|January 19, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TTU||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.414 (24-58)||.303 (23-76)|
|3P FG Percentage||.273 (6-22)||.160 (4-25)|
|FT Percentage||.765 (26-34)||.727 (24-33)|
JUGOVIC - 5
RAMSEY - 2
PHILLIPS - 2
ALEXANDER - 2
EVERETT - 1
MEKOWULU - 1
TENNESSEE STATE (12-6, 3-2 OVC)
vs. TENNESSEE TECH (7-13, 3-2 OVC)
Thursday, Jan. 19 | 7 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 | TENNESSEE TECH
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers | Instagram - @TSUTigers | #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team will play four of its next five games at home beginning with Thursday night’s battle with Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. at the Gentry Center. The Tigers are 5-1 at home this season and 16-4 at home over the last two seasons.
ABOUT TENNESSEE TECH: The Golden Eagles won their first three Ohio Valley Conference games before dropping two in a row entering Thursday. Tennessee Tech, which is 2-8 on the road this season, is led by Preseason All-OVC selection Aleksa Jugovic (15.5 ppg).
LAST TIME OUT: Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tallied a season-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds in an 87-85 loss at Morehead State on Jan. 14. Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) tied the game on a three with 1:04 left before MSU’s Treshaad Williams finished a layup with 3.7 seconds remaining. Delano Spencer (Atlanta, Ga.) scored 18 points on five made three pointers for TSU.
ALL-TIME SERIES VERSUS TENNESSEE TECH: Thursday will mark the 63rd all-time meeting between the two sides. The all-time series is tied at 31-31. The Tigers are 2-2 versus the Golden Eagles under third-year Head Coach Dana Ford.
LAST SEASON VERSUS TENNESSEE TECH: TSU went 1-1 versus Tennessee Tech last season, winning at home. TSU fell to the Golden Eagles by an 81-79 final score in Cookeville on Jan. 28 before defeating TTU by an 85-55 margin at the Gentry Center on Feb. 10. Then-senior Keron DeShields averaged 26.0 points per game in the two meetings with Tahjere McCall scoring 15.5 points per game.
IN THE NATION: TSU is ranked 27th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.394) and 26th in turnovers forced (16.39 per game). Individually, Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) is 5th in the nation in steals per game (3.00), 6th in total steals (54) and 19th in free throws attempted (126). Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) ranks 21st in the nation in rebounds per game (10.4), 28th in double-doubles (8) and 23rd in field goal percentage (.594).
IMPROVING OFFENSE IN OVC PLAY: The Tigers averaged 70.8 points per game in non-conference games this season. In OVC play the offensive production is up to 74.4 points per game. TSU’s free throw percentage has also jumped from 64.6 percent in non-league games to 74.3 percent in the OVC.
UP NEXT: TSU hosts Jacksonville State on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gentry Center.