Spurred by shooting from downtown the Tennessee State University was able to end 2022 on positive note, handily defeat the Trojans of Little Rock, 94-65. TSU shot 56% from distance, knocking down 14 of their 25 attempts and shot 59% overall from the field in the wire-to-wire victory.
The Tigers got off to a 7-0 start before the Trojans broke the seal on their side of the scoreboard, coming on a jumper from D.J Smith with 16:15 left in the half. TSU used a 11-0 run to extend their advantage to 26-7 at the 8:13 mark of the half. The teams played it even at 19 apiece for the remainder of the opening 20 minutes, as TSU went into the half with a 45-26 lead.
Little Rock played the Tigers much closer in the second half, as they only were outscored by 6 points, 49-43 and shot the ball better from the field at 51% (16-31) and 50% (3-6) from three-point land. However their discovery of their offensive footing was not enough to close the gap, as the Tennessee State offesne picked it up, shooting 65% (15-23) from the floor and a ridiculous 77-8% (7-9) from downtown and only missed one of their 13 free throw attempts in the half.
The Tigers scored 34 points in the paint, won the battle on the boards, 36-29 and forced 14 Trojan turnovers that turned into 10 points,
Marcus Fitzgerald led four Tigers in double figures with 27 points, JR Clay pitched in with 21 , Dedric Boyd added 14 and Adong Makuoi chipped in 10 points,
The win lifted the Tigets to (9-6, 1-1). Up next for Penny Collins’ ballclub is a trip to Edwardsville, Illinois to take on the SIUE Cougars on January 5. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 PM.
Next Game: at SIUE 1/5/2023 | 6:00 PM ESPNews 102.1 The Ville