|December 02, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.500 (28-56)||.469 (30-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.480 (12-25)||.333 (8-24)|
|FT Percentage||.771 (27-35)||.667 (18-27)|
MEKOWULU - 26
REDDICK - 4
MATHEWS - 2
REDDICK - 2
TENNESSEE STATE (4-2)
vs. LIPSCOMB (4-3)
Saturday, Dec. 2 | 7 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | LIPSCOMB
VIDEO: OVC Digital Network - Jose' Garcia on the call
TSU RADIO: 102.1 The Ville - Greg Pogue (play-by-play) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers | @TSUTigersMBB | #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team will look to take down Lipscomb for the third season in a row in Saturday’s game at the Gentry Center at 7 p.m. The Tigers are currently riding a three-game winning streak and are 3-1 at home this season.
LAST TIME OUT: TSU led start to finish in a 67-53 victory over Fisk on Tuesday night at the Gentry Center. TSU picked up its third win in a row and improved to 4-2 on the season.
Christian Mekowulu pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds and completed his third career double-double with 16 points. Delano Spencer added 12 points for the Tigers with Kamar McKnight chipping in with 11 off the bench. TSU finished with a 52-34 rebounding edge and had six blocks in the game.
ABOUT LIPSCOMB: The Bisons are 4-3 on the year and are coming off an 86-80 loss at Tennessee Tech on Wednesday. Lipscomb went 20-13 in 2016-17 including an 11-3 mark in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Tennessee State’s all-time record versus Lipscomb stands at 3-3 in the series which began on Jan. 14, 2002. The Tigers earned an 87-72 win in the first meeting before three-consecutive Lipscomb victories. Tennessee State has beaten Lipscomb in each of the last two seasons, winning by a 72-71 final score in 2016-17 and an 89-86 final score in 2015-16. The last two meetings have been decided by a total of four points.
LAST SEASON VERSUS LIPSCOMB: Then-senior Tahjere McCall knocked down the game-winning jumper with 8.4 seconds left to lift TSU to a 72-71 road win at Lipscomb in last year’s meeting on Dec. 3, 2016.
Trailing by one, McCall hit a contested pull-up jumper from the top of the key for a one-point lead. The Tigers came up with a stop on the other end on the last possession for Lipscomb. The Tigers held a 50-34 rebounding edge on the night.
Points – Delano Spencer – 15.0 ppg
Rebounds – Christian Mekowulu – 8.7 ppg
Assists – Armani Chaney – 4.3 apg
Steals – Armani Chaney - 2.0 spg
Blocks – Christian Mekowulu – 1.5 bpg
HEAD COACH DANA FORD
"They're a really good team. Each of our games the last three years have come down to, a few of them, the last possession, literally. Three years ago, it came down to the last minute. I anticipate it to be another game that comes down to whoever has the ball last or whoever can get the last stop - whatever the case may be. [Lipscomb] is coming off of a big win against Belmont, and they played Tennessee Tech right before us. It's a big week for them, but it’s also a really big week for us."
- On the opportunity to host a challenging team in Lipscomb
“I think it’s good. We want our program to be on the same level of those programs and hopefully to be better. I think those are really good measuring sticks for us. Traditionally, we play all those teams and we’ve won our fair share as well as come up on the other end. In a perfect world, we want to win them all, but there used to be a time when TSU lost them all. We’ve moved past that, so our next phase is being able to consistently win those games also by playing well. Hopefully we can take that step.”
- On facing other Nashville teams
UP NEXT: Tennessee State will break for finals in the classroom before returning to action on Dec. 12 for a road game at Alabama State. The game will mark the beginning of a six-game road trip for the Tigers.