January 19, 20191st2ndFinal
Tennessee State314374
Belmont434992
Stats at a GlanceTSUMBBBEL
FG Percentage.409 (27-66) .635 (33-52)
3P FG Percentage.391 (9-23) .619 (13-21)
FT Percentage.846 (11-13) .542 (13-24)
Offensive Rebounds144
Defensive Rebounds2327
Total Rebounds3731
Turnovers1513
Steals65
Bench Points546
LeadersTSUMBBBEL
PointsLITTLEJOHN - 19
WINDLER - 25
ReboundsEGBUTA - 8
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 8
MUSZYNSKI - 6
WINDLER - 6
AssistsCHAFFEE JR. - 3
MUSZYNSKI - 5
StealsDAVIS - 3
MURPHY - 2
BlocksCHAFFEE JR. - 1
EGBUTA - 1
FITZPATRICK-DORSEY - 1
MUSZYNSKI - 4
Coach Collins and the Tigers Face Crosstown Rival Belmont Saturday
Friday, January 18, 2019
Coach Collins and the Tigers Face Crosstown Rival Belmont Saturday

TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-12, 2-3 OVC) 
at Belmont (12-4
, 3-2 OVC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 19
Time: 5 p.m. CT
Location: Curb Event Center - Nashville, Tenn. 
Notes: TSU  | Belmont
Live Video:  ESPN+
Radio:  102.1 The Ville  ||  Greg Pogue (pbp) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
Live Stats:  Statbroadcast
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team heads to head coach Brian “Penny” Collins’ alma mater to take on Collins’ collegiate head coach RIck Byrd and the Belmont Bruins, Saturday, Jan. 19 with tip off set for 5 p.m on ESPN+.

LAST TIME OUT: TSU garnered its first Ohio Valley Conference road win at Tennessee Tech, 79-62 Thursday night in the Eblen Center. Stokley Chaffee, Jr. led the team in scoring (13), rebounds (8) and blocks (1), with five of his fellow Tigers assisting with double-digit stat lines. A phenomenal second half had the Eblen Center quiet as TSU increased its nine-point halftime lead to 27 with a 13-0 run. Chaffee’s work in the paint and the guards’ work beyond the arc, combining for 45.5 percent from the distance, helped the Tigers close the game. TSU split the series with TTU with the win.

ALL-TIME SERIES: The Tigers take on Belmont for the first time under Collins. TSU is 13-18 in the all-time series against the Bruins. When taking on the Bruins at Belmont, the Tigers are 3-8 in the all-time series. TSU is 2-6 in the last four seasons, both wins occuring at home. The last time TSU took on the Bruins in the Gentry Center, Big Blue upset the conference leader, 64-56, Feb. 8, 2018.

LAST SEASON VERSUS THE BRUINS: Big Blue hosted the Bruins in the Gentry Center to begin the two-game series in 2018. TSU led the Bruins for 34:43 of the game, 32-24 at the half, thanks to an Armani Chaney running three pointer as the first-half clock expired. At the final media timeout, TSU held a 57-56 lead. The Tigers closed the game on a 9-0 run. Former Tiger Christian Mekowulu garnered his eighth double-double of the season with an 18 point, 11 rebound effort.

The Tigers closed its regular season at the Curb Event Center falling to the Bruins by a mean 25 points, 84-59. The Bruins dropped 20 three-pointers that night, while former Tiger Delano Spencer finished the first half in double figures, and the game with 23 points. 

NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 100 in the nation in one category:

  • 27 in turnovers forced (283 on the season)
    • 26 vs. Carver and at Memphis
  • 38 in steals per game
    • double-digit steals in six games this season
  • 42 in total steals
    • 140 on the season

UP NEXT: The Tigers are back in action at the Winfield-Dunn Center next Thursday, Jan. 24 as they take on Austin Peay on ESPN+. 

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