NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team travels to Eastern Kentucky University on Saturday for an Ohio Valley Conference game at McBrayer Arena.
The Tigers (5-19, 2-7 OVC) will look to bounce back after falling to the Eagles of Morehead State in their last game. Meanwhile, the Colonels (13-9, 5-4 OVC) are coming off an 81-69 win over the Bruins of Belmont.
EKU holds the all-time advantage over TSU 28-25 with the last game being a 70-66 win for Eastern Kentucky.
The Tigers fell 72-57 at the hands of the Eagles on Thursday. Christian Mekowulu scored 20 points on 70 percent shooting (7-for-10) and Xavier Richards was a rebound shy of a double-double (13 points, nine rebounds) but TSU never got closer than seven points.
One thing TSU had to deal with was Morehead State’s shutting down of reigning OVC Freshman of the Week Charles Tucker and senior leader Jay Harris. Both point guards combined for three points on 1-for-11 shooting. They did have seven assists compared to five turnovers, however, as they attempted to make their presence felt off of the ball.
EKU will try to use the momentum created by their win over Belmont. The Colonels had lost 3-of-4 coming into Thursday and were falling in the standings because of it. Eric Stutz, however, scored 27 points to help his squad get back on track.
The Colonels have two offensive leaders in Stutz and Corey Walden. Walden averages 19 points per game while shooting 53.4 percent along with three steals and Stutz scores 15 points a game, averages 6.2 rebounds, and shoots 61.9 percent. On the whole, EKU scores just over 70 points per contest.
TSU tips off at EKU at 7:00 p.m. eastern time (6:00 p.m. central time).