NASHVILLE — Delano Spencer scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 67-60 win over defending Ohio Valley Conference Champion Jacksonville State on Thursday night at the Gentry Center.
“I just thought this was the first time we played a complete game from start to finish in quite some time,” coach Dana Ford said after the game. Credit to the players. We’ve really challenged them lately to play with that ‘dog mentality.’ It’s like anything. It’s on them. They’ve got to go out there and figure it out.
TSU (6-8, 1-2 OVC), playing its first home game since Dec. 2, forced 16 turnovers and shot 47.9 percent (23-of-48) from the floor on the night as it got its first OVC win after two early losses.
Second half makes difference
The score was tied at 25-25 at the half before the Tigers outscored the Gamecocks (11-5, 2-1 OVC) by a 42-35 margin in the second half.
TSU also picked up double-digit scoring efforts from Christian Mekowulu and Armani Chaney with 14 points apiece.
“I thought tonight that for 40 minutes everyone was accountable for what they were supposed to do and they were a great teammate,” Ford said. “Fortunately for us, that led us to being able to win against a great team.”
Courtesy: Tennessee State