|December 10, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||LR|
|FG Percentage||.362 (21-58)||.537 (29-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.296 (8-27)||.500 (7-14)|
|FT Percentage||.444 (12-27)||.656 (21-32)|
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TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-3, 0-0 OVC)
vs LITTLE ROCK (5-5, 0-0 SunBelt)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 9
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Live Stats: SideArmStats
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team travels to Arkansas to take on Little Rock Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the Jack Stephens Center. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m.
LEADING THE OVC: The team leads the league in field goal percentages, shooting .492 from the floor and field goal percentage defense allowing teams to shoot just .393 percent from the field. The Tigers also lead in blocked shots, averaging 4.6 per game. Freshman Mark Freeman averages 4.7 assists per game placing him second place behind Grayson Murphy of Belmont, who leads the conference. Shakem Johnson (.696) and Jy'lan Washington (.608) rank second and third in the league in field goal percentage, respectively.
ABOUT LITTLE ROCK: The Trojans are 5-3 on the season after finishing last season 10-21. The team has kicked off the season with wins over Missouri State, Southwest Baptist, Central Arkansas, St. Francis Brooklyn and Alcorn State. The Trojans have three student-athletes averaging double-digit scoring led by Markquis Nowell who averages 19.3 points per game while Ruot Monyyoung averages 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The series is split 1-1 with the Trojans. In the last match up, Little Rock took a visit to the Gentry Center in Brian "Penny" Collins' first year at the helm of the Tigers. Tennessee State suffered its first home loss to the Trojans, 83-67. Before the 2018 matchup, the Trojans and the Tigers hadn't played each other since 1992. The teams met in competition at the Pizza Hut Classic hosted by Missouri State. TSU won 62-60.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team continued its streak of victories in the Gentry Center with an 80-74 win over Chicago State.
In their return home after an eleven-day road swing, the Tigers stole the first half of the afternoon as Jackson, Mississippi native Wesley Harris shot 5-of-7 from the field, 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and made both free throws while also grabbing six rebounds.
Cougar point guard Xavier Johnson led the game in scoring with 34 points, proving to be the force behind Chicago State’s offense, making 7-of the-13 team three-point shots. CSU outscored TSU 48-44 in the second half, but the Tigers’ first half dominance held the Cougars off as Tennessee State floated to its sixth win of the season.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories:
- 25 in field goal percentage
- 48 in rebound margin
- 56 in blocked shots per game
- 57 in assists per game
- 57 in total blocks
- 74 in field-goal percentage defense
- 86 in total assists
- 90 in scoring offense
UP NEXT: Tennessee State heads to Fordham for a Dec. 15 matchup with the Rams. Tip is set for 1 p.m. in the Rose Hill Gymnasium. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.