December 18, 20171st2ndFinal
Tennessee State212546
Stats at a GlanceTSUUT
FG Percentage.395 (17-43) .353 (18-51)
3P FG Percentage.375 (6-16) .143 (3-21)
FT Percentage.750 (6-8) .667 (8-12)
Offensive Rebounds1013
Defensive Rebounds2016
Total Rebounds3029
Bench Points86
PointsMEKOWULU - 15
Osetkowski - 16
ReboundsMEKOWULU - 11
Bamba - 7
Osetkowski - 7
AssistsMEKOWULU - 2
Coleman - 7
StealsMEKOWULU - 3
Roach II - 4
BlocksMEKOWULU - 2
Bamba - 4
TSU’s Upset Bid Falls Just Short in 47-46 Defeat at Texas
Monday, December 18, 2017
TSU’s Upset Bid Falls Just Short in 47-46 Defeat at Texas


Final Score: Tennessee State 46 - RV/RV Texas 47
Records: TSU (5-5) – RV/RV Texas (8-3)
Venue: Frank Erwin Center
Location: Austin, Texas
Attendance:  8,218

AUSTIN, Texas --- Playing on the national stage against Texas, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team’s upset bid came up just short in a 47-46 road defeat at the Frank Erwin Center on Monday night. The game aired live on national TV on ESPN2.

Texas (8-3), which received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll, earned the win on a Matt Coleman jumper with 9.2 seconds left.

TSU (5-5) led for 16:46 in the game that featured four ties and 10 lead changes. The Tigers used an 8-0 run down the stretch that included a dunk from Christian Mekowulu and threes from Daniel Cummings and Delano Spencer to take a 46-45 lead with 1:26 to play before Coleman’s late-game heroics.

Mekowulu battled down low all night, picking up his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Spencer also scored in double figures with 11 points for the Tigers.


    • Points – Christian Mekowulu - 15
    • Rebounds – Christian Mekowulu - 11
    • Assists – Christian Mekowulu - 2
  • Christian Mekowulu has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games.
  • For Mekowulu, it was fourth double-double of the season and sixth of his career.
  • Delano Spencer scored in double figures for the ninth time on the season.
  • The 22 points by Texas in the second half are the third-fewest allowed by the Tigers in a half this season.
  • TSU forced 17 turnovers on the night and limited Texas to 35.3 percent shooting.


  • Cummings hit a three from the right wing to give the Tigers a 10-7 advantage just over eight minutes into the game that sparked a 7-0 run.
  • Mekowulu had a pair of contested layups on the run that put TSU up 14-7 12 minutes into the contest.
  • Texas regained the lead on a three from Kerwin Roach III to put the score at 21-19.
  • The Longhorns were able to keep the lead the rest of the half scoring 17 points off turnover in the opening 20 minutes for a 25-21 halftime edge.
  • Delano Spencer’s three off a Mekowulu offensive rebound gave the Tigers a 29-27 lead with 16:33 remaining in the second half.
  • With 12 minutes to play, the score was knotted up at 34-34.
  • Spencer hit another clutch three with nine minutes left for a 38-36 TSU advantage.
  • Later in the half, TSU used an 8-0 run capped by a Spencer three with 1:26 left to take a 46-45 lead.
  • TSU came up with two-consecutive stops before Texas’ Matt Coleman hit the game-winning shot with 9.2 seconds left for a 47-46 lead.
  • TSU’s final attempt was off the mark as Texas escaped with the victory.


  • TSU is 0-2 in the all-time series versus Texas.
  • Monday marked the first meeting between the two sides since the 1987-88 season.
  • Texas received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • TSU was playing its third-consecutive road game.
  • The Tigers are 2-3 on the road this season.
  • Monday’s game was TSU’s second on national TV this season and first since the season opener versus Kansas on ESPNU.


Head Coach Dana Ford
"I thought our guys competed really hard tonight. You know we came up on the short end of the stick, but not a whole lot to complain about. We fought on the glass. I think we outrebounded them, which is something that we try to do. We turned the ball over, but I think a lot of people will turn it over against that type of pressure. Some of our guys that hadn't played a lot came up and made some big plays and earned some more playing time. So I'm just really proud of our players and what they were able to come in here and do, this being the third game of a six-game road trip."
- On his team's performance

"What we preach is if someone makes a big shot against us, get it out and go as fast as you can. That's just something that I learned studying coaches, especially against the defense that they imposed on us today. If we let the defense set up, we probably don't even get a shot at the rim. I thought, maybe we could have put a little bit more pressure on the defense, but that was our best shooter. He made a couple and he took it and obviously it was a tough shot, but hopefully they were thinking get it out and get it to (Delano Spencer), because that's what we practice, and go."
- On the final sequence

Tennessee State redshirt junior forward Christian Mekowulu
"I just kept going at him, I knew he was going to block a couple of my shots, but I decided to keep going at him."
- On his matchup with Bamba

"I was just playing, just competing out there. I was just focused and trying to get a win. Eventually we came up short."
- On his performance in the game


  • TSU heads to West Lafayette, Ind. to face #16 Purdue on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT).
  • The game will air live on TV on the Big Ten Network and on the radio on 102.1 The Ville.