|February 08, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM||TSUM|
|FG Percentage||.481 (26-54)||.392 (20-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (6-14)||.320 (8-25)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (15-20)||.739 (17-23)|
Williams - 8
Brown - 3
LITTLEJOHN - 4
Williams - 1
WASHINGTON - 2
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (15-9, 7-4)
vs MURRAY STATE (17-6, 10-1)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 8
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Radio: 102.1 The Ville
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team hosts Murray State Saturday, Feb. 8 in the Gentry Center for its eleventh home game of the season. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+. The Tigers are 0-1 against Murray State this season after suffering a 76-64 loss to the Racers in Murray, Kentucky, less than two weeks ago.
The night serves as Big Blue Night hosted by the Tennessee State Student Government Association.
ABOUT MURRAY STATE: Despite falling to the Bruins Thursday night, marking its first OVC loss of the season, the Racers remain atop the league with a 17-6, 10-1 record. Murray State suits up four who average double-digits, including bench player KJ Williams. Williams averages 13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds per game. Poiint guard Tevin Brown 18.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 36.9 minutes per game. MSU leads the conference in scoring defense, holding its opponents an average, 65 points, as well as field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and defensive rebounds. The team is also second in assists with Brown and DaQuan Smith summing more than 80 assists a piece.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Racers lead the all-time series with Tennessee State 55-17 and have won the last four and 18-of-20 since 2009. Big Blue’s last win was in 2016 at home and their last win in Murray was in 2012. In that 2011-12 season, TSU ended Murray State's 23-0 winning streak as the Racers were the last undefeated team in the nation. Four games between the foes have gone into overtime, three in Murray. TSU’s record in OT games versus the Racers is 1-3. The teams have met six times in the first round of the OVC Tourney, all games in Murray, and all games won by Murray.
LAST TIME OUT: The luck of the Gentry Center brought good fortune to the Tennessee State men’s basketball team Thursday night, as the Tigers served the Austin Peay Governors its first Ohio Valley Conference loss of the season, 70-68.
After working with only eight players for the last few games of the season, Big Blue utilized eight-of-10 players offensively during the first half. Jy'lan Washington led the team with eight points, while Wesley Harris and Shakem Johnson added six boards a piece. Michael Littlejohn summed seven points and dished out two assists. Entering the break, the Tigers led the Governors 37-36.
Carlos Marshall Jr. proved to be the difference maker for TSU, shooting 7-of-9 from the field, 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, summing 19 points in the second period alone. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded an assist and blocked a shot to mark himself as player of the game as Tennessee State defeated the Govs, improving its home record to 9-1.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories:
- 18 in field-goal percentage
- 25 in total rebounds
- 30 in total blocks
- 35 in rebound margin
- 47 in blocked shots per game
- 58 in three-point field-goal percentage
- 59 in total rebounds per game
- 62 in defensive rebounds per game
- 64 in total assists
- 90 in offensive rebounds per game
- 91 in scoring offense
- 92 in field-goal percentage defense
- Michael Littlejohn - 16 in three-point field-goal percentage
- Michael Littlejohn - 45 in total three-point field goals made
- Michael Littlejohn - 69 in three-point field goals per game
UP NEXT: Tennessee State heads to crosstown rival Belmont Thursday, Feb. 13 for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN+ in the Curb Center.