NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will travel to play an Ohio Valley Conference game at Murray State on Saturday at the CFSB Center.
The Tigers (3-16, 0-4 OVC) will play the Racers (14-4, 4-0 OVC) for the 64th time in school history. Murray State holds a 47-16 series advantage. They won last year’s game 73-65 at Gentry. In that game, Jay Harris scored five points (1-for-9) and grabbed six rebounds.
This will be a game of the lowest scoring team in the conference (TSU 57.1 points per game) against the highest scoring team (Murray State 69 points per game).
TSU is coming off a last second loss at Austin Peay. Zavion Williams tipped in a missed free throw with 6.4 seconds on the clock to give the Governors the 69-68 win. Harris led four Tiger scorers who recorded double-digits with 16 points. Christian Mekowulu (14), Darreon Reddick (11), and Zachary Lee (10) all joined their senior leader with 10+ points.
The Tigers have been working hard at the foul line thus far into the conference season. Through the first four games, TSU is shooting 72.4 percent (55-of-76) from the charity stripe, including 20-of-26 during the second half of its loss to APSU.
The Racers, picked to win the conference, defeated Belmont 92-77 on Thursday. In its conference home opener, Murray State got 23 points from OVC Preseason Player of the Year, Cameron Payne. Jarvis Williams added 19 and 10 rebounds as they outshot the Bruins 55.9 percent to 43.8 percent.
Much has been made of Payne and Williams this season, but the Racers get stellar shooting production from Jeffery Moss. Starting every game this year, Moss has shot 47.9 percent from behind the arc (34-for-71). He also has a cool 44-18 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. in Murray, Kentucky. The game will be streamed over the OVC Digital Network.