Tennessee State comes up short in overtime against Alabama A&M, 85-83

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TSU37 38 83
AAMU29 46 10 85

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Tennessee State men’s basketball team out-rebounded the Alabama A&M Bulldogs 42-41, but fell 85-83 on the road Wednesday.

The Tigers (5-3) had four players score in double figures, led by Kinyon Hodges, who had 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals. Ej Bellinger added 19 points and Christian Brown helped out with 17 points and seven rebounds from the bench.

The Tennessee State offense was strong from downtown, pouring in eight threes on 24 attempts. Brown hit three treys for the Tigers in the contest.

The Tennessee State defense caused its share of mistakes in Wednesday’s game, forcing 16 Alabama A&M turnovers. Those takeaways turned into 15 points on the other end of the floor. Hodges’ five steals led the way individually for the Tigers.

How It Happened

After jumping out to a 20-19 advantage, Tennessee State went on a 10-0 run with 8:00 left in the first half to increase its lead to 30-19. The Tigers then lost some of that lead, but still entered halftime with a 37-29 advantage. Tennessee State got a great contribution from its bench in the period, as non-starters accounted for 12 of its 37 total points.

Tennessee State kept its lead intact before going on a 5-0 run, finished off by David Acosta’s layup, to grow the lead to 46-36 with 17:33 to go in the contest. The Bulldogs then fought back to even things up at 75-75 and send the game to overtime. Tennessee State took care of business in the paint, recording 22 of its 38 points in the lane.

Alabama A&M then edged ahead in overtime, leaving Tennessee State behind 85-83 at the final buzzer.

Game Notes» Tennessee State lit it up from beyond the arc, knocking down eight treys in the game.
» The Tigers put on a passing clinic, recording an assist on 66 percent of made baskets.
» Tennessee State lost despite a 42-41 rebounding advantage.
» The Tennessee State defense forced 16 turnovers.
» Tennessee State cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 17 offensive boards in the game.
» Kinyon Hodges and Ej Bellinger led the Tigers with 19 points apiece.
» Tennessee State got a game-high seven rebounds from Christian Brown.

Up Next

The Tennessee State men’s basketball team will be back in action on Saturday as they are set to host Austin Peay inside the Gentry Center. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m. 

Next Game:
Austin Peay
12/2/2023 | 6:00 PM
WNSR — 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Nashville), 107.9 FM (Smyrna)

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