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January 03, 20181st2ndFinal
Tennessee State323264
Stats at a GlanceTTUTSUMBB
FG Percentage.476 (20-42) .385 (20-52)
3P FG Percentage.333 (4-12) .182 (4-22)
FT Percentage.611 (22-36) .625 (20-32)
Offensive Rebounds216
Defensive Rebounds2129
Total Rebounds2345
Bench Points1719
PointsCLAY - 23
ReboundsHENRY - 5
AssistsCLAY - 2
StealsVICK - 2
BlocksHENRY - 2
Tigers Set for OVC Home Opener Thursday Evening versus Tennessee Tech
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Tigers Set for OVC Home Opener Thursday Evening versus Tennessee Tech

TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-9) vs Tennessee Tech (4-9)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 3
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: Gentry Center - Nashville, Tenn. 
Notes: TSU | Tennessee Tech
Live Video:  ESPN+ || Joe Leadingham on the call
Radio:  102.1 The Ville  ||  Greg Pogue (pbp) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
Live Stats:  Statbroadcast
Social Media Updates: Twitter  ||  #BigBlueRising

OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team returns to the Gentry Center for its Ohio Valley Conference opener Thursday night, as the Tigers host Tennessee Tech for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State closed its non-conference schedule falling to crosstown Vanderbilt, 95-76. The Tigers shot out of the gates with co-leading scorer Armani Chaney and Nashville-native Tripp Davis hitting 3-of-4 from three point distance kicking off TSU’s near 12-minute lead. Tied at 22, VU’s offense began to heat up using open lanes and trips to the charity stripe to create a five-point lead at the half, 40-35. In the second period, Vanderbilt’s spread offense increased its lead to as much as 22; a late jolt for the Tigers and a three-point field goal from Chaney closed it at 95-76. Armani Chaney led TSU in points (16), assists (3) and steals (2).

ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU is 32-34 in the all-time series against the Golden Eagles, with a series dating back to 1980. 

When taking on the Golden Eagles at home, TSU is split at an even 16-16 in the all-time series, losing the last two matchups in the Gentry Center in overtime. The Tigers and Tennessee Tech met once in the 1994 OVC Tournament Semifinals. TSU defeated the Golden Eagles 91-74. That year, TSU would move on to win the conference championship and make its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Last season versus Tennessee Tech, TSU went into overtime with TTU at home in the season’s first-of-two matchups, losing to the Golden Eagles 87-81. Former Tigers Christian Mekowulu and Delano Spencer recorded a 20 points apiece. TSU trailed by 13 points in the second half before storming all the way back and had the lead with 15 seconds to play in regulation. A corner three from TTU’s Shaq Calhoun with 12.1 seconds left forced overtime with the score tied at 73-73. TTU outscored TSU 14-8 in overtime.

NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 50 in the nation in two categories:

  • 31 in turnovers forced
  • 42 in steals per game

TECHNICALLY TECHNICAL: Assistant Coach Russ Willemsen is the former assistant of the Golden Eagles. Willemsen spent eight seasones with TTU, and was present during its run to the Postseason Tournament and CIT, coached an NBA Draft pick (Kevin Murphy), and four OVC All-Tournament team honorees.

DOUBLE “F”, DOUBLE “EE” - CHAFFEE: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. an Oakland, Calif. native, averaged 3.9 rebounds per game in his inaugural season with the Tigers, making him the leading rebounder amoung TSU’s returners. The senior ranks eleventh in the conference in rebounds per game, averaging 6.7 through twelve games, eight of which he led TSU in boards grabbed. Chaffee, Jr. ahs notched double-digit rebounds in two games: at WKU - 10; vs. Carver - 13

UP NEXT: The Tigers continue conference play Saturday afternoon against Jacksonville State in the Gentry Center. Tipoff on ESPN+ set for 5 p.m.