January 16, 20161st2ndFinal
Murray State343771
Tennessee State373673
Stats at a GlanceMURTSUMBB
FG Percentage.377 (20-53) .520 (26-50)
3P FG Percentage.360 (9-25) .400 (6-15)
FT Percentage.759 (22-29) .714 (15-21)
Offensive Rebounds910
Defensive Rebounds1825
Total Rebounds2735
Turnovers914
Steals26
Bench Points1215
LeadersMURTSUMBB
PointsJones - 18
MCCALL - 18
ReboundsMcGhee - 7
MCCALL - 8
MARTIN - 8
AssistsLangston - 3
Jones - 3
McGhee - 3
MCCALL - 6
StealsMoss - 1
Croaker - 1
DESHIELDS - 3
BlocksJones - 2
MARTIN - 2
LOMAN - 2
Tigers Look for 5-0 OVC Start Versus Murray State on Saturday
Friday, January 15, 2016
Tigers Look for 5-0 OVC Start Versus Murray State on Saturday

TENNESSEE STATE (13-4, 4-0 OVC)
vs. MURRAY STATE (8-9, 2-2 OVC)
Saturday, Jan. 16 | 7:30 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn. | BIG BLUE ALUMNI NIGHT

GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | MURRAY STATE
VIDEO (FREE): OVC Digital Network
RADIO: 102.1 FM The Light (Albert Dawson and Mark Pittman on the call)
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast.com
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OPENING TIP: The Tigers look to move to 5-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference when they welcome Murray State to the Gentry Center on Saturday night. Holding a 13-4 overall record, the Tigers have now matched the start of the 1994-95 season when TSU won the OVC regular season crown.

LAST TIME OUT: Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) picked up his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds to help TSU earn a 66-52 victory over Austin Peay on Thursday night at the Gentry Center.

TSU trailed for just 1:01 in the game and outrebounded the Governors (8-11, 1-3 OVC) by a 39-31 margin. The Tigers also turned in one of their best shooting nights of the season, finishing 27-for-52 (51.9 percent) from the field. In addition to Martin’s double-double, Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) led the Tigers with 14 points, while freshman Armani Chaney (Chicago, Ill.) tallied a career-high seven points. Xavier Richards (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) also chipped in with six points and eight boards.

ABOUT MURRAY STATE: Coming off a 29-6 record and a trip to the NIT Quarterfinals a year ago, the Murray State Racers were picked first in the West Division of the OVC Preseason Poll. Sitting at 8-9 overall and 2-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference, Murray State was handed an 81-73 road loss at Belmont last time out on Jan. 14. Wayne Langston leads the Racers with 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game with Bryce Jones (12.8 ppg) and Jeffery Moss (11.6 ppg) helping to carry the scoring load. First-year Head Coach Matt McMahon served as an assistant under former head coach Steve Prohm (now at Iowa State) before taking over as the lead man.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. MURRAY STATE: The Tigers are 16-51 in the all-time series versus Murray State, which dates back to 1983. TSU has lost five in a row to the Racers entering Saturday. Last time TSU defeated the Racers was Feb. 9, 2012 by a 72-68 final score in Murray, Ky. when Murray State was ranked No. 9 in the country and was undefeated at the time. The game featured two future NBA players who are now teammates with the Sixers: Robert Covington (TSU), Isaiah Canaan (Murray State).

LAST SEASON VS. MURRAY STATE: In last year’s meeting between the two sides in Murray, Ky., the Racers led wire-to-wire to hand the Tigers a 91-72 defeat. Four Murray State players scored in double figures led by 21 from Jarvis Williams. For the Tigers, Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) netted a career-high 25 points, while Jay Harris added 22 off the bench. TSU shot 52.4 percent (22-for-42) and made 10 three-pointers, but the Racers led by a 42-23 halftime score and cruised to victory.

UP NEXT: The Tigers will make the trip across town to face Belmont on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 5 p.m. at the Curb Event Center.

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