the charity stripe for four points throughout the first five minutes of the second period.
  • TSU gave its perimeter work a break and let its bigs work down low. Kone’ and Brown went on a 8-2 run, increasing its lead to 16.
  • The Osprey offense found a rhythm, while the defense struggled to keep up with the Tigers, sending TSU to the charity stripe six times over the course of three minutes.
  • UNF outscored Big Blue 24-13 during that time.
  • With less than two minutes to play, it was a two possession ball game, 72-67 Tigers.
  • Wesley Harris went for a layup, missing the shot, Washington grabbed the offensive rebound making the second-chance layup.
  • Harris made up for his missed layup with back-to-back dunks on the fast break, both assisted by Marshall Jr.
  • Gandia-Rosa scored his 19th point of the half with a three-point field goal from the wing, marking the last bucket for UNF.
  • The afternoon finished on the free-throw line as Freeman and Brown both had opportunities to extend Tennessee State’s lead, 81-73.

GAME NOTES

  • Tennessee State is the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Champion.
  • This marks the first time Tennessee State and North Florida have met in competition.
  • TSU now leads the all-time series 1-0.
  • Brian “Penny” Collins is 4-2 against schools the Tigers have never played.

UP NEXT

Tennessee State returns home to host Chicago State, Dec. 6 in the Gentry Center. Tip is set for noon.

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