December 15, 20191st2ndFinal
Tennessee State363066
Fordham233861
Stats at a GlanceTSUMFU
FG Percentage.436 (24-55) .400 (24-60)
3P FG Percentage.467 (7-15) .286 (6-21)
FT Percentage.611 (11-18) .636 (7-11)
Offensive Rebounds1812
Defensive Rebounds2717
Total Rebounds4529
Turnovers1710
Steals511
Bench Points3519
LeadersTSUMFU
PointsHARRIS - 17
BROWN - 17
Chuba Ohams - 14
ReboundsTEAM - 8
Chuba Ohams - 12
AssistsLITTLEJOHN - 4
FREEMAN - 4
Josh Colon - 5
Antwon Portley - 5
StealsBROWN - 2
Jalen Cobb - 3
Josh Colon - 3
BlocksLITTLEJOHN - 1
JOHNSON - 1
Joel Soriano - 2
Onyi Eyisi - 2
Tigers Defeat Fordham 66-61 in First Road Win of the Season
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Tigers Defeat Fordham 66-61 in First Road Win of the Season

Final Score: Tennessee State 66, Fordham 61
Records: TSU 7-4, 0-0 OVC, Fordham 5-5, 0-0 A10
Location: Bronx, N.Y.
Venue: Rose Hill Gymnasium
Attendance: 1,524

BRONX, N.Y. --- In it’s first true road win of the season, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team defeated the Fordham Rams, 66-61 in the historic Rose Hill Gymnasium Sunday afternoon.

Wesley Harris carried the offensive effort for TSU in the first half, scoring 15 points, helping Big Blue enter the break with a 13-point lead over the Rams. Jon Brown stepped on the court for the second period ready to dominate as the junior put up 13 points - marking his best shooting night of the season, finishing the night with a career-high 17 points. 

Defensively, the Tigers shut Fordham down, grabbing 27 defensive rebounds - two less than FU's total rebounds, and registered two blocks and two steals over the course of the afternoon. 

Tennessee State's bench contributed over half of Big Blue's 66 points, putting up 35 thanks to Brown and Bronx, New York, native Emmanuel Egbuta who added 10 points. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Brown/Harris - 17
    • Rebounds: Koné/Harris/Marshall - 6
    • Assists: Freeman/Littlejohn - 4
    • Steals: Jon Brown - 2
    • Blocks: Littlejohn/Johnson - 1

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Fordham took possession off jump ball, however a Michael Littlejohn block haulted the Rams offense.
  • Two minutes in, guard Erten Gazi pulled up for a three-point putting points on the board for Fordham.
  • Not 30 seconds later, Wesley Harris’ jumper in the paint marked TSU’s first points of the night.
  • Carlos Marshall Jr. came off the bench and sank a corner three, followed by a Koné jumper allowing Tennessee State to take the lead 7-5.
  • Fordham failed to score for over three minutes, allowing TSU to go on a 13-0 run.
  • Wesley Harris hit double-digit scoring with 7 minutes left in the half with a fade away three.
  • A Brown layup and Harris shot from beyond the arc increased Big Blue's lead to 29 -15.
  • The final five minutes of the first half were slow offensively as TSU went scoreless for 4:49 and Fordham 3:39. 
  • Freeman cleared up the drought with a jumper in the paint.
  • Harris extended TSU's lead over the Rams at the charity stripe, 36-21.
  • Egbuta slams one to ignite the TSU alumni and fans in Rose Hill, including his family. Big Blue went into the break leading 36-23.
  • The Tigers struggled going 0-for-6 to start the second half.
  • With three minutes off the clock, Mikey Littlejohn hit two free throws for Big Blue's first points of the period. 
  • Fordham outscored TSU 7-2 in first four minutes of play.
  • Six minutes into the half, Brown began his domination with a three-pointer assisted by Freeman - TSU's first field goal.
  • A Josh Colon layup marked the first tie of the game, 41-41.
  • Tied at 41, Egbuta, Brown and Marshall did work in the paint to take hold of the lead.
  • With the clock expiring, Freeman missed a mid-range jumper that was tipped out to Carlos Marshall Jr. for the rebound, who dished it to Brown in corner, who ran the baseline for the layup.
  • Efficient scoring for the Rams kept the game within two for much of the second half after tying it at 41. 
  • A crowd-pumping dunk by Brown extended TSU’s lead to four, giving the Tigers hope of a win.
  • Under pressure from the shot clock, Freeman pulled up from far beyond the arc for TSU's final three points of the game.
  • The Rams finished once more around the rim before time expired, TSU taking it, 66-61.

 GAME NOTES

  • TSU improves to 2-0 in the all-time series with Fordham.
  • Brian “Penny” Collins is now 1-0 against the Rams.
  • This marks the first true road win of the year for Tennessee State.
  • Fordham’s Ivan Raut earned a technical foul Ivan at the 13:54 mark in the first half.

UP NEXT

Tennessee State men’s basketball continues play on the road in Terra Haute, Indiana as the Tigers take on Indiana State, Wednesday, Dec. 18. Tip on ESPN3 is set for 7 p.m.

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