November 25, 20191st2ndFinal
Tennessee St.232649
San Diego St.253762
Stats at a GlanceTSUSDSU
FG Percentage.354 (17-48) .357 (20-56)
3P FG Percentage.280 (7-25) .286 (6-21)
FT Percentage.800 (8-10) .941 (16-17)
Offensive Rebounds58
Defensive Rebounds2927
Total Rebounds3435
Turnovers1811
Steals55
Bench Points1027
LeadersTSUSDSU
PointsLittlejohn - 21
Flynn - 11
ReboundsHarris - 6
Washington - 6
TEAM - 7
AssistsFreeman - 4
Feagin - 3
Flynn - 3
StealsLittlejohn - 2
Flynn - 2
BlocksHarris - 1
Johnson - 1
Washington - 1
Mensah - 2
Men's Basketball to Play San Diego State Monday in the Viejas Arena
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Men's Basketball to Play San Diego State Monday in the Viejas Arena

TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-2, 0-0 OVC) 
vs SAN DIEGO STATE (5-0, 0-0 MOUNTAIN WEST)

Date: Monday, Nov. 25
Time: 9 p.m. CT
Location: Viejas Arena - San Diego, Calif. 
Notes: TSU | SAN DIEGO STATE
Live Video:  Mountain West Network
Live Stats: SideArmSports
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team continues play in the Continental Las Vegas Regional Round as San Diego State hosts the Tigers for a Monday night tip, 9 p.m CT in the Viejas Arena.

LEADING THE OVC:  Shakem Johnson leads the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage for the third week in-a-row, shooting .875. The team leads the conference in field goal percentage (51.0), and is runner-up in blocked shots per game (4.6) defensive rebounds (28.8), rebounding offense (39.6) and rebounding defense (31.8).

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: The San Diego State Aztecs are undefeated 5-0 and is 3-0 at home in the Viejas Arena this season. The Aztecs battled through the Mountain West championship last year, falling to Utah State in the final round, 64-57. The team has seven newcomers,  three freshmen and four transfers, meaning almost half of the team is new, but the Aztecs prioritized experience with Vanderbilt transfers. San Diego State has four averaging double digit scoring led by junior Malachi Smith with 13.8 points, 6.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. 

ALL-TIME SERIES: This marks the first meeting between the two programs.

LAST TIME OUT: The Tigers (3-2) kicked off its road swing with a 72-57 loss to Texas Tech in the United Supermarkets Arena Thursday evening in Lubbock, Texas.

The Tennessee State men’s basketball team led the night in field goals made, three-pointers made, assists and blocks, but trips to the charity stripe proved to be the deciding stat in the first matchup between the teams. Tech finished the night 32-of-38 from the free-throw line while the Tigers shot 13-of-18.

The Tiger defense kept the Red Raiders to just 20 points 80 percent of the first half and forced 13 turnovers.

Wesley Harris, who transferred from a Big 12 school, returned to familiar sights in the United Supermarkets Arena as he finished the night with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Ravel Moody marked a career-high 12 points as the junior transfer led the team in scoring, while Jon Brown grabbed a career-high six boards. Shakem Johnson finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Carlos Marshall Jr. punctuated the night with the final eight Tiger points – scoring all in the final 2:33 of the game. Marshall decreased the Red Raiders’ largest 19-point lead with his efforts, closing the night 72-57.

NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories: 

  • 18 in field-goal percentage
  • 51 in rebound margin
  • 62 in three-point field goal defense
  • 73 in scoring offense
  • 80 in three-point field goals per game
  • 81 in total blocks
  • 87 in field goal percentage defense
  • 85 in defensive rebounds per game
  • 95 in assists per game

UP NEXT: Big Blue heads to Las Vegas for the final rounds of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. TSU kicks off its stay in Las Vegas playing Cal Poly, Thursday, Nov. 28. Tip is set for 1 p.m. CT. 

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