|February 28, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||SEMO|
|FG Percentage||.435 (27-62)||.545 (24-44)|
|3P FG Percentage||.217 (5-23)||.737 (14-19)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (15-21)||.771 (27-35)|
DALTON - 5
TOLBERT - 1
KAO - 1
LAROS - 1
Final Score: TSU 74, SEMO 89
Records: TSU (9-20, 6-11), SEMO (10-10, 5-12)
Location: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Venue: Show Me Center
Cape Girardeau, Mo. --- Junior guard Michael Littlejohn led the Tigers for the second night in-a-row with 18 points as the Tennessee State men’s basketball team fell, 89-74, to Southeast Missouri Thursday night in the Show Me Center, splitting the series with the Redhawks.
After a tough first half flooded with SEMO three-pointers, Tennessee State’s defense shifted to keeping the Redhawks off the perimeter. Big Blue had to fight its way back from a 12-point deficit, which it did, cutting Southeast Missouri’s lead to three, four times in the second half, but the energy the Tigers used to close the gap ran out as the Redhawks returned to the arc to sink another seven three-point shots.
Three Tigers joined Littlejohn in double figures: Tripp Davis 13, Armani Chaney 12, Stokley Chaffee, Jr. 10.
TSU moves to 9-20, 6-11 on the season, as it continues its fight for a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Michael Littlejohn - 18
- Rebounds: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. - 7
- Assists: Armani Chaney - 3
- Blocks: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. - 3
- Steals: Tripp Davis - 2
- Over half of TSU’s points were made in the paint (38).
- SEMO shot 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from beyond the arc.
- Big Blue hit three more field goals than the Redhawks.
- The Tigers grabbed 34 rebounds compared to SEMO’s 31.
- TSU had a season-low nine turnovers, and scored 16 points off of Southeast Missouri’s 10.
- The Tigers outscored its first-half efforts, 34-40.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- SEMO takes a quick 14-point lead shooting 7-of-9 from the floor, 4-of-5 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, all in the first seven minutes of the half.
- A Tripp Davis three closed TSU’s 3:05 minute scoring drought.
- The Redhawks led Big Blue at the half, 46-34.
- Michael Littlejohn for through traffic to cut SEMO’s lead to seven.
- A 7-0 run allowed the Redhawks to increase its lead to double digits.
- Dave Morris went to the line for the final two Tiger points, closing the night 89-74.
- The Tigers are now 27-23 in the all-time series against the Redhawks.
- Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey fouled out with 8:20 left on the clock. Kamar McKnight fouled out with 4:46 on the clock.
The Tigers end the regular season at UT Martin this Saturday, Mar. 2 at the Elam Center. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
HEAD COACH BRIAN "PENNY" COLLINS
[on empty tanks after battling back and cutting it to three]
It’s hard to win games when you have to keep having to battle back, battle back, battle back. We have to get away from this battle back stuff. That was the key tonight. Every time we got back in the game, we come out of those timeouts, we come out of those dead ball situations, and we didn’t take advantage of those situations.
[on three-point shooting]
I wasn’t surprised because we know how well they shoot the ball, and that was something that we talked about, we just couldn’t stop the bleeding. Even in the first half, they made 7-for-10 from the three. We talked about it at halftime, ‘We cannot continue to let them make threes. We have to guard the three-point line,’ and they come out the second half and go 7-for-9. We went man, they made threes, we went zone, they made threes. We just couldn’t stop the bleeding. Hats off to them for that.
[on Michael Littlejohn]
He made some good shots for us. He made some good drives. He took a couple of quick rushed ones that I wish we could get back. We cut it to three and he took a quick one in transition and I just feel like we could get that back when it was 64-61. I don’t knock him for knock him for having the confidence to take that shot, but I just thought it was a little quick. If we could get that one possession back, no telling what the outcome could be.
[on four guard lineup]
That’s one of the dangerous parts of our team – our guards. We wanted to stay with that lineup, but we got into foul trouble with Donte fouling out and then Kamar fouled out, so we had to go back to our traditional lineup, but that’s just a part of the game.