Tiger Last Second Shot Fails in Loss
Baltimore, Md. With four seconds left, the Tigers (0-2) missed a three-point shot and an opportunity to send the game into overtime losing to Loyola (MD), 73-70 in Reitz Arena. Members of the Tennessee State University Alumni Baltimore Chapter and the president of the TSU National Alumni Association, Leonard Stephens, were on hand to show their support for the Big Blue.
Stephen Evans tallied his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
TSU shot 43 percent from the field (26-60) including 25 percent from the arc (3-12). Free throw shooting helped the Tigers stay in contention as they hit 15-of-19 for 79 percent.
In the first half, the Tigers shot 36 percent from the field while out rebounding the Greyhounds 24-15. TSU scored nearly half their first-half points from the charity stripe with 15. There were five lead changes with four ties in the half. Loyola had the edge with their bench outscoring the Tiger reserves 10-0. The Tigers forced nine Greyhound turnovers but trailed at the break, 33-32.
In the last half with 3:39 left, the Tigers trailed 66-63. At the 1:23 mark, Parker Smith nailed a three-pointer to tie the ball game at 70. Smith finished with 12 points (4-10) and two assists.
Loyola hit 1-of-2 free throws with :08 seconds left to go ahead 71-70. On the ensuing play, a critical turnover by the Tigers forced them to foul quickly sending Loyola's Brett Harvey to the line. Harvey hit both free throws with :04 seconds remaining. Harvey led all scorers with 34 points (9-12) shooting 50 percent from behind the arc (6-12).
Emmanuel Gaiter took the final shot for the Tigers but the three-point opportunity rattled in and out.
Next, the Tigers will host Northern Illinois on Friday, November 21st at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.