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Tigers Travel North to Face Salukis, Tuesday
Monday, December 15, 2014
Tigers Travel North to Face Salukis, Tuesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will travel to Southern Illinois on Tuesday for a game at SIU Arena slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Tigers (2-7) will finish up a home-and-home series with the Salukis (6-4) in Carbondale, Ill. SIU escaped Gentry Center with an 84-67 win over TSU back on November 18. That win knotted up the all-time series between the two schools at seven wins, each.

Despite losing to Lipscomb their last time out, TSU broke a streak of five consecutive games with less than 60 total points. Their field goal percentage of 45.3 in the 77-68 loss was also the first time in five games shooting over 40 percent.

Leading the scoring charge for the game was Marcus Roper with 21 points. The junior from Walton Beach, Fla. shot 7-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-9 from three-point land.

Demontez Loman also got things going by scoring 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. The Brunswick, N. C. native also shot 3-for-5 from the charity stripe.

The Tigers shot 62.5 percent from the line during the game, almost five percentage points better than their season average (57.9 percent).

This will be the first time in five games that TSU will face an opponent with a winning record.

The Salukis come in to Tuesday off a 65-50 win over Chicago State. Anthony Beane led the team with 19 points while Jordan Caroline added 14 as SIU bounced back from a 55-54 loss to SEMO.

Beane was the Saluki’s leading scorer coming into their last meeting with TSU and continues to be this time at 19.9 points per game. He is also shooting 49 percent from the floor.

SIU is holding its opponents to a .399 field goal percentage through the first 10 games. It’s defense is also forcing a lot of turnovers with 76 steals.

Game time is slated for 7:00 in Carbondale, Ill. This will be the Tigers first game in 10 days.