|February 27, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||JSU||TSUM|
|FG Percentage||.328 (20-61)||.590 (23-39)|
|3P FG Percentage||.125 (2-16)||.421 (8-19)|
|FT Percentage||.684 (13-19)||.846 (11-13)|
Derek St. Hilaire - 2
Final Score: Tennessee State 65, Jacksonville State 55
Records: TSU (17-13, 9-8), JSU (12-18, 7-10)
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Gentry Center
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigers men’s basketball team tied the all-time home win record of 11 with a 65-55 victory over Jacksonville State Thursday night in the Gentry Center.
Contributing to the sting of the 17 point deficit TSU placed upon JSU 20 minutes into the night The Tigers held the Gamecocks to just 16 percent shooting from the field, zero from beyond the arc, serving Jax State its lowest first-half score of the season, 13,.
With help from leading scorers Kayne Henry and Jacara Cross, who combined for 25 points, the Gamecocks returned to outscore the Tigers 42-35 in the second half to erase seven points from its deficit. However, a solid second period for the Tigers and a phenomenal period by Shakem Johnson lifted the Tigers to its 11th victory in the Gentry Center.
The Tigers lock in fifth place in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament after the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Shakem Johnson - 17
- Rebounds: Wesley Harris - 7
- Assists: Michael Littlejohn - 4
- Steals: Michael Littlejohn - 3
- Blocks: Wesley Harris - 2
- Three Tigers scored double-digits: Shakem Johnson 17, Wesley Harris 13, Michael Littlejohn 10.
- TSU shot a perfect game from the free-throw line until the final four minutes of action, ending the night 11-for-13 from the stripe.
- JSU shot 5-33 from the field in the first half (15.2 percent).
- The Tigers marked its eighth game registering 30 defensive rebounds, finishing the night with 32 total rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Big Blue kicked off the night on a 10-0 run before the Gamecocks finally hit a jumper four minutes into the half. Wesley Harris answered with his own slam assisted by big-man Shakem Johnson.
- TSU's defensive rebound game helped the team to a 24-10 lead after Jax State struggled to put a ball in the net for over five minutes of play.
- Wesley Harris continued to drain threes while the 33 shots JSU attempted turned into just 13 points.
- At the half, the Tigers led the Gamecocks 30-13, marking the lowest scoring half of the season for JSU.
- After the break, Jax State outscored the Tigers 6-2 in the first two minutes of action, improving its first half 15.2 field goal percentage.
- Johnson and Littlejohn helped the Tigers to its own 8-0 run, due to JSU foul trouble, giving the Tigers a 19 point lead, the largest of the game.
- For the remainder of the game, Jax State battled for a comeback, shrinking TSU's lead to as little as nine before the Tiger closed out the night with a Ravel Moody free throw with nine seconds on the clock.
- The Tigers lead the all-time series against the Gamecocks, 21-15.
- Big Blue is on a two-game win streak against the Gamecocks, after JSU swept the Tigers in year one under head coach Brian "Penny" Collins, Collins replied with the same for year two.
- This marked Jax State’s lowest scoring half of the season. It’s previous was against Alabama A&M with 19.
- The win places Tennessee State in the fifth spot moving into the OVC Tournament.
The Tennessee State Tigers complete its regular season at home against crosstown rival Belmont, Saturday, Feb. 29 with tip on ESPN+ set for 7:30 p.m. Big Blue will celebrate its seniors Michael Littlejohn, Emmanuel Egbuta, Jy’lan Washington and Wesley Harris.