|December 17, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.542 (26-48)||.483 (28-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.556 (10-18)||.316 (6-19)|
|FT Percentage||.686 (24-35)||.675 (27-40)|
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TENNESSEE STATE (7-2) vs. LIPSCOMB (4-9)
Thursday, Dec. 17 | 7 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | LIPSCOMB
LIVE STATS: Statbroadcast.com
LIVE VIDEO (FREE): OVC Digital Network
RADIO: 102.1 FM The Light (Albert Dawson and Mark Pittman on the call)
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PROMOTION: Code Blue
OPENING TIP: Tennessee State returns to the Gentry Center to take on crosstown opponent Lipscomb on Thursday night. Looking to extend their winning streak to six games, the Tigers have won with strong defensive efforts this season. TSU ranks 11th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (36.5 percent) and 38th in scoring defense (63.4 points per game allowed).
CODE BLUE: TSU fans are encouraged to wear blue to the game to support the Tigers.
LAST TIME OUT: Redshirt senior Keron DeShields scored eight of his game-high 27 points in the second overtime period to lift TSU to a thrilling 93-90 win at Stetson on Monday night. The double-overtime victory extended the Tigers’ winning streak to five games.
With 1.8 seconds left in the second overtime, DeShields calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Tigers (7-2) a 93-90 lead, and Derick Newton’s desperation three from inside Stetson’s half was short as TSU earned its fourth win away from home this season.
Tied at 67-67 at the end of regulation, the game went to overtime where both team scored 11 points in the first session. In the second overtime, the Tigers outscored the Hatters (3-7) by a 15-12 margin.
ABOUT LIPSCOMB: The Bisons enter Thursday with a 4-9 record with victories over Santa Clara, Oakland City, Florida Atlantic and Cumberland. Last time out, Lipscomb was handed a 78-64 home loss by Princeton on Dec. 12. Third-year Head Coach Casey Alexander’s squad is led by J.C. Hampton’s 14.4 points per game and Eli Pepper’s 7.2 boards per game. Lipscomb’s losses have come against quality opponents in Milwaukee, Northeastern and South Carolina, as well as a pair of defeats versus OVC Champion Belmont.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. LIPSCOMB: TSU has gone 1-3 in the all-time series versus Lipscomb. The Tigers won the first meeting by an 87-72 final score on Jan. 14, 2002, but have since lost three in a row to the Bisons. In the three losses, TSU has been outscored by a combined 26 points.
LAST SEASON VS. LIPSCOMB: In a back-and-forth battle that featured seven ties and nine lead changes, the Bisons earned a 77-68 win over TSU on Dec. 6, 2014 at Allen Arena. Marcus Roper carried the Tigers’ offense with 21 points, while Demontez Loman finished 4-for-5 from the field for 11 points. Lipscomb shot 50.0 percent from the field in the game and scored 44 of its 77 points in the paint.
TIGERS AT HOME: TSU has gone 8-9 at the Gentry Center under Head Coach Dana Ford. The Tigers are 3-1 in 2015-16 after going 5-8 a year ago.
UP NEXT: The Tigers travel to Memphis to take on Alcorn State on Saturday, Dec. 19, as part of the HBCU Heritage Hardwood Classic. Tipoff at Verties Sails Gymnasium on the campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College is slated for 4 p.m.