January 24, 20161st2ndFinal
Tennessee State395695
Belmont5548103
Stats at a GlanceTSUMBBBEL
FG Percentage.500 (32-64) .581 (36-62)
3P FG Percentage.214 (3-14) .375 (9-24)
FT Percentage.609 (28-46) .759 (22-29)
Offensive Rebounds137
Defensive Rebounds2329
Total Rebounds3636
Turnovers813
Steals93
Bench Points1217
LeadersTSUMBBBEL
PointsDESHIELDS - 33
BRADDS - 36
ReboundsMARTIN - 12
BRADDS - 11
AssistsRICHARDS - 2
REDDICK - 2
LUKE - 11
StealsMCCALL - 4
BRADSHAW - 1
BARNETTE - 1
MERCER - 1
BlocksMARTIN - 3
BRADSHAW - 1
WINDLER - 1
MERCER - 1
TSU Heads to Belmont for Sunday's First-Place Showdown
Friday, January 22, 2016
TSU Heads to Belmont for Sunday's First-Place Showdown

TENNESSEE STATE (14-4, 5-0 OVC)
at BELMONT (14-6, 6-0 OVC)
Sunday, Jan. 24 | 4 p.m.
Curb Event Center | Nashville, Tenn.

GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | BELMONT
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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GAME DAY CHANGE: The TSU-Belmont game was originally scheduled for Jan. 23 but has been pushed back to Jan. 24 due to inclement weather.

OPENING TIP: Tennessee State looks to remain perfect in the Ohio Valley Conference in Sunday’s showdown versus defending OVC champion Belmont. TSU has won five games in a row, while the Bruins enter Sunday on a seven-game winning streak. A win would improve TSU to 15-4, which would be the best start in the program’s Division I history dating back to 1977-78.

LAST TIME OUT: Tahjere McCall hit a layup with 2.5 seconds left to lift the Tigers to a 73-71 home victory over Murray State on Jan. 16 at the Gentry Center to keep the Tigers undefeated in Ohio Valley Conference play at 5-0. The win was the first for TSU over the Racers since Feb. 9, 2012. The Tigers improved to 14-4 on the season, matching the start of the 1994-95 team that won the OVC regular season championship. TSU’s last home win over Murray State came on Feb. 14, 2008. The victory also extends TSU winning streak to five games.

McCall led the home side with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists on the night. Three other TSU players finished in double figures in Keron DeShields with 15, 12 from Wayne Martin and 10 from Darreon Reddick.

ABOUT BELMONT: Winners of seven in a row, the Bruins are coming off an 82-72 road win at UT Martin on Jan. 21. Belmont boasts one of the league’s most potent offenses (82.1 ppg) led by OVC Preseason Player of the Year, Craig Bradshaw, and Preseason All-Conference member Evan Bradds. The Bruins lead the OVC with 10.4 made three-pointers per game. Head Coach Rick Byrd, now in his 30th season at Belmont, has his team riding a 33-game home winning streak versus conference opponents. Since joining the OVC prior to the 2012-13 season, Belmont has won two regular season titles (’13, ’14) and two tournament titles (‘13’, ’15).

LAST SEASON VS. BELMONT: The Tigers dropped a pair of games to the Bruins a season ago. In the first meeting on Jan. 25 at the Gentry Center, TSU carried a 30-28 lead into halftime but could not hold on in a 63-55 defeat. Then-freshman Darreon Reddick led all scorers in the game with 17 points. When the two sides met on Feb. 28 at the Curb Event Center, Belmont was again victorious by an 88-62 margin. Reddick was again the leading scorer for the Tigers with 13 points on the night.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BELMONT: TSU’s all-time record versus Belmont sits at 10-14 entering Sunday’s matchup. The Tigers and Bruins first squared off in the 1966-67 season. Belmont has won five in a row versus TSU with the Tigers’ last victory in the series coming on Feb. 14, 2013.

UP NEXT: The Tigers head to Cookeville, Tenn. to take on Tennessee Tech on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m.

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