January 04, 20181st2ndFinal
Jacksonville State253560
Tennessee State254267
Stats at a GlanceJSUTSU
FG Percentage.446 (25-56) .479 (23-48)
3P FG Percentage.417 (10-24) .300 (6-20)
FT Percentage.000 (0-3) 1.000 (15-15)
Offensive Rebounds102
Defensive Rebounds2323
Total Rebounds3325
Turnovers1611
Steals49
Bench Points349
LeadersJSUTSU
PointsBURNELL - 16
SPENCER - 20
ReboundsBURNELL - 7
MEKOWULU - 9
AssistsDRUMWRIGHT - 6
CHANEY - 6
StealsEDWARDS - 1
BURNELL - 1
DRUMWRIGHT - 1
CUNNINGHAM - 1
CHANEY - 5
BlocksGREGORY - 1
CUNNINGHAM - 1
MEKOWULU - 2
TSU Men's Basketball Hosts Jacksonville State on Thursday Night
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
TSU Men's Basketball Hosts Jacksonville State on Thursday Night
Photo by Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics

TENNESSEE STATE (5-8, 0-2 OVC)
vs. JACKSONVILLE STATE (11-4, 2-0 OVC)

Thursday, Jan. 4  |  7:30 p.m.
Gentry Center  |  Nashville, Tenn.

GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE | JACKSONVILLE STATE
VIDEO: OVC Digital Network – John Freeman on the call
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: Hosting a game at the Gentry Center for the first time since Dec. 2, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team welcomes defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State to Nashville for Thursday night’s game. TSU, one of the top defensive teams in the OVC, is third among conference teams in field goal percentage defense (42.7 percent) and fifth in scoring defense (68.2 ppg). The men’s game is the second half of a basketball doubleheader at the Gentry Center that begins with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: TSU was handed a 77-65 loss at Southeast Missouri on Dec. 31 despite 17 points from Delano Spencer. The Tigers were down by two at the half, but an 18-0 run by SEMO in the second half broke the game open.

ABOUT JACKSONVILLE STATE: The reigning Ohio Valley Conference Tournament champion Gamecocks are 11-4 overall and 2-0 in OVC action. Jacksonville State’s high-powered offense leads the league in field goal percentage (49.0 percent) and is third in the OVC in scoring offense (77.1 ppg). JSU is coming off a five-game homestand that produced four wins.  

LAST SEASON VS. JACKSONVILLE STATE: Jacksonville State won both matchups last season. In the first meeting on Jan. 21 at the Gentry Center, Tahjere McCall led five Tigers in double figures with 19 points to go with nine assists in an 86-79 loss. The Feb. 11 matchup in Jacksonville - a 63-57 TSU loss - featured Wayne Martin scoring 18 points with Armani Chaney adding 15 for the Tigers.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Tennessee State holds a 17-13 record versus Jacksonville State in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 16, 1999. TSU swept the season series during the 2015-16 season before the Gamecocks swept both meetings in 2016-17.

UP NEXT: TSU hosts Tennessee Tech for a doubleheader at the Gentry Center. The women’s game is slated for 2 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m.

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