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November 28, 20191st2ndFinal
Tennessee St.443882
Cal Poly314172
Stats at a GlanceTSUCPO
FG Percentage.482 (27-56) .462 (24-52)
3P FG Percentage.579 (11-19) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.739 (17-23) .571 (16-28)
Offensive Rebounds106
Defensive Rebounds2517
Total Rebounds3523
Bench Points4034
PointsLittlejohn - 17
Ballard - 19
ReboundsBrown - 9
Jaakkola - 5
Colvin - 5
AssistsFreeman - 3
Alexander - 2
Ballard - 2
Smith - 2
StealsLittlejohn - 3
Smith - 3
BlocksHarris - 1
Egbuta - 1
Kone - 1
Koroma - 1
Men's Basketball Opens Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational versus Cal Poly
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Men's Basketball Opens Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational versus Cal Poly

vs CAL POLY (1-5, 0-0 BIG WEST)

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Location: Orleans Arena - Las Vegas
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team kicks off the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Thursday, Nov. 28 in the Orleans Arena as it takes on Cal Poly for a 1 p.m. CT tip. If the Tigers defeat the Mustangs Thursday, Big Blue will play either North Florida or LIU Friday, Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m. If Cal Poly takes the Thursday contest, the Tigers will take the court for a 1 p.m. CT tip. 

LEADING THE OVC:  Shakem Johnson leads the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage for the third week in-a-row, shooting .875. The team leads the conference in field goal percentage (51.0), and is runner-up in blocked shots per game (4.6) defensive rebounds (28.8), rebounding offense (39.6) and rebounding defense (31.8).

ABOUT CAL POLY: The Mustangs have two on roster averaging double-digit scoring - Junior Ballad, 11.8 and Tuukka Jaakkola, 10.3. Cal Poly also has a Boise State transfer in Malek Harwell averages 9.3 points per game after missing a few games due to injury. The graduate transfer knocked down 16 against Creighton. 

ABOUT LIU: The Sharks are 1-5 entering the tournament with leaders Raiquan Clark averaging 20 points, 5.6 rebounds and Ty Flowers 14.5 points, 11.8 rebounds. LIU is off of a 96-66 loss to Texas Tech. 

ABOUT NORTH FLORIDA: UNF is 4-3 after falling 76-67 to Creighton on Sunday. Sophomore forward Carter Hendrickson led the Ospreys with 19 points, 8 rebounds while senior forward Wajid Aminu worked for 17 points, 9 rebounds and three blocks. Five Ospreys average double-digit scoring. 

ALL-TIME SERIES: This marks the first meeting between all programs.

LAST TIME OUT: Michael Littlejohn led the Tigers with 21 points as the team dropped its second game of the ten-day road swing to San Diego State in the Viejas Arena, 62-49.

TSU battled through a great first-half as the Aztecs drew its lead to as much as 11 before Big Blue went on a 13-0 run to take a two-point lead. Two foul calls sent San Diego State to the charity stripe for four free-throws, giving the team who shot 94 percent from the distance its opportunity to regain the lead before heading to the locker room, 25-23.

Littlejohn went 3-for-6 from three, 5-for-10 from the floor, to serve as a monumental offensive push for Tennessee State. San Diego State caught an offensive grove, finishing 11-for-26 from the field, utilizing its bench for 17 points in the second half laying the path to its sixth victory of the season.  

NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories: 

  • 39 in field-goal percentage
  • 58 in field goal percentage defense
  • 56 in three-point field goal defense
  • 67 in rebound margin
  • 72 in defensive rebounds per game
  • 77 in blocked shots per game
  • 86 in total blocks
  • 93 in three-point field goals per game

UP NEXT: Big Blue takes on LIU or North Florida Friday, Nov. 29 in the Orleans Arena.