NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will play its first Ohio Valley Conference road game at SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center.
The Tigers (3-14, 0-2 OVC) are coming off back-to-back losses to begin the conference season. They have faced the Cougars (6-8, 2-1 OVC) three times in school history, winning all three matchups.
Last season, when these two teams met, TSU came out on top 66-61 for Senior Day at Gentry Center. Jay Harris was held to four points on 4-of-10 shooting, that game, but dished out three assists and picked two pockets.
The Tigers will look to be as consistent from the floor as last year’s squad was. Last year, TSU shot 46 percent for the first half and 41 percent for the second half in the win. This year, through two conference games, the Tigers are shooting 38 percent.
Various periods of scoring draughts have played key roles in the Tigers’ losses this season. In the loss to the Panthers, there was a period of six minutes when the Tigers scored six points, allowing their opponent to erase a 12-point gap to take the lead and eventually win the game.
SIUE is also coming off a loss as Belmont won 73-69 on Wednesday night at the Curb Event Center. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Cougars.
Rozell Nunn led SIUE with 15 points while Keaton Jackson recorded a 10 point, 11 rebound double-double. Kris Davis (14 points) and Jake Newton (11 points) made it four Cougars in double-figures.
The Tigers and Cougars will tip shortly after the women’s game of TSU and SIUE finishes. The scheduled start time is 7:00 p.m.