|February 07, 2019||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||MOR-M|
|FG Percentage||.484 (30-62)||.403 (27-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.292 (7-24)||.350 (7-20)|
|FT Percentage||.700 (14-20)||.731 (19-26)|
HICKS - 3
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (7-15, 4-6 OVC)
vs Morehead State (9-14, 5-5 OVC)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 7
Time: 6:35 p.m. CT
Location: Johnson Arena - Morehead, Ky.
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 hits the road for its next doubleheader, this time making its way to Kentucky. Big Blue will take on Morehead State Thursday, Feb. 7 with tipoff set for 6:35 p.m. CT on ESPN+.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Morehead State split its last week of conference play, kicking it off with a 83-76 loss to SIUE, and closing it out with a 84-78 win over Eastern Illinois. Jordan Walker leads the Eagles in scoring, averaging 16.0 points per game, Lamontray Harris leads the team in 8.2 rebounds per game and is second on the team averaging 13.5 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT: Emmanuel Egbuta led the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a dominating 79-50 win over Southeast Missouri. The junior forward scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down six rebounds.
The Tigers pulled together a first half riddled with three-point shots (6-of-12) while shooting a season-best 58.6 percent from the field, resulting in its largest lead at the half against a Division I opponent this season, 45-20.
SEMO shot out of the gates after the break, improving its shooting by almost 20 percent, giving the Tigers a tough battle in the second half. The Redhawks outscored their first period efforts by 10, but a late push by Egbuta and freshman guard Dave Morris, outlasted SEMO’s bench (17 points in the second half), to win TSU’s second Ohio Valley Conference game in-a-row, 79-50.
ALL-TIME SERIES: After an Eagles win in Music City earlier this season, the Tigers are down 35-39 in the all-time series against Morehead State.
The last time TSU was in Morehead, the Tigers defeated the Eagles 61-58. In the last four seasons, TSU is 1-3 when playing at Morehead State. Big Blue has gone into overtime four times against the Eagles, only once when playing away from home, and that game resulted in a loss for TSU.
LAST MATCHUP WITH MOREHEAD STATE: Kamar McKnight led the Tigers scoring 19 points in the 74-61 loss to Morehead State. Armani Chaney was the sole Tiger to register an assist, and tied for his season-high six, while leading TSU for the ninth time this season. McKnight scored in double digits for the ninth time, leading TSU for the fourth time, second in-a-row. Dave Morris (11) and Michael Littlejohn (10) also recorded double-digit points. Stokley Chaffee, Jr. tied for his season-high four blocks.
MSU scored 21 points off of TSU’s 20 turnovers. Big Blue had 42 points in the paint, and had 35 points off the bench. TSU scored 42 points in the second half.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked top 100 in the nation in three categories:
- 45 in turnovers forced
- Carver and at Memphis
- 49 in steals per game
- double-digit steals in six games this season
- 80 in total steals
- 162 steals on the season
UP NEXT: The Tigers finish out the week at Eastern Kentucky, Saturday, Feb. 9 with tipoff on ESPN3 set for 6 p.m. CT.