|January 09, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUM||UTM|
|FG Percentage||.441 (26-59)||.467 (28-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.385 (10-26)||.320 (8-25)|
|FT Percentage||.444 (12-27)||.742 (23-31)|
- 25||Parker Stewart
- 9||Steve Wooten
LITTLEJOHN - 4
Eman Sertovic - 3
JOHNSON - 2
LITTLEJOHN - 2
- 3||Eric Rustin
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (10-5, 2-0)
vs UT MARTIN (4-9, 0-2)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 9
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Martin, Tenn.
Notes: TSU | UTM
Radio: 102.1 The Ville
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team heads to Martin, Tennessee, to kick off Ohio Valley Conference road play Thursday, Jan. 9 at UT Martin with tip on ESPN+ set for 7:30 p.m.
LEADING THE OVC: Big Blue leads the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage shooting 413-of-850 (.486). TSU ranks second in blocked shots per game, averaging 4.1. Shakem Johnson has made 53-of-79 shots, ranking second in the league in field goal percentage, .671. Mark Freeman has dished out 55 assists to place the freshman fifth in assists per game. The Tigers also rank second in offensive rebounding percentage (33.3) and second in rebounding margin (+7.1).
ABOUT UTM: The Skyhawks return home, where the team is 2-1 on the season, 0-2 in OVC play after losses to Austin Peay and Murray State on the road. Quinton Dove ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 17.6 points and leading the team in rebounding averaging 7.3 rebounds per game. Of the three other athletes who average double-digit scoring, Parker Stewart leads the team in 18.8 points per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES: UTM leads the series 35-33. Last time TSU met with the Skyhawks, the Tigers were competing for the final spot in the OVC Tournament. Big Blue fell in Martin, 91-86 to fall short. This marks the 69th meeting between Tennessee State and UT Martin. Coach Collins is 1-1 against UTM after splitting a win and a loss in his first season at the helm of the Tigers. Anthony Stewart is 3-3 when taking on TSU. TSU is 3-4 over the last five seasons versus the Skyhawks, with all four losses occuring in Martin.
LAST TIME OUT: Head coach Brian “Penny” Collins said Gentry Center could be the hardest place to play in the Ohio Valley Conference. That statement is ringing true as the Tigers garnered its seventh victory at home, 79-74, versus SIU-Edwardsville to kick off conference play Saturday evening.
Two trips to the charity stripe lifted the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to its second Ohio Valley Conference win, 79-74 over SIU-Edwardsville Saturday afternoon in the Gentry Center.
With 2:29 left in the game and the Tigers down one after leading for 24:32 of the afternoon, freshman point guard Mark Freeman, who had served as the floor general dishing six assists to his team, took control of the ball and drove the lane for a three-point play to take the lead, 70-72. Too close for comfort, Freeman registered his final assist, passing the ball to Jy’lan Washington at the top of the key for a Tennessee State three. SIUE added just four more points, two free-throws and a jumper, falling short of its second OVC victory, 79-74.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories:
- 15 in field goal percentage
- 33 in rebound margin
- 65 in total blocks
- 78 in blocked shots per game
- 80 in total assists
- 83 in assists per game
- 88 in win-loss percentage
- 91 in three-point field goal percentage
UP NEXT: Tennessee State continues its weekend road trip at SEMO, Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip is set for 4 p.m.