|February 02, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SEMO||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.340 (17-50)||.527 (29-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.579 (11-19)||.786 (11-14)|
BREWER - 2
McKNIGHT - 2
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 2
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-15, 3-6 OVC)
vs SEMO (7-15, 2-7 OVC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 2
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: Gentry Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Notes: TSU | SEMO
Live Video: ESPN+ || Joe Leadingham on the call
Radio: 102.1 The Ville || Greg Pogue (pbp) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Social Media Updates: Twitter || #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team takes on Southeast Missouri in the Gentry Center for its second-of-two home games this week. TIp off is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+, following the Lady Tigers game.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: SEMO is heading to the Gentry Center after a tough night at Belmont where the Redhawks fell to the Bruins, 97-71. Ledarrius Brewer leads the Redhawks scoring 14.4 points per game, averaging .400 from the floor. 6-8 Sage Tolbert keeps SEMO active on the glass pulling down 131 rebounds on the seaosn.
LAST TIME OUT: A final drive through the lane with only five seconds on the clock earned the Tigers its third Ohio Valley Conference win of the season, 68-67, over UT Martin Thursday evening in the Gentry Center.
TSU created a dominant first half, leading by as much as 15, before leaving for the locker room at break leading the Skyhawks, 35-26.
Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey led TSU for the second game in-a-row with 23 points, adding the game-winning layup to his stat line. Stokley Chaffee, Jr. and Emmanuel Egbuta tied for the game-high rebounds.
Three Tigers notched double-digit scoring, while four Skyhawks did the same. Chris Randall II of UTM, registered the team high 17 points in his first game in orange and blue.
TSU is now tied for eighth in the conference.
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU is 26-22 in the all-time series. Under Redhawk head coach Rick Ray, SEMO is 3-2 over the Tigers.
Big Blue is 1-1 when taking on the Redhawks at home over the last four seasons, 2-1 away from Gentry. The Tigers are 16-7 at home when taking on Redhawks since their first matchup in 1992. TSU has gone into overtime against SEMO three times in the series, and are 2-1 when doing so.
LAST SEASON VERSUS SEMO: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a big second half by Southeast Missouri in a 77-65 road defeat at the Show Me Center in the New Year’s Eve battle.
After trailing by two points at the half, TSU (5-8, 0-2 OVC) was stymied by an 18-0 run by Southeast Missouri (7-8, 1-1 OVC) in the second half that put the game out of reach.
Delano Spencer scored a team-best 17 points with Ken’Darrius Hamilton (12 points) and Darreon Reddick (11 points) also reaching double figures for the Tigers.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 100 in the nation in three categories:
- 45 in turnovers forced
- 26 vs. Carver and at Memphis
- 58 in steals per game
- double-digit steals in six games this season
- 80 in total steals
- 162 steals on the season
UP NEXT: The Tigers hit the road for Morehead State on Feb. 7 with tipoff set for 6:35 p.m. on ESPN+.