|January 28, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||TTU|
|FG Percentage||.424 (25-59)||.414 (24-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.438 (7-16)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.710 (22-31)||.697 (23-33)|
ROWE - 4
MARTIN - 4
MARTIN - 1
GRIGGS-WILLIAMS - 1
TENNESSEE STATE (14-5, 5-1 OVC)
at TENNESSEE TECH (14-7, 6-2 OVC)
Thursday, Jan. 28 | 8 p.m.
Elben Center | Cookeville, Tenn.
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | TENNESSEE TECH
TV: American Sports Network (Dave Armstrong [play-by-play] and Mark Adams [color] on the call)
VIDEO (FREE): OVC Digital Network
RADIO: 102.1 FM The Light (Albert Dawson [play-by-play] and Greg Pogue [color] on the call)
LIVE STATS: Statbroadcast.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers | Instagram -@TSUTigers | #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: TSU travels to Tennessee Tech on Thursday night for an OVC East Division showdown. TSU, which is 5-1 in conference play, has gone 7-4 away from home this season while Tennessee Tech, sitting at 6-2 in the league, is 10-0 at home.
LAST TIME OUT: The battle of the last two undefeated teams in Ohio Valley Conference play went to Belmont as TSU was handed a 103-95 road defeat on Jan. 24 at the Curb Event Center. Posting career highs for TSU were Keron DeShields with 33 points and Tahjere McCall with 32. In addition to DeShields’ and McCall’s high-scoring efforts, Wayne Martin picked up his eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Tigers trailed by as many as 24 points with just over five minutes left in the first half. TSU cut the Belmont lead down to nine in the final minute of the game, eventually falling by eight points. The loss snapped TSU’s five-game winning streak.
ABOUT TENNESSEE TECH: Boasting a 10-0 home record this season, the Golden Eagles enter Thursday with the OVC’s third highest-scoring offense (80.1 points per game). Two-time OVC Player of the Week Torrance Rowe ranks among the league leaders in nearly every statistical offensive category including fourth in scoring (17.3 ppg), fourth in assists (4.9 apg) and three-pointers made (2.5/game). After winning four in a row to open conference play, Tennessee Tech is 2-2 in its last four games with wins over Southeast Missouri and Eastern Kentucky to go with losses to UT Martin and Morehead State.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The all-time series versus Tennessee Tech is knotted up at 30-30. The Tigers have won five of the last seven meetings between the two sides.
LAST SEASON VERSUS TENNESSEE TECH: TSU and Tennessee Tech split last year’s meetings with both teams winning at home. In the first matchup in Nashville, the Tigers came away with a 64-56 victory behind 19 points from Jay Harris. The Tigers held a 36-30 rebounding edge and shot 49.0 percent from the field. In the return trip to Cookeville, Marcus Roper put up 21 points and Harris added 10 in a 71-52 loss. The Golden Eagles dominated the glass on the day, outrebounding the Tigers by a 44-32 margin.
UP NEXT: The Tigers head to Jacksonville State on Saturday, Jan. 30. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m.