|March 02, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||UTM|
|FG Percentage||.463 (25-54)||.518 (29-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.462 (12-26)||.444 (8-18)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (24-30)||.833 (25-30)|
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 5
DOVE - 7
CHANEY - 5
- 3||HAWTHORNE, JR.
- 2||HAWTHORNE, JR.
DOVE - 1
SANOE - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (9-20, 6-11 OVC)
at UT Martin (9-20, 4-12)
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 3:30 p.m. CT
Location: Elam Center - Martin, Tenn.
Live Video: ESPN+
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 looks to clinch a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as it closes the regular season at UT Martin Saturday, March 2 at the Elam Center. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on ESPN+.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: UT Martin has moved its way into the tenth spot after going on a four-game win streak after leaving Nashville 0-2. The Skyhawks are currently on a three-game losing streak after facing the leaders of the conference, Murray State, Austin Peay and Belmont. Craig Randall leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game, with four other Skyhawks averaging double-digit scoring.
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU is 34-26 in the all-time series. Under Skyhawk head coach Anthony Stewart, UT Martin is 1-2 when taking on TSU. When taking on the Skyhawks in Martin, the Tigers are 14-17 in the all-time series. TSU is 2-3 in the last four seasons versus UT Martin with all losses occuring in Martin. Four games between the foes have gone into overtime, three at home. TSU’s record in OT games versus the Racers is 1-3. The teams have met once in the first round of the OVC Tourney.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior guard Michael Littlejohn led the Tigers for the second night in-a-row with 18 points as the Tennessee State men’s basketball team fell, 89-74, to Southeast Missouri Thursday night in the Show Me Center, splitting the series with the Redhawks.
After a tough first half flooded with SEMO three-pointers, Tennessee State’s defense shifted to keeping the Redhawks off the perimeter. Big Blue had to fight its way back from a 12-point deficit, which it did, cutting Southeast Missouri’s lead to three, four times in the second half, but the energy the Tigers used to close the gap ran out as the Redhawks returned to the arc to sink another seven three-point shots.
Three Tigers joined Littlejohn in double figures: Tripp Davis 13, Armani Chaney 12, Stokley Chaffee, Jr. 10.
LAST MATCHUP WITH UT MARTIN: 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.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in five categories:
- 56 in turnovers forced
- 15.00 turnovers forced per game
- 63 in total steals
- Registered 210 steals throughout the season
- 81 in steals per game
- TSU is averaging 7.2 steals per game
- 94 in 3-pt field goal attempts
- Big Blue averages 23.8 attempts
- 88 in free throw attempts
- Averages 20.6 per game
UP NEXT: The Tigers look to clinch a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament which begins March 6 in Evansville, Ind. at the Ford Center.