JERSEY CITY, N. J. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team dropped the final game of the Barclay’s Tournament to Saint Francis of Brooklyn, 57-59.
The Tigers (2-5) had a chance at the end but the Terriers (1-4) defense stifled TSU’s final charge to take the consolation game.
Jay Harris finished tied for the game-high with 15 points. He also added three steals and two rebounds to his stat sheet.
Harris’s 26 points and 5 steals over the course of the weekend earned him a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Jalen Cannon paced Saint Francis with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
It took 7:28 for TSU to make its first bucket, but after the first 20 minutes of play, Saint Francis led, 24-22.
TSU shot 31.8 percent in the first half, but held Saint Francis to just 21.9 percent.
Darreon Reddick led the Tigers with six points while Jay Harris put up five. Christian Mekowulu was held to one point, but had eight rebounds at the first-half buzzer.
The Terriers continued their defensive pressure on the Tigers to start the second half as TSU made just three field goals in the first eight minutes. During that stretch SFC extended its lead to three possessions over Big Blue.
The Tigers drew even with the Terriers at the 1:56 mark, but Saint Francis made 5-of-6 freebies down the stretch to go up by a bucket.
Tennessee State had one last opportunity to force overtime but Harris misfired on a jumper from the right wing in the waning seconds and the clock expired after a scrum for the rebound.
The loss to the Terriers brought an end to an 0-4 TSU road trip.
The Tigers return home for a game against Hampton on Dec. 2. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.