|December 15, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NCAT||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.508 (32-63)||.521 (25-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.412 (7-17)||.400 (8-20)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (7-11)||.857 (18-21)|
- 8||CHAFFEE JR.
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 1
MOORE - 1
EGBUTA - 1
Final Score: TSU 76 – NC A&T 78
Records: TSU 3-6, NC A&T 4-6
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- In its first stop home in a month, the Tennessee State men's basketball team fell to North Carolina A&T 78-76 Saturday afternoon in Gentry Center. It’s record at home is now even, 2-2.
Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey led the Tigers for the seventh game of the season with 23 points, adding seven rebounds and a steal while shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point distance. The guard has averaged above a .500 from the field in the last four games.
Nashville-native Tripp Davis came off the bench with 11 of TSU’s 13 bench points.
Tied with 00:42 seconds left in the half, Stokley Chaffee, Jr. hit his third free throw of the night, to put TSU up 76-75. The Aggies’ Kameron Langley went up for a layup to take the lead. A one point game with only seven seconds left on the clock, TSU fouls bringing Copeland, who was 1-of-2 on the night, to the charity stripe. The junior guard misses the first, but makes the second. TSU inbounds the ball and a missed half-court shot runs out the clock for a final of 78-76.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 23
- Rebounds: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. - 8
- Assists: Armani Chaney - 6
- Blocks: Stokely Chaffee, Jr. - 1
- Steals: Emmanuel Egbuta, Armani Chaney, Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey, Damarri Moore - 1
- Chaney led the Tigers for the fifth game this season, dishing out six assists. He is averaging 3.3 assists per game.
- Four Tigers scored 10 or more points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey 23, Stokley Chaffee, Jr. 13, Armani Chaney 12, Tripp Davis 11.
- Big Blue summed 29 boards, compared to the Aggies’ 27.
- TSU finished with 18 second chance points.
- NC A&T’s Milik Gantz and Qua Copeland each finished with 20+ points (27, 25 respectively).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- North Carolina A&T hit the first bucket of the night, initiating its 15-5 run to start the half.
- Donte Fitzpatrick dunk moved TSU into double digits (10), closing the gap 17-10.
- A noticeable energy pickup on the court, initiates a few amazing assists from Damarri Moore to the corners for Tiger threes.
- NC A&T led for 18:54 of the half, before Memphis-native Fitzpatrick-Dorsey had a game-tying layup with 25 seconds left, 39-39.
- TSU came out in the second half blazing, causing the Tigers to take the lead for 14:47 of the final 20 minutes versus the Aggies.
- Improved shooting accuracy by TSU and some key trips to the free-throw line, put NC A&T on hold.
- The Aggies took 29 shots, sinking 16 in the second period, compared to TSU’s 12-of-23.
- The Tigers are now 11-15 in the all-time series over the Eagles.
- TSU 2-2 in the Gentry Center under head coach Brian “Penny” Collins.
- The game served as Alumni Night. Coach Collins and Athletics Director Teresa Phillips spoke to visiting alumni in the Hall of Fame room before the game.
- Former Tennessee State men’s basketball coach Cy Alexander served on the radio call for North Carolina A & T.
- TSU is back on the road for the next three games with its first stop at Akron Tuesday, Dec. 18.
- The game will air live on ESPN+ and on the radio on 102.1 The Ville. Tip off at 6 p.m. CT.
HEAD COACH BRIAN “PENNY” COLLINS
Hats off to Jay Jordan and his team tonight, they found a way, in the end, to make some plays and they have a really good team. They’re going to be really good in their conference. Our guys just didn’t play to the level of my expectations today. It’s learning. We have to continue to move forward.
(mindset going into last play of the game)
Basically, we wanted to get it to the corners and drive their big man, so Armani should’ve caught it and drove – he had just made a really big shot the play before, but he kind of bobbled it a little bit and should’ve just drove it, or moved it. But, he took a shot that wasn’t my favorite shot, but he shoots it with confidence every time. It didn’t go in. It’s a play I wish we could’ve had back, but it is what it is.
(on early NC A&T run)
We just had low-level energy, which crept back in towards the middle of the second half. We just didn’t have any pop at all, and that’s the main thing I talked to our guys about. Our energy level was low. This is the first time this year that I felt that our energy level just was not at the expectation level that its pretty much been since I got on this campus. Today, we just didn’t have it. At the beginning of the first half when they made that run, we weren’t playing the way I expected us to play. After we called that timeout, made some reevaluations and some substitutions, the guys kind of got back into the game.
(on bench play)
I thought they played hard tonight. I thought they were a bright point. When Tripp came into the game, I think he got 11 points off the bench, and Damarri made a lot of good defensive plays and penetrating kicks, those guys have to be good for us this entire season. We have some injuries and we have some guys down right now, but when those guys are playing to that level, they give us a nice lift every game.