|February 25, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||BEL|
|FG Percentage||.441 (26-59)||.444 (20-45)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.310 (9-29)|
|FT Percentage||.857 (6-7)||.792 (19-24)|
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REED - 1
PHOTO GALLERY - BY SAM JORDAN
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team fought to the end in a 68-63 loss at Belmont on Saturday in the regular season finale at the Curb Event Center. The Tigers will be the eighth seed in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and will play in the first round on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. against fifth-seeded Southeast Missouri.
On the night, Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored a team-high 20 points, while Ken’Darrius Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala.) added 13 points and Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) chipped in with 12.
The Tigers finish the regular season with a 17-12 overall record and an 8-8 mark in OVC play. TSU led for 21:52 of Saturday’s game, which featured six ties and seven lead changes.
The Tigers held a 15-12 lead at the mid-way point of the first half with Martin leading the way with six early points. TSU’s biggest lead of the first half came with 7:29 left when Hamilton connected on a three pointer for an 18-12 advantage.
The Bruins clawed back into the game, taking their first lead on a three from Taylor Barnette with 2:25 remaining in the half for a 25-23 Belmont advantage. TSU answered back with a pair of layups on the other end and took a 27-26 lead into the locker room.
Early in the second half, the Bruins built up an eight point lead, using a 12-2 run for a 43-35 edge with 11:25 showing on the clock. The Tigers answered with an 11-2 run of their own to retake the lead at 46-45 on Hamilton’s three with 7:55 left.
TSU’s latest lead came with 4:30 on Martin’s layup for a 52-50 edge. Belmont reeled off six-consecutive points and never looked back. The Tigers would get to within one on two free throws from Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) with 25.7 seconds left, but were never able to retake the upper hand.
The Bruins went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 15 seconds to hold on to the win.
The 68 points are the second fewest for Belmont versus an OVC opponent this season.
Evan Bradds led Belmont with 22 points on the night with Amanze Egekeze adding 15.
GAME NOTES: Tennessee State holds an 11-17 record in the all-time series versus Belmont… The Tigers are 10-7 in games away from the Gentry Center this season.