|January 31, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UTM||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.404 (23-57)||.469 (23-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.409 (9-22)||.391 (9-23)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (12-18)||.813 (13-16)|
CHAFFEE JR. - 6
PARKS - 1
HAWTHORNE, JR. - 1
BOGAN - 1
CHAFFEE JR. - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-15, 2-6 OVC)
vs UT Martin (6-13, 1-7 OVC)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 31
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: Gentry Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Notes: TSU | UT Martin
Live Video: ESPN+|| Joe Leadingham 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 returns home after a four-game road swing against the conference’s top seeded schools to take on UT Martin, Thursday, Jan. 31 with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m. at the Gentry Center.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: UT Martin sits at the bottom of the conference with only one OVC win over SIUE, which happened last Saturday in Martin, Tennessee. The Skyhawks improved to 6-13 with the 85-69 victory as the team shot 51.6 percent (32-of-62) from the floor, including a 9-for-22 performance (40.9 percent) from three-point range. Guard Quinten Dove leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game, and is a defensive threat with 13 blocks this season.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team fell 100-62 to the Murray State Racers in week four’s final OVC game. The Racers took an early lead over the Tigers, going into halftime up 38, 60-22, the largest halftime deficit of the season for TSU. Big Blue rallied in the second half, matching MSU’s effort summing 40 points to end the night 100-62. Three Tigers registered double-digits led by Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey with 14, marking the eighth time this season the redshirt junior has led TSU in scoring. Stokley Chaffee, Jr. closed the night with 13, 10 of which were made in the second half. Murray State’s Ja Morant led the game with 24 points in 28 minutes of play, adding nine assists, four steals and two rebounds.
TSU is now ranked eleventh in the conference.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Tigers lead the all-time series against the Skyhawks 33-26. Big Blue is on a one-game losing streak. At home, TSU is 19-9 versus UT Martin.
Under Skyhawk head coach Anthony Stewart, UT Martin is split 1-1 when taking on TSU. TSU is 1-3 in the last four seasons versus UT Martin with just one win at home. Four games between the foes have gone into overtime, three at home. TSU’s record in OT games versus UT Martin is 1-3. The teams have met once in the first round of the OVC Tourney. Fifty-eight percent of TSU’s wins in the series were at home.
LAST SEASON VERSUS UT MARTIN: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team suffered a 63-60 overtime defeat to UT Martin at the Elam Center to open OVC play. The game aired on national television on CBS Sports Network.
Former Tiger turned pro, Ken’Darrius Hamilton scored a team-high 12 points for TSU which featured four players in double figures. Kamar McKnight and Darreon Reddick finished with 11 points apiece with Christian Mekowulu adding 10 points and nine boards.
TSU led by 12 points in the first half before UT Martin battled back to cut the Tigers’ halftime edge down to 28-26. In a game that had nine ties and 12 lead changes, TSU held a 56-54 edge with 1:06 remaining. The Skyhawks tied the scoring at 56-56 on a Jailen Gill layup and had two stops down the stretch to force overtime. In the five-minute overtime period, UT Martin outscored TSU by a 7-4 margin to pick up the win.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 100 in the nation in three categories:
- 46 in turnovers forced
- 26 vs. Carver and at Memphis
- 57 in steals per game
- double-digit steals in six games this season
- 68 in total steals
- 154 steals on the season
UP NEXT: The Tigers are back home for Academic Night, Saturday, Feb. 2. Tipoff for the men is set for 7:30 p.m.