Tigers Travel to Face Eagles on Thursday
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Tigers Travel to Face Eagles on Thursday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After winning back-to-back games for the first time this season, the Tennessee State University men’s basketball team takes to the road on Thursday to play Morehead State University at Ellis T. Johnson Arena.

The Tigers (5-18, 2-6 OVC) matched last season’s win total in their victory over the Gamecocks last Saturday and will look to surpass it with a win against the Eagles (10-14, 5-4 OVC). Both schools split their season series last year with TSU winning 70-68 in their second matchup.

The all-time series stands in favor of Morehead State at 33-28.

There were a lot of interesting tidbits surrounding Saturday’s 45-43 win over Jacksonville State, but probably the more striking number was the number of field goals made by TSU. Just 12 shots made it through the net for Big Blue, a number even lower than the Virginia game in which just 36 points stood on the scoreboard for TSU.

Charles Tucker, the reigning OVC Freshman of the Week, stepped up to lead the offense on Saturday. The youngster from Lansing, Mich. scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds, all while not turning the ball over for the entire 28 minutes in which he played.

Morehead State comes into the game off a 66-57 loss at home to rival Eastern Kentucky this past Saturday. The Colonels held the Eagles to 36.7 percent shooting from the floor while turning them over 15 times. Morehead State did have 14 assists on 18 made baskets (77.8 percent).

The Eagles are strong on the offensive side of the ball, averaging just over 70 points per game in their nine OVC contests. For every two baskets it makes, Morehead State dishes out one assist while shooting just over 44 percent (221-for-499).

Brent Arrington leads a triumvirate of Morehead State scorers who average double-digits as he puts up 14.4 points per game. He is as solid on defense as he is on offense, though, averaging a pair of steals and 1.4 blocks per game.

TSU and Head Coach Dana Ford will look to get the first road win in this one.

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00 p.m. Central) at Ellis T. Johnson Arena. Fans can watch the game on the OVC Digital Network if unable to make it up to Morehead, Ky.

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