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February 08, 20201st2ndFinal
Murray State334073
Tennessee State293665
Stats at a GlanceMSUMTSUM
FG Percentage.481 (26-54) .392 (20-51)
3P FG Percentage.429 (6-14) .320 (8-25)
FT Percentage.750 (15-20) .739 (17-23)
Offensive Rebounds77
Defensive Rebounds2624
Total Rebounds3331
Turnovers1617
Steals84
Bench Points178
LeadersMSUMTSUM
PointsBrown - 28
WASHINGTON - 24
ReboundsGilmore - 8
Williams - 8
WASHINGTON - 12
AssistsSmith - 3
Brown - 3
FREEMAN - 4
LITTLEJOHN - 4
StealsSmith - 3
JOHNSON - 2
BlocksRobinson - 1
Williams - 1
MARSHALL - 2
WASHINGTON - 2
Men's Basketball Drops Saturday Night Matchup to Murray State
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Men's Basketball Drops Saturday Night Matchup to Murray State

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Final Score: Tennessee State 65, Murray State 73
Records:
TSU (15-10, 7-5), MSU (18-6, 11-1)
Location:
Nashville, Tenn.
Venue:
Gentry Center
Attendance:
3,102

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State men’s basketball team suffered its second home loss to the Murray State Racers Saturday night in the Gentry Center, 73-65.

The Tigers led for 12 minutes of the first half, by as much as nine, before the Racers fought to tie the score four times. Leading 33-29 at the half, Murray State followed its performance outscoring TSU 40-36 in the second as well. Jy’lan Washington paced the evening leading the first half with 12 points, ending the night leading the Tigers with 24 points, 13 rebounds. Michael Littlejohn contributed 13 points, four rebounds, four assists.

Murray State’s Tevin Brown and KJ Williams combined for 41 points, Brown leading the night with 28 points.

The Tigers are now 15-10 overall, 7-5 in league play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Jy’lan Washington - 24
    • Rebounds: Jy’lan Washington - 12
    • Assists: Michael Littlejohn - 4
    • Steals: Shakem Johnson - 2
    • Blocks: Carlos Marshall Jr./Jy’lan Washington – 2
  • Three Tigers scored in double-digits: Washington 24, Littlejohn 13, Wesley Harris 10.
  • Washington marked his second double-double of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Murray State gained possession after the jump ball.
  • Carlos Marshall Jr. came up with the steal on Big Blue’s end, trying for a layup but missing. Shakem Johnson answered with TSU’s second steal in less than 30 seconds of play. Jy’lan Washington had hands on the ball and pulled up for a three.
  • Michael Littlejohn executed a smooth up and under to increase Big Blue’s lead, 16-3.
  • MSU went on a 9-0 run tying it at 20.
  • The Tigers entered the break down 33-29.
  • Murray State kicked off the second period with a three from one of its leading scorers, Jaiveon Eaves.
  • Wesley Harris drove the lane on the fast break for a Tiger layup for TSU’s first points of the half.
  • MSU outscored TSU 8-5 in the first four minutes of action, eventually leading to the Tigers falling into a 10-point deficit.
  • Back-to-back threes by Jy’lan Washington and Michael Littlejohn helped TSU sit within three points of the Racers.
  • Scoring lulls combined with MSU runs hurt Big Blue’s chances of a victory, but work beyond the arc allowed the Tigers to shrink the Racers’ lead to just three.
  • Murray State ended the night on a five-point run.

GAME NOTES

  • The Racers lead the all-time series with Tennessee State 56-17 and have won the last five and are 19-of-21 since 2009.
  • Big Blue’s last win was in 2016 at home and their last win in Murray was in 2012. 
  • Brian “Penny” Collins is 0-3 against Murray State.
  • Shakem Johnson fouled out with 10:57 left in the game.

UP NEXT
The Tigers take on crosstown rival Belmont in the Curb Center next Thursday, Feb. 13. Tip on ESPN+  is set for 7 p.m.

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