January 31, 20191st2ndFinal
UT Martin264167
Tennessee State353368
Stats at a GlanceUTMTSUMBB
FG Percentage.404 (23-57) .469 (23-49)
3P FG Percentage.409 (9-22) .391 (9-23)
FT Percentage.667 (12-18) .813 (13-16)
Offensive Rebounds1111
Defensive Rebounds1724
Total Rebounds2835
Turnovers1622
Steals48
Bench Points2640
LeadersUTMTSUMBB
PointsRANDALL II - 17
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 23
ReboundsPARKS - 6
EGBUTA - 6
CHAFFEE JR. - 6
AssistsLITTLE - 6
McKNIGHT - 3
StealsRANDALL II - 1
PARKS - 1
HAWTHORNE, JR. - 1
BOGAN - 1
HENDERSON - 3
BlocksEGBUTA - 1
CHAFFEE JR. - 1
Tigers Beat UT Martin in Return to the Gentry Center, 68-67
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Tigers Beat UT Martin in Return to the Gentry Center, 68-67
Photo by Price Chambers

BOX SCORE 

Final Score: TSU 68, UT Martin 67
Records: TSU 6-15, 3-6, UT Martin 6-14, 1-8
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.  
Attendance: 1,025

NASHVILLE --- A final drive through the lane with only five seconds on the clock earned the Tigers its third Ohio Valley Conference win of the season, 68-67, over UT Martin Thursday evening in the Gentry Center.

TSU created a dominant first half, leading by as much as 15, before leaving for the locker room at break leading the Skyhawks, 35-26.

Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey led TSU for the second game in-a-row with 23 points, adding the game-winning layup to his stat line. Stokley Chaffee, Jr. and Emmanuel Egbuta tied for the game-high rebounds. 

Three Tigers notched double-digit scoring, while four Skyhawks did the same. Chris Randall II of UTM, registered the team high 17 points in his first game in orange and blue.

TSU is now 6-15, 3-6 in conference play, and are tied for eighth. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 23
    • Rebounds: Stokely Chaffee, Jr./Emmanuel Egbuta - 6
    • Assists: Kamar McKnight - 3
    • Blocks: Stokley Chaffee, Jr./Emmanuel Egbuta - 1
    • Steals: DaJion Henderson – 3
  • TSU hit 63.6 percent from three-point distance in the first half.
  • Big Blue’s bench had 40 points.
  • UTM scored 22 points off of TSU’s 22 turnover.
  • Chaffee and Egbuta combine for 76 percent of the game-high rebounds for TSU. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • DaJion Henderson hit a quick jumper and in transition, Big Blue made a big steal on the opposite end and on the fast break, Buta launched for a dunkshot into the hands of Littlejohn for a wide open three.
  • The Tigers led by as much as 15 in the first half, closing the period 35-26.
  • A Littlejohn layup on the fast break marked the first scoring play of the second half, and on the next possession hits a three from the top of the key.
  • UT Martin went on an 8-0 run feeding the Skyhawks momentum as they worked to tie it at 46.
  • A trip to the free throw line put UT Martin up two – its first lead of the game.
  • In the battle for the lead, three Stokley Chaffee, Jr. plays placed the Tigers on top through the 11 tied scores of the second half – a dunk, a fast break dunk and a trip to the free throw line.
  • Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey drives the lane to put TSU up by one, leaving 3.3 seconds on the clock. 

GAME NOTES

  • TSU improves to 34-26 in the all-time series against the Skyhawks, 20-9 at home.

UP NEXT
The Tigers are back home for Academic Night, Saturday, Feb. 2. Tipoff for the men is set for 7:30 p.m.

QUOTES
HEAD COACH BRIAN “PENNY” COLLINS

(opening statement)

I just wanted to give my credit to Coach Stewart, he does an incredible job with his group. He’s got a couple guys out tonight, and he had a great game plan. I love the way he changed defenses. I had sleepless nights over the last 48 hours, worried about how those guys guard and how they shoot the ball, and I really admire what he’s doing.

(on rallying in the second half)

This whole season has been how this game was tonight. Our biggest issue with this team is being able to sustain positive play. When we have the lead, we have to continue to keep it simple and stay solid, and we stopped being that way, and that allowed them to get back in it. We gave up transition points and we took quick threes, and fell over the jump shot, and that’s what got us down. The positive part of it is our guys were able to have some resiliency in the first half.

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