|December 21, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||PURDUE|
|FG Percentage||.306 (15-49)||.586 (34-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.320 (8-25)||.577 (15-26)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (10-16)||.636 (14-22)|
CHANEY - 4
TEAM - 4
TEAM - 6
Mathias - 2
Thompson - 2
REID - 1
Haarms - 3
TENNESSEE STATE (5-5)
at #16 PURDUE (11-2)
Thursday, Dec. 21 | 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT)
Mackey Arena | West Lafayette, Ind.
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | PURDUE
TV: Big Ten Network – Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play) and Robbie Hummel (analysis) on the call
RADIO: 102.1 The Ville – Greg Pogue (play-by-play) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
LIVE STATS: PurdueSports.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers | @TSUTigersMBB | #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team wraps up non-conference play on Thursday night at #16 Purdue at Mackey Arena in a Big Ten Network broadcast. TSU, which also faced a ranked opponent in #4/3 Kansas in the season opener, is on game four of a six-game road swing. It is the first time TSU has played multiple games versus teams ranked in the AP top 25 since the 2011-12 season when the Tigers faced No. 1 North Carolina once and Murray State three times (ranked 9th, 14th and 12th).
LAST TIME OUT: Playing on the national stage on ESPN2 against Texas, TSU’s upset bid came up just short in a 47-46 road defeat at the Frank Erwin Center on Monday night. Texas, which received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll, earned the win on a Matt Coleman jumper with 9.2 seconds left. TSU led for 16:46 in the game that featured four ties and 10 lead changes. The Tigers used an 8-0 run down the stretch that included a dunk from Christian Mekowulu and threes from Daniel Cummings and Delano Spencer to take a 46-45 lead with 1:26 to play before Coleman’s late-game heroics.
Mekowulu battled down low all night, picking up his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Spencer also scored in double figures with 11 points for the Tigers.
ABOUT PURDUE: The Boilermakers, ranked 16th in the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Polls, are coming off a run to the Sweet 16 in 2017. Purdue has won seven in a row and has wins over Marquette, Arizona, Louisville, Maryland and Butler, among others.
NON-CONFERENCE PLAY: The Tigers have faced a challenging non-conference schedule, going 5-5 entering Thursday night. Of TSU’s five losses, their opponents are a combined 38-17 (.691 winning percentage) this season.
UP NEXT: The Tigers will break for the holiday before jumping into Ohio Valley Conference play on Thursday, Dec. 28 at UT Martin at 6 p.m. The game will air on TV on CBS Sports Network and on the radio on 102.1 The Ville.