|February 24, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||APSU|
|FG Percentage||.500 (25-50)||.545 (30-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (13-26)||.471 (8-17)|
|FT Percentage||.440 (11-25)||.700 (21-30)|
PORTER-BUNTON - 15
GIVENS - 15
TEAM - 5
HARRIS - 1
McGHEE - 1
PORTER-BUNTON - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-13, 2-4 OVC)
at Austin Peay (13-6, 5-1 OVC)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 24
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Location: Winfield Dunn Center - Clarksville, Tenn.
Notes: TSU || Austin Peay
Live Video: ESPN+ || Barry Gresham (play-by-play), Aaron King (analyst) and Nikki Peterson (sideline) on the call
Radio: 102.1 The Ville || Greg Pogue (pbp) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Social Media Updates: Twitter || #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team hits the road once again for a short trip to Clarksville, Tenn. to take on Austin Peay at the Winfield Dunn Center, Thursday, Jan. 24 with tipoff set for 8 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tigers fell to Belmont Saturday afternoon in the homecoming of head coach Brian “Penny” Collins, who starred as the point guard for the Bruins in the mid-2000’s. Junior-college transfer Michael Littlejohn led the Tigers in scoring for the second time of the season with a career-high 19 points versus the Bruins. The Muskegon, Mich. native shot 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-8 from three-point distance and made his sole free throw. Littlejohn added four rebounds to the team’s total 37, and a steal. The Tigers entered halftime down 12, 43-31. Belmont returned from the break missing just six shots from the field (17-of-23), hoisting the team to its second-straight win in the series versus TSU.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Govs lead the all-time series against TSU, 46-29. Big Blue is on a two-game winning streak. When taking on the Govs in Clarksville, the Tigers are 9-26.
TSU is 3-2 in the last four seasons, with just one win in the Winfield Dunn Center. Six games between the foes have gone into overtime, four in Clarksville, one in the Dunn Center in the first round of the OVC Tournament in 2007. TSU’s record in OT games versus Austin Peay is 2-4. Austin Peay’s largest scoring margin versus the Tigers in Clarksville occurred Feb. 12, 2007. The Govs defeated TSU 89-44 (45 points). TSU beat the Govs by 19 (88-69) in a leap year, Feb. 29, 1984, marking the largest lead away from home Big Blue has recorded.
LAST SEASON VERSUS AUSTIN PEAY: Hot shooting and smothering defense carried the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 70-56 win over Austin Peay at the Gentry Center.
The Tigers shot 20-of-40 (50 percent) from the floor while limiting first-place Austin Peay to just 30.6 percent (19-of-62) on field goals. With the score tied at 28-28 at the half, the Tigers ran away from the Governors in the closing 20 minutes by outscoring APSU by a 42-28 margin in the second half.
Four Tigers scored in double figures led by a team-high 13 points from Kamar McKnight, while former Tiger Darreon Reddick tallied 12. 2017-18’s leading scorer turned professional player in the Euro League, Delano Spencer, missed the first half due to feeling under the weather, but provided a lift off the bench in the second half with 11 points.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 100 in the nation in three categories:
- 31 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
- 46 in total steals
- 146 on the season
UP NEXT: The Tigers are back in action at Murray State, Saturday, Jan. 26 with tipoff set for 7 p.m. on ESPN+.