|January 11, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUM||SEMO|
|FG Percentage||.456 (26-57)||.472 (25-53)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (9-21)||.381 (8-21)|
|FT Percentage||.824 (14-17)||.714 (15-21)|
JOHNSON - 2
NICHOLAS - 1
GABLE - 1
TOLBERT - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (10-6, 2-1)
vs SEMO (4-12, 0-3)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 11
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Notes: TSU | SEMO
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 439-of-909 (.483). TSU ranks third in blocked shots per game, averaging 4.2. Shakem Johnson has made 65-of-95 shots, leading the league in field goal percentage, .684. Mark Freeman has dished out 65 assists to place the freshman fourth in assists per game, helping the Tigers to a second spot in the OVC rankings in assists per game. The Tigers also rank second in offensive rebounding percentage (33.3) and second in rebounding margin (+6.7).
ABOUT SEMO: The Redhawks are led by fifth year head coach Rick Ray and are 4-12, 0-3 in conference play after playing Austin Peay, Belmont and Murray State in the opening games of 2020. Its leading scorer Chris Harris averages 15.5 points, three rebounds per game in only two games. SEMO's Alex Caldwell averages double-digits and facilitates the offense leading the team with 34 assists.
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU leads the all-time series versus SEMO 27-23 after splitting last year's matchups 1-1. Brian "Penny" Collins is 1-1 against the Skyhawks, 0-1 in Cape Girardeau. Rick Ray is 4-4 against the Tigers. Big Blue is 10-15 when taking on the Redhawks away from the Gentry Center.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tennessee State men's basketball team suffered its first Ohio Valley Conference loss at UT Martin, Thursday night in the Elam Center, 87-74. A hot start by redshirt-sophomore Carlos Marshall, Jr. did not sustain the Tigers' five-point lead as the Skyhawks answered with its own 20-0 run in four minutes of play to secure the lead just 10 minutes into the evening.
Turnovers clipped the Tigers' efforts as Tennessee Martin capitalized with 28 points off of TSU's 21 turnovers. The final place of faulty play occured at TSU's free-throw line. Big Blue went 12-of-27 on the night at the charity stripe, leaving a game-deciding 15 points on the floor.
Marshall Jr. carried the team with 15 points in the first half and another 11 in the second to mark his career-high shooting, registering 44 percent from the floor, 5-of-10 from beyond the arc and a perfect 100 percent, 4-of-4, from the free-throw line.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories:
- 15 in field goal percentage
- 38 in rebound margin
- 58 in total assists
- 58 in total blocks
- 71 in assists per game
- 73 in blocked shots per game
- 82 in three-point field-goal percentage
- 84 in total rebounds
- 92 in free throw attempts
- 97 in total rebounds per game
UP NEXT: Tennessee State returns home to host Morehead State, Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+.