OVC Ball Statbox
|2-5 (0-0 OVC)|
|1-5 (0-0 NEC)|
|20/55 (36.4%)||Field Goals||17/53 (32.1%)|
|8/15 (53.3%)||3-Point FG||2/18 (11.1%)|
|9/18 (50.0%)||Free Throws||23/39 (59.0%)|
|39 (10/29)||Rebounds (O/D)||43 (16/27)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Tennessee State offense
St. Francis offense
|Points:||Harris (15)||Cannon (15)|
|Rebounds:||Mekowulu (12)||Cannon (14)|
|Assists:||Five Tied With 2||Hooper (3)|
|Steals:||Harris (3)||Three Tied With 1|
- St. Francis shoots 21 more free-throws than Tennessee State, (39-18) win despite shooting just 32.1% from the floor
- Christian Mekowulu struggles to score, but pulls down 12 rebounds in his second game for TSU
- Tigers hold St. Francis to 2-18 shooting from three.
Another encouraging loss, if such an idea exists in the first place. TSU played just well enough to lose on their recent road trip — with fouls being their undoing yet again. This is a team obviously still finding their identity, and it’s starting to gel more on the defensive end. 32% for St. Francis, 41% shooting for St. Peters on Friday: they’re playing better on that side of the ball, and that’s what’s eventually going to lead them to wins against Division I teams. Offensively, TSU turned the ball over just 10 times, and 8-15 from three. They missed a lot of free-throws, and shot much worse inside.
Tennessee State University dropped the final game of the Barclay’s Tournament to Saint Francis of Brooklyn 57-59.
The Tigers (2-4) had a chance at the end but the Terriers (0-4) defense was able to stop the shot and take the consolation game. TSU closes out the road trip 0-4.
Jay Harris finished tied for the game high with 15 points. He also added three steals and two rebounds to his stat sheet. His 26 points and 5 steals earned him a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Jalen Cannon paced Saint Francis with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
After the first 20 minutes of play, Saint Francis led 24-22. It took 7:28 for TSU to make its first bucket, but their defense kept them within two possessions. After a flurry of scoring from the Tigers, both teams entered into a point-for-point battle. Scoring was spread out, though, as both of the teams’ defenses stifled the other’s offense.
TSU was held to 31.8 percent shooting but, in turn, held Saint Francis to 21.9 percent. Darreon Reddick led the Tigers with six points while Harris put up five. Christian Mekowulu was held to one point, but had eight rebounds at the buzzer.
The Terriers continued their defensive pressure on the Tigers to start the second half as they made just three field goals in the first eight minutes. During that stretch they were able to stretch their lead to three possessions over Big Blue.
Harris stepped up for TSU in the second half, scoring 10 points and picking a pair of pockets. The Tigers were able to draw even with the Terriers at the 1:56 mark but were not able to seal the deal.
The Tigers return home for a game against Hampton next Tuesday. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m
Recap section provided by Tennessee State Sports Information