|December 15, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||NCATM|
|FG Percentage||.390 (23-59)||.468 (22-47)|
|3P FG Percentage||.259 (7-27)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.250 (1-4)||.650 (13-20)|
OLUJOBI - 10
MEKOWULU - 2
CHANEY - 2
BOYKINS - 1
Final Score: Tennessee State 54 - North Carolina A&T 64
Records: TSU (5-4) – North Carolina A&T (6-4)
Venue: Corbett Sports Center
Location: Greensboro, N.C.
GREENSBORO, N.C. --- In the midst of a six-game road swing, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team was handed a 64-54 loss at North Carolina A&T on Friday night at the Corbett Sports Center. Senior guard Delano Spencer scored a game-high 17 points for TSU.
The Tigers (5-4) also received double-digit scoring efforts from Ken’Darrius Hamilton (15) and Kamar McKnight (10).
TSU led for 17:05 of the game, but North Carolina A&T (6-4) shot 46.8 percent from the floor on the night for the win.
The Aggies had double-doubles from Japhet Kadji with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Femi Olujobi with 11 points and 10 boards.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU LEADERS
- Points – Delano Spencer - 17
- Rebounds – Christian Mekowulu - 9
- Assists – Christian Mekowulu - 3
- Delano Spencer scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and 19th time in his TSU career.
- For Ken’Darrius Hamilton, it was his fifth time scoring 10 or more points this season and 13th time in a TSU uniform.
- Kamar McKnight reached double-digit points for the sixth time this season.
- TSU committed just 10 turnovers on the night, tying for the second fewest this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Delano Spencer made his first three shots and led the way with eight points in the first seven minutes.
- TSU led by as many as seven points in the first half on two occasions. The second came at the 10:37 mark on a three from Armani Chaney to put the score at 18-11 in favor of the visitors.
- A 13-0 run by North Carolina A&T gave the Aggies a six-point edge before the Tigers closed the gap to 27-24 heading into the locker rooms for halftime.
- The momentum quickly swung to TSU with a 7-0 run to open the second half.
- The lead shifted back to the Aggies, however, with a 12-2 stretch for a 49-39 lead with 6:28 to remaining.
- Later in the half, six points in a row from McKnight cut the TSU deficit to 51-45 with just under four minutes to play, but that was as close as the Tigers would get the rest of the way.
- Tennessee State is now 10-14 in the all-time series versus North Carolina A&T.
- It was the first meeting between the two sides since Dec. 10, 1994.
- TSU is 2-2 in road games this season.
- TSU used the starting lineup of Armani Chaney, Delano Spencer, Kamar McKnight, Ken’Darrius Hamilton and Christian Mekowulu for the first time this season.
- The Tigers take on Texas on the road on Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.
- The game will air on national TV on ESPN2 and can be heard on the radio on 102.1 The Ville.