|November 28, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||FISK17||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.310 (18-58)||.351 (20-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.308 (8-26)||.167 (5-30)|
|FT Percentage||.529 (9-17)||.786 (22-28)|
Final Score: Tennessee State 67 - Fisk 53
Records: TSU (4-2) – Fisk (7-4)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team led start to finish in a 67-53 victory over crosstown opponent Fisk on Tuesday night at the Gentry Center. TSU picked up its third win in a row and improved to 4-2 on the season, while Fisk falls to 7-4 overall.
The Tigers led by as many as 16 points, but the Bulldogs refused to go away in the second half- trimming TSU's lead to just two with 8:05 left. TSU pulled away by finishing the game on a 21-9 run down the stretch.
Christian Mekowulu pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds and completed his third career double-double with 16 points. Delano Spencer added 12 points for the Tigers with Kamar McKnight chipping in with 11 off the bench.
TSU finished with a 52-34 rebounding edge and had six blocks in the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Christian Mekowulu - 16
- Rebounds: Christian Mekowulu - 18
- Assists: Armani Chaney – 3
- Blocked Shots: Christian Mekowulu - 4
- Christian Mekowulu pulled down a career high 18 rebounds.
- Mekowulu's previous career high for rebounds was 13 set on Dec. 19, 2014 at Hampton.
- Mekowulu notched his third career double-double with 16 points.
- The redshirt-junior also recorded a career high with four blocked shots.
- Kamar McKnight scored in double figures (11) for the third time this season.
- It was Delano Spencer's sixth game this season with double figures (12) and 17th time in his career.
- The Tigers outrebounded the Bulldogs 52-34.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tigers made five of their first 10 shots to take an 11-4 lead six minutes into the game.
- Fisk cut the lead down 17-16 thanks to a 12-5 run that was capped with a layup from Joshua Madison. The Tigers were able to retake a seven-point edge on two Christian Mekowulu free throws with 3:25 left in the half for a 25-18 TSU lead.
- At the half, TSU took a 27-23 lead into the locker room.
- The Tigers’ defense tightened up out of the break, limiting the Bulldogs to just one field goal in the first 8:30 of the second half. Over the stretch, TSU extended its lead to 41-25.
- Fisk battled back, putting the score at 46-44 on a three from Craig Jeudy with 8:05 left. TSU took over down the stretch, however, capping the game with a 21-9 run to finish the game for the home win.
- TSU improves to 17-3 in the all-time series versus Fisk.
- The Tigers are 3-1 at home this season, 26-17 in the Gentry Center under Head Coach Dana Ford.
- Tennessee State has used the starting lineup of Armani Chaney, Delano Spencer, Ken’Darrius Hamilton, Darreon Reddick and Christian Mekowulu for the fourth-consecutive time.
- With the victory, TSU extends its win streak to three games.
Head Coach Dana Ford
“Grateful for the win. I don’t think we played particularly well. Especially on the offensive end. I thought we really struggled against the zone, I guess that can be credited to me. We don’t work on the zone a lot because we don’t play it a lot. I won’t take blame for the nonaggression. I won’t take blame for that. I thought that would have helped us a lot, in terms of attacking the basket or stepping up and shooting more confident. We’ll try to get those things fixed within the next couple of days.”
“He had a really good second half. He shot around the rim a little better. We definitely needed the 18 rebounds because we forced a lot of misses. They shot 31 percent which is nothing to complain about, and someone has to get the rebound. What we have to do is have other people get the rebound as well. We struggled there in the second half, on the glass and defending the three-point line. But without Mekowulu I don’t know what we would have been able to do.”
-On Mekowulu’s double-double
“We’re grateful for the win. We played well enough to win the game, which is the most important thing. Some guys played well and then some guys didn’t. What we’re going to clean up is the guys who are not being aggressive, the guys that are being lacksadasical, the guys that want to check out when the shot goes up. The things that really don’t require much talent are the things I’m upset with tonight. But at the same time, we defended them pretty well. We only gave up 53 points. They were stuck on 25 with 10 minutes to go. We’ve got to get better with facing zone. The zone had us standing around on the perimeter, jacking up threes. We can’t do that.”
-On importance of win
- TSU hosts Lipscomb on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Gentry Center at 7 p.m.
- The game is scheduled to air live on the OVC Digital Network and on the radio on 102.1 The Ville.