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Tennessee St. 3-1,0-0 OVC
Winner Oregon 3-0,0-0 Pac-12
EUGENE, Ore, – The Tennessee State men’s basketball team fell short in a 92-67 loss to the Oregon Ducks on the road Friday after trailing by just eight at halftime.
The Tigers (3-1) had three players score in double figures, led by Ej Bellinger, who had 14 points and two blocks. Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. tacked on 11 points and Jaylen Jones chipped in as well with 10 points off of the bench.
Tennessee State did a great job disrupting Oregon shots in the contest, coming away with seven blocks. Jason Jitoboh’s three rejections led the way individually for the Tigers.
How It Happened
After falling behind 38-27, Tennessee State went on an 8-0 run with 3:16 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Jitoboh, to narrow its deficit to 38-35. Oregon answered back and added to its lead, leaving the Tigers down 48-40 entering halftime.
Oregon kept widening its lead after intermission, constructing a 50-40 advantage before Tennessee State went on a 5-0 run to shrink the deficit to 50-45 with 18:05 to go in the contest. Oregon responded and outscored the Tigers the rest of the way, ending the game with a final score of 92-67. Tennessee State took care of business in the paint, recording 22 of its 27 points in the lane.
Game Notes» The Tigers were active in affecting shots on the defensive end, recording seven blocks as a team.
» Ej Bellinger led the Tigers with 14 points.
» Tennessee State got a team-high five rebounds from Marcus Fitzgerald Jr.
TSU will be back in action on Monday night as they are set to return to Nashville to host Midway. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
Next Game: Midway 11/20/2023 | 7:00 PM ESPN+ WNSR — 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Nashville), 107.9 FM (Smyrna)