January 04, 20201st2ndFinal
SIU Edwardsville Men393574
Tennessee State394079
Stats at a GlanceSIUETSUM
FG Percentage.447 (21-47) .583 (28-48)
3P FG Percentage.368 (7-19) .444 (8-18)
FT Percentage.893 (25-28) .714 (15-21)
Offensive Rebounds44
Defensive Rebounds1924
Total Rebounds2328
Turnovers1522
Steals46
Bench Points3521
LeadersSIUETSUM
PointsMoore - 22
LITTLEJOHN - 15
JOHNSON - 15
ReboundsWilliford - 5
JOHNSON - 6
AssistsWilliford - 4
FREEMAN - 7
StealsWilliford - 2
LITTLEJOHN - 2
BlocksUzuegbunem - 1
Jackson - 1
SIUE Up Next for TSU Men's Basketball
Friday, January 3, 2020
SIUE Up Next for TSU Men's Basketball

TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (9-5, 1-0) 
vs SIUE (4-10, 1-0)
Date:
 Saturday, Jan. 4
Time: 4 p.m. 
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Notes: TSU | SIUE
Stream: ESPN+
Radio: 102.1 The Ville
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team continues Ohio Valley Conference play Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Gentry Center with tip on ESPN+ set for 4 p.m. 

LEADING THE OVC: Big Blue leads the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage shooting 385-of-802 (.480). TSU ranksfirst in blocked shots per game, averaging 4.4. Shakem Johnson has made 53-of-79 shots, ranking second in the league in field goal percentage, .671. Mark Freeman has dished out 55 assists to place the freshman fifth in assists per game. The Tigers also rank second in defensive rebounding percentage (31.4) and second in rebounding margin (+7.1).

ABOUT SIUE: The Cougars stunned the former league leaders Belmont in its OVC opener Thursday evening in Nashville, defeating the Bruins at home, 79-69. Junior guard Zeke Moore leads the Cougars in scoring averaging 12.6 points per game and 27 minutes, 6-5 guard Mike Adewunmi averages a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game, and Tyrese Williford leads the floor averging 4.0 assists per game. SIUE is 4-10 on the season, but 1-0 in conference play. 

ALL-TIME SERIES: This marks the 12th meeting between Tennessee State and SIUE. Big Blue leads the series 8-4. Coach Collins is 0-1 against SIUE after a 85-84 loss at home. TSU is 4-1 when taking on SIUE in Nashville. 

LAST TIME OUT: Head coach Brian “Penny” Collins said Gentry Center could be the hardest place to play in the Ohio Valley Conference. That statement is ringing true as the Tigers garnered its sixth victory at home, 84-79, versus Eastern Illinois to kick off conference play Thursday evening.

An intense five minutes of offensive dominance for TSU allowed the Tigers to make its largest run of the season, 23-1, ending Eastern Illinois’ sole lead early in the night. The 15-point lead helped lift the Tigers to its OVC season-opening victory – the first for Brian “Penny” Collins.

With a 40-26 lead at the break, the Tigers held strong answering the Panthers’ scoring runs with shots beyond the arc or made free-throws to maintain the lead for the remainder of the night.

TSU is now 1-0 in league play and is tied for first in the conference, while holding the best win-loss percentage .643 with an overall record of 9-5.

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

  • 29 in field goal percentage
  • 36 in rebound margin
  • 47 in total blocks
  • 59 in blocked shots per game
  • 82 in total rebounds
  • 89 in total rebounds per game
  • 99 in total assists

UP NEXT: Tennessee State continues conference play on the road Thursday, Jan. 9 at UT Martin.

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