Tennessee State hoops drops matchup with Lipscomb, 78-71

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Tennessee St. 6-4,0-0 OVC

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Winner Lipscomb 7-5,0-0 ASUN

Tennessee St.43 28 71
Lipscomb36 42 78

The Tennessee State men’s basketball team came up short in a 78-71 loss to the Lipscomb Bisons on the road Sunday.

The Tigers (6-4) had four players score in double figures, led by Christian Brown, who had 17 points. Ej Bellinger tacked on 12 points, two steals, and two blocks and Jaylen Joneschipped in as well with 12 points and two steals.

Bellinger pulled down three offensive rebounds to lead the Tennessee State offense which grabbed 13 boards and turned them into 15 second-chance points.

Tennessee State forced 13 Lipscomb turnovers while committing just eight themselves in Sunday’s game. The Tigers turned those takeaways into 13 points on the offensive end of the floor. Bellinger’s two steals led the way for Tennessee State.

How It Happened

After falling behind 36-34, Tennessee State went on a 9-0 run with 1:51 left in the first half to take a 43-36 lead, a score that would hold until halftime. Tennessee State relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down six shots to account for 18 of its 43 points.

Lipscomb proceeded to take a 60-55 lead before Tennessee State went on a 10-0 run to seize a 65-60 lead with 5:29 to go in the contest. Lipscomb re-asserted control, outscoring the Tigers 18-6 the rest of the way to hand Tennessee State the 78-71 loss. Tennessee State took care of business in the paint, recording 14 of its 28 points in the lane.

Game Notes» Tennessee State lit it up from beyond the arc, knocking down nine treys in the game.
» The Tennessee State defense forced 13 turnovers.
» Tennessee State cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 13 offensive boards in the game.
» Christian Brown led the Tigers with 17 points.
» Tennessee State got a team-high six rebounds from Michael Shanks.

Up Next

The Tigers will be back in action on Wednesday evening as they are set to travel to Lynchburg, Virginia, to take on Liberty. 

Next Game:
at Liberty
12/13/2023 | 7:00 PM
WNSR — 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Nashville), 107.9 FM (Smyrna)

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