|December 18, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||ISU|
|FG Percentage||.475 (28-59)||.390 (23-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.158 (3-19)||.250 (5-20)|
|FT Percentage||.481 (13-27)||.692 (27-39)|
Egbuta - 1
Moody - 1
Brown - 1
Johnson - 1
Egbuta - 1
Kone - 1
Final Score: Tennessee State 72 , Indiana State 78
Records: TSU (7-5) , INS (6-4)
Location: Terra Haute, Ind.
Venue: Hulman Center
TERTRA HAUTE, Ind. --- Down 16 with eight minutes left in the second half, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team battled its way down to a four-point deficit before the Sycamores of Indiana State took two free-throws to end the night in the Hulman Center, 78-72.
In just 19 minutes of play, senior Emmanuel Egbuta notched team-highs in scoring and rebounds, 15 points, 9 boards for TSU who now holds a 7-5 overall record with just one non-conference matchup left in the year.
The 7-5 start for Big Blue marks the best non-conference run since the 2016-17 season when TSU went 9-3.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Emmanuel Egbuta - 15
- Rebounds: Emmanuel Egbuta - 9
- Assists: Littlejohn – 5
- The Tigers finished the night with 44 points in the paint.
- Big Blue held the Sycamores, who’ve averaged 42.4 percent from three-point distance to 11 percent in the second half, 25 percent game.
- Tyreke Key, Indiana State’s leading scorer finished the night with 31, shooting 18-of-22 from the free-throw line.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Shakem Johnson won the jumpball and finished the first possession of the game with a layyp around the net.
- Freeman lobbed the ball to Koné, who started his second game for TSU, for another TSU layup.
- Michael Littlejohn closed out a seven-point run with a three-pointer from the wing.
- Two minutes in after three consecutive defensive stops, Indiana State put two on the board, which kicked off a its own 7-0 run.
- Emmanuel Egbuta put down TSU’s first dunk of the night followed by an ISU three-point shot.
- The Sycamores took its’ first with another three-point shot.
- Jon Brown pulled down a defensive rebound and on the fast break passed up the court to Koné for a layup.
- Brown was called for a three-point play assisted by Littlejohn.
- The Tigers worked down low for much of its scoring opportunities as Koné went 3-of-4 and Egbuta 4-of-5.
- Shots beyond the arc weren’t falling for Big Blue as TSU went 1-of-7 from the distance.
- Carlos Marshall Jr. ended the half with a single dribble into a mid-range jumper to close it down six, 40-34.
- The half began how it would end with a foul on TSU and free-throws by Tyreke Key.
- Mark Freeman picked up the first shot of the second period, two and a half minutes in.
- Jon Brown knocked one in before Ravel Moody subbed in and made two consecutive shots.
- Leading TSU, 54-44, Wesley Harris took to the charity stripe for what would be two-of-four points on the night.
- The Tigers continued to drive to the goal or pass it down low, as they shot 58.8 percent from the floor.
- Down 16, TSU caught its second wind. For the final eight minutes, TSU outscored the Sycamores 23-13.
- The night ended at the charity stripe with two Key made free throws.
- This marks the fourth time the Tigers and the Sycamores have met.
- The first meeting was under legendary head coach Ed Martin in 1997; the Tigers fell 66-92.
- In the last matchup between the teams, Indiana State defeated Big Blue Dec. 22, 1999; TSU dropped 89-62.
- Indiana State now leads the series 4-0.
- Brian “Penny” Collins is now 0-1 against Indiana State.
- Wesley Harris fouled out with 7:17 left in the game; Mark Freeman with 4:46; Carlos Marshall, Jr. with 9.2 seconds left.
TSU ends non-conference play at home in the Gentry Center as it hosts Blue Mountain, Saturday, Dec. 21.