February 24, 20181st2ndFinal
Tennessee State283159
Belmont434184
Stats at a GlanceTSUBEL
FG Percentage.361 (22-61) .566 (30-53)
3P FG Percentage.316 (6-19) .526 (20-38)
FT Percentage.818 (9-11) .364 (4-11)
Offensive Rebounds127
Defensive Rebounds2129
Total Rebounds3336
Turnovers914
Steals95
Bench Points179
LeadersTSUBEL
PointsSPENCER - 23
WINDLER - 21
ReboundsMEKOWULU - 8
WINDLER - 14
AssistsMEKOWULU - 2
SPENCER - 2
REDDICK - 2
DAVIS - 2
MCCLAIN - 7
StealsCHAFFEE JR. - 4
WINDLER - 2
LUKE - 2
BlocksMEKOWULU - 4
HADDEN - 2
TSU Heads to Belmont for Regular Season Finale
Friday, February 23, 2018
TSU Heads to Belmont for Regular Season Finale
Photo Courtesy of Thomas Corhern - Tennessee Tech Athletics

TENNESSEE STATE (15-13, 10-7 OVC)
at BELMONT (22-8, 14-3 OVC)

Saturday, Feb. 24  |  5 p.m.
Curb Event Center  |  Nashville, Tenn.

GAME NOTES:  TENNESSEE STATE | BELMONT
TV/VIDEO: WUXP-TV MyTV30 / OVC Digital Network – Kevin Ingram (play-by-play) and Chad Withrow (analysis) on the call
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: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team closes the 2017-18 regular season at Belmont on Saturday at the Curb Event Center. TSU defeated the Bruins by a 64-56 final score in the Feb. 8 meeting at the Gentry Center. Both teams have secured Ohio Valley Conference Tournament berths. TSU is currently tied for fourth in the standings and can earn a first-round bye with a win over Belmont and a Jacksonville State victory over Tennessee Tech.

LAST TIME OUT: TSU’s comeback fell short in a 69-64 road defeat versus Tennessee Tech at the Eblen Center on Thursday night. The Tigers cut their double-digit deficit to four in the final minute before Tennessee Tech made four free throws in the final 20 seconds to pull away. Christian Mekowulu led the way with 19 points for the Tigers, who finished with a 39-25 rebounding edge. Armani Chaney and Delano Spencer also added 16 points apiece for TSU.

ABOUT BELMONT: The Bruins, who are coming off a 78-67 loss at Jacksonville State on Thursday night, are led by Dylan Windler’s 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME VS. THE BRUINS: Fueled by a double-double from Christian Mekowulu, TSU earned a 64-56 victory over Belmont on Feb. 8 at the Gentry Center. Mekowulu led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds for TSU. Mekowulu, who picked up his eighth career double-double, led four Tigers in double figures with Delano Spencer (14), Kamar McKnight (13) and Armani Chaney (12) also reaching double digits. TSU trailed with four minutes to play before embarking on a 9-0 run to close the game to earn the home victory.

ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU is 12-17 in the all-time series versus Belmont. TSU has swept the regular season series with Belmont three times (1977-78, 1978-79 and 1979-80).

UP NEXT: TSU heads to the eight-team Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Evansville, Ind. at the Ford Center. Action begins with the first round on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The Championship Game is set for Saturday, March 3.

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