|February 28, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||SEMO|
|FG Percentage||.435 (27-62)||.545 (24-44)|
|3P FG Percentage||.217 (5-23)||.737 (14-19)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (15-21)||.771 (27-35)|
DALTON - 5
TOLBERT - 1
KAO - 1
LAROS - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (9-19, 6-10 OVC)
at Southeast Missouri (9-20, 4-12 OVC)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 28
Time: 7:45 p.m. CT
Location: Show Me Center - Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Live Video: ESPN+
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 enter the final week of conference play with its first stop at Southeast Missouri, Thursday, Feb. 28. Tipoff is set for 7:45 p.m. at the Show Me Center.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: SEMO is 4-12 in the conference after going 0-2 last week as the Redhawks took trips to Austin Peay and Murray State. Southeast Missouri is 5-7 when playing in the Show Me Center this season, defeating UT Martin, Tennessee Tech, Eastern Illinois and non-conference schools Quincy and Missouri S&T. Ledarrius Brewer and Skyler Hogan each lead the scoring efforts averaging double digits. Gabe McGlothan leads the Redhawks on the board, averaging 6.1 rebounds per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU is 27-22 in the all-time series. Under Redhawk head coach Rick Ray, SEMO is split, 3-3 with the Tigers.
Big Blue is 2-1 when taking on the Redhawks away from Gentry. The Tigers are 10-15 away from Gentry when taking on Redhawks since their first matchup in 1992. TSU has gone into overtime against SEMO three times in the series, and are 2-1 when doing so.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team defeated the Eastern Illinois Panthers Saturday night in the Gentry Center in its final home game of the season. Big Blue honored seniors Armani Chaney, who finished the night with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists, and Stokley Chaffee, Jr., who had eight points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in the 75-60 win.
The Tigers led EIU for 31:19 of the game, allowing just a four point Panther lead early in the first half. For the remainder of the night, TSU carried the game.
Kamar McKnight and Michael Littlejohn had a hot start, combining for 21 points in the first half to lead the Tigers to a ten-point lead at the break.
On the defensive end, Big Blue held a high scoring team in EIU to shoot just 34 percent on the night, with TSU grabbing 40 boards, led by Donte Fitzpatrick Dorsey, who registered his first double-digit rebounding night of the season.
A second-half scoring drought helped EIU come back from the Tiger 15-point lead, to seven, but a late offensive push restored Big Blue’s lead, as the Tigers went 8-0 in the final 48 seconds of the game.
LAST MATCHUP WITH SEMO: Emmanuel Egbuta led the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a dominating 79-50 win over Southeast Missouri. The junior forward scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down six rebounds.
The Tigers pulled together a first half riddled with three-point shots (6-of-12) while shooting a season-best 58.6 percent from the field, resulting in its largest lead at the half against a Division I opponent this season, 45-20.
SEMO shot out of the gates after the break, improving its shooting by almost 20 percent, giving the Tigers a tough battle in the second half. The Redhawks outscored their first period efforts by 10, but a late push by Egbuta and freshman guard Dave Morris, outlasted SEMO’s bench (17 points in the second half), to win TSU’s second Ohio Valley Conference game in-a-row, 79-50.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in three categories:
- 50 in turnovers forced
- 15.18 turnovers forced per game
- 61 in total steals
- Registered 207 steals throughout the season
- 69 in steals per game
- TSU is averaging 7.4 steals per game
- 99 in 3-pt field goal attempts
- Big Blue averages 23.8 attempts
UP NEXT: The Tigers end the regular season at UT Martin Saturday, Mar. 2 with tipoff set for 3:30 p.m. at the Elam Center.