|February 20, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUM||EKU|
|FG Percentage||.451 (23-51)||.492 (32-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.391 (9-23)||.286 (6-21)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (7-14)||.813 (13-16)|
JOHNSON - 1
WASHINGTON - 1
MORENO - 1
Final Score: Tennessee State 62, Eastern Kentucky 83
Records: TSU (16-12, 8-5), EKU (14-14, 11-4)
Location: Richmond, Ky.
Venue: McBrayer Arena inside Alumni Coliseum
RICHMOND, Ky. --- The Tennessee State Tigers suffered a 83-62 loss at Eastern Kentucky Thursday night in the Alumni Coliseum after being unable to recover from a 16-0 start.
Wesley Harris led the team in scoring and steals with 18 points and two steals, while Mark Freeman dished out a career-high nine assists. Shakem Johnson marked his third double-double of the season registering 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Eastern Kentucky’s senior Ty Taylor led the game in scoring with 22 points, surpassing the 1,000 career points early in the matchup.
TSU is now 16-12 overall, 8-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference moving into the final three games of the regular season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Wesley Harris – 18
- Rebounds: Shakem Johnson – 10
- Assists: Mark Freeman – 9
- Steals: Wesley Harris – 2
- Two Tigers marked career highs: Mark Freeman with nine assists and Donnie Malone with four points.
- EKU scored 25 points off of TSU’s 22 turnovers. 15 of those turnovers occurred in the first half.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A missed chance at a defensive rebound accounted for the first bucket of the game after almost one and a half minutes of play, and a technical attributed to the Tennessee State bench helped the Colonels kick off what would be a 16-0 run.
- With just five and a half minutes off the clock, EKU put up eight points off of TSU’s six turnovers, five of them forced.
- An early Colonel lead, offensive discipline and a full-court press held the Tigers to just three points, shot by Jy’lan Washington.
- Big Blue struggled inside the paint, forcing the Tigers to move the ball outside of the arc to put points on the board, going 5-for-6.
- The Tigers entered the half down 53-29.
- Jy’lan Washington drove to the basket for the first layup of the second period.
- Big Blue went on a 7-0 run, outscoring the Colonels 16-8 over the first ten minutes of action.
- Turnovers halted and the Tigers fought to decrease what was a 30-point lead to 14.
- EKU closed out the game with a 7-0 run over the final three minutes, sweeping the Tigers in the 2019-20 series.
- This marks the 68th meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee State.
- EKU now leads the series 38-30. Under Brian “Penny” Collins, the Tigers are 1-3 versus the Colonels.
- TSU’s road record sinks to 4-10 with just one game left away from home.
- A technical was given to TSU’s bench with 17:02 on the clock.
- Colonel senior Ty Taylor scored his 1,000th career point early in the first half.
Big Blue continues the Kentucky road swing at Morehead State, Saturday, Feb. 22 with tip on ESPN+ set for 2 p.m. CT.