January 25, 20201st2ndFinal
Tennessee State293564
Murray St.324476
Stats at a GlanceTSUMMSU
FG Percentage.510 (25-49) .481 (25-52)
3P FG Percentage.500 (6-12) .348 (8-23)
FT Percentage.571 (8-14) .818 (18-22)
Offensive Rebounds57
Defensive Rebounds2222
Total Rebounds2729
Turnovers1914
Steals109
Bench Points1525
LeadersTSUMMSU
PointsLITTLEJOHN - 15
MARSHALL - 15
Tevin Brown - 22
ReboundsTEAM - 5
Devin Gilmore - 10
AssistsLITTLEJOHN - 5
DaQuan Smith - 8
StealsLITTLEJOHN - 5
Tevin Brown - 3
BlocksBROWN - 1
JOHNSON - 1
Demond Robinson - 2
Men's Basketball Unable to Oust Murray State on the Road
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Men's Basketball Unable to Oust Murray State on the Road

BOX SCORE

Final Score: Tennessee State 64, Murray State 76
Records: TSU (12-9, 4-4), MSU (15-5, 8-0)
Location: Murray, Ky. 
Venue: CFSB Center
Attendance: 4,925

MURRAY, Ky. --- The Tennessee State men's basketball team failed to maintain the, eight point, 10 minute lead against the Ohio Valley Conference co-leaders Murray State, falling to the Racers on the road, 76-64.

The Tigers silenced the CFSB Center as it went on a 12-0 run to create a harrowing situation for the 2019 NCAA Tournament team. 

Michael Littlejohn and Carlos Marshall Jr. led Big Blue with 15 points a piece, adding a combined seven assists, six steals and four rebounds. 

Five Racers scored in double-digits, led by point guard Tevin Brown who went 6-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the chairty stripe. 

TSU is now 4-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while MSU remains undefeated in the league after eight games. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Michael Littlejohn/Carlos Marshall Jr - 15
    • Rebounds: Shakem Johnson/Emmenuel Egbuta/Jon Brown - 4
    • Assists: Michael Littlejohn - 5
    • Steals:Michael Littlejohn - 5
    • Blocks: Jon Brown/Shakem Johnson - 1
  • TSU led by as much as eight after a 12-0 run, holding the lead for 9:58 of the first half. 
  • Big Blue was more accurate from the floor (25-of-49) and from three-point distance (6-of-12). 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Murray took possession after jump ball, scoring on first possession. Carlos Marhsall drove to the net, missing his first shot, but a turnover on the opposite end allowing the guard to drive again and score, marking the first two points for TSU.
  • MSU answered with its own 7-0 run, forcing a Tiger timeout. 
  • The Tigers followed with its own 10-0 run over 4 minutes to lead 12-9. Shakem Johnson hit two consecutive baskets, followed by Marshall powering through a defender for a layup and topped off with Johnson going to work under the goal for two. 
  • TSU began making a noticable difference on tdefense beating MSU on the boards 12-6 helping MSU to a 7 minute drought. 
  • Littlejohn knoxked down 10 points in two minutes alone, 22-14 Tigers.
  • MSU worked to tie the game at 22 with five minutes left on the clock, 
  • Emmanuel Egbuta accounted for the final fiive points for Big Blue, made at the charity stripe within the last 4:43 of the half. Murray State led 32-29.
  • A Racer three, with a foul created a our-point play to kick off the period. 
  • Big Blue scored six before MSU hit every spot on the floor to create an 11-0 run and a 14-point lead. 
  • Marshall and Littlejohn scored two-consecutive three-point shots to move it within nine, 68-59
  • Murray closed the night going hard in the paint, 76-64. 

GAME NOTES

  • The Racers lead the all-time series against TSU, 56-17.
  • Big Blue is on a four-game losing streak with a 100-62 loss in 2019, and a 76-57 loss in 2018.
  • When taking on the Racers in Murray, the Tigers are 6-32 in the all-time series.
  • TSU is 1-5 in the last five seasons versus Murray State, with just one win at home.
  • Brian Collins is now 0-2 against the Racers. 

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