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Hot-shooting Tennessee State grabs first OVC win of season

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee State shot 56 percent from the 3-point line on the way to a 94-69 victory against the Little Rock Trojans.

The Tigers (9-6, 1-1) had four players score in double figures, led by Marcus Fitzgerald Jr., who had 27 points and seven rebounds. Jr. Clay added 21 points, eight assists and three steals and Dedric Boyd helped out with 14 points.

Tennessee State utilized great ball movement in the game, piling up 16 assists on 33 made field goals. Clay’s eight assists led the distribution list for the Tigers.

The Tennessee State defense caused its share of mistakes, forcing 14 Little Rock turnovers. Those takeaways turned into 10 points on the offensive end of the floor. Clay’s three steals led the way individually for the Tigers.

After jumping out to a 15-7 advantage, Tennessee State went on an 11-0 run with 11:46 left in the first half to increase its lead to 26-7.

The Tigers then maintained that lead and entered halftime with a 45-26 advantage. Tennessee State relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down seven shots to account for 21 of its 45 points.

Following intermission, Tennessee State kept widening that lead, expanding it to 71-47 before going on a 6-0 run to grow the lead to 77-47 with 8:39 to go in the contest.

The Trojans narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Tigers still cruised the rest of the way for the 94-69 win. Tennessee State shot well from three-point range in the half, hitting seven shots from deep to score 21 of its 49 points.

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