January 16, 20201st2ndFinal
Morehead State202848
Tennessee State333164
Stats at a GlanceMORTSUM
FG Percentage.361 (22-61) .491 (26-53)
3P FG Percentage.000 (0-13) .286 (4-14)
FT Percentage.444 (4-9) .667 (8-12)
Offensive Rebounds1314
Defensive Rebounds1931
Total Rebounds3245
Turnovers1016
Steals63
Bench Points1210
LeadersMORTSUM
PointsBAKER - 14
MARSHALL - 16
ReboundsCLAUDE - 6
JOHNSON - 11
AssistsWALKER - 2
BAKER - 2
COOPER - 2
FREEMAN - 2
MARSHALL - 2
StealsCLAUDE - 2
HENSON - 2
LITTLEJOHN - 1
JOHNSON - 1
WASHINGTON - 1
BlocksKONE - 4
Tennessee State Welcomes Back Students with 64-48 Win over MSU
Friday, January 17, 2020
Tennessee State Welcomes Back Students with 64-48 Win over MSU

Final Score: Tennessee State 64, Morehead State 48
Records: TSU (12-6, 4-1 OVC), MSU (9-9, 3-2 OVC)
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Gentry Center
Attendance: 4,732 

NASHVILLE --- How many shots did the men's basketball team block in its eighth win in the Gentry Center this season? 11.

The Tennessee State Tigers (12-6) played the most defensively sound game of the year in its win over Morehead State (9-9) Thursday night in front of 4,700 returning students and Tiger fans. 

Ben Koné led Big Blue with four blocks in just sixteen minutes of play, adding what seems to be a lucky number for the forward, four points and four rebounds. 

Shakem Johnson registered the sixth TSU double-double of the season scoring 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. The junior-college transfer helped the Tigers retake its first place ranking in the OVC in blocked shots adding three, as well as one steal and an assist. 

The Tigers led for all but 27 seconds of the game and did so by as much as 24 points, lifting TSU to another Ohio Valley Conference victory and a fourth place spot in the league. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Carlos Marshall Jr. -16
    • Rebounds: Shakem Johnson - 11
    • Assists: Mark Freeman/Carlos Marsahll Jr. - 2
    • Blocks: Ben Koné - 4
  • The Eagles were held to zero percent from the three-point line, and 36 percent from the field. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • TSU took possession of the jump ball, dishing it to big-man Shakem Johnson for the first points of the night.
  • Morehead State turned it over, Marshall Jr hit a three. Morehead State turned it over, and Marhsall Jr. hit a jumper.
  • Four minutes of an offensive lull for the Eagles allowed TSU's paint prowess to widen the scoring gap by as much as 11 with over 10 minutes left in the first period. 
  • Back from media timeout and up 12, Littlejohn passed it inside to Johnson who went to work for another two points; Tigers lead 28-14.
  • The final 1:48 of the first period saw a turnover and three missed shots, but no action in the net. At the break, TSU led 33-20. 
  • Not even twenty seconds into the half, Washington pulled up for his confident three to set the tone for what would come. 
  • Washington put up seven points in the first three minutes of play and two free-throws to create the game-high 24-point MSU deficit.
  • Another four minute drought by the Eagles continued to hurt its chances of a comeback and the Tigers eased into its rhythm. 
  • Mark Freeman, who is usually accredited with the assists, put up six points, two jumpers and two free throws. 
  • Marshall Jr. closed the night with two shots from the charity stripe to sum 16 points for the guard and a 16 point win over Morehead State. 

GAME NOTES

  • This marks the 76th meeting between TSU and MSU.
  • The Tennessee State Tigers took its 37th win in the all-time series against Morehead State.
  • Brian “Penny” Collins is now 2-1 against the Eagles, garnering his first win against MSU in Gentry Center.
  • Big Blue is now 24-12 when playing MSU in Nashville.

UP NEXT

The Tigers return to the Gentry Center to host Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 18. Tip is set for 4 p.m. on ESPN+.

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