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November 09, 20191st2ndFinal
Tennessee St.292857
Chattanooga253459
Stats at a GlanceTSUUTC
FG Percentage.439 (25-57) .350 (21-60)
3P FG Percentage.267 (4-15) .316 (6-19)
FT Percentage.600 (3-5) .579 (11-19)
Offensive Rebounds514
Defensive Rebounds3229
Total Rebounds3743
Turnovers1613
Steals26
Bench Points1511
LeadersTSUUTC
PointsMarshall, Jr. - 16
Jean-Baptiste - 11
Ryan - 11
ReboundsEgbuta - 8
Johnson - 11
AssistsFreeman - 5
Johnson - 3
StealsLittlejohn - 1
Harris - 1
Vila - 2
BlocksWashington - 2
Vila - 1
Doomes - 1
Last Second Play Unsuccessful in the Tigers' First Road Loss to Chattanooga
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Last Second Play Unsuccessful in the Tigers' First Road Loss to Chattanooga
Photo Credit: Frank Mattia

Final Score: Tennessee State 57, Chattanooga 59
Records: 
TSU (1-1), UTC (1-1)
Location: 
Chattanooga, Tenn.  
Venue: 
McKenzie Arena
Attendance: 
2,694 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- A 13-point lead in the first half was overtaken by efficient second-period Chattanooga shooting as the Tennessee State men’s basketball team dropped its first road contest to the Mocs Saturday evening in McKenzie Arena. 

The Tigers outplayed the home team during the first half, shooting 46 percent from the field, pulling down 22 rebounds and dishing out four assists, TSU’s lead at the half was thanks to TSU sharing the ball, and playing hard defense.

Chattanooga returned from the half, down 29-25. David Jean-Baptiste, the Mocs’ leading scorer proved why he earned the title, putting up eight points in the second period alone, including a three with 31 seconds on the clock that would prove detrimental to the Tigers’ chance of its first road win.  

In the final seconds of the night, Marshall was fouled while pulling up for a three-point shot with one second left in the game. No shot and a three-point deficit caused the TSU bench to call a timeout to craft a game plan. Marshall made the first free-throw, bounced the second off the backboard in hopes of TSU rebounding and laying it in to tie, however the Mocs grabbed the rebound to end the night.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders:
    • Points: Carlos Marshall, Jr. - 16
    • Rebounds: Emmanuel Egbuta - 8
    • Assists: Mark Freeman - 5
    • Blocks: Washington– 2
    • Steals: Harris/Littlejohn – 1

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Mocs got off the first shot from the newly inputted men’s three-point line.
  • The Tigers followed with three back-to-back-to-back scoring plays and three stops, holding UTC 6-3.
  • Monty Johal cleared up the 1:40 scoring drought from both clubs as he pulled up for a three.
  • Emmanuel Egbuta came in off the bench and added four points down low. Eight of the Tigers’ 13 points were made in the paint.
  • Foul trouble took the Mocs to the line three times within a minute of play – Rod Johnson sinking three free throws for UTC.
  • Emmanuel Egbuta pushed through traffic for a potential three-point play, missing the free throw.
  • A last-second three-point shot by the Mocs’ leading scorer David Jean-Baptiste decreased the Tigers’ lead to just three, 29-25, heading to the locker room at the half.
  • UTC outscored the Tigers in the first five minutes of play to kick off the second half.
  • The Mocs took a one-point lead, then a three-point lead thanks to back-to-back shots and a Tiger turnovers.
  • Egbuta dove on the floor to dish Carlos Marshall the assist on a three TSU needed to try and halt UTC’s momentum.
  • Chattanooga went on a run to increase its lead to as much as seven.
  • With Michael Littlejohn and Mark Freeman on the floor, the offense began to function and the Tigers fought to decrease Chatt’s lead.
  • Michael Littlejohn to Jy’lan Washington for a dunk, allowing the Tigers to regain the lead.
  • Again, foul calls brought the Mocs to the line, putting key players in foul trouble, and allowing UTC to take the lead with two shots at the free throw line.
  • With 49 seconds left on the clock, and the Mocs up one, Jean-Baptiste pulled up from beyond the arc for a three.
  • A last second foul while Carlos Marshall pulled up for a three, allowed the Tiger to brainstorm, how to make up for the three-point deficit.
  • Marshall made the first free-throw, bounced the second off the backboard in hopes of TSU rebounding and laying it in to tie, however the Mocs grabbed the rebound to end the night. 

GAME NOTES

  • This marks the 34th meeting between the two teams.
  • UTC improves to 21-13 in the all-time series.

UP NEXT

The Tigers head home to the Gentry Center as they host Lipscomb, Nov. 12 for Black Excellence Night. Tip is set for 7 p.m.