|December 18, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||AKR|
|FG Percentage||.365 (19-52)||.481 (26-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.448 (13-29)|
|FT Percentage||.708 (17-24)||.654 (17-26)|
JACKSON - 7
EGBUTA - 3
EGBUTA - 2
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-6)
vs. AKRON (6-4)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 18
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Location: Gentry Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Live Video: ESPN+ || Michael Reghi and Jacki Windon on the call
Radio: Akron Sports Radio || Steve French and Joe Dunn on the call
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com
Social Media Updates: Twitter || #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team heads to Akron, Ohio to take on the Zips in stop one of its second multi-game road swing, Dec. 18 with tip-off on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. CT.
LAST TIME OUT: TSU took a pit stop after over a month on the road at the Gentry Center as the Tigers hosted the North Carolina A&T Aggies Saturday, Dec. 15.
Tied with 00:42 seconds left in the half, Stokley Chaffee, Jr. hit his third free throw of the night, to put TSU up 76-75. The Aggies’ Kameron Langley went up for a layup to take the lead. A one point game with only seven seconds left on the clock, TSU fouled bringing Copeland, who was 1-of-2 on the night, to the charity stripe. The junior guard missed the first, but made the second. With the clock expiring, TSU attempted a half-court shot as time ran out for a final of 78-76.
ALL-TIME SERIES: This serves as the 6th meeting between the Tigers and the Zips, and the first in over a decade. In the all-time series against Akron, TSU is 2-3, with the last meeting at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska, Nov. 18, 2007. Tennessee State trailed the Akron Zips by 10 points, 38-28, at halftime. Big Blue mounted a second half rally outscoring Akron 44-36, but lost the game 74-72 on a jumper with 0:04 remaining.
The first three meetings were in tournament play. TSU leads the tournament series against Akron 2-1.
In games at Akron, the Zips lead 0-1.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 50 in the nation in two categories:
- 38 in turnovers forced
- 44 in in three-point field goal defense
UP NEXT: The Tigers continue their three-game road swing at Memphis, Dec. 22 at the FedEx Forum. Tip off on ESPN3 is at 2 p.m.