Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men's basketball team will try to sweep its current three-game home stand when the squad hosts Jacksonville State on Thursday night.
The two sides have already met once before this season- a 66-57 comeback win by TSU on Jan. 5. That victory was the Tigers' fourth during their current six-game winning streak and the third game of their 5-0 start to conference play.
In TSU's last game against Southeast Missouri, the team defeated the Redhawks, 81-69, thanks to a big night by Kellen Thornton. Thornton had a career-high 28 points in the victory on 10-of-15 shooting and tied a career-high with 16 boards.
The senior has been huge for TSU (11-7, 5-0 OVC) in the last five games, averaging 15.8 points and 11.4 boards. During that stretch, Thornton is second in the conference in rebounds per game and his 64.2 shooting percentage place him third.
Another player that has seen his production increase during OVC play is guard Patrick Miller. Miller had 20 points against SEMO, which matched his average points per game over the last five games. He currently ranks fifth in points during league play.
Miller has also scored over 10 points in every game of TSU's six-game winning streak.
For Jacksonville State, the Gamecocks enter Thursday's contest with a 12-5 overall record and a 4-2 conference mark. JSU has also won back-to-back OVC games since losing to TSU.
Jacksonville State currently has four players who average in double-figures in Darion Rackley (14.0), Tarvin Gaines (13.8), Brian Williams (11.7) and Ronnie Boggs (10.6).
Last time the teams met, Rackley had a game-high 22 points. However, Gaines has been JSU's most consistent scorer during the last few weeks, averaging 16.2 points per contest during the Gamecock's league games.
JSU does not lack scoring options, and the team also possesses a strong defense. The Gamecocks rank first in the OVC in scoring defense, only allowing an average of 60.4 points per contest.
TSU will need to continue to play with effort as the squad puts its 7-0 home record on the line against a team looking for revenge on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the contest can be seen on the OVC Digital Network.
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