The teams played to a stalemate through the first 8:11 play when a three-pointer from TTU’s Jaylen Sebee knotted the game at 10. Tennessee scored 8 consecutive points, taking an 18-10 on Zion Griffin’s shop from downtown. Tennessee State would enjoy as much as a twin-point advantage on two-separate occasions- at 20-10 on a Zion Griffin jumper with 8:09 left and an Adong Makuoi lay that made the score 22-12 at 6:47 to go in the half. Over the next 2:37 the Golden Eagles outscored the Tigers 11-2 as TSU missed four of its five field attempts and committed two turnovers in that time span. Tennessee State managed to keep Tennessee Tech in their rear view mirror for the remainder of the hall, and would cling to a 33-31 lead at halftime.
Tennessee Tech would finally tie the game at 48 on Brett Thompson’s jumper in the paint with 10:57 remaining in the contest. The game would be knotted at 51 and 53 apiece, respectively, over the next 2:04 before Jerome Beya’s jumper gave the Golden Eagles a 55-53 lead that they would not relinquish for the balance of the contest, taking as much a nine-point lead on multiple occasions, before capturing an eight-point win at 71-63.
Jr, Clay led three Tigers in double-figures with 22 points, and also grabbed 7 rebounds. Adong Makuoi had his third double-double of the season with 14 points a 10 rebounds; Zion Griffin also scored 14 points, while grabbing 6 boards.
With their second consecutive loss, the Tigers now find themselves at 10-9 overall but 2-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The good guys will look to bounce back from these back-to-back losses when they host Eastern Illinois Thursday. Tip-off time is scheduled for 8:00 PM CST.