Courtesy of Tennessee State Athletics
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. — The Tennessee State men’s basketball team got a 25-point showing from the bench on the way to a 74-73 win against the CSU Northridge Matadors at The Pavilion at Jserra Monday in the first game of the SoCal Challenge.
The Tigers (4-1) had four players score in double figures, led by Marcus Fitzgerald Jr., who had 17 points and five assists. Christian Brown tacked on 16 points from the bench and Jr. Clay helped out with 11 points and six assists.
The Tennessee State offense was very productive from deep, pouring in eight threes on 23 attempts. Brown was the most prolific shooter for the Tigers, draining three treys in the contest.
How It Happened
After falling behind 18-11, Tennessee State went on an 8-0 run with 11:28 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Adong Makuoi, to take a 19-18 lead. The Tigers then surrendered that lead and entered halftime down 41-40.
CSU Northridge kept widening its lead after intermission, constructing a 64-58 advantage before Tennessee State went on a 6-0 run, finished off by Zion Griffin’s three, to even the score at 64 all with 6:55 to go in the contest. The Tigers kept the rally going and took the lead for good on Fitzgerald Jr.’s jumper with 00:50 left to grab the 74-73 victory. Tennessee State got a boost from its bench in the period, as non-starters accounted for nine of its 34 total points.
Game Notes» Tennessee State found success from three-point land, knocking down eight treys in the game.
» The Tennessee State bench made an impact by scoring 25 points to its scoring output.
» Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. led the Tigers with 17 points.
» Tennessee State got four rebounds from both Adong Makuoi and Marcus Fitzgerald Jr..
TSU will face High Point on Wednesday in the SoCal Challenge
Next Game: vs. High Point — Sand Championship 11/23/2022 | 4:30 PM FloHoops 102.1 The Ville