Tennessee State comes up short against High Point in SoCal Challenge Finals

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The Tennessee State men’s basketball team got a 28-point showing from the bench, but fell 77-72 to the High Point Panthers at The Pavilion at Jserra Wednesday in the championship game of the SoCal Challenge. 

The Tigers (4-2) had four players score in double figures, led by Dedric Boyd, who had 12 points. Adong Makuoi tacked on 12 points and Christian Brown helped out with 12 points off the bench.

The Tennessee State offense made hay from downtown, making eight threes on 28 attempts. Boyd hit two treys for the Tigers in the contest.

Tennessee State forced 16 High Point turnovers while committing 10 themselves in Wednesday’s game. The Tigers turned those takeaways into 20 points on the other end of the floor. Zool Kueth led the way individually with two steals.

How It Happened

After falling behind 3-0, Tennessee State went on a 10-0 run with 19:21 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Zion Griffin, to take a 10-3 lead. The Tigers then surrendered that lead and entered halftime down 38-37.

High Point kept widening its lead after intermission, constructing a 66-64 advantage before Tennessee State went on a 6-0 run, finished off by Marcus Fitzgerald Jr.’s three, to seize a 70-66 lead with 4:22 to go in the contest. High Point re-asserted control, outscoring the Tigers 11-2 the rest of the way to hand Tennessee State the 77-72 loss. Tennessee State took care of business in the paint, recording 18 of its 35 points in the lane.

Game Notes» Tennessee State found success from beyond the arc, knocking down eight treys in the game.
» Tennessee State tallied 15 total assists in the game.
» The Tennessee State bench came alive by adding 28 points to its scoring output.
» Dedric Boyd and Christian Brown came off the bench to score 12 points apiece.
» The Tennessee State defense forced 16 turnovers.
» Tennessee State cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 11 offensive boards in the game.
» Dedric Boyd and Adong Makuoi led the Tigers with 12 points each.
» Tennessee State got a game-high 11 rebounds from Jr. Clay.

Up Next

TSU continues on the road for two more games before its return to the Gentry Center with games at Saint Louis next Wednesday and then Austin Peay on Dec. 3. 

Next Game:
at Saint Louis
11/30/2022 | 8:00 PM
102.1 The Ville

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