|February 04, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||EKU||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.640 (32-50)||.394 (26-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.636 (14-22)||.381 (8-21)|
|FT Percentage||.826 (19-23)||.808 (21-26)|
MARTIN - 6
RICHARDS - 6
RICHARDS - 1
TENNESSEE STATE (15-6, 6-2 OVC)
vs. EASTERN KENTUCKY (12-12, 3-6 OVC)
Thursday, Feb. 4 | 7 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
Hoops for Heroes
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | EASTERN KENTUCKY
VIDEO (FREE): OVC Digital Network
RADIO: 102.1 FM The Light (Albert Dawson [play-by-play] and Mark Pittman [color] on the call)
LIVE STATS: Statbroadcast.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers | Instagram -@TSUTigers | #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: Looking to defeat Eastern Kentucky for the first time since 2013, the Tigers begin a three-game homestand on Thursday at 7 p.m. The game promotion is "Hoops for Heroes" where fans with military ID's will receive free admission.
LAST TIME OUT: Balanced scoring and a dominant rebounding performance lifted TSU to a 78-53 road victory over Jacksonville State on Jan. 30. The win improved TSU to 15-6 on the season, tripling last year’s win total of five. The Tigers held a 42-27 rebounding edge over JSU and finished with a 44-10 advantage in points in the paint.
Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) led five TSU players scoring in double figures with 18 points to go with eight rebounds, while Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded his ninth double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Marcus Roper (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) and Xavier Richards (St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands) scored 12 points apiece with Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) adding 10. Aiding the offense was Armani Chaney (Chicago, Ill.), who led the Tigers with a career-high five assists.
ABOUT EKU: Under the direction of first-year Head Coach Dan McHale, Eastern Kentucky is 12-12 on the season with a 3-6 mark in the OVC. The Colonels have gone 1-4 in their last five games with their losses coming by an average of 3.75 points per game during the stretch. EKU’s high-powered offense (81.2 ppg – 2nd in the OVC) is fueled by Jarelle Reischel, who leads the league with 19.3 points per game, and Javontae Hawkins, who is sixth with 16.3 points per game.
LAST SEASON VERSUS EKU: The Tigers dropped a pair of games to the Colonels a season ago, losing 77-72 in Richmond, Ky. on Feb. 7 and 69-41 in Nashville. In the first meeting on the road, Marcus Roper (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) posted a career-high 32 points. The score was tied with 24 seconds to play before EKU scored five points at the free throw line. In the second meeting at the Gentry Center, EKU led wire-to-wire. Christian Mekowulu (Lagos, Nigeria) led all scorers with 16 points in the game.
ALL-TIME SERIES VERSUS EKU: TSU has gone 25-32 in the all-time series versus Eastern Kentucky. EKU has won four in a row in the series with Tennessee State’s last win coming on March 2, 2013 by an 85-81 final score in overtime in Nashville.
TSU AT THE GENTRY CENTER: TSU has gone 7-1 at home at the Gentry Center this season. Including Thursday, the Tigers have five more home games. The school record for home wins in a season at the Gentry Center, which was built prior to the 1980-81 season, is 11. TSU set the record in 1980-81 and matched it 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.
UP NEXT: The Tigers host Morehead State on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m.