The Tennessee State Tigers headed across town Thursday night to take on the Belmont Bruins, missing one of their key contributors in guard Carlos Marshall Jr (shoulder).
The Tigers started out with a Michael Littlejohn three-pointer, but the Bruins followed that up with six straight points, taking a 6-3 lead heading into the first media timeout at 15:42.
The Tigers would get going offensively, taking a 15-11 lead after a 12-5 run and with 11:29 left in the half, the Tigers were starting to round into game action. The Bruins though, they would not go away. And with a 10-6 run, they would tie the game at 21 with 7:51 left in the half.
The Tigers and Bruins would go back and forth for the rest of the first half, hitting baskets and playing good defense until the Bruins would go on a 7-0 run to stretch their lead to 34-26 with 26.6 seconds left. The Tigers would get two free throws from Littlejohn to get them closer at the half, as they trailed 34-28.
In the second half, the Tigers were blitzed by the Bruins and were down double-figures before they knew it. The Tigers could not come back and ended up losing the game 74-51. The Tigers were outscored 40-23 in the second half.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Michael Littlejohn with 14 points. The Tigers take the court again Friday as they take on Tennessee Tech.
Check out the postgame thoughts of TSU head coach Brian "Penny" Collins.