January 30, 20201st2ndFinal
Tennessee State284472
Jacksonville St.313162
Stats at a GlanceTSUMJSU
FG Percentage.482 (27-56) .310 (22-71)
3P FG Percentage.143 (2-14) .208 (5-24)
FT Percentage.696 (16-23) .650 (13-20)
Offensive Rebounds1311
Defensive Rebounds4019
Total Rebounds5330
Turnovers183
Steals14
Bench Points1135
LeadersTSUMJSU
PointsJOHNSON - 18
Jacara Cross - 18
ReboundsMARSHALL - 13
Jacara Cross - 8
AssistsMARSHALL - 4
Derrick Cook - 3
Cam Jones - 3
StealsJOHNSON - 1
Ty Hudson - 1
Derrick Cook - 1
Elias Harden - 1
Martin Roub - 1
BlocksJOHNSON - 2
Kayne Henry - 2
Tigers Top Gamecocks in Jacksonville
Friday, January 31, 2020
Tigers Top Gamecocks in Jacksonville

Final Score: Tennessee State 72, Jacksonville State 62
Records: TSU (13-9, 5-4), JSU (9-13, 4-5)
Location: Jacksonville, Ala.
Venue: Pete Mathews Coliseum
Attendance: 1,630

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. --- Two double-double performances by Shakem Johnson and Wesley Harris lifted the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to its fifth Ohio Valley Conference win, 72-62, Thursday night in the Pete Mathews Coliseum on the campus of Jacksonville State University.  

A low-scoring game over the course of the first twelve minutes of the first half, JSU led TSU 19-8 after a 17-0 run. Tennessee State picked up steam to close the 11-point lead to as little as three before the Gamecocks entered the locker room leading, 31-28.

Leading scorer Johnson kicked off the second half with six-straight points, setting the tone for the half. TSU went 15-for-24 from the field, 14-for-21 from the charity stripe and grabbed 24 rebounds in the second half alone. 

Johnson scored a team-high 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Harris, in his first game back after a four-game break, scored 14 points, 11 rebounds. Two more Tigers notched double-digit scoring while one other grabbed double-digit boards. 

TSU is now 13-9 overall, 5-4 in OVC play moving into the weekend.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Shakem Johnson - 18
    • Rebounds: Carlos Marshall - 13
    • Assists: Carlos Marshall - 4
    • Blocks: Shakem Johnson - 2
    • Steals: Shakem Johnson – 1
  • Four Tigers scored double digits: Johnson 18, Harris 14, Littlejohn 13, Egbuta 10.
  • Three Tigers grabbed double-digit boards: Marshall 13, Harris 11, Johnson 10.
  • Two Tigers recorded double-doubles: Shakem Johnson 18 points, 10 rebounds and Wesley Harris 14 points, 11 rebounds.
  • Big Blue held the Gamecocks to 31 percent shooting from the field.
  • TSU grabbed 23 more rebounds than Jax State.
  • This marks the third time TSU has won a game when down at the half.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Over two and a half minutes ran off the clock before either team could get a shot to sink, and that was Jacksonville State with an up-and-under layup.
  • Another 1:30 ran off the clock before Michael Littlejohn drove the lane for a TSU layup.
  • Just three baskets between teams were scored within seven minutes of play.
  • Shakem Johnson threw down the first slam of the night, increasing Big Blue’s lead, 8-2.
  • JSU then went on a 14-0 run punctuated by back-to-back three-point shots.
  • Jy’lan Washington free throws and Littlejohn three-pointers decreased what was an 11-point lead to just three.
  • The Gamecocks entered the break leading 31-28.
  • Johnson stepped on the court and went for an unanswered six points to kick off the half.
  • The Tigers followed with an 8-0 run to increase its lead to 44-38 – the largest of the night.
  • Washington drew a foul for a three-point play; TSU led 59-53.
  • TSU outscored JSU 13-9 in the final three minutes of play to close out its second OVC road win, 72-62.

GAME NOTES

  • The Tigers lead the all-time series against the Gamecocks, 20-15.
  • When taking on Jacksonville State in Alabama, TSU is 6-12 in the all-time series.
  • In the last four seasons, TSU is 3-2 in Jacksonville.
  • Brian “Penny” Collins is now 1-2 against Jax State.   

UP NEXT

Tennessee State ends its four-game road-swing at Tennessee Tech, Saturday, Feb. 1. Tip on ESPN+ is set for 7:30 p.m.

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