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November 12, 20191st2ndFinal
Lipscomb443478
Tennessee State403979
Stats at a GlanceLIPTSUM
FG Percentage.500 (27-54) .542 (32-59)
3P FG Percentage.350 (7-20) .364 (8-22)
FT Percentage.708 (17-24) .538 (7-13)
Offensive Rebounds614
Defensive Rebounds1624
Total Rebounds2238
Turnovers1422
Steals33
Bench Points2713
LeadersLIPTSUM
PointsJOHNSON - 16
LITTLEJOHN - 23
ReboundsHAZEN - 4
WASHINGTON - 13
AssistsFLEMING - 5
FREEMAN - 6
StealsBUCKLAND - 2
JOHNSON - 1
MARSHALL - 1
LITTLEJOHN - 1
BlocksHOBBS - 1
HARRIS - 3
Littlejohn Jumper Lifts Tigers to 79-78 Win over Lipscomb
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Littlejohn Jumper Lifts Tigers to 79-78 Win over Lipscomb

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Final Score: Tennessee State 79, Lipscomb 78
Records: 
TSU (2-1), Lipscomb (1-2)
Location: 
Nashville, Tenn.  
Venue: 
Gentry Center
Attendance: 
4,582

NASHVILLE --- One of the smoothest last-second mid-range jumpers you’ve ever seen lifted the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 79-78 win over Lipscomb Tuesday night in a packed Gentry Center.

The admiral Michael Littlejohn scored a career-high 23 points versus the Bisons, including the jumper in the paint for TSU’s second home win of the season – leaving the Tigers undefeated moving into the Battle of Jefferson Street set for Monday.

TSU’s offense was punctuated by West Virginia transfer Wesley Harris who went 6-for-11 from the floor, adding a three-pointer. Jy’lan Washington, who had 11 points on the night, worked the paint for trips to the free-throw line, where he shot 3-for-4.  

Down 44-40 at the half, the Tigers’ walked on the court with a determination to outscore, outrebound and outplay the Bisons for the second period.

KJ Johnson, the Bisons’ leading scorer played a tough second half, scoring 14 points off the bench for LU. The Tennessee freshman hit a career-high 16 points, keeping the Bisons’ in the running, as TSU took a 13 point lead with 13 minutes left of play.

Down one with seven seconds on the clock, Johnson pulled up for a jumper to take the lead over Big Blue, 78-77. Littlejohn crossed the half-court line, dribbled through traffic and pulled up for a quick and smooth jumper as the Tiger fans celebrated the victory against crosstown foe, Lipscomb, 79-78.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders:
    • Points: Michael Littlejohn – 23*
    • Rebounds: Jy’lan Washington – 13
    • Assists: Mark Freeman - 6
    • Blocks: Wesley Harris - 1
    • Steals: Johnson/Littlejohn/Marshall - 1
  • Jy’lan Washington scored his first double-double as a Tigers with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Four Tigers scored in double-digit figures: Littlejohn 23, Harris 13, Johnson 11, Washington 11.
  • Big Blue outboarded the Bisons 38-22, grabbing 23 in the second half alone.

*career high

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • TSU took possession of the ball to kick off the night with Wesley Harris following through for a second-chance layup.
  • The Bisons fought down low to post four lays in the paint, while TSU shot 80 percent from the field to tie it at 9.
  • The Tigers went on a 6-0 run in just one minute of action to increase its lead 12-9 over Lipscomb early in the first period.
  • Lipscomb answered with three jumpers and five free-throws to take the lead, 20-17.
  • Down 23-21, Lipscomb attempted a quick pass inside for a layup, but the attempt was denied by a mean Wesley Harris block.
  • Even at 13-of-22 from the field with 3:54 remaining, Lipscomb’s accuracy at the free-throw line made the difference in the 36-31 lead over TSU.
  • A defensive stop by Ravel Moody set up Michael Littlejohn for an impressive three-point shot from the wing as the clock ran down in the first half.
  • The Bisons led TSU 46-41 at the half.
  • Almost two minutes passed before Jy’lan Washington was able to lay in the first points of the second half. He followed the play with a quick inbound pass from Michael Littlejohn for another TSU two.
  • Another two minutes elapsed before Washington had another chance for a second-chance tip—in.
  • Michael Littlejohn helped the Tigers take its first lead since the first half with a pull-up three, assisted by Jy’lan Washington.
  • The crowd became electric as TSU went on another 7-0 run, punctuated by two dunks and a Littlejohn trey. Big Blue took its largest lead of the night, 62-53.
  • Lipscomb’s sole points within multiple scoring droughts were thanks to trips to the free-throw line.
  • Two consecutive made field goals by the Bisons decreased the Tigers’ lead, but only by a few as TSU continued to lead LU by 10.
  • Lipscomb’s KJ Johnson went on a seven-point run to put the Bisons within one point, 77-76.
  • Johnson pulled up for a jumper to take the lead with seven seconds on the clock.
  • Michael Littlejohn sped down the court for jumper through traffic to end the night, 79-78.

GAME NOTES

  • This marks the 10th meeting between TSU and Lipscomb. TSU improves to 4-6 in the all-time series.
  • Brian “Penny” Collins is now 1-1 against the Bisons, undefeated at home.
  • Shakem Johnson fouled out with 6:33 left in the game.

UP NEXT

The Tigers continue its home stand on Monday, Nov. 18 as TSU hosts Fisk for the Battle of Jefferson Street. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

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