|December 12, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||ALST|
|FG Percentage||.368 (14-38)||.213 (10-47)|
|3P FG Percentage||.263 (5-19)||.333 (7-21)|
|FT Percentage||.795 (31-39)||.667 (18-27)|
MEKOWULU - 14
Pichardo - 1
Johnson - 1
TENNESSEE STATE (4-3)
at ALABAMA STATE (0-8)
Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 7 p.m.
Dunn-Oliver Acadome | Montgomery, Ala.
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team hits the road for six-consecutive road games beginning with a test at Alabama State on Dec. 12. TSU will stay on the road for the first four games of the road swing, traveling more than 3,300 miles for games at Alabama State, North Carolina A&T, Texas and Purdue, before returning to Nashville.
Including the road games at UT Martin (Dec. 28) and Southeast Missouri (Dec. 31), TSU will travel more than 4,000 miles before the next home game at the Gentry Center on Jan. 4 versus Jacksonville State.
LAST TIME OUT: TSU was handed a 95-86 overtime loss by Lipscomb on Saturday night at the Gentry Center. TSU forced overtime when Delano Spencer finished a layup with 18.4 seconds left to knot the score at 77-77, and the defense came up with a stop on the other end. A trio of Tigers had career nights on the offensive end led by Christian Mekowulu with a career-high 26 points to go with 15 rebounds. For Mekowulu, it was his second-consecutive double-double. Spencer also delivered 26 points, while Kamar McKnight added 17 off the bench.
ABOUT ALABAMA STATE: The Hornets are 0-8 on the year and will be playing their first home game of the 2017-18 season on Tuesday. Alabama State, which is led by 13.1 points per game from Reginald Gee, has faced a grueling schedule that includes the likes of Mississippi State, Iowa, Oregon and Cincinnati, among others.
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU holds a 19-9 advantage in the all-time series versus Alabama State. The series dates back to TSU’s first season in 1944-45. The Tigers had lost six in a row to the Hornets before a convincing 68-46 win at the Gentry Center a year ago. Last year’s meeting was the first between the two sides since Jan. 2, 1992.
LAST SEASON VERSUS ALABAMA STATE: Tennessee State put on a dominating defensive performance, holding Alabama State to 25.4 percent shooting in a 68-46 win on Dec. 14, 2016 at the Gentry Center. For the Tigers, who held a 40-13 halftime lead, then-senior Jordan Reed posted a team-best 13 points with Christian Mekowulu notching 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.
UP NEXT: The Tigers head to Greensboro, N.C. to take on North Carolina A&T on Friday, Dec. 15.