|March 02, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||UTM|
|FG Percentage||.463 (25-54)||.518 (29-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.462 (12-26)||.444 (8-18)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (24-30)||.833 (25-30)|
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 5
DOVE - 7
CHANEY - 5
- 3||HAWTHORNE, JR.
- 2||HAWTHORNE, JR.
DOVE - 1
SANOE - 1
Final Score: TSU 86, UTM 91
Records: TSU (9-21, 6-12), UTM (11-18, 6-12)
Location: Martin, Tenn.
Venue: Elam Center
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team fell 91-86 to the UT Martin Skyhawks Saturday night in the Elam Center, marking the end of its 2018-19 season as Big Blue tied for seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference, but lost the tiebreaker to qualify for the postseason tournament.
The Tigers started off hot leaving the Skyhawks scoreless for the first five minutes. Unable to hold them off any longer, UTM took hold of the lead at on a 12-0 run, holding the lead for the remainder of the night.
Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey scored 19 points in the second half, 10 of which were made in the first three minutes. Michael Littlejohn also helped the Tigers comeback as the junior point guard added 14 points to TSU’s stat line.
With 1:41 on the clock, Armani Chaney threw up a three to tie the game at 80. In the final 101 seconds, TSU took two trips to the charity stripe and Tripp Davis closed out Big Blue’s night with a three, putting TSU within one. UT Martin took a final two trips to the line completing its 25-of-30 run from the stripe.
Brian Collins finished with a better first-year record than five previous TSU head basketball coaches that served full seasons.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey – 21
- Rebounds: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. and Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey – 5
- Assists: Armani Chaney and Kamar McKnight – 5
- Steals: Armani Chaney – 3
- Blocks: Emmanuel Egbuta – 2
- Two Tigers finished the night with 20+ points: DFD 21, Tripp Davis 20.
- The last time Tripp Davis shot 20+ points in a game was at CSUN.
- TSU outscored UT Martin at the three-point line, 12-8.
- Big Blue spread the offense recording 15 assists on the night.
- Blue and white had 21 fast break points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Tripp Davis kicked off the afternoon with a three, followed by a DFD drive throught the lane to put the Tigers up 5-0.
- Jonathan Martin took a trip to the charity stripe to end UTM's four-minute scoring drought.
- The Skyhawks returned from the first media timeout and went on a 12-0 run, with two shots from beyond the arc and three in the paint to take a six-point lead with 11:50 on the clock.
- Tripp Davis ended UTM's uncontested run with a made three-pointer from the corner, and was fouled on the way up to create a four-point play for Big Blue.
- The Skyhawks tossed up a quick three pointer as the first half clock expired, heading to the locker room leading by 11, 41-30.
- Stokley Chaffee, Jr. laid in a second-chance ball to kick off the second half before Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey created momentum for the Tigers return by scoring 10-straight points in just 75 seconds.
- Big Blue outpaced the Skyhawks in the first eight minutes of the second period 25-21, closing the 11-point gap made at halftime.
- With more than seven minutes left in the game, three Tigers were in foul trouble, leading to two posts, Stokley Chaffee, Jr. and Emmanuel Egbuta fouling out.
- An Armani Chaney three tied the score at 80 with 1:41 left in regulation.
- A three-point play by UTM's point guard Delfinko Bogan put the Skyhawks back on top.
- With less than one minute on the clock, and TSU down by two, the Tigers began to foul sending UTM to the line. Six of the final Skyhawk points were made from the stripe, hoisting the Skyhawks to victory and to a clinched spot in the OVC tournament.
- With the win, TSU is now 34-27 in the all-time series against UT Martin.
- Stokley Chaffee, Jr. and Emmanuel Egbuta fouled out of the game.
- With a final season record of 9-21, Brian “Penny” Collins marked a better first-year record than five previous TSU men’s basketball coaches who served full seasons.
This marks the end of the season for TSU men’s basetball.