|January 14, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||APSU||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.352 (19-54)||.519 (27-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (4-18)||.250 (4-16)|
|FT Percentage||.588 (10-17)||.471 (8-17)|
Horton - 1
Savage - 1
Thompson - 1
Robinson - 1
DESHIELDS - 2
MCCALL - 2
TENNESSEE STATE (12-4, 3-0 OVC)
vs. AUSTIN PEAY (8-10, 1-2 OVC)
Thursday, Jan. 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn. | WHITE OUT
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | AUSTIN PEAY
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OPENING TIP: TSU seeks its fourth-consecutive win to open Ohio Valley Conference play with Thursday night’s game versus Austin Peay at the Gentry Center. The Tigers have gone 5-1 at home this season and are tied for the OVC lead with 12 overall wins. In the three OVC wins, Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) leads the Tigers with 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Thursday’s matchup features the league’s two top leaders in rebounds per game in Austin Peay’s Chris Horton (12.6 rpg) and TSU’s Wayne Martin (10.1 rpg).
LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State moved to 3-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 63-60 home victory over SIUE on Saturday night at the Gentry Center. Redshirt junior Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a team-best 18 points and added seven rebounds in the victory.
The Tigers (12-4, 3-0 OVC) held a 14-point lead with just over 10 minutes left and survived a 12-0 run by SIUE (3-13, 0-4 OVC) late in the game. Redshirt senior Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.), who finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists on the night, knocked down two free throws with 5.8 seconds left to secure TSU’s three-point victory.
ABOUT AUSTIN PEAY: Winners of four of their last seven, the Governors enter Thursday’s game with an 8-10 overall record to go with a 1-2 OVC mark. Preseason All-OVC selection Chris Horton has lived up to the billing, ranking second in the OVC in scoring (18.4 ppg), first in rebounding (12.6 rpg), second in blocks per game (2.1) and fifth in field goal percentage (.605). Veteran coach Dave Loos has guided the Governors to three OVC Tournament championships, most recently in 2008.
LAST SEASON VERSUS AUSTIN PEAY: The Governors earned a 69-68 victory in last year’s meeting in Clarksville, Tenn. The Tigers held the lead until APSU’s Zavion Williams’ tip-in with 6.4 seconds left off a missed free throw gave the Govs the win.
Jay Harris posted a game-high 16 points off the bench to lead four Tigers in double figures. Christian Mekowulu (Lagos, Nigeria) added 14 points and a team-best eight rebounds. For Austin Peay, Josh Robinson tallied 15 points, and Chris Horton chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds.
ALL-TIME SERIES VERSUS AUSTIN PEAY: TSU’s record in the all-time series versus Austin Peay stands at 27-45. The first meeting between the two programs occurred in the 1962-63 season. The Governors have won two in a row in the series with the Tigers’ last victory occurring on Feb. 7, 2013.
WINNING AWARDS: Redshirt junior guard Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 11 after averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in wins over EIU and SIUE. It is the third time TSU has had a player win the award after Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won it twice (Nov. 16 and Dec. 21).
UP NEXT: TSU hosts Murray State at the Gentry Center on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m.