|January 02, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||SEMO|
|FG Percentage||.455 (25-55)||.407 (24-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.214 (3-14)|
|FT Percentage||.739 (17-23)||.600 (15-25)|
- 8||ANGUS III
DESHIELDS - 4
MCCALL - 1
RICHARDS - 1
TENNESSEE STATE (9-4 / 0-0 OVC) at SOUTHEAST MISSOURI (2-11 / 0-1 OVC)
Saturday, Jan. 2 | 4:15 p.m.
Show Me Center | Cape Girardeau, Mo.
OPENING TIP: Tennessee State looks to start Ohio Valley Conference action on the right foot with a Jan. 2 meeting at Southeast Missouri. Carrying a 9-4 record, the Tigers are tied for the most non-conference wins of any OVC school heading into conference play. Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) leads TSU and ranks seventh in the OVC with 15.8 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT: Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) registered 19 points and nine rebounds, but TSU suffered a 74-69 road loss at Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena in the non-conference finale. Playing in front of 13,214 fans, the Tigers (9-4) led for 28:19 of the game, but could not hold on as Tennessee improved to 7-0 at home.
TSU held a 43-36 halftime edge and had a three-point lead at 66-63 with 3:26 to play before the Volunteers utilized a 9-0 run to take a six-point edge, 72-66, with just over a minute left. Martin converted a three-point play to put the score at 72-69 with 49.0 seconds left, but that was as close as TSU would get the rest of the way.
ABOUT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Rick Ray, who spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Mississippi State, has his Redhawks off to a 2-11 record in his first year at Southeast Missouri. After 10 losses to open the season, SEMO is 2-1 in its last three games with wins over Missouri State and Harris-Stowe. In their last three games, the Redhawks are averaging 84.7 points per game and led by as many as six points in their loss to Belmont on Dec. 31. Antonius Cleveland and Isiah Jones lead the offense with 14.2 and 10.5 points per game respectively.
SEMO CONNECTIONS: Tennessee State Assistant Coach Rodney Hamilton served as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU holds a 24-19 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1991-92 season. The Tigers had won five in a row before dropping the two most recent games in 2013-14 and 2014-15. TSU’s five-game winning streak from the 2009-10 season through 2012-13 is the longest for either side in the series.
LAST YEAR VS. SEMO: Marcus Roper (Walton Beach, Fla.) and Jay Harris scored 13 points apiece off the bench in last season’s 77-62 loss to the Redhawks in Nashville in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for the Tigers. Southeast Missouri shot 28-for-56 (50.0 percent) from the field and had a 37-32 rebounding edge. Jarekious Bradley finished 10-for-12 from the field, leading all scorers with 29 points in 30 minutes on the court for SEMO.
OVC OPENERS: Tennessee State has lost two-consecutive Ohio Valley Conference openers. The last win on OVC’s opening day was Dec. 29, 2012 in a 67-59 win over Eastern Illinois. The Tigers began conference play with six wins in a row in 2012-13 and finished 11-5 in league play.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: TSU is in the midst of a season-long five game road swing that began on Dec. 19. After not winning a road game a season ago, the Tigers 5-3 away from the Gentry Center this season including a 3-3 mark in true road games.
UP NEXT: Tennessee State heads to Eastern Illinois for another OVC road test on Jan. 6.