|November 21, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUM||TTU|
|FG Percentage||.353 (18-51)||.340 (17-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (8-28)||.261 (6-23)|
|FT Percentage||.722 (13-18)||.842 (32-38)|
- 12||Davide Moretti
- 6||Chris Clarke
LITTLEJOHN - 3
- 2||Jahmi'us Ramsey
Chris Clarke - 2
KONE - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-1, 0-0 OVC)
vs TEXAS TECH (3-0, 0-0 BIG 12)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 21
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: United Supermarkets Arena - Lubbock, Texas
Notes: TSU | TEXAS TECH
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team kicks off its road swing for the Las Vegas Classic Regional Round in Lubbock, Texas. AP ranked No. 12 Texas Tech, NCAA Championship Runner-Up, hosts the Tigers for a Thursday night tip, 7 p.m.
LEADING THE OVC: Shakem Johnson leads the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage for the second week in -a-row, shooting .850. The team leads the conference in blocked shots per game (5.3), field goal percentage (54.2) and total blocks (21).
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: No. 12 Texas Tech is undefeated on the season after serving a successful 2018-19 season as the Red Raiders made it to the NCAA Championship game, falling in overtime to Virginia. Tech has seven freshman on roster, including five-star recruit Jahmi'us Ramsey who currently averages 19 points, 19 rebounds per game. Returning senior TJ Holyfield doesn't stand too far behind the freshman 18.7 points, 15 rebounds per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES: This marks the first meeting between the two programs. Texas Tech defeated fellow Ohio Valley Conference school, Eastern Illinois, 85-60, to kick off its season.
LAST TIME OUT: A high-energy rivalry brought Nashville to the Gentry Center Monday night for the Battle of Jefferson Street. The Tennessee State Tiger men’s basketball team and head coach Brian “Penny” Collins rolled past the Fisk Bulldogs and fellow-second-year coach Kenny Anderson, 99-65.
Carlos Marshall Jr. finished the night with his first double-double as a Tiger with 13 points, 10 rebounds, while adding six assists. Emmanuel Egbuta did the same, working hard for 15 points, 11 rebounds.
Abysmal shooting from beyond the arc resulted in just two-three-point shots made in the first period, and a small seven-point TSU lead at the half. Graduate transfer Wesley Harris and Jon Brown carried the Tigers’ offense during the period, combining for 19 points.
The Tigers returned to shoot 20-of-36 from the field, 6-of-13 from three-point distance and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe, leaving the Bulldogs’ in the dust. Fisk suffered through an almost six-minute scoring drought, finishing the half with just 28 points compared to its 37-point first half performance.
Big Blue walked away with its third home win of the season and is now undefeated in the Gentry Center, the best the team has done at home since 2016.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories:
- 7 in field-goal percentage
- 32 in scoring offense
- 35 in rebound margin
- 35 in three-point field goal percentage
- 51 in blocked shots per game
- 52 in scoring margin
- 63 in assists per game
- 65 in three-point field goals per game
- 74 in defensive rebounds per game
- 78 in total rebounds per game
- 83 in three-point field-goal defense
- 94 in total three-point field goals made
- 98 in total assists
UP NEXT: Big Blue continues its road trip for the Las Vegas Regional Round in San Diego, California. The Tigers take on San Diego State Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. CT.