|February 22, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||TTU|
|FG Percentage||.393 (22-56)||.478 (22-46)|
|3P FG Percentage||.158 (3-19)||.429 (9-21)|
|FT Percentage||.654 (17-26)||.667 (16-24)|
PHILLIPS - 1
ALEXANDER - 1
TENNESSEE STATE (15-12, 10-6 OVC)
at TENNESSEE TECH (17-12, 9-7 OVC)
Thursday, Feb. 22 | 7:30 p.m.
Eblen Center | Cookeville, Tenn.
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | TENNESSEE TECH
VIDEO: OVC Digital Network
RADIO: 102.1 The Ville - Greg Pogue (play-by-play) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers | @TSUTigersMBB | #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: Currently in sole possession of fourth place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team heads to Cookeville, Tenn. for a road test at Tennessee Tech on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Eblen Center. OVC Tournament seeding is on the line as the Tigers can finish anywhere from 3-6 in the final standings based on results around the league in the remaining two regular season games. A win on Thursday would give TSU its third-consecutive winning season, helping the program accomplish the feat for the first time since four-straight winning seasons from 1992-96.
LAST TIME OUT: TSU suffered a 72-59 defeat at the hands of Eastern Kentucky on Saturday at the Gentry Center in TSU’s final home game of the season. The Tigers could not overcome the hot shooting of EKU, which shot 53.3 percent (24-of-45) from the floor. Juniors Christian Mekowulu and Armani Chaney scored 12 points apiece for the Tigers on the night.
ABOUT TENNESSEE TECH: The Golden Eagles are currently tied for fifth in the OVC standings with a 9-7 conference mark. Tennessee Tech has gone 1-4 in its last five games but is 10-2 at home on the season.
LAST MEETING VERSUS THE GOLDEN EAGLES: In a back-and-forth game, TSU was handed an 87-81 overtime loss to Tennessee Tech at the Gentry Center on Jan. 6, 2018. Christian Mekowulu and Delano Spencer scored 20 points apiece for the Tigers with Darreon Reddick adding 17. TSU trailed by 13 points in the second half before storming all the way back and had the lead with 15 seconds to play in regulation. A corner three from TTU’s Shaq Calhoun with 12.1 seconds left forced overtime with the score tied at 73-73. The Golden Eagles outscored TSU, 14-8, in overtime.
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU is 32-33 in the all-time series versus Tennessee Tech. Two of the last three meetings have gone to overtime.
UP NEXT: TSU closes the regular season at Belmont on Saturday, Feb. 24.