From Tennessee State Athletics:
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State men’s basketball team began Ohio Valley Conference play on Thursday evening with a home loss against UT Martin, 94-78. TSU had not played since December 21 due to COVID-19 protocols.
FIRST HALF: The Skyhawks ignited the scoring as UTM’s Bernie Andre and Chris Nix registered the initial seven points of the contest. The Tigers responded as Kassim Nicholson tallied four of the first six points for TSU. With 9:14 remaining in the half, Carlos Marshall Jr. drained a three-pointer to give TSU a one-point lead, 21-20. Marshall Jr.filled up the basket from long-range as he went a 5-of-6 from deep in the first half. UT Martin went on a 12-3 scoring stretch in the latter part of the half, with Andre recording five of the 12. The Skyhawks extended the lead to double digits with about four minutes left. Marshall Jr. led Tennessee State with 15 points in the opening stanza. UTM’s Andre posted 14 points in 13 minutes of action. || UTM, 49-34
SECOND HALF: Dedric Boyd splashed a three-ball to kickstart the action out of the break. UTM tallied the next seven points to extend their lead to 19, 56-37. Midway through the half, the Tigers cut the deficit to single-digits following a three-pointer from Marshall Jr., 71-62. Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. totaled 10 of his 12 points in the second half of play. The Nashville native converted 7-of-8 at the free-throw line. TSU shot 54.5% (12-of-22) from the field in the second half. However, the Tigers totaled five points in the final 5:38 of play. || UTM, 94-78
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Carlos Marshall Jr. totaled 25 points on 9-of-14 from the field, including 7-of-8 from deep.
- Kassim Nicholson tallied 12 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-10 shooting.
- Four Tigers registered double-digit scoring as Jalen Dupree and Marcus Fitzgerald Jr.joined the club.
- UT-Martin’s Bernie Andre led the Skyhawks with 24 points on 7-of-10 from the field, adding 6-of-7 at the free-throw line.
BEYOND THE BOX:
- Marshall Jr. drained seven three-pointers, the most by an individual since 2017-18; Delano Spencer, seven (7) v. Morehead State (2/15/18).
- Marshall Jr. tallied at least 20 points for the second consecutive game, becoming the first Tiger to accomplish this feat in 2021-22.
- Nicholson recorded at least 10 points and nine rebounds for the sixth time this season.
- Dupree posted double-digit scoring for the second consecutive game, his first time at TSU.
UP NEXT: Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday afternoon with an OVC battle against SEMO, with tip-off following the women’s game (approx. 3:00 p.m.).Print Friendly Version