|November 12, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||TSUM|
|FG Percentage||.500 (27-54)||.542 (32-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.350 (7-20)||.364 (8-22)|
|FT Percentage||.708 (17-24)||.538 (7-13)|
MARSHALL - 1
LITTLEJOHN - 1
Final Score: Tennessee State 79, Lipscomb 78
Records: TSU (2-1), Lipscomb (1-2)
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Gentry Center
NASHVILLE --- One of the smoothest last-second mid-range jumpers you’ve ever seen lifted the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 79-78 win over Lipscomb Tuesday night in a packed Gentry Center.
The admiral Michael Littlejohn scored a career-high 23 points versus the Bisons, including the jumper in the paint for TSU’s second home win of the season – leaving the Tigers undefeated moving into the Battle of Jefferson Street set for Monday.
TSU’s offense was punctuated by West Virginia transfer Wesley Harris who went 6-for-11 from the floor, adding a three-pointer. Jy’lan Washington, who had 11 points on the night, worked the paint for trips to the free-throw line, where he shot 3-for-4.
Down 44-40 at the half, the Tigers’ walked on the court with a determination to outscore, outrebound and outplay the Bisons for the second period.
KJ Johnson, the Bisons’ leading scorer played a tough second half, scoring 14 points off the bench for LU. The Tennessee freshman hit a career-high 16 points, keeping the Bisons’ in the running, as TSU took a 13 point lead with 13 minutes left of play.
Down one with seven seconds on the clock, Johnson pulled up for a jumper to take the lead over Big Blue, 78-77. Littlejohn crossed the half-court line, dribbled through traffic and pulled up for a quick and smooth jumper as the Tiger fans celebrated the victory against crosstown foe, Lipscomb, 79-78.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders:
- Points: Michael Littlejohn – 23*
- Rebounds: Jy’lan Washington – 13
- Assists: Mark Freeman - 6
- Blocks: Wesley Harris - 1
- Steals: Johnson/Littlejohn/Marshall - 1
- Jy’lan Washington scored his first double-double as a Tigers with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
- Four Tigers scored in double-digit figures: Littlejohn 23, Harris 13, Johnson 11, Washington 11.
- Big Blue outboarded the Bisons 38-22, grabbing 23 in the second half alone.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- TSU took possession of the ball to kick off the night with Wesley Harris following through for a second-chance layup.
- The Bisons fought down low to post four lays in the paint, while TSU shot 80 percent from the field to tie it at 9.
- The Tigers went on a 6-0 run in just one minute of action to increase its lead 12-9 over Lipscomb early in the first period.
- Lipscomb answered with three jumpers and five free-throws to take the lead, 20-17.
- Down 23-21, Lipscomb attempted a quick pass inside for a layup, but the attempt was denied by a mean Wesley Harris block.
- Even at 13-of-22 from the field with 3:54 remaining, Lipscomb’s accuracy at the free-throw line made the difference in the 36-31 lead over TSU.
- A defensive stop by Ravel Moody set up Michael Littlejohn for an impressive three-point shot from the wing as the clock ran down in the first half.
- The Bisons led TSU 46-41 at the half.
- Almost two minutes passed before Jy’lan Washington was able to lay in the first points of the second half. He followed the play with a quick inbound pass from Michael Littlejohn for another TSU two.
- Another two minutes elapsed before Washington had another chance for a second-chance tip—in.
- Michael Littlejohn helped the Tigers take its first lead since the first half with a pull-up three, assisted by Jy’lan Washington.
- The crowd became electric as TSU went on another 7-0 run, punctuated by two dunks and a Littlejohn trey. Big Blue took its largest lead of the night, 62-53.
- Lipscomb’s sole points within multiple scoring droughts were thanks to trips to the free-throw line.
- Two consecutive made field goals by the Bisons decreased the Tigers’ lead, but only by a few as TSU continued to lead LU by 10.
- Lipscomb’s KJ Johnson went on a seven-point run to put the Bisons within one point, 77-76.
- Johnson pulled up for a jumper to take the lead with seven seconds on the clock.
- Michael Littlejohn sped down the court for jumper through traffic to end the night, 79-78.
- This marks the 10th meeting between TSU and Lipscomb. TSU improves to 4-6 in the all-time series.
- Brian “Penny” Collins is now 1-1 against the Bisons, undefeated at home.
- Shakem Johnson fouled out with 6:33 left in the game.
The Tigers continue its home stand on Monday, Nov. 18 as TSU hosts Fisk for the Battle of Jefferson Street. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.