Sputtering offense in the second half proved to be the Tigers undoing as they fell to the Governors of Austin Peay 77-61 in Clarksville, Tennessee on Saturday.
Tennessee State, who shot 51.9% from the floor in the first half, was able to battle back after falling behind 20-12 on Sean Durugurdon’s three-pointer with 10:32 left in the half. The Tigers scored 8 consecutive points over the next 3 minutes to tie the game at 20 on a Marcus Fitegerald Jr jump shot.
The balance of the first half would see five lead changes and a tie before ultimately Tennessee State would take a 36-30 lead at the half.
Basketball regardless of the level, is a make or miss game and in the second half Tennessee State did plenty of missing, shooting a mere 8-23 in the second half. Austin Peay needed just 2:10 to erase a six-point halftime deficit stying the contest at 36 when Cameron Copeland connected from downtown. The Tigers got to within a deuce on multiple occasions – at 42-40 on a pair of Fitzgerald free throws and a 44-42 on a dunk from David Acosta – but never any closer. Austin Peay went up by as much as 17 points, before ultimately claiming victory,77-61.
Marcus Fitzgerald and Jr. Clay led the scoring for Tennessee State with 16 points apiece; David Acosta was the other Tiger who scored in double figures with 15 points and 5 rebounds.
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