|November 10, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.414 (29-70)||.491 (28-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.323 (10-31)||.214 (3-14)|
|FT Percentage||.846 (11-13)||.871 (27-31)|
Final Score: TSU 79 - Lipscomb 86
Records: TSU 0-1, Lipscomb 2-0
Venue: Allen Arena
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- In a back-and-forth game that went down to the wire, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team battled to the end in an 86-79 road loss at reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Champion Lipscomb on Saturday at Allen Arena. The game was the season opener for the Tigers and the first game in Brian “Penny” Collins’ TSU head coaching career.
In his first game for TSU (0-1), Ole Miss transfer Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey exploded for a career-high 26 points, including 14 in the first half. Redshirt junior guard Kamar McKnight also had a career best with 19 points to go with 10 points from Jalen Duke.
TSU trailed throughout the first half, as Lipscomb (2-0) took a 41-40 halftime edge. The Tigers secured their first lead 1:31 into the second half on a three-point play from Fitzpatrick-Dorsey to spark a see-saw half.
The second half featured eight ties and eight lead changes with Lipscomb scoring the final five points of the game to pull away.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 26
- Rebounds: Stokley Chaffee Jr. - 7
- Assists: Armani Chaney – 5
- Steals: Armani Chaney - 5
- TSU forced Lipscomb into 18 turnovers on the day.
- The Tigers limited the Bisons to 3-of-14 shooting (21.4 percent) from three-point range.
- Stokley Chaffee Jr. set a new career high with four blocks.
- Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey’s previous career high was 16 versus Mississippi State when he was playing for Ole Miss.
- Kamar McKnight’s previous high for points also came against Lipscomb (17 points) on Dec. 2, 2017.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Three early TSU turnovers helped the Bisons take an 11-4 advantage five minutes into the game.
- The Tigers turned up the defensive pressure, forcing five turnovers leading to four points on the other end to claw back into the game. TSU cut the Lipscomb lead down to 20-15 with 11 minutes to go before halftime.
- TSU trimmed the Bisons’ advantage down to two at 29-27 before Lipscomb regained a six-point edge.
- A transition layup from Kamar McKnight cut TSU’s deficit to just one at 41-40 heading into halftime.
- TSU’s first lead of the game came 1:31 into the second half when Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey finished a layup and completed a three-point play for a 44-43 edge.
- Later in the half, a three from Tripp Davis gave the Tigers a 59-56 advantage with 11:44 to go in the second half.
- A free throw from Fitzpatrick-Dorsey with 4:27 tied the score at 74-74.
- Down 81-78 with 1:14 left, Fitzpatrick-Dorsey made one free throw to cut the Lipscomb lead down to 81-79.
- Lipscomb was able to ice the game down the stretch by scoring the final five points of the night for the 86-79 victory.
- Saturday marked the first game in Brian “Penny” Collins’ TSU head coaching career.
- TSU is 3-6 in the all-time series versus Lipscomb.
- The Tigers are 1-3 in road games in the series.
- Making their TSU debuts in the game were Michael Littlejohn, Monty Johal, Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey, DaJion Henderson and Dave Morris.
- Lipscomb is the defending Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Champion. The Bisons are ranked 22nd in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll.
- TSU hosts Little Rock on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. for the home opener at the Gentry Center.
- The game will air live on ESPN+ and on the radio on 102.1 The Ville.