|February 28, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BEL||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.489 (23-47)||.536 (30-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.406 (13-32)||.250 (2-8)|
|FT Percentage||.619 (13-21)||.758 (25-33)|
BRADDS - 2
DESHIELDS - 2
TENNESSEE STATE (19-9, 10-5 OVC)
vs. BELMONT (20-9, 12-3 OVC)
Sunday, Feb. 28 | 2:30 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
Senior Day / Faculty Appreciation / Breast Cancer Awareness
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | BELMONT
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
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team hosts Belmont on Sunday afternoon for the regular season finale.
SENIOR DAY: Prior to Sunday’s game, TSU will honor Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.), Christian Griggs-Williams (Milwaukee, Wisc.), Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.), Xavier Richards (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) and Marcus Roper (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) with a Senior Day ceremony. The five have played in 228 games, tallying 1,643 points, 215 assists and 665 rebounds in their TSU careers.
LAST TIME OUT: TSU suffered a 72-56 loss at UT Martin on Thursday night. Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a team-high 16 points to go with four assists for TSU in defeat.
The Tigers trailed the Skyhawks by a 33-31 margin at halftime before UT Martin outscored TSU, 39-25, in the second half. TSU, which had a 35-33 rebounding edge, shot 40.3 percent from the field on the day, but was 3-for-19 (15.8 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. UT Martin finished 48.0 percent on field goals led by 19 points from Twymond Howard and 15 from Myles Taylor.
ABOUT BELMONT: Led by OVC Preseason Player of the Year Craig Bradshaw, Belmont has locked up the regular season championship and top seed in the upcoming OVC Tournament. The Bruins, which are the defending OVC Champions, have the highest scoring offense in the league (82.3 ppg). Forward Evan Bradds, who ranks in the top five in the OVC for scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage, has won player of the Week three times this season. Head Coach Rick Byrd, now in his 30th season at Belmont, is in the top seven among active coaches with more than 700 career victories.
LAST TIME VS. BELMONT: In the first meeting on Jan. 24, TSU was handed a 103-95 road defeat at the Curb Event Center. Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) scored 33 points and Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) added 32, accounting for 65 of TSU’s 95 points (68.4 percent).
Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) picked up a double-double 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.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BELMONT: TSU’s all-time record versus Belmont sits at 10-15 entering Sunday’s matchup. The Tigers and Bruins first squared off in the 1966-67 season. Belmont has won six in a row versus TSU with the Tigers’ last victory in the series coming on Feb. 14, 2013.
AT STAKE: Playoff seeding is still up in the air for TSU. The Tigers are also looking to secure their third 20-win season at the Division I level and tie the program’s D-1 record with 20 wins in a season. A win over Belmont would also help TSU tie the school record for wins in a season at the Gentry Center (11).
UP NEXT: TSU will compete in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament March 2-5 at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Seeding will be finalized following Sunday’s game.