|December 15, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NCAT||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.508 (32-63)||.521 (25-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.412 (7-17)||.400 (8-20)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (7-11)||.857 (18-21)|
- 8||CHAFFEE JR.
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 1
MOORE - 1
EGBUTA - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-5)
vs. NC A&T (3-6)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 15
Time: 4 p.m. CT
Location: Gentry Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Live Video: ESPN+ || Joe Leadingham on the call
TSU Radio: 102.1 The Ville || Greg Pogue and Albert Dawson on the call
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com
Social Media Updates: Twitter || #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team returns home to the Gentry Center for a one-off game against fellow HBCU North Carolina A&T, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPN+.
LAST TIME OUT: TSU won its first away game of the season at its last stop of a four-game road swing at Coppin State, 64-55. The win served as the team's first Division i win under Coach Brian "Penny" Collins. Redshirt junior Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey led the game with 18 points, marking his sixth game with double-digit points, and his fourth as the Tigers’ leading scorer. Big Blue’s defense helped the Tigers break its three-game losing streak, boarding 37 to Coppin State’s 35, forcing 23 turnovers. Stokley Chaffee, Jr. grabbed seven boards, leading the Tigers for the sixth game this season, while putting up four points. Leading by six at the half, Big Blue increased its lead to as much as 13, leading for 37:09 of the afternoon – the largest lead versus a DI opponent this season.
ALL-TIME SERIES: This serves as the 26th meeting between the Tigers and the Aggies. In the all-time series against NC A&T, TSU is 11-14. NC A&T handed TSU its first loss in the series since 1989 last season, in the midst of TSU’s six-game road swing, 64-54 in Greensboro, N.C. Former Tigers Delano Spencer, who now plays for AZS Koszalin in Poland, led the game with 17 points, while Ken’Darrius Hamilton, who now plays for Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, also scored in double-digits with 15. TSU led for 17:05 of the game, but two Aggies hit double-doubles and helped NC A&T shoot 46.8 percent from the floor on the night for the win.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 50 in the nation in four categories:
- 24 in turnovers forced
- 26 in in three-point field goal defense
- 35 in steals per game
- 47 in three-point field goals per game
STAYING LOCAL: The roster contains five players from Tennessee - Donte Fitzpatrick Dorsey (Memphis), Tripp Davis (Nashville), Demarcus Mitchell (Memphis), Jy’lan Washington (Smyrna) and Jalen Duke (Nashville), while Head Coach Collins, director of operations Matt Richardson and video coordinator Josh Bone all hail from the greater Nashville area, as well.
UP NEXT: The Tigers hit the road again for a three-game journey starting at Akron Dec. 18.