January 18, 20201st2ndFinal
Eastern Kentucky494392
Tennessee State454388
Stats at a GlanceEKUTSUM
FG Percentage.476 (30-63) .471 (33-70)
3P FG Percentage.367 (11-30) .368 (7-19)
FT Percentage.875 (21-24) .652 (15-23)
Offensive Rebounds916
Defensive Rebounds2626
Total Rebounds3542
Turnovers108
Steals33
Bench Points1817
LeadersEKUTSUM
PointsBROWN - 37
MARSHALL - 22
ReboundsMORENO - 7
JOHNSON - 9
AssistsHOBBS - 4
BROWN - 4
FREEMAN - 7
StealsCRUICKSHANK - 1
BROWN - 1
MORENO - 1
LITTLEJOHN - 1
MARSHALL - 1
JOHNSON - 1
BlocksKING - 1
EGBUTA - 2
Big Blue Back in the Gentry Center on Saturday
Friday, January 17, 2020
Big Blue Back in the Gentry Center on Saturday

TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (12-6, 4-1) 
vs EASTERN KENTUCKY (6-12, 3-2)
Date:
 Saturday, Jan. 18
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Nashville, Tenn. 
Stream: ESPN+
Radio: 102.1 The Ville
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team hosts Eastern Kentucky on Saturday in the Gentry Center with a tip set for 4 p.m. on ESPN+. 

LEADING THE OVC: Big Blue ranks second in the Ohio Valley Conference in home attendance, averaging more than 2,900 fans per game. Off the court, TSU is second in field goal percentage shooting 491-of-1091 (.482). TSU ranks second in blocked shots per game, averaging 4.2. Shakem Johnson has made 73-of-110 shots, leading the league in field goal percentage, .664. Mark Freeman has dished out 70 assists to place the freshman third in assists per game, helping the Tigers to a third spot in the OVC rankings in assists per game. The Tigers also rank second in offensive rebounding percentage (33.5) and second in rebounding margin (+6.1). 

ABOUT EASTERN KENTUCKY: The Colonels head to the Gentry Center 3-2 in conference play and were on a two-game win streak before its trip to Nashville where the team fell 87-56 to Belmont Thursday night. Sophomore guard Jomaru Brown leads the team in scoring averaging 17.5 points per game. Two other Colonels average double-digit scoring, including Ty Taylor and Tre King. 

ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU is 30-35 in the all-time series against the Colonels. The Tigers are 14-16 when playing the Colonels in Richmond. TSU has gone into overtime three times in the series, and are 2-1 when doing so. Under the only two first-year coaches in the OVC, the series stands at 1-0.

LAST TIME OUT: How many shots did the men's basketball team block in its eighth win in the Gentry Center this season? 11.

The Tennessee State Tigers (12-6) played the most defensively sound game of the year in its win over Morehead State (9-9) Thursday night in front of 4,700 returning students and Tiger fans. 

Ben Koné led Big Blue with four blocks in just sixteen minutes of play, adding what seems to be a lucky number for the forward, four points and four rebounds. 

Shakem Johnson registered the sixth TSU double-double of the season scoring 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. The junior-college transfer helped the Tigers retake its first place ranking in the OVC in blocked shots adding three, as well as one steal and an assist. 

The Tigers led for all but 27 seconds of the game and did so by as much as 24 points, lifting TSU to another Ohio Valley Conference victory and a fourth place spot in the league. 

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

  • 17 in field goal percentage
  • 33 in total blocks
  • 40 in rebound margin
  • 47 in blocked shots per game
  • 71 in total rebounds
  • 76 in three-point field-goal percentage
  • 82 in total assists
  • 90 in win-lost percentage
  • 91 in total rebounds per game
  • 95 in scoring offense
  • 96 in offensive rebounds per game
  • Michael Littlejohn - 18 in three-point field-goal percentage
  • Michael Littlejohn - 32 in total three-point field goals made
  • Michael Littlejohn - 45 in three-point field goals per game

UP NEXT: Tennessee State hits the road to play Austin Peay in Clarksville, Thursday, Jan.  23. Tip is set for 8 p.m. in the Winn-Dunn Center. 

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