Late shot lifts Tennessee State to victory 58-57 over Western Illinois

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TSU21 37 58
WIU28 29 

MACOMB, ILL. — Jason Jitoboh knocked down a buzzer-beating shot with just three seconds left in the game to lead the Tennessee State men’s basketball team past the Western Illinois Leathernecks 58-57 on the road Saturday.

The Tigers (11-9, 4-3) had three players score in double figures, led by Kinyon Hodges, who had 13 points and two steals. Jitoboh added 12 points and Christian Brown chipped in as well with 11 points.

Tennessee State’s defense held Western Illinois to only 38.2 percent shooting from the field. The Tigers also limited James Dent Jr. to 4-of-15 shooting in the game.

How It Happened

Tennessee State struggled out of the gate, falling behind 28-21 heading into halftime.

Tennessee State narrowed its deficit to 30-25 before going on a 7-0 run to seize a 32-30 lead with 16:26 to go in the contest. The Leathernecks narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Tigers still held on for the 58-57 win. Tennessee State took care of business in the paint, recording 22 of its 37 points in the lane.

Game Notes
» Jitoboh hit a buzzer beater with three seconds left.
» Tennessee State rallied from a seven-point 28-21 halftime deficit to pick up the win.
» The Tigers shot well from three point range, knocking down five of 11 long range attempts.
» The Tigers held the Leathernecks to only 38.2 percent shooting from the field.
» The Tennessee State bench made an impact by adding 22 points to its scoring output.
» Kinyon Hodges led the Tigers with 13 points.
» Tennessee State got five rebounds from both Jason Jitoboh and Denim Dawson.

Next Game:
at Eastern Illinois
1/27/2024 | 3:30 PM
WNSR — 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Nashville), 107.9 FM (Smyrna)

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