|November 18, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||FISK||TSUM|
|FG Percentage||.370 (20-54)||.521 (38-73)|
|3P FG Percentage||.111 (2-18)||.241 (7-29)|
|FT Percentage||.767 (23-30)||.842 (16-19)|
EGBUTA - 15
DUKES - 4
MILLER - 4
LITTLEJOHN - 2
HARRIS - 2
JOHNSON - 1
WASHINGTON - 1
Final Score: Tennessee State 99, Fisk 65
Records: TSU (3-1), Fisk (2-7)
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Gentry Center
NASHVILLE --- A high-energy rivalry brought Nashville to the Gentry Center Monday night for the Battle of Jefferson Street. The Tennessee State Tiger men’s basketball team and head coach Brian “Penny” Collins rolled past the Fisk Bulldogs and fellow-second year coach Kenny Anderson, 99-65.
Carlos Marshall Jr. finished the night with his first double-double as a Tiger with 13 points, 10 rebounds, while adding six assists. Emmanuel Egbuta did the same, working hard for 15 points, 11 rebounds.
Abysmal shooting from beyond the arc resulted in just two-three-point shots made in the first period, and a small seven-point TSU lead at the half. Graduate transfer Wesley Harris and Jon Brown carried the Tigers’ offense during the period, combining for 19 points.
The Tigers returned to shoot 20-of-36 from the field, 6-of-13 from three-point distance and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe, leaving the Bulldogs’ in the dust. Fisk suffered through an almost six-minute scoring drought, finishing the half with just 28 points compared to its 37-point first half performance.
Big Blue walked away with its third home win of the season and is now undefeated in the Gentry Center, the best the team has done at home since 2016.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Wesley Harris, Emmanuel Egbuta - 15
- Rebounds: Emmanuel Egbuta - 11
- Assists: Carlos Marshall Jr. - 6
- Blocks: Marshall Jr., Washington, Johnson - 1
- Steals: Littlejohn, Harris, Freeman - 2
- The Tigers’ marked the best free-throw percentage this season, shooting 16-of-19 (84.2 percent).
- Two Tigers registered double-doubles: Marshall Jr. – 13 points, 10 rebounds; Emmanuel Egbuta – 15 points, 11 rebounds
- Six shot double-digits: Harris 15, Egbuta 15, Littlejohn 13, Marshall Jr. 13, Brown 11, Washington 10.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Gentry Center was left on their feet for an entire two-minutes of playing time as the Tigers and Bulldogs went 0-for-7 from the floor.
- Jy’lan Washington pulled up for a jumper in the paint to put the Tigers on the board.
- Wesley Harris and Shakem Johnson, in true TSU fashion, threw down hard-hitting dunks, each assisted by Michael Littlejohn.
- Fisk went six minutes before finally putting a single point on the board thanks to an A.J. Hassell free throw.
- The free throw and a few Bulldog supporters in the stands created momentum for the blue and gold as Fisk went on an 8-0 run.
- Jon Brown began to hit the paint, sinking back-to-back shot for the Tigers, breaking Fisk’s run.
- Foul trouble brought TSU to the free-throw line – a place where TSU has struggled this season, for five points, boosting the Tigers to a 30-21 lead.
- Bulldog guards, Brandon Odell, Addison Miller and Marcus Summerville stepped up and scored all points for Fisk after the five minute mark.
- By the fourth media timeout, both teams were shooting less than 15 percent from beyond the arc, proving the paint was the place to make a play.
- The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 10-9 in the final four minutes of first-half play and entered the locker room up just 44-37.
- A 12-point run led by Egbuta and Washington allowed TSU a 70-48 lead.
- Up 85-55, Fisk went just under six minutes without a bucket.
- Multiple double-digit runs, pushed the deficit to as much as 36.
- The momentum began to slow as the clock wound down and the 99-65 win was solidified.
- TSU is now on a 12-win streak over the Bulldogs.
- Brian “Penny” Collins is 2-0 against the team.
- Big Blue is now 20-3 in the all-time series versus Fisk.
- Tennessee State is 3-0 at home, marking its best start since 2016.
TSU heads to Lubbock, Texas to take on NCAA Championship team Texas Tech Thursday, Nov. 21. Tip is set for 7 p.m.