|January 06, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||EIU|
|FG Percentage||.400 (20-50)||.431 (22-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (18-24)||.625 (10-16)|
DESHIELDS - 1
MARTIN - 1
TENNESSEE STATE (10-4, 1-0 OVC) at EASTERN ILLINOIS (4-10, 1-1 OVC)
Wednesday, Jan. 6 | 7 p.m.
Lantz Arena | Charleston, Ill.
OPENING TIP: Playing away from home for the fifth game in a row, the Tigers head to Eastern Illinois on Wednesday night. Sitting at 10-4, TSU has already doubled last year’s win total of five. Head Coach Dana Ford’s squad is led by a trio of double-digit scorers that includes Keron DeShields (15.8 points per game), Wayne Martin (13.1 ppg) and Tahjere McCall (11.5 ppg).
LAST TIME OUT: In a back-and-forth contest to open Ohio Valley Conference play, TSU used a gritty effort to defeat Southeast Missouri, 72-66, on Saturday at the Show Me Center. The win improved TSU to 10-4 to double last year’s win total of five. The Tigers (10-4, 1-0 OVC) trailed the Redhawks (2-12, 0-2 OVC) by four with 3:43 to play before closing the game on a 15-4 run to pull out a victory and snap a two-game losing streak.
Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) led four TSU players scoring in double figures with 17 points and eight rebounds. Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) added 15 points, while Marcus Roper (Walton Beach, Fla.) and Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
ABOUT EASTERN ILLINOIS: EIU was selected third in the West Division of the OVC Preseason Coaches and SIDs poll, and Trae Anderson and Cornell Johnston were named Preseason All-OVC. The Panthers, guided by fourth-year Head Coach Jay Spoonhour, have gone 4-10 on the season with three of the wins coming at home. Anderson leads EIU with 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
LAST YEAR VERSUS EIU: In last season’s matchup at the Gentry Center, the Tigers held a 28-23 halftime lead but could not hold on as the Panthers outscored TSU by a 41-29 margin in the second half. Darreon Reddick led TSU with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Marcus Roper added 12 points off the bench. EIU, which was paced by 14 points from Chris Oliver, committed just seven turnovers in the game.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Tennessee State leads the all-time series with Eastern Illinois, 26-22. The first meeting occurred during the 1958-59 season, and EIU has won two in a row in the series.
OVC PRESEASON POLL: TSU was selected to finish sixth in the East Division of the OVC Media Poll as well as the OVC Coaches/SID poll. EIU was picked third in the West Division in both polls.
UP NEXT: TSU hosts SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. as part of a home basketball doubleheader at the Gentry Center.