|December 21, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Blue Mountain College||30||41||71|
|Stats at a Glance||BLUEM||TSUM|
|FG Percentage||.482 (27-56)||.589 (33-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.346 (9-26)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (8-12)||.650 (13-20)|
SIMPSON - 2
DURASAS - 2
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (7-5)
v BLUE MOUNTAIN (8-2)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 21
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Radio: 102.1 The Ville
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Social Media Updates: Twitter || #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball program completes non-conference play at home in the Gentry Center against Blue Mountain. Tip is set for 1 p.m.
LEADING THE OVC: Big Blue leads the Ohio Valley Conference in blocked shots per game, averaging 4.4. TSU ranks second in field goal percentage shooting 327-of-688 (.475). Shakem Johnson has made 41-of-61 shots, ranking second in the league in field goal percentage, .672. Mark Freeman has dished out 49 assists to place the freshman in fourth in assists per game. The Tigers also rank second in rebounding defense (32.2) and rebounding margin (+6.8).
ABOUT BLUE MOUNTAIN: The Toppers are 8-2 overall, 3-2 away from Blue Mountain, Mississippi. The team is on a four-game win streak. Tyree Beason leads the team in scoring averaging 17.2 points per game. Da'Juonta Ross of Chattanooga, Tennessee, averages 13.3 points, and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES: This marks the first meeting between Tennessee State and Blue Mountain.
LAST TIME OUT: Down 16 with eight minutes left in the second half, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team battled its way down to a four-point deficit before the Sycamores of Indiana State took two free-throws to end the night in the Hulman Center, 78-72.
In just 19 minutes of play, senior Emmanuel Egbuta notched team-highs in scoring and rebounds, 15 points, 9 boards for TSU who now holds a 7-5 overall record with just one non-conference matchup left in the year.
The 7-5 start for Big Blue marks the best non-conference run since the 2016-17 season when TSU went 9-3.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories:
- 39 in total blocks
- 40 in total rebounds
- 43 in rebound margin
- 46 in field-goal percentage
- 58 in total assists
- 62 in blocked shots per game
- 80 in total rebounds per game
- 90 in free throw attempts
- 95 in defensive rebounds per game
- 97 in assists per game
- 99 in offensive rebounds per game
UP NEXT: Tennessee State kicks off conference play at home Jan. 2 against Eastern Illinois. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.