|January 30, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||JSU|
|FG Percentage||.542 (32-59)||.327 (18-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.350 (7-20)||.208 (5-24)|
|FT Percentage||.583 (7-12)||.800 (12-15)|
DURHAM - 2
HAMILTON - 1
DURHAM - 1
TENNESSEE STATE (14-6, 5-2 OVC)
at JACKSONVILLE STATE (8-16, 4-5 OVC)
Saturday, Jan. 30 | 4:30 p.m.
Pete Mathews Coliseum | Jacksonville, Ala.
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | JACKSONVILLE STATE
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OPENING TIP: TSU concludes a three-game road swing with Saturday’s game at Jacksonville State. Currently in third place in the OVC East Division, the Tigers are looking to bounce back after losses at Belmont and Tennessee Tech in their last two outings.
LAST TIME OUT: TSU fell victim to two free throws from Tennessee Tech’s Torrance Rowe with 0.5 seconds left in an 81-79 Ohio Valley Conference road loss at the Eblen Center on Thursday night. Keron DeShields scored a career-high 37 points, and Tahjere McCall secured his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
The Tigers (14-6, 5-2 OVC) held a 43-33 halftime edge, but Tennessee Tech (15-7, 7-2 OVC) outscored TSU by a 48-36 margin in the second half.
ABOUT JACKSONVILLE STATE: Entering Saturday with an 8-16 overall record, Jacksonville State is led by a duo of double-digit scorers in Malcolm Drumwright (14.0 ppg)and Erik Durham (12.6 ppg). The Gamecocks were selected to finish fifth in the OVC East Division in the preseason poll and are currently fifth in the conference standings. JSU has gone 5-6 at home at the Pete Mathews Coliseum and is coming off a 72-63 loss versus Belmont on Jan. 28.
LAST SEASON VERSUS JACKSONVILLE STATE: The two sides split last year’s meetings with both teams winning at home. In the first meeting on Jan. 31 in Nashville, TSU trailed Jacksonville State by 15 points with 13 minutes remaining before storming back for a 45-43 win. When the two teams met in Jacksonville, the Gamecocks earned a 55-50 win. Demontez Loman led TSU by averaging 11.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game last season versus JSU.
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU holds a 15-11 lead in the all-time series versus Jacksonville State. The Tigers have won five of the last seven meetings between the two sides. The two teams first met during the 1999-00 season. There have been 12 seasons where the teams have met twice in a season, and all but three resulted in a split. The only exceptions are in ‘04-05, ‘08-09 and ‘12-13 when TSU swept the season series.
DESHIELDS ON A ROLL: Redshirt senior guard Keron DeShields has scored a combined 70 points in his last two games. The 6’2 guard put up 33 points at Belmont on Jan. 24 then scored a career-high 37 points at Tennessee Tech on Jan. 28. The last TSU player to record back-to-back 30-plus point games was Patrick Miller, who scored 33 versus Eastern Kentucky on Jan. 23, 2014 and followed up with 36 versus Morehead State on Jan. 25, 2014. TSU’s Division I record for individual points in back-to-back games is 87 set by the late Anthony Mason when he went for 44 at Eastern Kentucky on Jan. 23, 1988 and 43 at Morehead State on Jan. 25, 1988. DeShields is 51 points away from reaching 1,000 for his career.
WIN IMPROVEMENTS: TSU has won nine more games than last year’s win total of five. The nine-game improvement in win total leads the nation. Southern Illinois and Ball State are tied for second by winning six more games than last year’s win total.
UP NEXT: The Tigers host Eastern Kentucky on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. TSU has gone 7-1 at the Gentry Center this season.