|November 05, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||AAMUMBB||TSUM|
|FG Percentage||.364 (24-66)||.661 (41-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.320 (8-25)||.500 (17-34)|
|FT Percentage||.526 (10-19)||.438 (7-16)|
Cameron Alford - 14
EGBUTA - 2
Final Score: Tennessee State 106, Alabama A&M 66
Records: TSU (1-0), AAMU (0-1)
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Gentry Center
There was no better way to start year two for head coach Brian “Penny” Collins than to defeat fellow HBCU, Alabama A&M 106-66, in front of 5,638 Tiger fans Tuesday night in Gentry Center.
Collins’ high-caliber team soared through an offensively dominate first half, outscoring the Bulldogs 64-29 thanks to sharp-shooters in newcomers Carlos Marshall, Wesley Harris, and Jy’lan Washington, while Shakem Johnson fought for points in the post.
Returning to the floor after the break, AAMU took to the board, scoring 37 points, led by TJ Parhman, who closed the night with 14 points, seven rebounds, leading his team in both categories.
The Tigers capitalized off of 14 turnovers with 32 points, pulled down seven offensive rebounds allowing for 12 second-chance points, and threw down six crowd-pumping dunks, to fuel the energy on the court, lifting TSU to its first win of the season in its home opener.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Carlos Marshall, Jr. - 22
- Rebounds: Wesley Harris - 7
- Assists: Michael Littlejohn - 7
- Steals: Mark Freeman - 2
- Blocks: Jy’lan Washington and Emmanuel Egbuta – 2
- Big Blue ended the night with five players scoring double digits: Carlos Marshall 22, Wesley Harris 15, Jy’lan Washington 13, Shakem Johnson 10 and Jon Brown 10.
- The Tiger offense committed 17 three-point field goal, shooting 50 percent from the distance.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Wesley Harris pulled up for a jumper to break the AAMU eight-point hot streak, allowing the Tigers to settle in to their game plan – show-stopping defense and a smart offense.
- The Bulldogs had a four-minute scoring drought, exclaimed by a Monty Johal dunk on the fast break on back-to-back stops.
- Every shot went contested, holding the Bulldogs to 29 percent from the floor.
- Harris, who walked off the floor with an injury, subbed in and caught a half-court pass from Michael Littlejohn for his first throw down dunk of the night.
- Backdoor pass from Monty Johal for the sixth dunk of the half.
- The Tigers left the floor at the half with a 64-29 lead over the Bulldogs.
- Littlejohn, who went scoreless in the first half but dished out seven assists, layed down two from beyond the arc.
- Up 95-50, the Tigers offense began to slow as Big Blue failed to sink a shot for 2:40. A timeout was called.
- A smart and powerful first half allowed TSU to hold its lead as AAMU went on two 7-0 runs, with seven-straight field goals made.
- Mark Freeman pulled up for a three to end the spell, followed by a Jon Brown layup and Donnie Malone’s first two-points of the night with 27 seconds left on the clock to put Big Blue over the 100 mark.
- The halftime performance artist, DJ The Rapper, awarded a student with a $1,000 scholarship.
- The all-time series versus Alabama A&M stands at 22-4.
- This marks the first season-opener win for head coach Brian Collins, after the Tigers fell to Lipscomb in Allen Arena to kick off the 2018-19 season.
- The last time the Tigers won by 40 and scored 100+ was Nov. 17, 2018 against Fisk.
The Tigers hit the road to take on Chattanooga Saturday, Nov. 9 at McKenzie Arena. Tip is set for 3:30 p.m.