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Tigers to Meet a Pair of Red Fowls This Week
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Tigers to Meet a Pair of Red Fowls This Week


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After recording its first win of the season against Fisk, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team looks to keep the momentum going in a positive direction when the squad travels to Illinois State on Thursday and hosts Miami (OH) on Saturday.

Against the Bulldogs, the Tigers put up a season-high 108 points and blew out Fisk by 23.

The offensive outburst was great sign for TSU (1-10), but the stellar play of guards Jaleel Queary and Jay Harris was equally important.

For Queary, the JUCO transfer recorded season-highs in points (21) and rebounds (seven), shattering his old record of 10 points and six boards. The junior was 9-for-14 from the floor, setting new personal bests in both attempts and makes. He was also TSU’s go-to-guy during the opening half, netting 14 points when the game was still contested.

Harris was impressive as well, scoring a career-high 15 points on a red-hot 5-of-7 shooting. The junior added a pair of assists, helping the Tigers shoot 51.4 percent from the field and record a season-high 18 dimes.

Queary’s and Harris’s inputs on Sunday were a good sign for a team that is searching for a third scorer to compliment Patrick Miller (21.2 ppg) and M.J. Rhett (11.1). Miller and Rhett have scored 48 percent of TSU’s points but on Sunday, the duo had just 36 percent.

The Tigers would welcome similar production from the entire team this week when the squad takes on Illinois State (5-5) and Miami (OH).

The Redbirds will enter Thursday night’s contest fresh off of a, 90-75, loss to Oakland on Monday night. The team had five players finish in double-figures in points including Daishon Knight who tied for the team lead with 14 points.

Knight’s 14 against the Grizzlies are right on par with his team-leading season average of 14.4 points per game.

ISU excels at three-point shooting and ranks 85th in the nation in triples made per game with 7.3. Illinois State is shooting 33.7 percent from behind the arc this year.

For Miami (OH), the Redhawks lost their first four games but have won two of their last three entering Wednesday’s game against the University of Missouri Kansas City.

UM is led by Will Felder who is tops on the team in points and rebounds per contest, averaging 13.6 and 6.6, respectively.

The Redhawks under former TSU head coach John Cooper pride themselves at playing strong defensively, ranking 21st in the NCAA, grabbing nine steals per contest. UM has also committed just 117 fouls this year, sixth fewest in the nation.

Tennessee State is 3-1 all-time against Illinois State and beat Miami (OH), 68-61, in the teams’ only meeting in 2012.

The Tigers and Redbirds will tip off in Normal, Ill. at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night. Saturday’s contest against the Redhawks is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and will be TSU’s Fan Appreciation Day; the first 100 fans into the Gentry Center will receive a free gift.