|March 03, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||APSU||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.489 (23-47)||.426 (26-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.438 (7-16)||.143 (2-14)|
|FT Percentage||.553 (21-38)||.667 (16-24)|
DESHIELDS - 2
MARTIN - 2
#4 TENNESSEE STATE (20-9, 11-5 OVC)
vs. #8 AUSTIN PEAY (15-17, 7-9 OVC)
Thursday, March 3 | 6 p.m.
Municipal Auditorium | Nashville, Tenn.
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE
VIDEO (FREE): OVC Digital Network (Jonathan Hutton [play-by-play] and Chad Withrow [color] on the call)
RADIO: 102.1 FM The Light (Albert Dawson [play-by-play] and Mark Pittman [color] on the call)
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast.com
OVC TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: OVCSports.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers | Instagram -@TSUTigers | #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men's basketball team makes its 26th appearance in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament with the quarterfinals set for Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The fourth-seeded Tigers earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of Wednesday's first-round matchup between fifth-seeded Tennessee Tech and eighth-seeded Austin Peay.
POTENTIAL OPPONENTS: TSU split the regular season series with Tennessee Tech and went 1-0 versus Austin Peay. Tennessee Tech features a pair of All-OVC players in Torrance Rowe (First Team) and Ryan Martin (Second Team). Austin Peay also boasts two all-conference performers in Chris Horton (First Team) and Josh Robinson (Second Team).
AWARD WINNERS: Dana Ford earned OVC Coach of the Year, Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) took home OVC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-OVC and All-Newcomer Team accolades, while Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) earned First Team All-OVC and a spot on the All-Newcomer Team. It is the first time a TSU coach has won OVC Coach of the Year since 1995 and first time TSU has had two First Teamers since 1995.
LAST TIME OUT: In the regular season finale on Feb. 28, Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) scored a game-high 25 points to lead TSU to an 87-72 home victory over Belmont on Feb. 28 in the regular season finale. The win secured TSU’s third 20-win season at the D-1 level and clinched the OVC fourth seed and first round bye.
TSU held a 39-38 halftime edge and pulled away by outscoring Belmont by a 48-34 margin in the second half. It was TSU’s first win over Belmont since Feb. 14, 2013. DeShields was joined in double figures by Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 17, while Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 13 points and Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.) tallied 10 points and eight rebounds.
TSU IN THE OVC TOURNAMENT: TSU is in its 29th season in the OVC and is competing in the OVC Tournament for the 26th time. The Tigers have gone 12-23 all-time in the tournament, winning the championship in 1993 and 1994. TSU has gone 2-0 in OVC Tournament games versus Tennessee Tech and 0-6 in the tournament against Austin Peay.
UP NEXT: A win on Thursday would propel the Tigers into the OVC Semifinals to face top-seeded Belmont on Friday, March 4, at Municipal Auditorium. Tip-off for the semifinals, which will air live on ESPNU, is set for 6:30 p.m.