|December 15, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUM||FU|
|FG Percentage||.436 (24-55)||.400 (24-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.467 (7-15)||.286 (6-21)|
|FT Percentage||.611 (11-18)||.636 (7-11)|
BROWN - 17
- 8||Chuba Ohams
FREEMAN - 4
Antwon Portley - 5
- 2||Jalen Cobb
Josh Colon - 3
JOHNSON - 1
Onyi Eyisi - 2
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-4, 0-0 OVC)
vs FORDHAM (5-4, 0-0 A10)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 15
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Location: Bronx, N.Y.
Live Stats: SideArmStats
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball program heads to the Big Apple to take on Fordham for a Sunday afternoon matchup in the Rose Hill Gymnasium with tipoff set for 1 p.m. CT.
LEADING THE OVC: Big Blue leads the Ohio Valley Conference in blocked shots per game, averaging 4.6 due to the work done by Jy'lan Washington who averages 1.4 blocks per game and leads the team with 14 total over 10 games. TSU ranks second in field goal percentage shooting 275-of-574 (.479). Shakem Johnson has made 35-of-51 shots, ranking second in the league in field goal percentage, .686. The Tigers also rank second in rebounding defense (31.7) and rebounding margin (+6.2).
ABOUT FORDHAM: The Rams are 5-4 overall, 4-2 at home, suffering losses to Manhattan and Bryant in Rose Hill Gym. Antwon Portley and Chuba Ohams lead the team averaging double-digit scoring. Ohams averages 11.4 pts, and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game. The Rams are led by Jeff Neubauer who took the team to the CIT in his first year at the helm. He is now in his fifth year leading Fordham.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Tennessee A&I leads the all-time series over Fordham 1-0. The teams haven't met since its first meeting in 1965, when the Tigers defeated the Rams, 81-67. That A&I team featured leading scorer Robert Eldridge who finished the season with 529 points.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tennessee State men's basketball team fell to Little Rock on the road in the Jack Stephens Center, 86-62.
Little Rock set the tone for the evening with a 7-0 run to kick off the night, making stop after stop on the defensive end to shut down the Tigers for the first two minutes of play. The Tigers challenged the Trojans for the next five minutes of play before Little Rock regained and maintained the lead for the remainder of the game.
Carlos Marshall Jr. and Wesley Harris put the most points on the board for TSU, while bigs Shakem Johnson and Ben Koné grabbed six boards a piece.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories:
- 41 in field-goal percentage
- 43 in total blocks
- 52 in rebound margin
- 54 in blocked shots per game
- 72 in total assists
- 83 in assists per game
- 97 in total three-point field-goals made
UP NEXT: Tennessee State heads to Indiana State to complete its non-conference road games Dec. 18. Tip is set for 6 p.m. CT.