|January 26, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||MSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.382 (21-55)||.533 (32-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (4-18)||.364 (8-22)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (16-22)||.778 (28-36)|
- 14||Ja Morant
- 9||Darnell Cowart
CHANEY - 2
CHAFFEE JR. - 1
McKNIGHT - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-14, 2-5 OVC)
at Murray State (15-3, 6-1 OVC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 26
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: CFSB Center - Murray, Ky.
Live Video: ESPN+ || Neal Bradley (play-by-play), Kenny Roth (analyst) 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 closes out its four-game road swing at conference-leader Murray State. The game versus the Racers is set to tip in the CFSB Center, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior-college transfer Michael Littlejohn led the Tigers for the second game in-a-row with 18 points, but co-conference leader Austin Peay pulled together a 89-74 win over the Tennessee State men’s basketball team Thursday night in the Winfield Dunn Center. Littlejohn served as just one in blue and white to score double-digits, as Armani Chaney shot a season-high 17 points, followed by Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (DFD) with 14, Kamar McKnight with 11 and Tripp Davis 10. The last time five Tigers scored in double-digits was this year’s win over Eastern Kentucky.
TSU shot 50 percent from the floor, including 13-of-26 effort from three-point distance – its highest of the season from beyond the arc. Big Blue shot its lowest free throw percentage of the season going 11-of-25, 44 percent, its lowest of the season. Ten shots from the charity stripe were missed in the first half.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Racers lead the all-time series against TSU, 54-17. Big Blue is on a two-game losing streak with a 76-57 loss in 2018, and a 92-83 loss in 2016 - the season TSU split with the Racers, defeating Murray State at home, 73-71. When taking on the Racers in Murray, the Tigers are 6-30 in the all-time series.
TSU is 1-3 in the last four seasons versus Murray State, with just one win at home. Four games between the foes have gone into overtime, three in Murray. TSU’s record in OT games versus the Racers is 1-3. The teams have met six times in the first round of the OVC Tourney, all games in Murray, and all games won by Murray.
LAST SEASON VERSUS MURRAY STATE: TSU suffered a 76-57 loss to Murray State at the Gentry Center last season, holding the year's leading scorer, former Tiger Delano Spencer, to just 13 points.
After back-and-forth action in the opening 15 minutes, the Racers closed the first half on an 18-5 run to take a 38-26 halftime lead. In the second half, TSU cut Murray State’s lead down to six with just under seven minutes to play, but could not complete the comeback.
Former Tiger Christian Mekowulu added 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks for TSU, which scored 28 points in the paint on the night.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 100 in the nation in three categories:
- 30 in turnovers forced (283 on the season)
- 26 vs. Carver and at Memphis
- 35 in steals per game
- double-digit steals in six games this season
- 69 in total steals
- 152 on the season
UP NEXT: The Tigers return home to host UT Martin for Greek Night, Jan. 31. Tipoff set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+.