NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will face Tennessee Tech University for the second and final time this season at the Eblen Center on Thursday night.
The Tigers (5-20, 2-8 OVC) defeated the Golden Eagles (11-13, 3-8 OVC) a few weeks ago at Gentry Center for the first OVC win of the season. The all-time series between the two schools stands in favor of Tech 29-28.
TSU is coming off two-straight losses. The last one, to Eastern Kentucky, saw a furious comeback fall just short.
The Colonels held a 17-point lead with 2:15 remaining in the game but the Tigers fought all the way back to a tie at the 0:24 mark. Marcus Roper drained the seventh and final trey of his night to knot the game up. EKU, however, responded by scoring five-straight points off of free-throws to win the game.
By comparison, Tech is coming off of their third conference win as they beat Jacksonville State 72-59. Charles Jackson scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and earned OVC Newcomer of the Week for his performance. The victory put TTU a half-game ahead of TSU in the OVC East standings.
The last time both schools met was Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Gentry Center. The Tigers won 64-56 thanks to 19 points from Jay Harris and 11 points from Charles Tucker. Tucker would go on to have a good game against Jacksonville State and earn the OVC Freshman of the Week award.
Head coach Dana Ford felt like it was the most consistent the team had played all year. TSU took a 10-point lead into the locker room and never relinquished their advantage at any time during the second half.
There are just six games remaining in the season.
Tip-off time is slated for 7:00 p.m. in Cookeville. The game will be broadcast through the American Sports Network and can be seen on WUXP channel 30 in Nashville. A full list of channels carrying the game across the country is attached to this story.