January 02, 20171st2ndFinal
Kennesaw State423476
Tennessee State343973
Stats at a GlanceKSUTSUMBB
FG Percentage.436 (24-55) .406 (26-64)
3P FG Percentage.579 (11-19) .286 (4-14)
FT Percentage.739 (17-23) .630 (17-27)
Offensive Rebounds813
Defensive Rebounds2826
Total Rebounds3639
Turnovers2115
Steals36
Bench Points2711
LeadersKSUTSUMBB
PointsRAY - 20
McCALL - 25
ReboundsNIELSEN - 8
MARTIN - 13
AssistsCLARKE - 4
McCALL - 3
StealsMASTERSON - 2
McCALL - 5
BlocksCAMERON - 4
McCALL - 1
MARTIN - 1
REED - 1
HAMILTON - 1
Tigers Host Kennesaw State on Monday
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Tigers Host Kennesaw State on Monday
Photo Courtesy of Dave Winder - Murray State Athletics

TENNESSEE STATE (9-4)
vs. KENNESAW STATE (5-10)
Monday, Jan. 2  |  6 p.m.
Gentry Center  |  Nashville, Tenn. 

VIDEO: OVC Digital Network - John Freeman on the call
RADIO: 102.1 FM The Light - Greg Pogue (pxp) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast.com
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | KENNESAW STATE
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers |  Instagram - @TSUTigers |  #BigBlueRising

OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men's basketball team opens the 2017 calendar year with a home non-conference game versus Kennesaw State on Jan. 2 at the Gentry Center. Redshirt senior Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) averages 12.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game to lead the way. 

ABOUT KENNESAW STATE: Under the direction of former Boston College coach Al Skinner, the Owls are 5-10 on the season. Kennesaw State is 2-1 in its last three games, including an 89-76 win over North Georgia on New Year’s Eve. Kendrick Ray leads the Owls with 22.7 points per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite five players scoring in double figures, Tennessee State suffered a 92-83 loss at Murray State on New Year’s Eve. Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 19 points and 16 rebounds. The Tigers had a 43-35 halftime edge and led for more than 26 minutes, but the Racers outscored TSU by a 57-40 margin in the second half.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Tennessee State is 3-0 in the all-time series versus Kennesaw State. The Tigers defeated the Owls, 73-67, on Nov. 27, 2009 when current head coach Dana Ford was an assistant for TSU. Tennessee State has beaten KSU in each of the last two seasons. 

LAST SEASON VS. KENNESAW STATE: TSU’s strong defensive effort carried the Tigers to a 56-49 road win over Kennesaw State last season. Tennessee State held the Owls to 17 first-half points and limited Kennesaw State to 35.8 percent (19-for-53) shooting. Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a team-best 14 points for the Tigers.

UP NEXT: TSU hosts Southeast Missouri on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gentry Center. 

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