NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will host Tennessee Tech University at the Gentry Center on Thursday night.
The Tigers (3-18, 0-6 OVC) will look to get their first conference win under their belt as the Golden Eagles (10-11, 2-6 OVC) come to town. Last season the two teams split the season series at a win, apiece. TTU won in Gentry while TSU won in Cookeville.
Tech leads the all-time series 29-27.
TSU dropped its sixth conference game in a row last Sunday as Belmont won 63-55. The Tigers controlled the game for the first 25 minutes but, after taking their first lead of the game, the Bruins handled the final 15.
With nine minutes to go in the first half, TSU led by 15 points. Over the next 20 minutes, however, Belmont flipped the script and built a 17 point lead up to the nine-minute mark of the second half. Big Blue would not be able to overcome the gap.
Darreon Reddick was a team leader, again, scoring 17 points. He also showed his defensive prowess, swiping four steals, a team-high for the season. Jay Harris added in 16 points as the team’s leading scorers through conference play again spearheaded the Tiger offense.
Tech is coming into the game off an overtime win at home against Eastern Kentucky 83-81. Josiah Moore made the go-ahead 12-foot shot with 7.2 seconds to play in overtime for the win. Charles Jackson recorded another double-double, leading the Golden Eagles in points (18) and rebounds (10).
The win snapped a three-game skid for TTU.
Jackson is the top dog on Tech. He averages 14 points per game to go along with 9.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and one steal. He leads the team in all of those categories. He also leads the team in field goal percentage with 59.4 percent of his shots penetrating the cylinder.
Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. at the Gentry Center.