OVC Ball Statbox
|2-4 (0-0 OVC)|
|2-4 (0-1 MEAC)|
|19/50 (38.0%)||Field Goals||16/39 (41.0%)|
|7/17 (41.2%)||3-Point FG||8/20 (40.0%)|
|13/19 (68.4%)||Free Throws||26/39 (66.7%)|
|28 (10/18)||Rebounds (O/D)||33 (11/22)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Tennessee State offense
St. Peters offense
|Points:||Mekowulu (13)||Dominique, Hester (15)|
|Rebounds:||Richards (6)||Dominique (9)|
|Assists:||Richards (3)||Wyche (5)|
|Steals:||Loman, Richards (2)||Wyche (3)|
- Christian Mekowulu scored a team-high 13 points in his season debut for Tennessee State, playing 24 minutes off the bench.
- Tennessee State trailed by as much as 16 in the first half. The Tigers ended the half on a 7-0 run, and continued it into the second half.
- St. Peters had 20 more free-throw attempts than the Tigers, although many came as TSU looked to extend the game in the final minute.
For a little while, it looked like TSU might get their first Division I win. The addition of the freshman Christian Mekowulu, coming off a knee injury, has the Tigers as close to full strength as they’ve been this year. The bench nearly played as many minutes as the starters, as head coach Dana Ford keeps trying to find the right lineup. All in all, this was an encouraging performance as the young Tigers continue to grow
A hard fought game goes to Saint Peters as the Tennessee State fell 66-58.
In his first ever game as a Tiger, Christian Mekowulu led with 13 points in 24 minutes of action. The freshman’s debut was delayed due to a knee injury, but tonight’s performance shows what he brings to the table.
Both Marvin Dominique and Travis Hester scored 15 points to lead the Peacocks to the victory. Hester was 4-for-7 from three-point range while Dominique was 7-for-10 from the charity stripe.
TSU closed out the first half on a 9-0 run, cutting Saint Peters’ lead to 42-33 going into the break. Jay Harris was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, totaling nine points, while Richards dropped seven points through the bucket.
The final 20 minutes saw TSU erase the deficit, only to have an invisible lid form over the basket. In fact, for almost six minutes (9:18 to 3:25) neither team made a field goal. Mekowulu broke the silence with a put-back that brought the Tigers within one.
Saint Peters held TSU to 38 percent from the floor and 28 percent from behind the arc in the second frame.
Three Tigers other than Mekowulu finished in double figures. Harris finished with 11 points while Xavier Richards scored 11, as well, and Rodney Simeon scored a career-high 10 points before fouling out with 1:02 left in the game.
The Tigers will take on Saint Francis of Brooklyn Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the Yanitelli Center. It will be the consolation game of the tourney. The game will wrap up the Barclay’s Tournament and signal the end of the road trip.
Recap section provided by Tennessee State Sports Information