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Tigers Open OVC Play With Redhawks
Friday, January 2, 2015
Tigers Open OVC Play With Redhawks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will open up its conference slate of games on Saturday at Gentry Center as Southeast Missouri State University comes to town.

The Tigers (3-12, 0-0 Ohio Valley) will look to avenge last year’s loss to the Redhawks (6-8, 0-1 OVC). SEMO won 102-94 in Cape Girardeau last Jan. 11. TSU holds a 23-18 advantage in the all-time series.

TSU is coming off their first win in 43 days as they beat Kennesaw State 73-62 at Gentry Center on Wednesday. The Tigers rang in the New Year by shooting 54 percent from the floor and 69 percent from the charity stripe.

Christian Mekowulu and Darreon Reddick both led the team with 16 points, apiece. That total was a career-high for both players while Mekowulu grabbed 11 boards for his first double-double. Charles Tucker also had double-figure points with 13, going 9-for-9 from the foul line.

The Owls did hold Jay Harris and Marcus Roper to a combined two points. The team’s two leading scorers were stifled the entire game.

SEMO lost 78-77 at Belmont on New Year’s Day. The Redhawks shot 46 percent (25-for-54) from the floor while the Bruins shot an even 50 percent (27-of-54). Belmont held SEMO to 36 percent (7-of-19) from beyond the arc, including 1-for-8 in the second half.

Jarekious Bradley had 20 points for the Redhawks while also grabbing four boards, two steals, and a block. He is leading the team in scoring, so far this season, with 15.8 points per game and shooting 91.7 percent (33-for-36) from the free-throw line.

Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader. The TSU Lady Tigers host SEMO at 5:30 p.m. in Gentry Center.