|January 26, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||MSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.382 (21-55)||.533 (32-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (4-18)||.364 (8-22)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (16-22)||.778 (28-36)|
- 14||Ja Morant
- 9||Darnell Cowart
CHANEY - 2
CHAFFEE JR. - 1
McKNIGHT - 1
Final Score: TSU 62, MSU 100
Records: TSU (5-15, 2-6 OVC), MSU (16-3, 7-1 OVC)
Venue: CFSB Center
Location: Murray, Ky.
MURRAY, Ky. --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team fell 100-62 to the Murray State Racers Saturday evening in the CFSB Center.
The Racers took an early lead over the Tigers, going into halftime up 38, 60-22, the largest halftime deficit of the season for TSU. Big Blue rallied in the second half, matching MSU’s effort summing 40 points to end the night 100-62.
Three Tigers registered double-digits led by Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey with 14, marking the eighth time this season the redshirt junior has led TSU in scoring. Stokley Chaffee, Jr. closed the night with 13, 10 of which were made in the second half.
Murray State’s Ja Morant led the game with 24 points in 28 minutes of play, adding nine assists, four steals and two rebounds.
TSU is now 5-15, 2-6 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 14
- Rebounds: Chaffee, Jr. - 9
- Assists: Chaney/Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 2
- Steals: Littlejohn/Chaffee, Jr. - 1
- Blocks: McKnight/Fitzpatrick-Dorsey - 1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 10 missed shots between TSU and Murray State to start the game.
- Struggle underneath with five missed layups in-a-row by TSU.
- Kamar McKnight puts TSU on the board with a second-chance layup.
- Murray goes on 6-0 run.
- TSU held to shots from the charity stripe for four minutes, the first point that wasn’t a free throw was an Egbuta alleyoop dunk, assisted by Chaney.
- Half of TSU’S first half points were scored in the final 3:28 of the period.
- MSU lead 60-22 at the half, serving as the largest halftime deficit this season.
- 4-of-9 from the floor, all points in the paint.
- Chaffee, Jr. takes four trips to the charity stripe, shooting 7-of-8 from the line.
- The Racers improve to 55-17 in the all-time series.
- Technical fouls were issued to Ja Morant and Dave Morris.
- DaJion Henderson and Emmanuel Egbuta fouled out.
TSU returns home to host UT Martin for Greek Night, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
HEAD COACH BRIAN "PENNY" COLLINS
[on the first half]
Yeah. We just played scared tonight, our guys played an uncharacteristic game for us, and it’s something we have to bounce back from.
[on second half sideline coaching]
Yeah, once we got down, that’s all we can do. You keep on coaching hard, you keep on loving on them. We’re not changing personnel, we have to win with these guys. We just have to continue to work.
[on better second half]
We did, but that had to do with them already being up and not playing as hard anymore. We’ll take it. I did challenge our guys, and said ‘If you play the same way you just played, you’re going to get beat by 1,000.’ And we did at least make it even.
He is a good player. He’s going to play in the NBA for a long time. I’m excited to watch his future grow.
[on upcoming games at home]
We’re looking forward to being back in the Gentry Center, playing in front of our students. We really need to get into a rhythm. These are two games that we really need to play well. It’s really do or die right now. We need to come out and play well on Thursday night.
[on moving forward]
The goal is to get into the OVC Tournament, and right now, we’re digging ourself into a hole. We’re somewhere around 8,9 or 10 and if we can pull out those games next week, we’ll be back into the thick of things.