|November 09, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||UTC|
|FG Percentage||.439 (25-57)||.350 (21-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.267 (4-15)||.316 (6-19)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (3-5)||.579 (11-19)|
Ryan - 11
Harris - 1
Doomes - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (1-0, 0-0 OVC)
vs CHATTANOOGA (0-1, 0-0 SOCON)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9
Time: 3:30 p.m. CT
Location: McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Live Video: SoCon Digital Network | Larry Ward on the call
Live Stats: Sidearm Stats
Social Media Updates: Twitter || #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season to take on Tennessee-opponent, Chattanooga in McKenzie arena Saturday afternoon in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Tip is set for 3:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: The Mocs are coming off of a road loss to Ohio Valley Conference opponent Eastern Kentucky, 79-68. UTC finished the 2018-19 season under, now third-year head coach Lamont Paris, 12-20 overall, 7-11 in the SoCon. The team went 3-1 against OVC opponents last season. In the loss to EKU, Chatt was led by redshirt-junior guard David Jean-Baptiste with 18 points and five rebounds, followed closely by Vanderbilt graduate transfer Matt Ryan with 15 points, eight boards.
ALL-TIME SERIES: This marks the 34th meetup between the Tigers and the Mocs, the first in sixteen years. The last time the teams saw each other was in Dec. of 2003, in McKenzie Arena with the Mocs adding a home win to its record, defeating the Tigers 74-70. UT-Chattanooga leads the all-time series 13-20, with Big Blue on a three-game losing streak.
LAST TIME OUT: There was no better way to start year two for head coach Brian “Penny” Collins than to defeat fellow HBCU, Alabama A&M 106-66, in front of 5,638 Tiger fans Tuesday night in Gentry Center.
Collins’ high-caliber team soared through an offensively dominate first half, outscoring the Bulldogs 64-29 thanks to sharp-shooters in newcomers Carlos Marshall, Wesley Harris, and Jy’lan Washington, while Shakem Johnson fought for points in the post.
Returning to the floor after the break, AAMU took to the board, scoring 37 points, led by TJ Parhman, who closed the night with 14 points, seven rebounds, leading his team in both categories.
The Tigers capitalized off of 14 turnovers with 32 points, pulled down seven offensive rebounds allowing for 12 second-chance points, and threw down six crowd-pumping dunks, to fuel the energy on the court, lifting TSU to its first win of the season in its home opener.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in three categories:
- 2 in field-goal percentage
- 2 in three-point field goals made per game
- 10 in assists per game
- Tied-12 in scoring offense
- 13 in three-point field-goal percentage
- 29 in blocked shots per game
- 37 in scoring margin
- 69 in assist turnover ratio
UP NEXT: Big Blue returns home to host NIT runner-ups Lipscomb, Tuesday night in the Gentry Center for Black Excellence Night. Tip is set for 7 p.m.