Tennessee State are winless no more! They made it harder than they had to, (on a side note, is that the storyline of the year for the OVC? Feels like I’m saying it at least once a week) but TSU gets their first win thanks to scoring 108 points. Their defense, well let’s focus on the positive.[divider]Tonight’s Scores[/divider]
Bowling Green 67, Morehead State 61
Richaun Holmes is big, and he’s clutch. Holmes scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the final 4:17, and set a career high with seven blocks as Bowling Green won on a night the Morehead State offense struggled mightily. In something you don’t see against Morehead’s pressure, all five Falcons starters played 30+ minutes, and scored in double figures. Angelo Warner was 1-11 from three-point range, (stop?!?) as the Eagles shot just 30% from the field.
Tennessee Tech 79, Lamar 74
The Golden Eagles held a 13-point halftime lead, but had to hold on for the tough win against Lamar. TTU hit 67% from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but turned the ball over 12 times in the half, and 21 times for the day. Ladon Carter notched a double-double in the win. It was a free-throw filled contest, as the Golden Eagles struggled to keep Lamar off the foul line.
Fisk 85, Tennessee State 108
WINNERS! Despite giving up 57 points in the first half to Fisk, TSU dominated the second half over their NAIA foe to notch their first win of the year. M.J. Rhett scored 14 points, and pulled down 18 rebounds, 11 short of Fisk’s team total. There quite a lot of free-throws in this one as well, (70) as TSU hits 78% from the charity stripe.[divider]Nightly Awards[/divider]
Player of the Night: Ladon Carter. Sure, Rhett had the bigger numbers, but you have to take the opponent into account. His 12 rebounds was a Division I high for the junior transfer, who is shooting 66% from the field on the year. He’s a talented forward who is flying under that radar at the moment.
Team Trending Upwards: Tennessee State? I mean, they’re still not trending highly, but they’re higher? Sure.
Team Trending Downwards: No one. Bowling Green is better than their record, and Morehead State isn’t going to get dominated often on the inside like they did tonight. If they do, though, it’s a sign of concern.